Raw white chocolate & dark chocolate

Posted on Apr 14, 2014 in Chocolate, Dessert, Snacks | No Comments

raw vegan white chocolate

raw vegan chocolate recipe

Here is my obligatory raw chocolate post, because Easter. Cacao butter works better than just using coconut oil for these recipes because it has a higher melting point and the texture is more like regular chocolate. I usually melt mine by chopping or shaving it into a bowl I place over saucepan of water on very, very low heat and stirring until it’s liquid.

There were plans in my head to make a raw version of Top Deck for this post, but then I found some old IKEA ice cube trays in the shape of bottles that seemed kind of perfect for little white chocolate milk bottles. Cute, yes? So the chocolates remained separate and more of each kind of chocolate was made than originally intended, which is just fine by me.

RAW, VEGAN WHITE CHOCOLATE

1 CUP MELTED CACAO BUTTER
1/2 CUP MACADAMIA NUTS (or CASHEW NUTS)
1 DESSERTSPOON COCONUT OIL
2 TEASPOONS VANILLA EXTRACT
1/2 CUP LIGHT AGAVE NECTAR
PINCH OF SEA SALT FLAKES

Blend everything in a high speed blender or food processor until very smooth. Pour into chocolate molds and store in the freezer to keep their setting.

 

RAW, VEGAN DARK CHOCOLATE

1/2 CUP MELTED CACAO BUTTER
1/2 CUP COCONUT OIL
2/3 CUP RAW CACAO POWDER (or DUTCH PROCESS COCOA)
4 TABLESPOONS MAPLE SYRUP
PINCH OF SEA SALT FLAKES

Blend everything in a high speed blender or food processor until very smooth. Pour into chocolate molds and store in the freezer to keep their setting.

Tropical Smoothie

Posted on Feb 3, 2014 in Breakfast, Drinks, Snacks | 2 Comments

raw vegan tropical smoothie super natural food

The tropical smoothie; summer in a glass (or jar). It’s creamy, yummy, dairy-free and full of sunshine.

The mango delivers potassium, Vitamin C and calcium, banana gives you potassium and magnesium, lemon has lots of vitamin C and the coconut oil makes this taste like Hawaii plus has a heap of benefits. I love this for breakfast in summer.

TROPICAL SMOOTHIE

1 RIPE + JUICY MANGO, PEELED + CHOPPED
JUICE OF 1/2 A LEMON
1 FROZEN BANANA, CHOPPED
1 DESSERTSPOON COCONUT OIL
1 CUP OF WATER (OR YOUNG COCONUT WATER)

Whizz all ingredients in a blender until smooth.

Double Chocolate Sandwich Cookies

Posted on Jan 25, 2014 in Chocolate, Dessert, Snacks | No Comments

Raw Vegan Chocolate Sandwich cookies super natural food

You need a dehydrator for this recipe, which is not my usual modus operandi, but I promise it’s worth it. These cookies taste incredible – they remind me of a more chocolate-y Kingston biscuit. Because these are raw, they’re loaded with healthy nuts, coconut oil, dates, flax and cacao instead of not-so-healthy sugar, cream, butter and flour. Good, right?

CHOCOLATE COOKIES

1 CUP ALMONDS, SOAKED FOR A FEW HOURS
1/2 CUP CASHEWS, SOAKED FOR A FEW HOURS
1/4 CUP FLAX SEEDS, GROUND TO A POWDER IN A COFFEE GRINDER
3/4 CUP DATES
1 TABLESPOON AGAVE NECTAR
PINCH OF SEA SALT
1/2 CUP CACAO POWDER

Drain the almonds and cashews and whizz them in a food processor with the ground flax seeds until they break down and combine. Add the dates, agave nectar, salt and cacao powder and process until a dough forms – you might need to add a tiny bit of water to make this happen. Roll the dough between two sheets of baking paper until an even 1cm thick. Cut out cookie shapes and place on dehydrator trays. Dehydrate overnight or 8 – 9 hours until dry. They won’t be rock hard, but that’s a good thing.

CHOCOLATE CREME FILLING

1/3 CUP COCONUT OIL
1/2 CUP CACAO POWDER
1/3 CUP AGAVE NECTAR
PINCH OF SEA SALT

Whizz all ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Place in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours to firm up before sandwiching in between two cookies. You can keep the sandwiched cookies in the fridge for about three days.

Salted Caramel Choc Slice

Posted on Nov 24, 2013 in Chocolate, Dessert, Snacks | 7 Comments

Raw Caramel Choc Slice

My best friend told me last week that I absolutely must try this recipe for Raw Caramel Slice, sooner rather than later.  A friend of hers from work brought it in to share and my dessert aficionado friend reported it as spectacular. I duly bought the ingredients and had them sitting in the pantry until yesterday when I finally had time to give it a try. As usual, she was right. These are good.

I made a few adjustments by adding extra salt and I made my chocolate topping with cacao butter rather than coconut oil, but otherwise this amazing recipe is originally by Rachel of In Spaces Between – Raw Choc Caramel Bites.

Salted Caramel Choc Slice

BASE

1 CUP MACADAMIA NUTS
1 CUP ALMONDS
1 CUP MEDJOOL DATES

CARAMEL FILLING

1 CUP MEDJOOL DATES
2 TABLESPOONS COCONUT OIL
1 TEASPOON VANILLA EXTRACT
1/3 CUP WATER
2 PINCHES FLAKED SEA SALT

CHOCOLATE TOPPING

1/2 CUP CACAO OR DUTCH PROCESS COCOA
2 TABLESPOONS DARK AGAVE NECTAR
3/4 CUP GENTLY MELTED CACAO BUTTER
SMALL PINCH OF FLAKED SEA SALT

Base Whizz all the base ingredients in a food processor until combined. You want to keep a little bit of the nutty texture in there. Press into a square or rectangular tin and set aside.

Caramel Blend all ingredients in the food processor until smooth, adding water slowly as you go. The coconut oil when refrigerated will thicken the mixture. Spread this on top of the base and place it in the freezer for 15 minutes.

Chocolate Topping Melt the Cacao Butter in a double saucepan on a very, very low heat and stir until liquid. Blend with the cocoa, agave and salt until very smooth. Pour and spread it over the caramel layer, freeze or refrigerate for an hour and you’re done!

Tastes best cut into small, bite-sized pieces.

Mango, lime & coconut puddings

Posted on May 21, 2013 in Dessert, Snacks | 4 Comments

mango lime and coconut pudding

I’m holding onto the last bits of the warm weather and  these puddings taste light, tropical and refreshing. The light-coloured agave nectar keeps these a pretty, light yellow and the blended cashews and coconut oil give the mango a creaminess and pudding-like texture without the calories and associated nasties in cream, sugar and gelatine.

MANGO, LIME & COCONUT PUDDINGS

2 MANGOES, PEELED & DICED (RESERVE A FEW CUBES FOR DECORATION)
1/2 CUP CASHEWS, SOAKED IN WATER FOR A FEW HOURS
1/2 TEASPOON LIME ZEST
1 LIME, JUICED
1 TABLESPOON LIGHT AGAVE NECTAR
1 TABLESPOON COCONUT OIL

LIME SLICES & CUBED MANGO PIECES

Strain the water from the cashews. Blend these with the mangoes, lime zest, lime juice and agave nectar in a food processor or blender until smooth. Finally, add the coconut oil in last. I don’t know why, but this seems to give it a smoother texture. Pour into small bowls (I made three), cover and refrigerate for three hours or overnight. Top with a slice of lime and cubed mango before serving.

Raw Chocolate Orange Tart

Posted on May 5, 2013 in Chocolate, Dessert | No Comments

Chocolate Orange Tart

I’ve always liked orange matched with chocolate. This tart is best eaten in small doses, however. It’s fudge-y, heavy, make-you-feel-ill chocolate-y. Hmm, I’m not selling this well but it really is delicious when you’re in the mood for such decadence, especially with some tart fruit like strawberries, raspberries or fresh orange wedges, and is a fantastic introduction to raw desserts for the skeptical. Plus, unlike a normal chocolate tart there’s no animal fats, cream or processed sugar, (just a hell of a lot of coconut oil and agave nectar).

BASE

2 CUPS ALMONDS – FOOD PROCESSED INTO CRUMBS
3/4 CUP DUTCH PROCESS COCOA OR CACAO POWDER
1 CUP CHOPPED DRIED DATES
1/2 CUP DESSICATED COCONUT
2 TEASPOONS DESSICATED COCONUT FOR DUSTING THE TIN

FILLING

4 CUPS SOAKED RAW CASHEWS
1 CUP DUTCH PROCESS COCOA OR CACAO POWDER
3/4 CUP COCONUT OIL
3/4 CUP AGAVE NECTAR
1 TABLESPOON ORANGE ZEST
1/3 CUP ORANGE JUICE
1.5 TEASPOONS OF CINNAMON
1/2 TEASPOON OF SALT

Line the bottom of a springform cake tin with cling film. Dust the bottom of the tin with 2 teaspoons dessicated coconut.

For the base, place all base ingredients in the food processor and process until almost smooth – you want to keep a bit of the almond texture in there. Pat this into the base. You may need to wet your hands slightly to smooth it out. Place it in the freezer until the filling is ready.

For the filling, place all ingredients in the food processor and blend until smooth as possible. Spoon on top of base and smooth the top with the back of the spoon. Refrigerate overnight or freeze for at least three hours. Dust with sifted cocoa/cacao before serving.

Orange, almond & coconut cake

Posted on May 3, 2013 in Dessert, Guest Posts | 2 Comments

raw orange almond coconut cake

Way back in 2010 I met the delightful Hannah from A Foodly Affair. Hannah runs amazing cooking classes, coaching and catering and last year she wrote a book about mindful eating.

When we first met we shared some rosehip tea and I made this orange, almond and coconut cake which I later guest-posted on her blog. Head over to her blog to get the recipe and make sure you have a look around while you’re there; I love Hannah’s writing.

Orange, almond and coconut cake recipe >

Raw Blueberry Cheesecake

Posted on May 2, 2013 in Dessert | No Comments

Raw blueberry cheesecake

Blueberries are one of my favourite fruits. I love the colour they create in this cake (anthocyanins give blueberries their pretty hue) but apparently they’re also good for improving memory, lowering cholesterol, digestion and circulation – nice. Sometimes I use frozen blueberries because they can get pretty pricey here in Australia. This recipe makes 2 – 3 servings.

CHOCOLATE BASE

1 CUP ALMONDS
1/2 CUP DUTCH PROCESS COCOA OR CACAO POWDER
1/2 CUP DRIED DATES, CHOPPED

FILLING

1.5 CUPS RAW CASHEWS
1 TABLESPOON LEMON JUICE
1/3 CUP AGAVE NECTAR
1/4 CUP COCONUT OIL
3/4 CUP BLUEBERRIES

EXTRA BLUEBERRIES & AGAVE NECTAR FOR THE TOP

Line the bottom of a springform cake tin with cling film – I used quite a small one with a removable base for this recipe.

For the base, place all base ingredients in the food processor and process until it all comes together. Your food processor won’t like this at first and will make a loud noise as it grinds through the almonds. Persist. You may need to scrape down the sides every so often and add in a splash of water to help it along. Once it’s all come together pat this into the base of the tin and up the sides evenly. You may need to wet your hands with water slightly to smooth it out. Place it in the freezer until the filling is ready.

For the filling, place all ingredients in the food processor except the coconut oil and blend until smooth as possible (mine took around two-three minutes), then add in the coconut oil in a stream until incorporated. Spoon on top of base and smooth the top with the back of the spoon. Refrigerate overnight or place in the freezer for a few hours. When you’re ready to eat it, spoon the extra blueberries onto the top and drizzle with a teaspoon of agave nectar to make it shiny.