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Raw Coconut Lime Cheesecake Bars

There are few people you meet in life who would wholeheartedly say, “Cheesecake? Nah, I’m good thanks” (unless they’re a pure savoury addict, then I’ll let them off). Which means there’s more of this raw coconut lime cheesecake for the rest of us. Just the title makes you want to read on, check out the pictures and zoom straight down to the recipe method!raw coconut lime cheesecakeThere’s something about raw desserts that just makes me want to have more and more. Charlotte decided to make this beauty of a cheesecake, slice it all up and freeze it…I was only happy to take some photographs and test for it’s authenticity and sheer indulgent taste (without all that nasty sugar and dairy).

raw coconut lime cheesecake

As you can see from the ingredients list, the natural sweetness from dates and maple syrup are plenty to give this that satisfying sweet edge needed to be a real cake. It’s all natural and nothing processed added which means you can feel really good about asking people to give these a go (I doubt any kind of resistance will happen here).

raw coconut lime cheesecake

The lime taste that comes through is subtle enough to really taste it’s “limey” but not overpowering, and the coconut….well you know goodnessgreen’s obsession with the white stuff! Thank you nature ūüėČ
A vegan dessert or little treat you can be proud to put out on a dish and just leave people to pick and pick. Your freezer just got real exciting.

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Raw Coconut Lime Cheesecake Bars

base:
1 cup shredded coconut
1 cup oats
1 cup dates
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
pinch of sea salt
filling:
1 cup soaked (at least 6 hours) cashews
1 cup coconut cream
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1/4 cup maple syrup
juice + zest of 1 lime

  1. Line a small baking pan with baking parchment.
  2. Blitz the base ingredients until a sticky dough forms. Press firmly into the pan + freeze.
  3. Blend the filling ingredients until super smooth + creamy. Pour over the base + freeze until set.
  4. To enjoy, remove from the freezer to thaw a little + slice away. Eat up or place in the fridge.

Banana NiceCream – No Dairy, No Fat + No Sugar

Banana Nicecream – No Dairy, Fat or Sugar

banana ice cream

It’s that crazy time of year when everything just seems in excess; an obscenely huge selection of food, alcohol you would never usually drink (advocaat and Baileys anyone?), extravagant gifts we can’t afford, social expectations turning into obligations, shops packed to the brim with enthusiastic shoppers, television commercials telling us we need just one more thing and a minor meltdown when we realise we forgot the cranberry sauce. How could we possibly go ahead without this!? This stuff is tiring in a period of my life when I’m trying to detox in every sense of the word, embrace my inner minimalist, reduce everything, less is more as a mantra, de-clutter and simplify. Yes, simplify. Why make things more complicated than they need to be? It’s all very simple really and this ice cream is a celebration of less is more. But don’t be fooled, it’s pretty amazing stuff.

It’s free. Free from everything but wholesome goodness.

Liberated from unnecessary additives. simply banana ice cream

Completely unadulterated.

Happy to be just as it is and it doesn’t care what you think. ¬†DSC_8905

Pure.

Raw.

You get the picture right?

1 beautiful ingredient. Bananas.just bananas, frozen bananas

Nature’s offering of whole food plant powered ice cream. It’s banana nicecream.

There’s no sugar, no dairy and no fat. Hallelujah!banana ice cream with caramel + nuts

It doesn’t get any simpler. It doesn’t get any better either.

Less is more. Most of the time anyway.

Banana Nicecream

Freeze your bananas for at least 4 hours + blend away until creamy. The Vitamix does a terrific job. Eat as soft serve or freeze for a harder consistency.

Raw Beet, Parsnip + Apple Soup

raw beet & parsnip apple soup
Some days you just want soup. Actually some days you just need soup. Today was one of those days and as I ‘needed’ it, it had to be quick, really quick. Thank you Vitamix. Not only does this blender make silky smooth soups, it heats it along the way. Nice.raw beetroot soup

Nature’s pretty magnificent right? These veggies were organic and I really didn’t want to over soup this soup so I didn’t. What does that even mean? Anyway, this soup is pretty darn simple.chopped veggies

My raw beet, parsnip and apple soup is perfect for when you’re craving a warming and hearty dose of goodness. It’s packed with super cleansing beetroot, contains heart protecting potassium and folate rich parsnips. It’s fibre rich and blood sugar-regulating thanks to the lovely apple.2 big bowls of raw beet soup

A simple way to cleanse, nourish and feel good.

The best part is the time it takes. This is a hearty healthy soup in 5 minutes flat! Who needs to cook soup ever again?raw beet soup close up

Raw beet, parsnip + apple soup

serves 2

1 raw beetroot, peeled + chopped
1 parsnip, peeled + chopped
1 apple, chopped
1 teaspoon miso paste
1 teaspoon soy sauce
2 garlic cloves, peeled
2 dates
3-4 cups hot water
pepper

pistachios, crushed
mint, chopped finely
non-dairy yoghurt or cashew cream

Blend all the soup ingredients until smooth. Serve immediately with pistachios, mint + yoghurt. Cleanse away.

Healthy Peanut Butter + Chocolate Fudge (No Dairy or Sugar)

peanut butter fudgeOh Fudge! Natural, healthy, creamy, nutty, smooth and chocolatey fudge on tap straight from the freezer. Oh yes please. But this is not not your average fudge, this is as healthy as fudge can get…………

there’s no cream, no butter, no dairy at all and no added sugar but rest assured it IS fudge, honestly. And not plain old fudge but delicious peanut butter and chocolate chip fudge. Yum please.¬†slab of fudgeDSC_9058

I really like this recipe, it’s quick + easy and requires no thermometer monitoring like conventional fudge and guess what – this makes you feel real good after eating it. Right on. Keep it in the freezer for a handy grab it when you need it fudge fix. There’s no sugar in this recipe but you can sweeten it to suit your own tastes with your favourite kind. Maple syrup is lovely. Maple syrup and pecans would be lovelier!fudge chunks

Guess what, this freezer fudge is super adaptable too. Any nut butter would be delicious as would cocoa powder for a rich chocolate twist. Walnuts (any nut!) and coconut would be yummy additions too. Swap the banana up with 1/4 cup apple sauce for an equally delicious version. Just make your own fudge.DSC_9067

Healthy peanut butter fudge

(makes 12 squares)

1 small or 1/2 large banana, chopped
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 tablespoons smooth natural peanut butter
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup dark dairy free chocolate chips

Blend all the ingredients apart from the chocolate chips until smooth. Smooth into a parchment lined baking tray + stud the fudge slab with chocolate chips. Freeze until hardened + slice into desitred size. Store in the freezer or fridge.

The Ultimate Raw + Vegan Butterscotch Caramel Sauce

raw caramel vegan sauceEveryone has a new favourite thing, like a latest obsession and this is mine. I am obsessed, fixated, pretty much stalking this raw vegan butterscotch caramel sauce. It really isn’t that bad for you either, there’s no dairy, no soy, no gluten and no processed sugars but rather unadulterated beautiful dates. No butter but rather a smidgen of coconut oil, no cream but rather a small handful of creamy cashews. The world would be a much nicer place if we all ate this.raw caramel butterscotch sauce

This is nature’s answer to a caramel sauce. This is a whole food, raw and plant powered caramel butterscotch extravaganza.

Are dates not the most impressive food in nature? Nature’s fudge. Nature’s caramel. Nature’s butterscotch. An obsession.Easy as 1,2,3

I cannot help but eat this by the spoonful right out of the jar but you know what….you know how it tastes best, like mouth drooling crazy tasty……….there’s banana and peanuts involved. Bananas, peanuts and caramel sauce, the happy threesome. Now that is what I’m talking about. Somebody please remove this from my reach, addictive, that’s what this is.Banana. peanuts + caramel sauce

I put some on my chia pudding, it just seemed like the right thing to do. That was good.Caramel sauce on chia pudding

I put in on my oats too, everyday until it’s gone. Damn I put it on anything. I even eat it straight up.¬†Caramel sauce on oatmeal

Please make this. Everybody needs the ultimate raw and vegan caramel butterscotch sauce in their lives. Surely.Raw caramel butterscotch sauce

The ultimate raw + vegan butterscotch caramel sauce

1 cup dates
1/4 cup cashews
1 cup almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Soak the dates + cashews in freshly boiled water + leave for 30 minutes. Add the soaked mix to a blender with the remaining ingredients + blend until smooth.
Store in the fridge for up to a week.

Miso + Lime Rainbow Salad (Vegan)

miso saladBig deal, yeah I know it’s only a salad and that’s just it, a salad can be just a plain old salad or it can be a taste extravaganza with multiple layers crammed with texture, colour and a nutrient density through the roof. That’s this one here. A plant based salad in all it’s raw glory, bursting with goodness.

Why oh why is salad often so redundant on the dinner table, an afterthought or something that people feel they should have to add a little colour to the meal. Let’s put a little love and affection into our salads, each and every one.

I hate to see salad as a sad side lined side. This is wrong. And why oh why is salad often seen as freaky boring health food? This is wrong too. Two wrongs don’t make a right. Never. These two salads make a right.¬†Two salads for me......

Salad must be pretty special as it’s the one thing I crave when I’ve been deprived of freshness for a few days, often when travelling. Times when I’ve felt a little sluggish and in need of fresh, raw and nutrient dense food. and it’s always salad I want and need to make me feel alive and healthy again. It’s a huge vibrant bowl of health I crave to offset the white and brown food induced coma that extended travel at times brings! What about a salad buffet…….who doesn’t love a salad buffet? I gotta say my salad building skills are pretty impressive, I’ve even had compliments on my salad engineering before! Well, where there’s salad love, there’s always a salad way. Four words for you: ‘Whole Foods’ salad bar…….enough said.¬†DSC_8196

I do love a good dressing and there’s something about miso paste with it’s rich, salty, earthy flavours. I always roast my seeds, you should definitely too, you wont recognise them, honestly. I always add avocado because they are the best fruit in the world, end of. Let’s just take a minute to appreciate their amazingness……….j’adore.¬†Yummy avocado

It’s so wise to make a huge bowl and keep it in the fridge, easy to dip into and the lime and miso combination will infuse and deepen the flavours further. This is super handy for a lunchtime meal or as a side to some delicious noodles or stir fried rice or stuffed into a soft tortilla wrap and drowned in cashew cream.. Yep, I’m the first to admit this could be neater, more symmetrical avocado pieces but you know what, it’s chopped and it’s really very delicious. Don’t be so superficial, wink wink. You just know that you’ll feel amazing after eating this, it’s bursting at the seems with pure plant giving energy. Yum.¬†Miso + lime salad

Let this be a reminder to us all, never to sell salad short but rather put some love and affection into our next salad creation. It’s so easy, grab a handful of each ingredient, mix it up, pour over dressing, mix it up more, leave it alone for 5 and dress it up!

Salad rocks. A not so boring salad

Miso + lime rainbow salad

(serves 2)

1/2 white cabbage, sliced
1/2 lettuce, sliced
1/2 red onion, sliced finely
1 red chili, deseeded + finely chopped
1 carrot, grated
3 inch piece of cucumber, cut into strips
small handfull fresh sweetcorn
coriander, chopped finely
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds, toasted

dress it up:
1 avocado, chopped into squares
1 teaspoon miso paste
juice of 1 lime
1 teaspoon sesame oil

1. Throw all the salad ingredients into a large bowl. Mix the miso, lime + sesame oil together + pour over the salad. Mix thoroughly + leave to infuse for 20-30 minutes.
2. Top with pumpkin seeds + avocado. Eat it all or share it with another.

 

Vanilla Chia + Berry Pudding (Gluten free, Raw + Vegan)

Because PROTEIN is EVERYWHERE and plants are powerful!Delicious vanilla chia pudding

Yesterday I went for a check up at the doctors and I feel the urge to share some of our chit chat with you:

Nurse: “Make sure you eat lot’s of meat for protein”.

Me: “I don’t eat meat”

Nurse: “Oh right, so where do you get your protein from?”

Me: “Chia seeds”

Nurse: ‘What are they?”

I wont go on and yes, don’t worry I was just being a tad difficult with the whole chia seeds comment. Admittedly, I could have reeled off a whole host of ingredients she’d most likely heard of but I was having a moment and I thought that being a nurse she’d have a bit more of a grasp on non meat protein sources. Of course I explained that I eat a lot of plant based protein and it¬†seemed like her mind was put at ease, albeit with intrigue. She really was a lovely nurse but gee whizz, I just wasn’t expecting that, not from a nurse anyway. I get asked the protein question a lot and it’s hard for me to answer without providing so much information that the other person switches off (what? I’m passionate!). Usually, I go for a simple yet adequate response to this regular question with ‘oh, lot’s of different plant sources’. I’d rather it this way than start a mini powerpoint presentation to preach on how wonderfully abundant protein is within mother nature.Vanilla chia pudding

So this vanilla chia pudding is a celebration of plant based goodness….and protein of course. There are endless fantastic plants that are an excellent source of protein but today I’m picking on chia¬†because of it’s overall amazingness. I really do love the chia seed for it’s versatility and abundant health benefits. Chia really is the seed that just keeps on giving. Check out my post on the the health benefits of this Aztec wonder food and why it’s such a great addition to any diet.Vanilla chia pudding

Vanilla chia pudding is super easy to make and requires just a little pre-soaking before being thrown into the blender for a sweet, creamy and insanely healthy pudding. Great layered with any fruit you want but berries just fit so well and I dressed mine with cocoa nibs because they’re deliciously good for you. The little green sprig is in fact stevia. I cannot believe I found a stevia plant and it was completely by accident and at a builder’s merchants….so random! Of course I’m now looking for any excuse to use fresh stevia and this is one of those!Easiest pudding recipe ever!

Chia really does give good pudding.

So, where do ya get your protein from? Only kidding! No but seriously now, what’s your favourite way to use chia?

Peace, love and acceptance.Chia pudding + spoon ready to go!

Vanilla chia + berry pudding

(Serves 1)

1/4 cup chia seeds
3/4 cup almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons maple or agave syrup
1 banana (I used frozen)
a large handful of raspberries + blueberries
cocoa nibs for dressing

Method:

1. Soak the chia seeds, milk, vanilla, syrup + banana for at least an hour in a mason jar. Soaking overnight is ideal.
2. Empty the contents into a blender + blitz until smooth. You may need to add a little more milk here for a yoghurt like consistency. Taste + adjust sweetness if necessary.
3. Layer a glass bowl or tumbler with the pudding + berries + dress with cocoa nibs or your favourite nuts.

Almond, Cocoa + Maca Energy Bites

Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together? I’ve been dipping into some seriously decadent dark chocolate truffles the past few nights, and whilst they’re good, there just seems to be something missing. I think its the bite, there isn’t any really! I need some texture, some nuttiness, something to get my teeth into when it comes to sweet treats. I do like a sweet treat after dinner so I gave these almond, cocoa + maca energy bites a shot, and they worked despite the guess work. They worked really well.Energy bites in a bowl

Question: how healthy are these power balls packed full of these raw ingredients? Answer: way too healthy for words.Raw + healthy ingredients

These bites are completely free of refined sugars and full of heart healthy fats, vitamins and antioxidants. This really is good mood food, I swear I felt better after a couple of these nutrient dense chocolatey nut balls. Thank you cocoa and almonds. The dates provide a natural sweetness and more vitally the binding force for the rest of the ingredients. Not only is maca super good for you, it lends a super malty cereal undertone, a bit like malted milk balls (you know, maltesers!) but nicer. Packed full of goodness, gluten free, dairy free, soy free, deliciously rich, nutty and taste like they should be bad for you. This here is raw almond, cocoa + maca energy bite success. Cocoa + maca energy bites

I blitzed the ingredients in a Vitamix as I don’t own a food processor and it worked fine. A little prodding, poking and scraping was required but all in all I’m happy to do the recipe again in a blender. Yep, a food processor would be better but a blender really is fine with a bit of extra work.¬†Super simple process

These are super quick to put together and really adaptable too, I used almonds purely because I had a surplus but any nut would work well. Same goes for the maca powder as I reckon coconut powder, extra cocoa, carob, ground chia or hemp seeds would be great in an energy bite. Just mix it up and make your preferred ball of energy.

Are you team blender or team food processor? Maybe both?Delicious cocoa + maca energy bites

Almond, cocoa + maca energy bites

(makes 10 bites)

1 cup almonds
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2 tablespoons maca powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
10 dates

Method:

1. Blend the almonds until chopped finely but not to a flour as you need some texture. Set half aside.
2. Add the remaining ingredients to a food processor and blend until a sticky dough forms. If like me you’re using a blender you may need to scrape the bottom of the jug to redistribute the dough or pat the sides. Add the remaining almonds and blend once more.
3. Transfer the dough to a bowl and fill a smaller bowl with tepid water. Using your hands form 10 small bites, using the water to dip your fingers for a more pliable consistency.
4. Transfer the bites to the freezer for 30 minutes and store in the fridge for up to a week. You’ll eat them before then, take my word for it.

Note: Date sizes vary a lot so you may need a little more or less. To achieve a more pliable dough it’s advisable to dip your fingers in tepid water for a smoother, more uniform bite.

 

Raw Buckwheat Vanilla Porridge (GF + Vegan)

Raw buckwheat + vanilla porridge for twoThe perfect breakfast.

Today is most definitely a day for raw buckwheat vanilla porridge and following your heart.

I’ve been cotemplating, pondering and realising today. Realising that no matter how much you tell yourself otherwise, you cannot get along with everyone. This may sound obvious but I got caught up for a while there, caught up in the belief that we should all get along and love thy neighbour regardless. But I don’t buy it. Today I understand the need to be a better person, to strive for harmony and most of the time I’m good with this. You know the kind of stuff I’m talking about- less judgements, helping others more, greater compassion, embracing differences and just general goodness. On the whole, I am this person, I’m pretty kind, ¬†I care, I make a point of understanding different viewpoints, I like to help, yeah I’m doing OK here.

But then it happened, I gave in and accepted that some people are simply not deserving recipients of our precious time and energy. Perhaps I ¬†sound like a bitch and maybe I am, but I’m ok with this because sometimes you have to have an opinion and just go with what you believe, I’m big on integrity. And I’m not talking about particular people but just generally accepting that some differences cannot be bridged in life. Those who just feel like a steep hill, possessors of harsh tongues, makers of arbitrary judgements, disregarders of other’s feelings, showers of sheer recklessness, complacent with delicate souls -it’s these who I’m talking about. When one cares less for the consequences of their actions or lifestyle choices, who are aware ¬†but care ¬†much less of the damage they cause to themselves and others too, including the world we share, yes I can get along but not get on with them. I know it’s such a minority but it still just is and I’ve decided to let these toxic people go, albeit lovingly, with good thoughts and no hard feelings.

There’s too much greatness out there, overwhelming acts of kindness and heartbreaking generosity, thank god for all these good people……and for delicious breakfasts too.Raw buckwheat + vanilla porridge

So I love porridge but usually stick with the oat variety, definitely one of my favourite foods ever. But I was kind of intrigued by buckwheat porridge so it was high up on my hit list of recipe to-dos! ¬†I found the raw buckwheat very reasonably priced in a local health food shop. This recipe requires the raw groats so be sure that you don’t buy the cereal version because this is not what you want. Despite the name, there is no wheat in buckwheat so this super whole grain is a fabulous option for gluten free diets or even as a change to the grains that get so ingrained in our diets! This buckwheat breakfast is simple, wholesome and can be enjoyed on the run too. The perfect breakfast.Easy buckwheat porridge process

Raw buckwheat vanilla porridge is an uber easy process – just soak the groats overnight, rinse, combine with the remaining ingredients and blend. Like overnight oats these can be flavoured any way you prefer or accordingly to what’s in the fridge. I decided almond milk with vanilla and cinnamon to be the wisest decision – I can’t get enough of this little combo. Adding the dates to the mixture thickens it a little as well as giving a fudge like flavour, so yum and I truly believe we should add dates to everything. Always looking for an excuse for a berry fix I decided to top this creamy buckwheat with British raspberries and blueberries. Yeah I know, British blueberries eh – since when did we start producing blueberries? That’s exactly what the Waitrose package said so no complaints here! I also remembered that there were still lots of blackberries on the bush behind the flat and I couldn’t resist the thought of triple berries for breakfast!Raw buckwheat + vanilla porridge

Why this is the perfect breakfast….first up, whole grain buckwheat is great for our cardiovascular system, has a positive effect on blood sugar control and is a great source of fibre. Also, it’s zero gluten, free of dairy and soy -perfect. What’s more, the added berries, nuts and almond milk make this an antioxidant and calcium rich balanced and nutritious way to start the day. Raw buckwheat porridge¬†is so versatile and works well with any fruit, I suspect apples and bananas would be pretty special though. This recipe is great as a simple yet perfectly nutritious breakfast or a smooth nutty dessert. It’s all your choice.Raw buckwheat + vanilla porridge

Raw buckwheat + vanilla porridge

(serves 2)

2 cups raw buckwheat, soaked in water overnight
1 cup almond milk
1/4 cup maple syrup
3 dates
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup pecans

to serve:
berries
extra pecans

Method:

1. Rinse the soaked buckwheat groats with clean running water + add to the blender with the remaining ingredients. Blend until smooth.
2. Serve in glass bowls and garnish with berries + pecans.

 

Kale, Avocado, Mango + Pumpkin Seed Salad – Vegan

DSC_6751I was never the kid who hated greens, there was no need to twist my arm or bribe me to eat them ‘cos I really liked them, a lot. I still do but these days I love drinking them too, something a younger me may have turned her nose up at! ¬†I love every vegetable and fruit out there, there’s not one I don’t like! So I’m not choosy or picky in the slightest aside from the meat part, but just being a vegetarian I’m seen as a little fussy by friends and family! It’s a shame because¬†there’s so much I do eat and I’d never turn my nose up at fresh, whole, natural foods. I need some vegetarians in my life! I was talking to Russ the other day about how I don’t know any other veggies (aside from him) which is weird because when travelling it felt like every second person I met didn’t eat meat. I have my theories but anyway I’m currently on a mission to find fellow vegetarians!KAMPS Salad!

Greens have got to be one of the cheapest vegetables in town and in my opinion the most delicious and versatile too, what a bonus. They make a great alternative to regular salad leaves especially if you massage them with an oil/citrus dressing. There’s so much variety too so I think I’ll try some collards in the next salad bowl. In the meantime I’ll maintain my love affair with Kale with this winning combination of flavours. This raw salad is so simple, fresh, clean and nourishing, it’s definitely a feel good recipe. It’s great as a quick snack and would be perfect with some wholegrain rice or quinoa for a more substantial meal. I dressed mine up to the nines with some cashew cream, just because I’m adding this to everything these days!Kale, lemon & sa

I’m eating this combo a lot at the moment, so much so I’ve named it KAMPS – kale, avocado, mango, pumpkin seeds!Ingredients- KAMPS

The sweet mango with the creamy avocado mixed into the lemon flavoured kale is something special.¬†We all know Kale is the king of greens but avocados are the queen of fruits and truly shine in terms of their health benefits too. They’re excellent for heart health and are full of healthy plant based fats which actually lower cholesterol. Avocados are superb for regulating blood sugar levels and high in fibre too, making them one of the healthiest foods in town. Gosh, kale, avocado and pumpkin seeds in the same dish is pretty nutritionally impressive.

Did you eat your greens as a kid? Are you surrounded by lots of other vegetarians?Kamps & cashew cream

KAMPPS

(serves 2 as a side or 1 as a meal)

3 large handfuls kale
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 lemon, juiced
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 avocado, chopped into cubes
1 small mango, chopped into cubes
1/4 cup pumpkin seeds

Method:

1. Wash the kale leaves & massage them with the oil, lemon & salt. Set aside.
2. Prepare the mango & avocado. Transfer kale to serving bowls and dress with remaining ingredients.
3. Eat alone or dress up with quinoa, brown rice, rye bread & plenty of cashew cream!