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Recipe: Blueberry Muffin Tops (Gluten-Free)

Blueberry Muffin Tops by Master Live Food Chef Barbara Kessler Shevkun

Blueberry Muffins have always been a big comfort food in my life. These no-bake, raw vegan treats are well worth the effort. The taste and mouth-feel are outstanding! Now you can have them too!

Warm them in the dehydrator, drizzle with a little honey(not vegan) or maple syrup, and you have a fantastic snack.
For those without a dehydrator, you can bake in a low temperature oven until desired consistency, but the results will vary and they will not be raw. Enjoy!
Store in freezer to extend shelf-life.


1 cup sunflower seeds (soaked 2 to 4 hours)

2 cups almond flour (I get mine from pulp left over from almond milk)

1 cup buckwheat flour (preferably sprouted) or cut with combination of chickpea, oat, and//or Quinoa flour

6 Tbsp ground chia

4 Tbsp ground flax, golden preferred

2 1/4 cups blueberries, divided

1 ripe banana, chopped

1/4 cup young Thai coconut meat, optional

1/2 cup maple syrup, (agave, honey,etc)

1 Tbsp lemon juice

1 tsp Lucuma powder, optional

1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (or 5 drops Medicine Flower vanilla extract)

3 drops Medicine Flower Blueberry extract, optional

3/4 cup water, as needed to blend

1 Tbsp whole psyllium husk, optional, adds texture.

1/2 cup, chopped walnuts, soaked overnight

1/4 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut

1/3 cup raisins

1 pinch Himalayan salt


In food processor, mix sunflower seeds, flours, chia, and flax. Mix in half blueberries. Add banana , coconut meat, maple syrup, lemon juice, Lucuma powder and extracts. Process well.

Add water as needed along with psyllium husks to create a thick batter consistency. Add raisins, walnuts, coconut, remaining blueberries, and salt, and pulse process, leaving small chunks.

Taste batter for sweetness and adjust, adding date sugar, coconut palm sugar, or other organic dry sugar, as desired.

Option 1 – On non-stick dehydrator sheet or parchment paper, spoon about 2 tablespoons of batter into a round cookie cutter mold or ring. Slide cookie cutter up, using a dull knife to re-shape muffin top. Sprinkle with cinnamon, date sugar and shredded coconut. Dehydrate @145 degrees F for 1.5 hours. Flip onto mesh dehydrator sheet. Follow directions below.

Option 2 – Press plastic wrap into a mini-muffin tin and fill with batter. Dehydrate @145 degrees F for 1.5 hours. Release muffin by pulling out plastic wrap. Flip muffin onto mesh sheet and follow directions below.

Option 3 – Spoon batter into mini muffin cups and freeze several hours. Pop out muffins onto mesh dehydrator tray. Dehydrate @145 degrees F for 1.5 hours. Follow directions below.

Option 4 – Create a flatbread by spreading mixture onto a non-stick dehydrator sheet about 1/4 inch thick. Dehydrate @145 degrees F for 30 minutes. Dehydrate for 2 hours at 110 degrees F. Flip onto mesh dehydrator tray. Score bread into 1-2″ squares and continue to dehydrate until desired consistency ( 8-12 hours).


On mesh dehydrator sheet continue to dehydrate at 110 degrees F for 8-10 hours, or until desired consistency (firm on outside and chewy on the inside).
Note – Dehydration at 145 degrees for first 1.5 hours – The muffins will never reach this temperature, but it’s important to eliminate excess moisture quickly and avoid fermentation.


For more recipes, visit Rawfully Tempting

May we wish you good health, prosperity and success in your culinary endeavors,

With appreciation,

Jesse Schwartz PhD


Living Tree Community Foods



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We’ve enlivened our Bonus offer with our Alive Chocolates. We’ve also lowered the thresholds to make it more accessible.

1 John Muir Alive, Organic Dark Chocolate Bar FREE with any order of $150 or more, plus FREE Shipping

1 John Muir Alive, Organic Dark Chocolate Bar and 1 Vanilla Innovation Chocolate Bar FREE with an order of $250 or more, plus FREE Shipping

1 John Muir Alive, Organic Dark Chocolate Bar and 1 Vanilla Innovation Chocolate Bar and 1 Alive, Organic Absolut Almond Butter Bar FREE with an order of $400 or more, plus FREE Shipping

Notable and Quotable:
What Eating Just One Ounce of Coconut Oil Per Day Does To Your Weight Over A Period Of Time

Coconut oil is one of the few foods that can actually be classified as a superfood. There is such a hype surrounding the product that it really makes you wonder what the sudden ubiquitousness of this tropical plant is all about.

It contains a unique combination of fatty acids with powerful medicinal properties

Coconut oil contains what is known as medium chain fatty triglycerides, which are fatty acids of a medium length. Most are considered to be long-chain in fatty acids, but coconut oil is metabolized differently. They go from the liver to the digestive tract, where they are then used as a quick source of energy.

Places that eat coconut oil are considered to be the healthiest on the planet


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What’s New At Living Tree

Alive, Organic Botija Olives are the very thing for backpacking, hiking, cycling and jogging.

Alive Bonus Program – We’ve enlivened our Bonus offer with FREE John Muir Dark Chocolate Bar, FREE Vanilla Innovation Chocolate Bar and FREE Absolut Almond Butter Bar. Please see details above.

Jumbo Red Raisins are here to help you rejoice with the coming of Spring.

Our Alive, Organic Black Cumin Seed Oil is back! We invite you to research its benefits.

John Muir – Alive, Organic Dark Chocolate Bar – New! Named in honor of America’s great prophet and seer.

Blueberry Blossom Honey and our Raspberry Blossom Honey are back.

Milk of Paradise, Cashew Macadamia Nut Butter is back!

California Alive, Organic and Sundried Olives are here!

Alive, Organic Macadamia Nuts have recently arrived. Rejoice in their vivacity.

Alive, Organic Macadamia Butter is here!

Our March Sale features Pumpkin Seed Butter, Coconut Butter and Cashew Butter 16oz.

Our Notable and Quotable is devoted to What Eating Just One Ounce of Coconut Oil Per Day Does To Your Weight Over A Period Of Time.

Our World Mind invites you to join us in contemplating an deeply disturbing article, The Extinction of Fruits and Vegetables in 80 Years.

Employment: We are seeking a Business Development and Sales Manager.

We close with an appeal for investors in the historic Berkeley Olive Grove.



New! Items For April

Botija Olives

Alive, Organic Botija Olives – Pitted

Carry these alive, organic olives with you when you ascend Mt. Whitney or backpack in the High Sierras or how about school lunches or a snack at the office? Cured in sea salt and dried at low temperature. Toss into salads, sandwiches and pasta. Remember – olives are a tree fruit too. Pitted and ready to eat. A product of Peru.

Alive Chocolate Cookies

Alive Chocolate Cookies

Beginning with California almonds, we’ve added California walnuts and California dates as well as cacao and honey to create an alive cookie for your delight.

Walnut Butter 8oz

Alive Walnut Butter – Now in an 8oz Jar

For your delight we have slowly sliced organic walnuts into a butter that goes so well on apple slices and also celery and carrot sticks. Try adding chopped raisins and honey! What hors d’oeuvres you’ll make!

Boreal Dulse Flake Enlivening Mix

Boreal Dulse Flake Enlivening Mix

Starting with Dulse from the pristine waters of Iceland, we’re added pumpkin, sunflower, sesame and black sesame meal.

We suggest sprinkling it on everything you eat. The dulse flakes are harvested by Grettir Hreinsson, a live food afficionado. Gathered in a remote part of Iceland. Dehydrated below 83%. We’ve added California almonds, Oregon pumpkin seeds as well as sunflower and sesame seeds.

Almond Hazelnut Chocolate

Almond Hazelnut Chocolate

A delightfully rich hazelnut spread. We suggest using as a topping on desserts or fruit slices. Imagine an ecstatic filling for Medjool dates!

Alive Almond Cookies

Alive Almond Cookies

with Organic Blueberries, Walnuts and Pumpkin Seeds

Beginning with Oregon blueberries, we’ve added California almonds, Oregon grown pumpkin seeds, California walnuts as well as honey and maple syrup to create an alive cookie.

They are an excellent school lunch snack and great for traveling or backpacking. Just right for a re-charge in the middle of your working day. Each cookie is a meal in itself.

Oh my!!! The almond cookies are sooooo yummy!!! I had been on a candida fast for 6 weeks without any sugars. Let’s just say I broke the sugar fast when the cookies were delivered! Boy did I enjoy them! Very dense, filling, and not too sweet. One cookie at a time is plenty since they are so satisfying and filling.
It’s great to eat such a healthy cookie!! Thanks so much for creating them!



My package was in the mail yesterday and everything arrived in perfect shape – great packing. Yum Yum Yum! Your Alive Almond cookies are absolutely delicious! Next time ( I think we can wait that long) they will be on my list of things to get. Thank you for your gift of cookies.

My impression of the cookies that were included in my order were as follows:
First of all, they were much larger and substantial than I was expecting, which was a very nice surprise.
They were delicious, not overly sweet, clean tasting, had a very nice texture which was not overly dry or overly moist and perfectly balanced regarding spice.
I would definitely purchase them in the future. I will be placing an order for nut butter tonight primarily because of the special this month (another free package). I plan to share them with some of my students (I am a junior high school nurse). This is a product that I feel good about sharing with teens in that they are both delicious and very good for them.
Thank you so much for affording me the opportunity to try and review these wonderful cookies!!


When I think of the spirit of Berkeley, dedicated individuals passionately realizing dreams for the good of our community comes to mind. Alive almond cookies, another creation of LivingTree, represent just that, i.e., healthy eats that are of undeniable substance, subtle flavors and chewy texture. The familiar flavor of blueberries, and brainy scent and texture of walnuts are what I immediately take delight in. Almonds, pumpkin seeds, honey, maple syrup and coconut oil are discovered gradually and welcomed by my taste buds. The unique blending of all these organic ingredients brings to us this ‘a meal of its own’ cookie that also compliments any meal of our day. Alive almond cookies are an all-purpose TREAT.


The perfect compact energy source:
delicious, pleasing texture, deeply nourishing.
The way the cookies are packaged makes them
an ideal “traveling companion”!
Thank you for yet another innovative, beneficial product!


I love the blueberries that are in your almond cookies. They are considerbly large and filling and are perfect for a quick pick me up anytime of the day!


I tried your new Alive Almond cookies. They have a nice flavor, not too sweet, a little hint of salt, and the pop of blueberry. My only suggestion for improvement is to make them thinner or flatter, if that’s possible, because they are so dense and rich.
Thank you.


Oh, lovely!! I will order these again. Very satisfying and so full of flavor, I do agree a meal in itself. I could only eat half of one when I first tried it. I love everything that I purchase from your company. Thank you for caring so much about the food we put into our bodies. I feel the love!


Heritage Olive Oil

Heritage Olive Oil – It’s Back!

This is our Olio Nuovo which has now settled and clarified. Made from Mission olives, the only olive native to America. (All other olive oils are made from olives originating in Europe and the Middle East.) This olive originated in California in times long past, coeval with the sabre-toothed tiger and the wooly mammoth. Considerably higher in polyphenols!

Jumbo Red Raisins

Jumbo Red Raisins – Alive, Organic and Sundried

Bring the sunshine of California into your kitchen with these beautiful red raisins. They are rubies of California’s Central Valley. Toss them into salads or just partake as a snack.

Black Cumin Seed Oil

Black Cumin Seed Oil – Alive & Organic

Black Cumin (Nigella Sativa) is a medicinal plant and the oil is a concentrated essence. They have been found in Egyptian tombs.

Black Cumin Seeds contain over 100 chemical compounds, including oleic acid, linolenic acid, protein, Vitamin B, calcium, zinc, and iron. We urge you to research its qualities.

Dark Chocolate Bar

John Muir – Alive, Organic Dark Chocolate Bar

Raw dark chocolate from cacao-nib to bar, hand-made with devotion in small batches. We have named this bar to honor John Muir, seer and prophet. He struggled all his life to preserve the American wilderness.
Created in Berkeley, California, a well-spring of the human spirit.

You’re John Muir chocolate bars taste absolutely incredible!
It implies on the bar and on your website that the John Muir chocolate bar is raw, but the way it’s worded, I can’t be sure that it really is. Is this raw chocolate (which would be totally amazing because raw never taste like this) or is it not raw?
Regardless, I’m very thankful that you chose to sweeten it the way you did!
Best regards,


Nice smooth DARK chocolate flavor. Your Vanilla Chocolate Bar was my favorite–till you came out with this dark chocolate.


Golden Turmeric Butter

Alive, Organic Golden Turmeric Butter

We exhibited our Golden Turmeric Butter in the Natural Products Expo this month. It attracted much attention. This is a unique product. There is nothing like it.

Excellent flavor and texture! Dip my celery sticks and apple slices in it.

thank you,


Thank you, Jesse. Because of your Golden Turmeric Butter I finally have a way to include turmeric into my healthy eating lifestyle. I read your ingredient panel and I see that you certainly have done your scientific and nutritional research. Even though turmeric is an important spice to include, it needs healthy fats and black pepper for our bodies to absorb it. Not only have you included the essential ingredients to absorb the turmeric, you have included other ingredients to make it tasty. Usually I spread some on celery sticks when I’m in a hurry. Thanks again.

Roberta Molliver

Golden Turmeric Butter is absolutely heavenly. As I open the jar and stir this new Living Tree creation, I take in the faint aroma that subtly refreshes my senses after a trip to the post office through heavy traffic. I love the for-our-health-only turmeric very subtly blended in with the delicate sweetness of honey and raisins. While this butter is easily spreadable, I indulge in spoonfuls as I justify my attempts to distinguish the various ingredients in their purest form. What a delight it is to find an occasional plump raisin on my tongue! I have tried all Living Tree Raw and Alive Butters. My all time fave has been the Hazelnut Cloud. NOW, I have another. Thank you, Living Tree, for keeping us healthy, joyous and ALIVE.

Hope from San Diego

Thank you for creating a wonderful and very healthy spread. I was skeptical at first as I read the ingredients; but after tasting it all that went away. It is somewhat addicting; one spoonful leads to another then another. Congratulations on the blending of all the flavors.

Loyal Customer

Hawaiian Macadamia Nuts

Alive, Organic Hawaiian Macadamia Nuts are Back!

We feel privileged to bring these Macadamia Nuts to you! Crisp and fresh! Just harvested! Outstanding quality.

Macadamia Nut Butter

Alive, Organic Macadamia Nut Butter – Back at Last!

A taste that will bring you back to a sun-filled world of times long past. Rich and flavorful.

April Victory Garden Sale

20% off this month’s featured items

Macadamia Butter

Alive, Organic Macadamia Butter

Yes, that’s right. Our highly priced Macadamia Butter is on sale. Created from organic Hawaiian Macadamia nuts!

A taste that will bring you back to a sun-filled world of times long past. Rich and flavorful.

Almond Hazelnut Chocolate

Almond Hazelnut Chocolate

A delightfully rich hazelnut spread. We suggest using as a topping on desserts or fruit slices. Imagine an ecstatic filling for Medjool dates!

Pecan Butter

Alive, Organic Pecan Butter

The pecan was the food of Native Americans for millennia. One of the most nutritious of nuts. Pecans are loaded with heart-healthy unsaturated fats.

Chia Seed Butter

Alive, Organic Chia Seed Butter

The Native Americans of the Southwest would eat only chia seed mixed with water as they ran from the Colorado River to the Pacific Ocean to trade products. Its high energy to weight ratio makes it a favorite choice of long distance runners and other athletes.

Special Bonus – Free Shipping with Orders Over $150

What could be better than enjoying the benefits of Living Tree Community Foods’ alive and organic nut and seed butters with free delivery to your door. Purchase over $150 worth of Living Tree products and receive free shipping within the continental US on your order.

Employment Offered: Business Development and Sales Manager

This is for someone with experience in business development, sales and marketing , preferably in the organic and kosher food industry.You would be contacting buyers in natural food stores primary by phone and email.

This is an opportunity for professional growth; we are seeking someone wholehearted, energetic, loyal and considerate,who rejoices in taking the initiative.


Education and Experience:

College degree in business administration, management or related fields.

Knowledge and experience in organizational effectiveness and operations management.

Knowledge of business and management principles and practices.

Knowledge of financial and accounting principles and practices.

Knowledge of human resource principles and practices.

Knowledge of project management principles and practices.

Information technology skills.

Key Competencies:

A knowledge of the market for organic food

Mastery of the art of negotiation Problem solving skills

Planning and organizing

At Living Tree Community Foods we manufacture organic nut butters, oils and chocolates.
We are an ethical business and treat our colleagues with kindness and respect. We have been established for over 36 years.

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Your products are nothing short of magnificent. Thank you for all you do. Blessings,

We love your products!! It is a joy to order them and get excellent quality food. We appreciate your company serving those out of your area. I am not very tech savvy but have not had any issues dealing with your web site which is a delight for me.
All around marvelous experience shopping with you. Look forward to a very long relationship!


THE MACADAMIA NUT BUTTER IS AWESOME…hope you can make it in a 16 oz jar soon 🙂
Thanks for sending ASAP.


Thank you very much for the cookies that were sent with my recent order. They were delicious!
Thanks again,


Thank you for your generosity with the bonuses on our recent order! I’m looking forward to trying the dulse flake mix. Reminds me of gomasio, which I stopped using when I went raw, Then there are those indulgent almond cookies –
BTW, we are hooked on the cran, blue, chia butter after you sent it as a bonus!
Be well!


I’m a Glorious Elder and I take “count our days” to mean “cherish our
days”. Each day can be a gift, or not, depending on how it’s lived.


Thanks SO MUCH for my dried tomatoes that arrived today!! Just what I wanted and eat half the bag! I will be ordering from you from now on. A real pleasure to do business with you. Thanks Again.


We are Glorious Elders and have been eating many of your products for many years now! The best, freshest food we have ever eaten. Thank you for providing us with healthy, delicious food.

Janice Powell

This dark bar of chocolate has a beautiful tinge of red. Very smooth, creamy, faintly sweet, revealing floral and nutty notes, slightly bitter, and remarkably no salt. Such a strong chocolate flavor yet not that strong bitter after taste. Love the fact that it is made with a touch of coconut sugar, which is low on the glycemic level. All in all, an amazingly superior tasting dark chocolate bursting with such alive flavors. Kind Regards

Gillian Catlett

Dear Living Tree Community Foods — We just LOVE your nut butters. My husband has a hard time putting on weight. Since switching to eating your nut butters, he has been able to put on some good weight. He eats about a cup per day with some ripe fruit. Yummy! One of his favorite meals is 2 or 3 apples (chopped up), 3/4 cup Macadamia butter, 1/4 cup ground up golden flax seed, and a little salt — mixed all together. That gives him go-power for hours.

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I am 75 years old today and love your products!


We have been ordering from Living Tree Community for just over a year now. Within no time at all our orders became a monthly event not to be missed! We wanted to take a moment to tell you how pleased we are with your products. Nuts, dried fruits, grains – we love them all! …And we never hesitate to tell our friends where they to purchase the good stuff! Thanks so much and Keep up the good work!

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Greetings from Texas,

Several years ago, I happened on to your almond butter and ordered it a lot. In 2007, I went on a nutrient dense eating regime built around smoothies. I went on to lose 80 pounds, (which I have kept off ever since.) I used your almond butter primarily in my homemade chocolate sauce that I put on Breyers vanllla ice cream, the only brand I could get that did not contain hfcs and other junk, the treat that I allowed myself from time to time.

In 2010, life got complicated and I had to move to take care of my elderly Mom, who passed in 2012. Then I was preoccupied with some dental issues and skin cancer surgeries. I did not think about almond butter until recently. My daughter moved in next door a few months back and I am trying to teach her how to eat the way that I eat. I remembered the almond butter. I went to my local supermarket and looked at their almond butters. Even the organic brands contained all sorts of other ingredients that I did not think should be there. I did not buy any. I came home and tried to find you. I did not remember your name, and could not find you in a general Internet search. Yesterday, I cleaned out my freezer and found a small sealed bag of raw almonds that you sent me back when I was ordering. Eureka, it had your name on it, so I quickly found you and just placed an order for almond butter and some other things that my daughter and I want to try. I am looking forward to my order.

I requested the free raisin sample, as I will turn 70 this year.

I am so glad that I found you.

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As a ‘glorious elder’ I am grateful for your ‘living’ foods &
generous gifts – so happy that I am able to maintain my health & soul
with your excellent products!

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I just recently purchased 1 lb. of your “Alive, Organic Pumpkin Seeds” to try, and my family LOVED them!!!

Huge thanks for offering such wholesome foods to the public and supporting family farms!!!

Best Wishes!

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At the turn of the 20th century, a group of professors from the University of California at Berkeley determined to make a magnificent olive orchard. They chose land in the Central Valley about 150 miles east of Berkeley. They called it the Berkeley Olive Grove. For over 100 years it has yielded the finest olive oil. Darro Grieco, award winning family farmer, is master of the Grove. He invites you to join with him and his family in his growing enterprise.

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