Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter Chocolate


Happy Easter! I hope you're having a fantastic weekend, wherever you may be. Its warm here on the West Coast. The grass is green, the flowers are blooming, and the birds are chirping. I'm spending the holiday with friends and family. I can't ask for anything more.


A little something chocolate was in order for the holiday and I made something I've never done before. Chocolate macaroon nests with white chocolate covered brownie "eggs". I think these are so cute… and they taste great too!



Raw Chocolate Macaroon Nests with White Chocolate Covered Brownie Eggs

Chocolate Macaroon Nests

1/4 cup melted cacao butter
1/3 cup coconut sugar
1/3 cup cacao powder
1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup coconut flakes

Grind the coconut sugar in a coffee grinder. Whisk together the cacao butter, ground coconut sugar, cacao powder, and coconut oil in a bowl sitting on a pot of hot water to make sure the chocolate stays liquid. Stir in the coconut. Remove the bowl from the pot of water. Place 6 heaping tablespoons of the mixture onto a parchment lined baking tray. Use your fingers to shape nests. Chill for at least 30 minutes in the fridge.

Brownie "Eggs"

1/4 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup pecans
1 1tablespoon + 2 teaspoons cacao powder
1/3 cup packed dates, chopped
1/4 teaspoon vanilla bean powder

Finely grind the pumpkin seeds in a food processor. Add the pecans and briefly grind, down to crumbs. Add the remaining ingredients and process until the dates are completely broken down. Roll the dough into 21 small balls plus a few extra larger ones (you'll have extra dough) then roll them back and forth between your hands a few times to make an egg shape. Chill in the fridge for a few hours.

White Chocolate Coating

3 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon melted cacao butter
2 1/2 tablespoons cashew butter
2 1/2 tablespoons coconut sugar

Powder the coconut sugar in a coffee grinder. Whisk all ingredients together in a bowl sitting over a bowl of hot water. Once the mixture is smooth, remove the bowl from the hot water. Dip the chilled brownie eggs into the mixture and transfer to a parchment paper lined tray. Chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. Note: If the white chocolate is too liquid, let it sit 5 minutes to start to thicken slightly. If it starts to stiffen while dipping, simply set the bowl over hot water for a few minutes while whisking.

Chocolate Drizzle

1 1/2 teaspoons maple syrup
1 1/2 teaspoons melted coconut oil
2 teaspoons cacao powder, sifted

Whisk all ingredients together until smooth. Drizzle over the chilled chocolate eggs. Chill in the fridge for at least 15 minutes.


Thursday, March 27, 2014

Raw Pear Berry Swirl Cheesecake and lots of other new recipes!


I have lots of new raw recipes to share with you! And I have exciting news. I've just submitted the final manuscript to my publisher for my raw dessert book. EEeks!!! After months of hard work it's really all coming together.

Today I have both sweet and savoury recipes and recipe videos to share with you that I've created for Vivapura's blog. I love playing with their ingredients. And by the way, you get FREE shipping on orders over $75.


I made this raw vegan Maca Chocolate Chip Ice Cream a few weeks ago. It's SOOO good! And with all the benefits of maca (some of which I share HERE), it's basically a medicinal ice cream. How about that?!

Maca Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

1 1/3 cup cashews
2 1/2 cups water
2/3 cup + 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
4 tablespoons maca
3 tablespoons lucuma
2 teaspoons mesquite
2 teaspoons baobab powder
1 tablespoon maple syrup
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1/3 cup cacao nibs

Blend the cashews, water, and sugar until smooth. Add remaining ingredients except the nibs and blend to incorporate. The mixture should be completely smooth. Chill in the fridge for 8-12 hours and then process in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturers instructions. Toward the end of churning add in the cacao nibs OR raw dark chocolate chunks. Freeze for 4-6 hours until the ice cream firms up.

Raw Zucchini Alfredo
I made added a few extra goodies to this alfredo to kick it up a notch! You can find the recipe HERE.


Blueberry Chia Pudding 
This is a great breakfast option. It's light yet filling and delicious, plus its completely sugar free! You can find the recipe HERE.


Black Forest Brownies
Chocolate and cherries are a great combo. These are easy to make but look fancy, so they're perfect for serving to guests when you're short on time. You can find the recipe HERE.


My recipe for a Raw Strawberry Goji Shake is deeeelicious and healthy! It's a great breakfast smoothie or afternoon snack.



A rare savoury recipe video. This Cucumber avocado pistachio dip is light and refreshing. Perfect with veggies or as a thick salad dressing.



If you're in the mood for chocolate, check out my Chocolate Banana Bites recipe.



My latest recipe is for a Raw Pear Berry Swirl Cheesecake. Oh goodness, this cake is so good and you'd never believe it's dairy free and gluten free!




I hope you'll give it a try! You'll see from my video how incredibly easy it is to make a raw cheesecake.

Catch me in Instagram! Recently I helped my dear friend Helen open her raw and vegan cafe called Bliss. For days I had fun making desserts and training her to make them for the cafe on a regular basis. You'll find the photos on my Instagram along with heaps of food photos and some of my adventures.

And join me on Facebook to catch my latest photos and happenings right away!

My dream came true recently when I got to feed wild deer! There were so many of them but only a few brave enough to come close up. We fed them organic carrots.


Part of Wellness Weekend 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

New Raw Recipes and Videos

I feel like a stranger to my own blog these days. Most of my work has still been going toward my raw vegan dessert book and my other recipes have been created for Vivapura's blog and videos on YouTube using their fabulous organic raw ingredients (by the way you get FREE shipping on orders over $75).
I thought I'd do a recipe update for you here! …

A month ago I shared a recipe for Nutty Goji Berry Pomegranate Granola

Going back to the end of January I shared this Superfood Nut Crunch recipe that is soooo good, I couldn't stop eating it!

Then I finally shared something savoury with these Spicy Chili Salad Sprinkles that make an excellent topping for salads and raw soups.

Yesterday I posted a tasty Maca Chocolate Chip Ice Cream recipe.

I did a recipe video for a Superfood Smoothie Bowl. It's light, refreshing, tasty and energizing!




And weeks ago I shared a recipe video for low sugar coconut clusters. They're crazy easy and delish!



And my latest video which I posted today is for a super tasty Raw Strawberry Goji Shake.



Lots of recipes to check out, and I hope you give any of them a try!

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Valentines Chewy Chocolate Squares and Chocolate Maca Cups


Happy Valentines Day (almost)! Have you been busy making healthy raw chocolate treats to celebrate the occasion? I'd love to hear about what you made. Do you have special plans for the 14th with your loved one?

I have two awesome recipes to share with you today, both involving chocolate of course ;)

First Chewy Raw Chocolate Squares is a recipe I posted last summer and have made them several times since. They're only sweetened with dates and are rich and delicious.


Chewy Chocolate Squares

Crust

1 1/4 cup almond flour*
3 tablespoons coconut flour
1/2 cup pitted dates, chopped**
2 teaspoons water, or as needed

Combine the flours and dates in a food processor until ground down. Add water starting with 1 teaspoon. Pulse to combine. Add the second teaspoon if needed so that the mixture holds together when pressed. 

*Either blanched almond flour (which is what I used) or finely ground almonds (sift to get out the leftover chunks)
**Measure 1/2 cup pitted and then chop.

Topping

1 1/2 cup well packed, pitted dates
1/2 cup coconut milk
9-10 tablespoons cacao powder
1/4 teaspoon vanilla bean powder (what I used) or 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup melted coconut oil

Puree the dates in a food processor (may have to scrape down a few times). 
Add the coconut oil, cacao, vanilla and salt. Puree again until smooth. 
Once the mixture is completely smooth (takes a few minutes), add the oil and process until its incorporated. 
Spread the mixture over the crust. 
Chill in the fridge for 8-12 hours or in the freezer for 4-6 hours. 
Drizzle raw chocolate and coconut flakes on top (after chilling). Slice into bars. 

*Full fat canned or fresh young coconut pulp blended with water = must be thick. OR thick cashew milk.


My next recipe is one I wrote for Vivapura's blog (I love being their official new blogger - and FYI: you always get FREE shipping on orders over $75)! Raw Chocolate Maca Cashew Cups are insanely good!!!! I will be making these again and again…. and once you sample the filling, beware. You might want to eat it all before getting it into the chocolate shells lol. Find the recipe HERE.


Happy Valentines Day! 

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Raw Chocolate - Make Your Own! And A New Recipe Video


Valentine's Day is just around the corner and you know what that means… CHOCOLATE! And your loved one, and romance, and beautiful flowers too ;) I've been getting emails from many of you in hopes of ordering my raw chocolate this year for Valentines, but unfortunately I'm not shipping them out this year. I've got too many other things on my plate - but I will offer it again in the future so always stay tuned. Fortunately, I have plenty of recipes so that you can make your own raw vegan chocolate! If you haven't made chocolate before, it's easier than you might think it to be. Really! You just need the right ingredients and a few tips along the way.


I share my recipes, tips, and gorgeous photos in my ebook, My Raw Chocolate Dream, and from now until February 10th you can buy it for 40% off! The book is normally $14.97, but in the next ten days you can get it for only $8.99. You can see more of what the book has to offer HERE


This sale is over now but you can still buy the book! 
Download Raw Chocolate Dream ebook now 
 $14.97 
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Here's just a bit of what you'll find in the book…

Treat your loved one to raw chocolate bars instead of buying it from the store.

You'll find a recipe for raw white chocolate that tastes just like the real thing!

And make cake pops without any of the gluten or refined sugar or dairy.

Peanuts, caramel, and chocolate. Yummm!


Or make filled chocolates.

And don't forget chocolate covered peanut butter balls for the peanut butter lover in your life.

If you like coconut, try my chocolate coconut macaroons.

And here's another recipe I recently made using Vivapura's wonderful ingredients. And to be clear, I am endorsing these products because they are very high quality, raw, organic ingredients. I have been a fan of this company for years (I wrote a post about their jackfruit 4 years ago and posted a recipe for raw jackfruit ice cream). These cherry nut power bars back a nutritional punch and are really tasty!



And you can see a written version of the recipe HERE.


Will you be making your own healthy raw chocolate this Valentine's Day?




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Sunday, January 26, 2014

New Recipes! Chocolate macaroons, cinnamon maca milkshake, and a smoothie.


My poor bloggie has been so neglected lately, but it's all for good reason. I've been busy in my kitchen formulating recipes for my raw dessert book, and I've had the opportunity to create raw recipes for a wonderful organic raw food company called Vivapura. I've been a fan of their products for years because they are all about quality, and they carry exotic ingredients in addition to items that are part of any raw food pantry. Jarrah bee pollen, dried jakfruit, spirulina crunches, and lucuma coconut creme are some of my favourite specialty foods they sell. To my knowledge you cannot find these ingredients in any health food stores. And their stone ground nut butters are so silky smooth. So good!

I hope you'll hop over and check out the recipes I've created using their products. Creamy Blueberry Coconut Smoothie is perfect for breakfast. Find my recipe HERE .


Chocolate hemp butter macaroons are great for an afternoon snack. They're chewy, chocolatey, and have a definite hemp taste too. Find my recipe HERE.


I've also made a recipe video for the first time in over 3 years! You have to try this raw vegan cinnamon maca milkshake. It is sooo good.



Here's a shot from my last book photoshoot a few days ago. Melissa is an amazing photographer!


And a few of my latest pics from instagram. You can catch more on my instagram HERE.