Who knew there was such a thing as Juice Week? Williams-Sonoma keeps tracks of these occasions and they were kind enough to contact me about participating by sharing a recipe, a how-to, or other juice-related story to celebrate the occasion. Since I love fresh juices as much as the next vegan, I agreed to share a new recipe. Now, I’m not one for crazy-flavored juices. My typical beverage consists of apples, ginger, turmeric, beets, and when I’m feeling especially wild, a stalk of celery. I know a lot of people juice greens, but I don’t feel that so much; I’d rather blend them into a smoothie. But for this post, I wanted to do something a little bit different. And I wanted to keep it simple. Really simple. I decided to focus on seasonal ingredients to create a light and refreshing drink, because that to me is the essence of juicing. And, then – there is chocolate. Chocolate juice? Not quite. What I created is a juice hybrid. You’ll see below.
Although I juice fairly regularly, I have a rather sad juicer that my sister passed down to me (much like her hand-me-down clothes that I inherited when we were kids. Some things never change.). It gets the job done, but it’s a pain to disassemble and clean, and because it is a centrifugal juicer, it is inefficient at extracting the maximum amount of juice (especially from those greens that I don’t juice…). But since it was free and since the resulting drink is still really darn good, I can’t complain too much. Perhaps Santa will take pity on me and notice that my Wish list has a choice of two beautiful masticating juicers from which to choose (the Kuvings Whole Slow Juicer or the Hurom EG Elite Slow Juicer):
The juice I made has three powerhouse ingredients:
- Osteoporosis protection
- Brain cell protection from free radicals
- Lowered lung cancer risk
- Reduced risk of breast cancer
- Protection against anti-inflammatory diseases
- Tooth decay fighter
- Treatment and prevention of urinary tract infections
- Anti-aging properties
- Cancer cell warrior
- Protection against Alzheimer’s and other diseases of the brainh
- Good for your ticker
With this juice, the first thing you taste is the sweetness from the apples, then a hint of tartness from the cranberries, followed by that lovely, indescribable flavor that is chocolate. And the color is divine (and seasonally perfect!). I think December is a great time for juicing. We often overindulge during the holidays and fresh juices are a great way to detox, refresh, and make you feel light and full of energy. Happy Juice Week! This sipper has been entered in the Virtual Vegan Linky Potluck #25!
As refreshing and tasty as it is colorful, sip on this light and fruity combination of cranberries, apples, and chocolate.
- 1 1/2 cup fresh cranberries
- 4 sweet apples, quartered
- 1 cup strongly-brewed cacao (such as Choffy or Crio)*, chilled
- Put the cranberries and apples through a juicer. Combine the chilled brewed cacao with the juice and serve.
- Add some sparkling water and a dash of cinnamon for a refreshing holiday punch.
- Serving Size: 4
- Calories: 112
- Sugar: 20
- Sodium: 3
- Fat: 0
- Saturated Fat: 0
- Unsaturated Fat: 0
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 30
- Protein: 1
- Cholesterol: 0
*How to make brewed cacao:
Place 6 heaping tablespoons brewing cacao (smaller than nibs, but not powdered like cocoa) in a French press. Bring 1 1/2 cups water just to a boil. Pour the water into the French press and let sit for 5-6 minutes. Slowly push the press down and pour off the liquid into a measuring cup. Yield is about 1 cup. Chill until ready to use.
Though Williams-Sonoma contacted me about participating in Juice Week, I received no incentive nor compensation to do so. This post contains Amazon affiliate links.