Ghostly Gruel Shots
No house - haunted or not - should be without this heart healthy, ghostly gruel. This may be a cold shot of raw soup, but the cayenne warms as it goes down. This shot delivers healthy doses of Vitamin C, dietary fiber, saturated fat, protein and iron. We served ours as an appetizer in vintage cordial glasses.
Yield: ½ cup (one or two shots)
3 ounces almond or rice milk
¼ cup frozen cauliflower pieces, uncooked
½ tablespoon coconut oil or grass-fed butter
½ tablespoon old fashioned rolled oats, uncooked
¼ teaspoon sea salt
Pinch of onion powder
Dash of garlic powder and cayenne
Add all the ingredients to a mini blender and mix until almost smooth. The cauliflower adds an interesting texture to this healthy raw chilled shot of soup.
Pumpkin-Orange Pie Shots
No waiting for this pie to bake. Grab a bag of juice oranges and a can of pumpkin puree to make delicious pumpkin and orange shots for your party guests. We served these seasonal shots in hollowed out oranges decorated with jack o’ lantern faces. These mini pumpkin pie shots are packed with vitamins, minerals and immune enhancing antioxidants which help prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease.
1 juice orange, Valencia
1 tablespoon pumpkin puree, chilled
1 tablespoon coconut, shredded, unsweetened
1 tablespoon pecans, chopped
1 to 2 tablespoons maple syrup or raw honey, to taste
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
Dash of ginger powder
- (Optional step) To make the jack o’ lantern oranges ahead for your party, paint the face on room temperature oranges using a black edible ink marking pen before cutting.
- Cut the top off each orange. Squeeze the juice from the orange top into your mini-blender before discarding.
- Slice down the center of the inside of the orange and work the sharp knife around the inside of the orange to separate it from the rind. Transfer the contents of the orange to your blender. Remove the seeds and discard. When preparing in advance, keep hollowed out oranges in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
- Add the remaining ingredients to the blender and process until smooth. Mixture can be chilled before serving.
- Pour mixture into hollowed oranges or desired container and enjoy. Then use a spoon to scoop out all the juicy goodness inside.
Super Power Shots
This super power trio of antioxidant rich fruits will rev your energy level and boost your body’s immune system - fighting against cancer, heart attacks and stroke. We served these powerhouse shots in vintage spice vials.
Yields: Approx. 1 ½ cups (three shots)
1/3 cup pomegranate juice, chilled
½ cup pineapple chunks or pineapple juice, chilled
¼ cup blueberries, fresh or frozen
1 teaspoon raw honey or more to taste
¼ teaspoon stevia powder or liquid stevia, to taste, opt.
Dash of cinnamon, opt.
Add all the ingredients to a mini blender and mix until smooth. Pour into shot glasses and bottoms-up!
Deborah Tukua is the editor of Journey to Natural Living and the author of the healthy fresh from the blender recipe book, Naturally Sweet Blender Treats. Check out Lowell and Deborah's super sturdy and handsome DIY Gardening Potting Bench Plans. Deborah is a freelance writer for the Farmers' Almanac and Chiropractic Economics magazine and author of the book, Marketing Strategies for Chiropractic Success.