View Full Version : Raw foods gave me a 'sweet tooth.'
08-16-2009, 11:56 AM
I was NEVER one to eat things like cake, ice cream, chocolate, etc. Even as a kid. I just didn't really care for such items. On occasion, yes. But that was few and far between. The more raw desserts I try, the more I love treats. Processed crap known as dessert to the average person doesn't hold a candle to the raw yummies I make at home. I made some chocolate cupcakes this morning and they were amazing. The frosting turned out crappy, but there was no need for frosting on them. They were delish without. :D
I think my husband has been thinking the same thing since I made a raw cheesecake last week. We both know that we've got to keep it to a minimum because we need our fruits and veggies, but man oh man aren't they the best??
And....I can't wait to try Veganforlife's Butternut/Hazelnut/Raisin Cake!
08-16-2009, 12:04 PM
Which cheesecake recipe did you make? Or if you just winged it, what did you use?=)
08-16-2009, 12:42 PM
2 Cups raw nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts or macadamia nuts)
½ Cup Dates (soaked and pitted)
3 Cups Soaked Cashews (Soak a least an hour, but longer if possible)
¾ Cup Lemon Juice with pulp (or lime for more tartness)
¾ Cup Raw Agave Nectar (Honey can be used as a substitute)
¾ Cup Raw Coconut Oil (lightly melted- emerge container in hot water or place in dehydrator a few minutes)
¼" piece of vanilla bean (use only the scraped out seeds) (extract can work as a substitution if it is pure and doesn’t contain alcohol.)
Your favorite fruit - frozen and fresh. (My favorite is raspberries or mango.)
Sprinkle coconut on the bottom of a 8" spring form pan (to avoid the crust sticking). Use a food processor to process nuts and dates to form a crust. Gently press the crust into the pan and smooth with a plastic scraper. Next, blend (in a high powered blender) all the "cheese" ingredients until smooth & creamy. Pour "cheese" evenly over crust and place in freezer. If you have bubbles gently tap pan on the counter. Next, prepare topping by blending a bag of frozen fruit until spreadable- not necessarily smooth. Add a little agave or some dates if not sweet enough. Pour topping over "cheese" after it has set up. Cover & return to freezer until frozen. Defrost in refrigerator an hour before serving. Garnish with fresh fruit.
A bit too lemony for me, but my husband and 2 boys gobbled it right up. I'm thinking of using a bit of orange juice next time. Maybe 1/4 C OJ and 1/2 C lemon instead of 3/4 lemon. I don't know how it'll turn out, but we'll see.
With the topping, I just blended up blueberries, coconut butter and a little bit of agave. I put it right on top of the cheesecake before freezing rather than after it set a bit. It turned out just fine.
08-16-2009, 06:37 PM
That cheesecake recipe looks really good! :)
08-17-2009, 05:36 AM
08-17-2009, 06:27 AM
I like the idea about using some orange juice. Maybe adding some zest from both the orange and the lemon would be nice too. Citrus zest gives such a nice bright flavour. :)
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