Mar 28, 2013

Step-by-Step: Raw Vegan Collard Wraps + Sweet Apple Hummus

Collard wraps are a great way to incorporate some healthy, raw veggies into your diet! They’re easy to make and fun to eat. I had my first collard wrap at the Rawk Star Café in Palm Harbor, Florida—a fabulous raw, vegan restaurant. If you’re ever in the Tampa Bay area, check them out!

You can literally put any kind of veggies you want in your wrap. I always include some fresh herbs and a paté of some kind. If you don’t want to make or use a paté then use some avocado. You’ll need something moist to hold all that delicious goodness together.

The wrap pictured uses my sweet apple hummus for the paté (see recipe below). The flavor of the sweet apple mixed with the fresh greens is wonderful! I also used carrots, diced celery and a baby lettuce mix. I usually add some sprouts too but I don’t have any on hand. Like I said, you can use whatever raw veggies you prefer. I hope you’ll try one of these if you’ve never had them. 
Here is the step-by-step:

1. Remove the end stem of the collard leaf.

2. Carefully remove the thick center stem using a sharp knife, 
laid down close to the collard leaf. This can be a little tricky.
You don’t want to tear THROUGH the leaf. Take your time.
3. Add your fillings onto the collard leaf, lengthways, starting with the 
paté (or avocado). Try to keep the fillings on the side closest to you.
 Leave some room on both ends for tucking. 
4. Start rolling, pushing the filling ingredients in more as you roll.
5. When you’re at the center stem, tuck one end of the leaf in.
6. Roll a bit more…
7. Then tuck the other end of the leaf in.
8. Continue rolling until it’s a nice, neat little package.
7. Slice in half.
8. Serve!
      ~ Sweet Apple Hummus

This hummus is unusual and delicious. Not only is it good in a wrap, I also love to eat it with celery stalks. The sweetness of the apple and the natural saltiness of the celery is a perfect combination and makes for a super-nutritious, light lunch. It won’t last long in the refrigerator without oxidizing so eat up!

Ingredients:

  • 1 sweet apple (try using a firm apple like gala or fuji)
  • 1 cup raw almond butter
  • 1 15 oz. can no-salt added garbanzo beans, drained
  • squeeze of fresh lemon juice
Directions:
  1. Cut up apple into large pieces.
  2. Place apple, almond butter, lemon and beans into a food processor and process until smooth.

Raw vegetables are an important part of any healthy diet. You should aim for one pound of raw and one pound of cooked veggies each day!
Healthy trails,

2 responses to “Step-by-Step: Raw Vegan Collard Wraps + Sweet Apple Hummus”

  1. Anonymous says:

    This looks so good and easy to make. Thanks for posting this.

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