Friday, April 16, 2010

Sweet Tooth: Springy Strawberry Pudding


Happy Friday! Before I get into yummy sweet recipes, I've got to announce "Last Call" for anyone who wants to enter The Moonie Pie Challenge but has yet to do so. You've got until tomorrow (Saturday) night, at midnight. The winner will be announced Sunday or (Monday at the latest). I LOVE all the entries so far! They're amazing. Check em out for yourself... which one would YOU choose as the winner?

Now for some goodies to welcome the weekend. Today I've got a Springy Strawberry Pudding which is light and fruity, perfect for this warmer weather. My "blast from the past" is a Blueberry Cardamom Ice Cream Cake, from August 2008. I was on a blueberry kick due to all the abundance of wild blueberries that grow in my neck of the woods.


Strawberry Pudding
Ingredients:
3 cups chopped strawberries
1 cup chopped mango or pineapple
1/2 cup cashews
2- 3 tablespoons liquid sweetener, or to taste
3 tablespoons irish moss gel*
1 tablespoons lecithin
2 teaspoons psyllium
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon melted cacao butter

Blend all ingredients but the cacao butter, until smooth and creamy. Add the butter and blend again. Chill the mixture in the fridge, or freeze for a few hours for more of an ice cream. 

*Irish moss gel: Soak a handful of irish moss, measure out 2 oz, chop it, and blend it with 1 cup water until totally broken down and slightly warm. Save the remaining gel for other recipes.

Blueberry Cardamom Ice Cream Cake

Crust:
1 1/2 cups nuts
4 large dates, pitted


In a food processor, grind the nuts into crumbs. Add the dates and process again, into a slightly sticky dough. Press into the bottom of an 8" spring form pan. Set aside. 


Filling:
2 cups macadamia nuts or cashews
(or a mixture of both)
1 1/4 cup water
1 cup blueberries
1/2 cup agave
1/3 cup coconut oil
1 Tablespoon + 1 tsp ground cardamom 
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/8 teaspoon sea salt


Blend all but the coconut oil until smooth and creamy. Add the oil and blend again to incorporate. 
Pour the mixture over the crust. Freeze until firm. 
To serve, remove the cake from the freezer and let soften in the fridge for a few hours, or until just soft enough to slice. (Remember this is supposed to be a frozen cake)
Garnish with blueberries or sauce, and serve immediately. 
Optional - Sprinkle a layer of blueberries on the crust before adding the filling. 


For Ice Cream, transfer the blended mixture to a bowl and chill in the fridge. When chilled, process in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturers instructions. OR you can do the ice cube tray route!

Have a sweet weekend!

Got ideas for Sweet Tooth? Leave a comment and let me know! 


Join the Moonie Pie Challenge or pick up a copy of the recipes to make in your own time!

22 comments:

Lauren said...

Wow, everything looks so refreshing! I would actually eat it right now! LOL! :) Good luck to all the contestants!

Dr. Soorya said...

Is there any desserts out there that do not have nuts as the base, lecithin, and irish moss in them? Your desserts are lovely but as a raw person I cannot eat so much rich food, but long for good desserts.

shannonmarie said...

I love puddings. Yum! It's funny; at first I thought it said "Stingy" Strawberry Pudding. It made sense with the pineapple. Ha ha. I need to get some more sleep or perhaps give my eyes a rest.

I always thought that blast from the past was beautiful!

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

the blueberry creation is perfect...love it!

have a lovely weekend Heather!!!!
xoxo

yaoxu said...

I love love LOVE your site! There are so many helpful and wonderfully delicious looking recipes :)

bitt of raw said...

the strawberry pudding looks delicious--pineapple, strawberry, yum!

i have made your blueberry cardamom cake and it was quite nice! need to do it again one of these days.

i brought my durian moonies to a party tonight and people were FLOORED. even the people who don't like durian LOVED them. should have videotaped it for ya. :-) I gave some to carmella and don so if you want to ask them their opinion you may. is my nose brown yet? oh yes from the chocolate i am sure.

VeggieGirl said...

Once again, you make THE best desserts, dear Heather!

blessedmama said...

Oh, my goodness, I am continually amazed at your site! You have unbelievable recipes. Thank you so much for sharing them with us.

Fitnessista said...

hey girl!
i added the new moonie pie to my page: http://fitnessista.com/?p=7148
your desserts look amazing as always- LOVE blueberry cardamom combo.
have a great day <3

Heather Pace said...

Lauren - Oh yay, glad to hear you would have an appetite for this - wish i could send some in the mail! :)

Dr. Soorya - a lot of my recipes do use nuts, irish moss, and/or lecithin.

shannon - hehe so funny you thought I said Singy... you need a nappy hun!

Averie! - thank you! I think ud enjoy the cake - have a wonderful weekend too!

Yaoxu - thanks you!

Bitt - totally cool that you made the cake already!
Durian is such a great moonie idea - Im so glad Carmi got to try it - what did she think?

Veggie - thanks dear! Glad I can share em with you ;)

Blessed - I appreciate your comment, thank you!

Fitness - yaaay! So glad you dipped your moonies. New pic is going into my entries post!

bitt of raw said...

haven't heard anything from carmi about her thoughts. maybe she's on the road today

vickys said...

This is spring colour overload! I'm envious of the abundance of berries you seem to be having right now! :)

Antony Heaven said...

More absolutely fabulous recipes! I don't know when I'll ever get around to making them but I do enjoy looking at them :-)

Sarah said...

Hi Heather,

I just bought a copy of the moonie pies book and was wondering if I could substitute coconut oil or butter for the cocoa butter in the chocolate topping?

They are so good do far, I have done way too much licking of the bowls!

Thanks!

Heather Pace said...

Hey Sarah - yes absolutely, you do use coconut oil - someone else did that and it worked great :)
hope you'll send me a pic when you're done!

Pure2raw twins said...

I have to make this blueberry cardamom ice cream cake, two of my fav flavors!! YUM!!

Congrats and good luck to all the contestants!!!

Michal said...

Oh my goodness both of these look amazing as usual. I never can get over just how talented you are! :)

Sarah said...

Thanks Heather,

I am having I terrible time trying to get the chocolate coating perfect, but I won't give up. The moonies came out great so far, I used your banana filling but added ginger... yum!

ally. said...

I made the blueberry cardamom ice cream tart today! Right after I read the recipe, i had to make it, and i magically had all the ingredients!
it is a beautiful purple color and tastes luscious!!!

Melissa said...

Thanks for sharing all your recipes! They all look way beyond delicious. i can't wait for berry season to hit the coast. I'm getting a seperate freezer this year so I can stock up and have berries over the winter and spring...can't wait!

earthboundfaerie said...

Greetings from all the way in the Philippines! :p Just finished making the blueberry cardamom ice cream cake and it's going into the freezer right now. i'm so excited! thanks for such an amazing recipe! :)

Michelle said...

look's soooo good! gonna try that blueberry ice cake :) thank you