Summer Brunch Playdate: Recipes including Raw Vegan Date & Peanut Cookies!

Summer Brunch Playdate

Ahhhh, play dates. Through in iced soy lattes, great conversations with dear mamas, the giggles of little girls, and a yummy spread... you really do have food for the tummy and soul.


Blake and mine's Monday morning started off with playdate with pals in the neighborhood. My friend Niki outdid herself with tasty treats that included some of the most deliciously creamy Chai tea. We also got to meet new friends as well who live just down the street from us... I love how mommyhood is allowing me to meet so many fun gals who are all in my neighborhood.


Today, Blake eagerly awaited the arrival of her sweet Emery and Mia... their mamas are two of my dear, dear friends, Hannah and Erika. With a little prep work last night, and the uber-happy anticipation of catching up with two of the kindest of souls, I whipped up our brunch in no time. Super easy. Super healthy. Super delicious. Approximately 35 mins of work:


Menu:
Cold Cucumber Mint Soup
(click here to view recipe from Make It! Mondays)


Chopped Strawberries and Fresh Peach Spinach Salad
(Chop strawberries, slice 2 peaches, toss over bed of spinach. Serve crumbled feta on the side. Dressing: 3 tablespoons organic sesame seed oil, 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, 1 teaspoon light agave nectar. Do not dress salad, serve dressing separately. That way any leftover salad can be saved for later--guess what we are having for dinner, along with leftover cucumber soup!?? Thank you Hannah for bringing the spinach!!)



Raw Vegan Date & Peanut Cookies
(Toss 1 cup pitted dates, 1 cup unsalted peanuts in food processor. Blend approximately 90 seconds. Roll into 1.5 inch balls, smooth and flatten like peanut butter cookie, crisscross with fork. Enjoy! Blake & Emery had to dig in before brunch even began :-)





Slices of chilled mango and avocado
(especially for the little ones and tiny-I-can-do-it-myself-eaters!)


Iced Chocolate Soy Lattes
Confession: I do not own a coffee maker. Not even a french press. I know, I know, dreadfully shameful and not hostess-with-the-mostest. I do own a jar of Nestle Instant Coffee (could it get any worse?! ;-) but hey it does the trick for my once in a blue moon coffee cravings!). Made two cups of coffee, added 1 cup chocolate soy milk, 2 teaspoons light agave. Stirred it in glass pitcher. Chilled 3 hours. Served over ice. You can also easily turn this recipe into coffee sodas, by adding a splash of cold club soda).




Erika treated us all to some of the very best gluten-free blueberry muffins (udisglutenfree.com) I have ever had... correction, not very best because of being gluten-free, these muffins beat all muffins. Seriously, they are crack-addicting-good.



George Bernard Shaw, an Irish playwright, once stated, "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." How true!


Today, as the girls chuckled at each other, hugged one another, chased after one another with silly delight, and even started crying together as one let out a wail of despair, I loved seeing the magic of friendships blossom. Erika and I met each other when were just kiddos ourselves, imaging up the wildest of daydreams, prank calls, and candy recipes. I cannot wait to see Blake, Emery, and Mia follow in our footsteps (well, maybe without the dramatic prank calls ;-)









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