Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Desserts in Review

I recently tried a few dessert recipes from the e-book, Raw Food Fast Food, by my dear friend Philip McCluskey. This book is great for people with any level of skill in food preparation, and is especially perfect for the beginner to raw food or the busy person who wants gourmet, yet quick and easy recipes. What I know is that most folks want simplicity when it comes to raw, in addition to something tasty they can feed their non-raw friends/family.

While the book is packed full of all kinds of goodies, I scrolled to the dessert section first, as I do with every book (you can see why I'm the Dessert Diva). The Dreamy Layer Cake jumped out at me right away (the pic will have you drooling), but I settled on two other recipes first: chocolate ice cream and magical macaroons. They're easy peasy and super delish! Each recipe incorporates two highly nutritious ingredients I love – hemp butter, which I don't use often enough, and lucuma powder, which I consume on a daily basis. They add a fun new twist to the original versions. I hope you'll enjoy these recipes as much as I do! Try crumbling the macaroons over the ice cream for an extra special treat.

Magical Vanilla Macaroons

2 cups shredded coconut
2 Tbs agave or honey
2 Tbs hemp butter
2 Tbs lucuma powder
1 Tbs maca powder
1 Tbs pure vanilla extract or powder
Generous pinch of sea salt

Mix together by hand or with a wooden spoon in a bowl, until it sticks together, adding more sweetener or water to make it stick.
Scoop onto a cookie sheet or spread into a tupperware container, and chill or freeze (this sets them a little more). Or eat these immediately - they're perfectly chewy and delicious without dehydration.

There's also a great chocolate variation in the book!

Click here for the chocolate ice cream recipe. It's really great - I topped mine with bananas, cacao nibs, and hemp seeds. It would be great with berry or vanilla sauces too!
On my list to make next is the spinach bisque, "forget about it" pasta, cheese spread, and superfood drink, among other things!


HiHoRosie said...

Those macs look darn cute! Cute enough to SNARF! :)

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

Those look perfect. Easy, no dehydrating b/c the smell of coconut and vanilla wafting thru the air for like 12 hrs is just too much for me. Freeze and serve, baby. love it!

Nikki said...

Mmmm! Macaroons are one of my faves. I haven't tried hemp butter yet, but I'm sure I'll love it. I love anything that ends with the word butter :).

Pam said...

Your past post's are SO amazing!

I don't know how you do it, but you are so creative!

You go girl! love it!


Melissa said...

MMmmm. Thanks for sharing. I'm definitely trying these! :)

Lauren said...

Oh my! These looks so delicious and simple! YUM! I looooove macaroons, especially in the raw! :)

HippieMom said...

Oh! The absolute dessert is always served on your blog!
I am such a mess at making raw desserts..

Fayinagirl (means Free One) said...

The macaroons look fantastic. Finally, a raw cookie without nuts!

Cole said...

Raw ice cream? Yes please!

rawcandy said...

Those macaroons look especially delicious... so perfectly shaped!

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Christine said...

Wow, the macaroons look perfect! I'm putting hemp butter on my list now :-) Thanks!

Ariana said...

Wow - this chocolat ice cream looks delicious - and I like the word "dessert diva" :-)

Simply Life said...

oh that ice cream looks great!

Christine said...

I've been looking through this blog and I must say you have the most incredible dessert pictures! Makes me feel like I could taste them right off the computer screen.

Thanks for sharing.