Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Raw Vegan Christmas Chocolates


Happy Holidays! It's hard to believe that it's already December 9th. Whaaat?! I've only just started my Christmas shopping. Are you ready for the holidays?

While I'm a believer of eating high quality chocolate all year around, many people indulge in and give chocolate as gifts more at this time of year.  Why not treat your loved ones (and yourself) to healthy raw, vegan, organic chocolates that I promise will rival any high quality and "regular" chocolate on the market in taste, texture, and quality. Order now from anywhere in North America.


For the next week only, all orders will receive a FREE raw chocolate macaroon.

Check out my official Sweetly Raw Chocolate Website HERE where you'll find:

Raw Chocolate Truffles in various flavours like dark chocolate, orange, peppermint, hazelnut, lemon, raspberry pomegranate, cinnamon spice, and caramel.


Caramel Pecan Chocolate Clusters make great stocking stuffers…Also in Cinnamon!

You'll also find coconut sugar sweetened vanilla bean chocolates.

Jumbo Almond Butter Cups

Jumbo Peanut Butter Cups

For the coconut lover - chocolate macaroons. Mmmm

Order your Sweetly Raw Chocolate HERE

And if you'd rather make your own raw chocolate for the holidays, try the recipes in my Raw Chocolate Dream eBook HERE. Click the link to see what the book has to offer!


Friday, November 21, 2014

Raw Jackfruit Cheesecake and New Recipe Videos


Happy Friday! Before I get into today's recipe feature, I have to share some news with you - I'm currently having a new blog site designed. Yay! Thank goodness, right?! Blogger has been doing something funny to the wallpaper on my blog and it's looking horrendous. I guess this is the kick in the butt that I needed though because it's been on my mind for a while to get a proper blog that will be laid out better and more user friendly. In the meantime, don't mind the mess and enjoy the recipes :)

I have an amazzzzing new raw cheesecake recipe to share with you today. If you haven't already tried jackfruit, you must! This tropical fruit is super sweet and tastes like juicy fruit gum. I've been fortunate enough to eat fresh jackfruit many times in my life when traveling, but in this part of the world it can be hard to find. Luckily you can get dried jackfruit and lately I've found crunchy jackfruit at the grocery store.


Jackfruit Cheesecake 
Vegan - Raw- Gluten Free - Grain Free - Soy Free - Refined Sugar Free

Crust

1/2 cup almonds
1/3 cup shredded coconut
1 1/2 tablespoons coconut flour
1/3 cup raisins
1 teaspoon water

Grind the almonds to flour in a food processor. Add the coconut, flour, and raisins. Process until the raisins are broken down. Add the water and pulse to incorporate. Press into a 6" spring form pan.

Filling

1 cup packed dried jackfruit
1 1/4 cup hot water
1 cup cashews
1/4 cup agave or coconut nectar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
2 tablespoons melted coconut butter

Soak the jackfruit in the water for 3-4 hours, or until soft. Blend the jackfruit, soak water, cashews, nectar, vanilla, and lemon juice until smooth in a high speed blender. Add the coconut oil and butter. Blend to incorporate. Pour the filling over the crust. Chill in the freezer for for 2-4 hours and then in the fridge for 12 hours.

Garnish
For an extra special touch, dip extra dried jackfruit and coconut chips into melted dark chocolate, let the chocolate harden and then arrange on the top of the cake.



Here are some of my latest raw food recipe videos!

This raw parsnip hummus is SO good that I've made it 3 times already.



Chocolate tahini dip is a great nut-free option.


Spirulina salad dressing is so creamy!


Raw Sweet Potato Soup


Raw tahini herb dip


Raw Thai peanut sauce is great with zucchini noodles, peppers, cilantro, and avocado.


Cherry amaretto chia pudding is a nice breakfast option - or could even be enjoyed as dessert!





Friday, November 7, 2014

WIN a copy of Sweetly Raw Desserts and Turtle Cookie Recipe


It's raw food week at Quarry Books (the wonderful publishing company who has published my first "real" book). In celebration, they're giving away a copies of their latest raw vegan titles including Sweetly Raw Desserts. They featured a little interview with me along with a recipe for my Turtle Cookies. You can find all of that HERE on their blog.  They also did an interview with my photographer, Melissa Welsh. We had so much fun working together on the book.
Quarry is giving away a copy of Lisa Viger's new book, Easy Affordable Raw and Judita Wignall's new book Raw and Simple Detox too, so check it all out!


My book will be in stores January 2015 but you can pre-order now!
Order from Amazon HERE
Order from Indigo HERE
Order from Barnes and Noble HERE
Order from Indiebound HERE
Order from Bookish HERE

These are so good! A chewy pecan cookie topped with a mound of caramel, covered in dark chocolate and garnished with pecans. Find the recipe HERE.


Liquid raw chocolate… the best!


Here's a sneak peak at what you will find in Sweetly Raw Desserts. All recipes are raw, vegan, gluten free, grain free, refined sugar free, and soy free!

Lemon blueberry layer cake

Chocolate Peppermint Swirl Bark 

Milk Chocolate

Mocha Ice Cream

Remember to enter the Sweetly Raw Dessert book giveaway! HERE

Monday, October 27, 2014

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Dip


I love the abundance of fresh, local apples this time of year. They're so versatile and its fun to come up with tasty ways to use them. Today's recipe is really simple as a healthy raw snack. Lucuma fruit powder adds a caramel flavour and natural sweetness to the apple dip. It's great with apple slices, on crackers, and even on its own by the spoonful!




Caramel Apple Cinnamon Dip

2 1/2 cups peeled, diced apples
3 tablespoons lucuma powder
2 tablespoons pecan butter
2 medjool dates
3/4 - 1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean powder
2 tablespoons coconut creme 

Blend all but the coconut creme until smooth and creamy. Add the coconut creme and blend to incorporate. Add a few drops of stevia if you want more sweetness. Eat immediately or chill for a few hours first.


Remember to enter for my Sweetly Raw Chocolate giveaway
And check out my new website, Sweetly Raw Chocolate to order. 



And pre-order my new book, Sweetly Raw Desserts! Its available on AmazonIndigo, Barnes and Noble , and Indiebound now. All new recipes!


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Apple Crumble Cheesecake and Sweetly Raw Chocolate Giveaway


Today I have a few exciting things to share with you! After several years of dreaming about it, I have finally launched my new raw chocolate website, Sweetly Raw Chocolate, where you can order healthy organic vegan chocolates any time of year. I thought it would be fun to kick things off with a giveaway so that you can have a chance to WIN some choccies! (details further down this post).


I also have a really fantastic Autumn inspired Apple Crumble Cheesecake recipe to share with you. I combined the creamy filling from my caramel apple cheesecake (sans the caramel) and added a crumble which acts as the crust and topping, along with a thick layer of soft apple cinnamon filling. This was a big hit with my friends and I will definitely be making it again and again. It's perfect for this time of year.


Raw Apple Crumble Cheesecake
Makes a 6" cake

Crust

2/3 cup almonds
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup chopped, dried apples
1/2 cup dates
1 1/2 teaspoons water

Process the almonds, coconut, and apples down to flour in a food processor. Add the dates and process until they are completely broken down. Add the water and pulse until the mixture is moist and crumbly.   Set aside a lightly packed 2/3 cup of the mixture and press the rest into a 6" spring form pan.

Filling 

2 cups peeled, diced apples
3/4 cup cashews
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons melted coconut butter
4 tablespoons melted coconut oil
Pinch of salt

Blend the first 5 ingredients until completely smooth. Add the coconut butter and oil. Blend again to incorporate. Pour over the crust. Chill in the freezer for 2-3 hours and then transfer to the fridge for at least 8 hours.

Apple Filling

2 large apples, peeled and quartered
2 dates, chopped
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon cinnamon

Process all ingredients down to small pieces in a food processor. DO NOT over process or it will turn to applesauce. Spread this over the chilled cheesecake.  Sprinkle the rest of the crumble on the top.



Onto all things raw chocolate! As I said above, my website, Sweetly Raw Chocolate is officially open for business HERE.


Choose from raw chocolate truffles, peanut butter and almond butter cups, chocolate macaroons, vanilla bean chocolates, caramel pecan chocolate clusters…  They make great gifts :)

Jumbo Raw Almond Butter Cups are made with sprouted, stone ground almond butter. 

One of my favourite chocolate treats!

Caramel pecan chocolate clusters

Chocolate truffles in various flavours 


GIVEAWAY

Win a box of raw chocolate vegan truffles!

...And a caramel pecan chocolate cluster.

And a raw chocolate macaroon!

TO ENTER:

Leave a comment below letting me know what your favourite flavour is with chocolate (you can have multiple lol). Mine are: peanut butter, vanilla, peppermint, and berries!

Leave your email address when you leave your comment so that I can contact you if you win.

- Become a fan of Sweetly Raw on Facebook

- The contest is open to anyone in Canada and the USA.

- The deadline to enter is Thursday, October 30th. The random winner will be emailed and an email response is expected within 24 hours otherwise a new winner will be chosen.

NOTE: Some people aren't able to enter here for some reason (unable to leave a comment), so you can also enter on my Facebook page HERE (answer the question there).

Increase your chances of winning:

- Tweet about the contest, mentioning @heathypace for an extra chance to win!
- Follow me on Instagram - sweetlyraw for a third chance to win.


And make sure to check out my new website, Sweetly Raw Chocolate :)

Monday, October 20, 2014

Pumpkin Spice Shake


I'm continuing with the flavours of Fall in today's recipe. You wouldn't know there's raw sweet potato, yam, or pumpkin in this shake! It's perfectly spiced, sweet, frosty, and creamy.


Raw Pumpkin Spice Shake 

1/2 cup water
2/3 cup peeled, diced sweet potato, pumpkin, or yams
2 large medjool dates
2 tablespoons melted coconut creme (any of our flavours)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean powder
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 1/4 cup ice cubes
Blend all but the ice cubes in a high speed blender until completely smooth. Add the ice and blend again until smooth. Add a few drops stevia if you want it sweeter. Note: Do NOT add the ice until blending the other ingredients or the coconut butter will seize and not be properly incorporated.
You can buy our coconut creme (coconut butter) in BULK and save money!

Find my latest recipe video HERE for these zucchini and carrot noodles in a raw thai peanut coconut sauce.