Say “Cheese” 📷 to your Selfie not the Cake…..[berry non’cheese cake recipe🍒]

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berry non-cheese cake

 

Yes folks, this is an egg, flour, gluten and more importantly DAIRY FREE…..and… STOVE FREE…wait for it, wait for it…AHHHHHHH….Crazy I know right!!!! Wow your probably wondering how is this possible?  Why is this called a non’cheese cake and not just a regular cake. Well, what if I told you all the ingredients involved are healthy and it tastes exactly like a cheesecake, that’s why!! Yes, yes, and yes!!!

I discovered this “Raw cheesecake Recipe”, from “The Rawtarian”. Again this was one of my go-to sites when I first started out. ( I did a lot of recipes when I was discovering raw foods..lol). I changed the recipe a bit according to my measurements and taste.

 

Your probably wondering….What’s in it??
Crust:
The crust is made up of a cup of nuts of your choice (nuts best used for this recipe are walnuts, almonds, Brazil nuts or a combination of any of the two) and dates. When processed it’s the dates that forms the layer of crust.

Filling:
The filling is made of …..pure cashews, honey, coconut oil, vanilla and lemon juice! When combined the cashews substitutes the taste and texture of the cheese part in the cheesecake.

Berry Topping
The berry topping is made up of frozen berries, dates and chia seeds. When mixed together this makes for a thick, fruit topping or spread!

Okay enough rambling go to straight to the recipe! ☟

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Berry Non’cheese cake recipe

 

Tools: Food processor, spatula, 8″ round cake pan (or any shape of cake mold), plastic food wrap

Ingredients:

Crust Ingredients:
1 cup of nuts (examples: Brazil nuts, walnuts, almonds or a combination of the 2)
4 big medjool dates (or 1/4 cup of dates)
1/8 tsp salt
1 tbsp agave (optional)
1 tbsp vanilla (optional)
1 tbsp almond butter (optional)

( Note: I added the optional ingredients for taste, you can omit it)

Filling Ingredients:
1 1/2 cup of cashews
1/3 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup agave (or sweetener of your choice like honey, maple syrup)
4 tbsp coconut oil

Berry Toppings Ingredients:
1 cup of frozen berries
3/4 cup of frozen berries (for topping to garnish)
3 dates
1 tsp chia seeds
1 tbsp honey (or sweetener of your choice like agave or maple syrup)

 

Directions:
Crust Directions:
(1) Process the nuts in the food processor until its fine.

processed nuts only

processed nuts only

(2) Add the remaining of the crust ingredients, dates, salt, (and optional ingredients if you desire, agave, almond butter and vanilla) in the food processor and mix. Stop occasionally to scrape the sides using a spatula. Process the mixture  until it is well combined but still airy. (Don’t over process it. It should still be airy but sticky enough to form a crust)

(3) Prepare your 8″ round cake pan by covering the pan with a plastic food wrap. (This makes it easier to remove the cake from the pan)

(4) Remove the mixture from the food processor and press the mixture down into the pan so it forms a crust.

nut crust

nut crust

(5) Place the pan in the freezer for 20 minutes. (At this point you can start making the filling)

 

Filling Directions:
(1) Process the cashews until its fine.

Processed cashews

Processed cashews

(2) Add the remaining of the filling ingredients in the food processor and mix.

(3) Stop occasionally to scrape the sides using a spatula. Process until it becomes less gritty but smooth enough that looks like a cheesecake filling.

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Cashew Filling mixed

(4) Take the pan from the freezer and pour the content on the top of crust. Place back into the freezer for another 30 minutes. (At this point you can prepare the berry topping)

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cashew filling

Berry Toppings Directions:
(1) Process the 1 cup of berries, dates, honey and chia seeds in a food processor until its smooth.

(2) Take the cashew cake out of the freezer and you have 1 or 2 options

☞You can add the berry toppings and 3/4 cup of extra berries right away on top of the cashew cake and place it back into the freezer.

☞Or you can spread the berry mixture and extra berries only when you are ready to eat a piece of cake. You can store the berry mixture in a small mason jar and use it only when you need it. I find this method better because the berry toppings are fresh on the cake and not hard. And there is a longevity to the berry mixture since I can use it as a jam or I can put it in my almond milk!

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Raw almond milk and berry drink

(3) Store the non-cheesecake in the freezer and enjoy!

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slice of cake

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Chocolate “Bar”ks…..Your 3 o’clock snack!!

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I don’t know about you but I love chocolate, especially if I long for it at 3 in the afternoon! So upon stumbling some raw food websites, I wanted to share this amazing, easy, recipe called “Raw Chocolate Bark” from “rawified.blogspot.ca” !

What is a “Chocolate Bark”?
Chocolate bark is an unusual name for a chocolate bar. It sounds like a name of a treat I would feed my dog! But it’s not (and just to point out I do not feed any chocolate to my dog). Back to what is a chocolate bark, it’s a layer of chocolate covered in any type of nuts, dried fruits, candies, other pieces of chocolate and flavoring. All these additives are just thrown together and it is broken into shards of pieces resembling “tree barks”.

So if you love chocolate, here’s a healthier version of it! This is a simple recipe that anyone can make. The measurements below are not set in stone so you can tweak it according to your taste buds. All you need are nuts, dried fruits, flavoring and your palette.

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Recipe: Raw Chocolate Barks

Tools: 3 ceramic bowls, whisk, plastic food wrap, 8X8 square pan

Ingredients: (I used almonds, dried cranberries, peppermint extract and honey)
ingredients_chocolate_bark-1/2 cup coconut oil or raw cacao butter
-1/2 raw cacao powder
1/4 cup of any chopped nuts or seeds of your choice (examples: almonds, pecans, pistachios, walnuts, hazelnuts, macadamia nuts, cashews, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds)
A handful of any dried fruit  (examples: dried cranberries, raisins, goji berries, dates, dried prunes, figs, pineapple, mango, blueberries or shredded coconuts)
-1 Tbsp of flavoring (examples: vanilla, peppermint flavor extract, cayenne, grated ginger, orange zest, coffee bean, cinnamon, mint)
– 4 Tbsp of Honey or any sweetener of your choice (examples: agave, maple syrup)
-1 Litre of hot water

 

Directions:
(You basically want to melt the oil. You can put it in the microwave, but I did it the old fashion way so I won’t destroy the enzymes, see below.)

-Pour the hot water enough to fill the bowl half way.
-Then add the pieces of raw cacao butter or coconut oil ( I added a bit of both) in another bowl and place this bowl over the bowl with the hot water. This will melt the oil without killing the enzymes.

-You can place another bowl over the mixture so the heat will not escape and it will melt the oil faster. If the water is cooling keep on refilling it with hot water until the oil is all melted.

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-Once everything is melted add the raw cacao powder, honey, flavoring and mix.
-Prepare your square pan by lining it in plastic wrap.
-Pour the mixture into the square pan. Now add in the nuts and dried fruits.
-Place the pan in the freezer for 15 minutes.

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Once removed from the freezer, cut it up into pieces and enjoy! It’s best to store these in the freezer. If you use coconut oil, you can store it in the fridge.

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This best part about eating raw is that you cannot over indulge, a little goes along way. You can just eat a small piece of chocolate bark and your satisfied! So go ahead, spoil yourself Raw’tn!!

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References:

http://rawified.blogspot.ca/2012/04/raw-chocolate-bark.html

http://bakingbites.com/2009/12/what-is-chocolate-bark/

 

RAW..huh yeah……… What is it good for?

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Raw, huh yeah
What is it good for?
Absolutely anything, oh hoh, oh
Raw huh yeah
What is it good for?
Absolutely everything, say it again y’all

Oh, raw, I’m surprised
‘Cause it means encouraging many lives
Raw means opening up your taste-buds and eyes
To something healthy, energetic and alive

Here’s a little play on words on Edwin Starr – War Lyrics

 Make raw not war !!

Back to reality. So why raw? What is it all about? Is it healthy? Your probably thinking, “great healthy=expensive”  and the preparation time is tiresome. In my defense, we invest in many materialistic things like our car, our house, our electronic gadgets, why not invest and educate ourselves. I am not going to sugar coat it, it is tedious, preparation time is lengthy and yes it may be expensive, but in the end the results speak for themselves. Eating raw kills many birds with one stone. I eat healthy and the latter you just have to keep reading below. Let’s just say this is the one investment I get a return on. So go ahead make raw and not war with our bodies.

What is “raw foods” you ask?

It is basically what it states, foods that are uncooked and/or unprocessed. It consists of a plant base, organic foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, sprouted grains, herbs, spices, seaweeds, as well as eggs, meat, fish and dairy products. There are several techniques to prepare many edible raw dishes. The foods are either prepared cold, warm, fermented, soaked, sprouted or dehydrated, so as long it cannot be heated over 118 degrees Fahrenheit. Foods heated over a certain temperature may destroy its natural enzymes and its nutritional value.

What are its benefits? I can give you a list of what it has done for me, and so I shall

  • It has improved my digestion (yes I regularly go to the little girls room)
  • Overall improved my skin’s appearance (I no longer have acne)
  • I maintained weight loss (I no longer have food cravings)
  • It has improved my senses ( My taste buds are suddenly heightened)
  • I discovered food intolerance (I can no longer eat bread or dairy)
  • It got me educated and disciplined on nutrition, health and chemical free DIY beauty tips/routines

So now you know what raw foods entitles, I will focus on recipes with fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, sprouted grains, herbs, spices, seaweeds and some dairy (Dairy? I thought you are intolerant to dairy? Yes you just have to wait and see).  So if your still reading my blog it means that you are still interested. Great! On my next blog I will discuss food preparations, the basic  tools and staple foods I use in the kitchen.

Until then go spoil yourself Raw’tn!!!

 

References:

Lyrics to Edwin Starr – War Lyrics | MetroLyrics

http://vegetarian.about.com/od/vegetarianlifestyle/f/rawfoods.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Raw_foodism

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