Raw Vegan Banana Cream Pie (gluten-, dairy-, refined sugar-free)

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I haven’t had guests over for dinner for quite some time. I think this was the first time for A and I. If there is to be dinner, there always has to be dessert! Since I’m now gluten-, dairy-, soy-, meat- and refined sugar-free, it was going to be a little bit of a challenge. The main course consisted of poached cod and parsley sauce (peanut sauce for me), baked potatoes, carrots and asparagus. Dessert was banana cream pie (raw vegan one for me). I have to say, I certainly was NOT suffering Continue reading

Raw Carrot Cake with Frosting (gluten-free, vegan)

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Oh. My. Word. This raw carrot cake is absolutely unbelievable. You will NOT believe that it is raw, nutritionally dense and packed full of all the good stuff. The good stuff being fruit, nuts and oats (gluten-free, of course!) There is no gluten, dairy, eggs, gums, refined sugar or weird flours that you cannot pronounce/have no idea where they come from. You will not have to switch on your oven, but you will need a food processor.

The cake is made from oats, dates, dried pineapple (note: not crystallized), coconut, cinnamon and carrots (d’uh); the frosting is made from raw cashews, lemon juice, coconut oil and maple syrup. The best part is, the longer you let this cake sit, the better it tastes. Continue reading

Berry Banana Ice Cream Cake (gluten-free, raw, vegan)

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Wow. Yummy. Amazing!

This “ice cream cake” is awesome. It’s creamy, rich and unbelievably good. The top layer is made from berries, and has just the right amount of tanginess and sweetness, with a texture similar to that of sorbet. The bottom layer is barely sweet, with an incredibly dense creaminess. It’s also raw (if you don’t count the processing of the cashews), and made purely from fruit. Even A (a meat-, dairy-, and egg-eating individual) said it was good. Thank you Emily. Stumbling over your blog has made my already bright world, brighter still!

To call this ice cream cake isn’t entirely true. I mean, it’s not as if this is actually ice cream, Continue reading

Raw Pumpkin Seed Butter

 

I’m pretty new to nut and seed butters available in the US. Until a couple of years ago, I’d only tried peanut butter – the others simply weren’t available in the UK.

I’ve now made my own peanut, cashew, almond and coconut butter. I wanted to sample sunbutter (from sunflower seeds) and cheated, by buying it from PCC at $6.99 for an organic jar. It just reminds me not to go grocery shopping on an empty stomach! When I do, I can easily add $40 onto my bill! Anyhow, when I got home, I ripped the jar open and Continue reading

Raw Chocolate Cheesecake

 

Raw-food purists would never call this raw, as it has cashews in it. So to call this raw, isn’t entirely true – alas…

Although raw, by definition is also vegan – I would like to point this out to people who aren’t huge raw-food fans, like myself. So, not only is this cheesecake raw, it’s also vegan and has no processed sugars in it. You can of course sweeten it with agave nectar or maple syrup, but this will no longer make this cheesecake “raw”. 

A plus side to this vegan cheesecake is that it’s soy-free, guar and xanthan gum free – whooo!  Continue reading

Raw Raspberry & Chocolate Fudge Cake

 

Who would think that a cake that was vegan, gluten-free and raw could taste so darn good? Well, believe me, it does!

It’s also packed full of goodies, such as omega-3 fatty acids, flavonoids, monounsaturated fats, dietary fiber and more. 

This cake is definitely not low-calorie, but if you compare the nutritional value and health benefits of eating this cake compared to that of a conventional cake made from refined flour, sugar, fat and eggs, this cake wins hands-down every time. 

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Bean-Free Sun-Dried Tomato “Hummus”

 

A hummus with no beans I hear you cry. Am I mad? Probably – but I’m not mad for making this no-bean hummus. If you try it, I promise I won’t call you mad – just let me know how much you enjoyed it. 

It’s smooth, slightly sweet and garlicky, yet being light and fresh at the same time. I had to stop myself eating the whole batch with carrot sticks when I whipped up this batch! Hmm… I wonder what’s going to feature in J’s packed lunch tomorrow… Continue reading

Coconut Butter

 

Coconuts and coconut oil have had their fair share of bad press in the last few decades. It’s still a common misconception that the saturated fat in coconut oil raises cholesterol.

There are no scientific studies which have been published, that indicate the consumption of coconut oil increases blood cholesterol or leads to heart disease. There have however, been numerous reports [1-6] that have shown that coconut oil cannot be held responsible for the development of coronary heart disease. Other studies have pin-pointed populations that regularly consume coconuts, such as Polynesia and Sri Lanka and show that “dietary coconut oil does not lead to high serum cholesterol nor to high coronary heart disease mortality or morbidity” [7-9]. Continue reading