2 years ago
Butterscotch Tahini Bars

I’d be inclined to replace some (all?) of the coconut oil with coconut butter — I like Artisana brand, but there are other good ones available too.

Originally from Sketch-Free Vegan Eating, by way of The Copycat Cook.

Sesame seeds, which are ground into a paste called tahini, offer more than 1,000mg of calcium per 100-gram serving. Of course, 100 grams is a lot of sesame seeds – about ¾ cup – which is more than I would eat in a single serving, as they are also rich in calories and fat. But they are very nutrient dense, and also contain things like magnesium (nature’s relaxant), iron, zinc, fibre and tryptophan, which induces sleep and boosts mood.

I quite enjoyed these bars; they were mellow and satisfying. I’d use less coconut oil next time, maybe ¼ cup or so, as the bars melted quickly in my hand as I was eating them. And then add in some more tahini or almond butter to make up the difference.

How do you make sure you get enough calcium?

Butterscotch Tahini Bars
From Sketch-free Vegan Eating 

1/3 cup coconut oil
¼ cup tahini
¼ cup lucuma powder
1 tbsp coconut sugar, or 20 drops of stevia
pinch salt
¼ tsp vanilla extract or vanilla powder
Sesame seeds, for topping

Melt coconut oil, then combine with tahini, lucuma, vanilla, coconut sugar and salt. Stir until combined. Pour into mold of choice (I used a loaf pan lined with parchment). Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Freeze and then cut into bars.

(Source: thecopycatcook.wordpress.com)

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2 years ago
Raw Mini Coconut-Mulberry Cupcakes with Blueberry Frosting

From A Dash of Compassion.

I recently experienced my first bite of a sun-dried mulberry when creating cake pops with Lisa back in April, and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since. Chewy and soft with a fig-like crunch, sun-dried mulberries are nature’s version of candy. A delightful alternative to raisins, it’s difficult to not eat them straight from the bag.

Better still, mulberries are also considered a superfood. They’re one of the few fruits to be considered a protein source; they’re an excellent source of iron, calcium, vitamin C and fibre; and they also contain a high concentration of Resveratrol, an antioxidant compound that combats free radical damage.

So why not combine these two superfruits into one sweet, super-power cupcake? Coconut is the dominant flavour in these tiny treats but the mulberries provide a fruity sweetness like no other. The quick and easy blueberry frosting rivals any sugar-loaded frosting I’ve made before. Enjoy!

Raw, mini mulberry-coconut cupcakes
1 cup coconut flour (grind coconut flakes to a fine powder)
1 cup almond flour (grind raw almonds or dehydrated almond pulp to a fine powder)
1/2 cup ground, dried mulberries (grind dried mulberries using a spice grinder or blender)
1/3 cup date paste (blend 1 cup soaked dates with 1/4 cup water until smooth)
2 tbsp almond milk
pinch of salt
2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 tbsp flax meal

1. Using a hand mixer or stand mixer, combine the coconut flour, almond flour and ground mulberries.
2. Add the date paste, almond milk and salt and mix until combined.
3. Finally, add the coconut oil and flax meal and mix until just combined. Be careful not to overmix. It should look like thick cake batter.
4. Line a mini muffin tray with mini muffin or candy cups. Scoop a 1/2 tablespoon of the cupcake mixture and mold it into a ball or cupcake shape and gently press it into the muffin cup. Repeat with remaining mixture. Place the tray in the fridge or freezer while you make the frosting (recipe below).

Blueberry frosting
3/4 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup raw cashew butter
1/4 cup raw agave nectar
6 tbsp coconut oil, melted

1. Using a high-speed blender, blend the blueberries, cashew butter and agave nectar until well combined and smooth. Add the coconut oil and blend just to combine.
2. Scoop the mixture into a piping bag and attach a small tip. Decorate each cupcake and return the cupcakes to the fridge until ready to serve.

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Blueberry Dream Cream Pops

From Vegan Culinary Crusade.

Blueberry Dream Cream Pops
(makes 4 large pops)

Cream layer:

1 cup cashews, soaked and drained
1/2 cup water
3 dates, pitted
zest of 1 lemon
pinch of salt

Blueberry layer:

1 cup blueberries
2 tsp cardamom
2 tsp agave
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla seed powder
pinch salt

In a blender combine all of the ingredients for the cream layer and blend until smooth. Remove a 1/2 cup of the cream layer and place in the refrigerator to chill. Add the ingredients for the blueberry layer to the blender with the remaining amount of the cream layer. Blend until smooth.

Scoop 1 tbsp of the blueberry mixture into four silicon muffin cups (or any mold you have). Set in the freezer until firm (at least an hour). Scoop 1 tbsp from the reserved cream layer into each muffin cup and return to the freezer. Once the cream layer is firm divide the remaining blueberry cream between the muffin cups. Insert a lollipop stick in the center of each muffin cup. Return the muffin cups to the freezer to set.

(Source: veganculinarycrusade.com)

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2 years ago
Easy Raw Apricot Squares

From Sometimes I “Veg”.

Recipe: Easy Apricot Squares

Summary: Adapted from: Oh She Glows’ 5 Ingredienet No Bake Vegan Date Squares

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cups whole raw almonds
  • 3/4 cups raw cashews
  • 2 cups regular oats (for Gluten-free, use GF oats)
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 13 Medjool dates, pitted and roughly chopped
  • 1-2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 12 oz dried apricots
  • 3 dates
  • 1/2 cup water

Instructions

  1. Line a square pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a food processor, process the almonds, cashew, salt, and oats until a fine crumble forms.
  3. Add in the dates and process until crumbly again.
  4. Melt the coconut oil and add to the mixture and process until sticky. Adjust oil if you feel it is too dry. (I found that I didn’t need much)
  5. Remove dough from the processor, set aside 3/4 cup of the mixture for later.
  6. Press the mixture very firmly and evenly into the pan.
  7. Place your apricots, 3 dates and water in processor and process until a paste forms. Stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl often.
  8. Scoop out the apricot mixture onto the crust and gently spread until even.
  9. Sprinkle on the 3/4 cup of mixture you set aside on top of apricot mixture and gently press down with fingers.
  10. Refrigerate in the fridge until firm for at least 1 hour, preferably overnight. Can also be frozen before slicing.
  11. Cut into squares and serve.
  12. Store in the fridge or freezer.

Preparation time: 10 minute(s)

(Source: sometimesiveg.com)

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2 years ago
Raw blueberry cake balls

From Sometimes I “Veg”.

Recipe: Raw blueberry cake balls

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight
  • 3/4 cup blueberries
  • 4 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup dried coconut
  • 1/3 cup agave nectar
  • 6 tbsp. coconut oil
  • Blackberry shell (recipe below)
  • Dried Coconut

Instructions

  1. Drain and rinse the soaked cashews.
  2. Place all ingredients (except for blackberry “shell” and extra dried coconut) in food processor.
  3. Process until smooth.
  4. Scrape mixture into a bowl and stick in the freezer for 1 hour or the fridge for 3, until the mixture is solid enough to form into balls.
  5. Make balls and place balls on a wax paper lined cookie sheet and store in the freezer.
  6. Make blackberry “shell” mixture (below). Keep bowl in a sink with full of warm water in the bottom to keep the icing liquid.
  7. Pour some dried coconut into a small bowl or plate.
  8. Remove balls from freezer. One at a time, swirl the pops in the blackberry shell (it should be liquid enough to cover easily and then since the pops are frozen, it will immediately start to solidify.)
  9. Roll the non-quite solidified ball into the dried coconut, coat evenly
  10. Place ball on wax paper lined cookie sheet. Place balls in fridge

Preparation time: 1 hour(s)

Diet type: Vegan

Diet tags: Gluten free, Raw

Recipe: Blackberry Shell

Ingredients

  • ½ cup Coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp. agave nectar
  • 4 tbsp. blackberry purée

Instructions

  1. Puree blackberries
  2. Place coconut oil in the mixing bowl. Place the bowl in a sink of warm water until the coconut oil is half melted.
  3. Beat on high until coconut oil is fluffy.
  4. Add agave nectar and add strawberry purée and beat until well combined. The mixture will be very liquidy
  5. Keep bowl in warm water to keep it liquid enough to coat cake balls, stirring occasionally to prevent the mixture from separating. Remove from water if mixture is too liquidy to stick to balls.

Diet type: Vegan

Diet tags: Gluten free, Raw

Raw blueberry bites

These are delicious, but time consuming.  It takes time to process, to cool before forming balls, to form balls, to freeze, to coat with blackberry shell, to coat with coconut and to cool again.  So don’t make them unless you have a lot of time.

A quick note, these must be kept cool.  As soon at they hit room temperature, they start to melt.  They are incredible and delicious, BUT they are kind of like the wicked witch of the west.  I’m MELTING!

(Source: sometimesiveg.com)

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Raw Brazil nut, banana, blueberry ice cream sandwiches

From The Mommy Bowl.

Brazil Nut Banana Cookies surround Banana Blueberry ice cream

Brazil Nut Banana Cookies surround Banana Blueberry ice cream

Frozen Triple B Bites

Brazil Nut Banana Cookies
1 cup (130 g) raw Brazil nuts
1 small (80 g) banana (I used a red Costa Rican banana.)
1 T. ground flax seed
1 T. raw agave syrup
3 T. coconut flour

In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the Brazil nuts until finely ground. (Stop before they turn into nut butter.) Add the banana and process until creamy. Add the rest of the ingredients and process until you have a thick dough. It will be sticky.

Roll out between two sheets of parchment paper. Tip – if your parchment paper is moving on your counter, wet the counter slightly. Cut with a cookie cutter into approximately 10 cookies. (I had some leftovers. I ate them. Raw. Rolled into little balls. It’s the cook’s prerogative to do that, you know.) Dehydrate at 115° until firm but not crisp. I started on a fruit roll tray, and moved them to a mesh screen after about 4 hours. My dehydrator took about 6 hours. Your dehydrator may vary, so check them occasionally. Freeze cookies until ready to assemble.

Blueberry Banana Ice Cream
1 banana, frozen
1/2 avocado
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1 T. raw agave or honey (or to taste)

In the bowl of a food processor, process the banana until smooth. Add the avocado and process until smooth. Add the blueberries and agave or honey and process until creamy. Taste and adjust for sweetness. (I found this plenty sweet and could have easily skipped the sweetener altogether, but I think I might be weird that way.)

To assemble:
Place a scoop of ice cream on one frozen cookie. Top with another cookie and press down gently until ice cream fills the gaps. Freeze on a cookie sheet until solid. Wrap individually.

These are best when you allow them to soften for a few minutes before eating.

(Source: themommybowl.com)

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2 years ago
Black Peppered Nectarines

Three pounds of nectarines in the CSA box this week! Two were bruised and starting to go bad from that point, so I came up with this simple treatment. I put it in the dehydrator overnight and had it for breakfast, but you could do the dehydrator during the day and have it for dessert instead.

A Raw Right Now original.

Black Peppered Nectarines

Dice two to three nectarines and place in a bowl. Add the juice of half a lemon and a tablespoon or so of honey or your preferred sweetener — if your nectarines are ripe and sweet, you’ll need less; if they’re not so sweet, you’ll need more. Adjust to your taste. Add 1/4 teaspoon of vanilla, several generous grinds of black pepper and a small pinch of salt. Stir to mix, then pour into a dish that will fit into your dehydrator. Cover with plastic wrap and dehydrate at 118 for four to six hours, or until quite juicy. Stir in a tablespoon of Mila or ground chia and return to the dehydrator for another hour to allow the juices to thicken up.

Would be good over a raw tart crust or topped with crunchy soaked-and-dried buckwheat. I just ate it with a spoon.

I also did a variation with Dapple pluots and a combination of Chinese five-spice powder (old, been kicking around the spice cabinet far too long) and cinnamon. Tasty. Gotta get new five-spice, though.

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2 years ago
Raw Oatmeal Raisin Carrot Cake Bites

I’d probably substitute something for the brown sugar. (Of course I’d substitute something for the brown sugar; I have no brown sugar in the kitchen.)

From Marcus Samuelsson’s blog; recipe by Averie Sunshine of Love Veggies and Yoga.

No-Bake Oatmeal Raisin Carrot Cake Bites Recipe

1/ 2 c dry old-fashioned oats + 2 tbsp reserved
1/4 c carrots
1/4 c pitted medjool dates (I used 4 large, moist dates)
1/4 c raisins (I used a raisin medley blend) + 1/4 c reserved
3 tbsp brown sugar
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract

Directions:

Blend the oats and carrots in a Vita or food processor for about 10 seconds.  Then add everything else (except the reserved ingredients) and blend for another 20 seconds or until incorporated.  Don’t overblend.

Remove the dough and by hand, stir in the reserved:

2 Tbsp dry oats
1/4 c raisins

Form into bite-sized balls or cookie shapes.  If needed, refrigerate or freeze the dough for 15 minutes to make it less sticky and easier to work with.

Yields: 1 dozen bites the size of a quarter gumball.  Store in freezer or refrigerator.

Optional: Pinch Pumpkin Pie Spice, Pinch Ground Ginger, 1/8 c Coconut Flakes, 1/8 c Walnuts/Almonds, 1/8 c chocolate chips.  Add frosting drizzle at the end, such as storebought Cream Cheese Frosting.  Or, follow my Raw Vegan Cheezecake Filling recipe (and reduce by half) for raw vegan cream cheeze frosting.

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2 years ago
Raw Meyer Lemon, Vanilla Bean Cheesecake.I’ve come to realize over the years that I’m the kind of heathen who actually prefers regular (Eureka) lemons to Meyers, so I might just use ordinary ones — cheaper and available more of the year.
Originally from the blog Roost: A Simple Life.

Meyer Lemon, Vanilla Bean Cheesecake
(tweaked from Emily Lee Angell’s recipe)
For the Crust
2 cups raw almonds soaked overnight
1/2 dates, pitted (about 7 or 8 dates) if dates are really dry, put them in a bowl of warm water for 10 minutes, discard water
1/4 cup non-sweetened coconut flakes
Place almonds and dates in a food processor and mix until chopped and  well incorporated. Cover the bottom of a 9inch spring form cake pan  with the coconut flakes (this prevents the cake from sticking the the  pan). Pour the almond mixture on top of the coconut flakes , spread out  and mold into the cake pan.
For the Filling
3 cups raw cashews soaked for three hours
3/4 cup fresh meyer lemon juice
3/4 cup raw honey (you can use regular honey if you don’t want to go 100% raw)
3/4 cup raw coconut oil (Artisana is my favorite brand) you do not have to warm it, just use it straight out of jar
1 tsp vanilla or 1 vanilla bean, split open and seeds scraped, pod discarded
1/2 tsp celtic sea salt
To make the cheese, blend the cashews, lemon, honey, coconut oil,  vanilla/vanilla bean, and sea salt. Blend until smooth and adjust to  taste. (For the best results you need to use a high speed blender!)
Pour mixture on top of the “crust” and carefully tap the pan on the counter to release any air bubbles.
For the topping
1 bag of frozen blueberries (or any berry that you prefer)
honey or dates to sweeten ( I didn’t measure I just poured and tasted)
1/4 cup apple cider (this is optional, but my mixture was too thick  so I added the cider to smooth it out….orange juice would work great  too or water if needed)
Place honey, berries and cider/juice in a high speed blender and process until smooth. Pour over “cheese” mixture. 
Place the pan in the freezer for at least three hours or overnight.  Before serving place on counter to thaw slightly. This is best served  semi frozen, soft enough to run a serrated knife through.

Via veganbohemian, who suggests

If you don’t eat honey I’m sure you could use raw agave nectar instead. That’s what I would do =)  It looks amazing!!!

Raw Meyer Lemon, Vanilla Bean Cheesecake.I’ve come to realize over the years that I’m the kind of heathen who actually prefers regular (Eureka) lemons to Meyers, so I might just use ordinary ones — cheaper and available more of the year.

Originally from the blog Roost: A Simple Life.

Meyer Lemon, Vanilla Bean Cheesecake

(tweaked from Emily Lee Angell’s recipe)

For the Crust

  • 2 cups raw almonds soaked overnight
  • 1/2 dates, pitted (about 7 or 8 dates) if dates are really dry, put them in a bowl of warm water for 10 minutes, discard water
  • 1/4 cup non-sweetened coconut flakes

Place almonds and dates in a food processor and mix until chopped and well incorporated. Cover the bottom of a 9inch spring form cake pan with the coconut flakes (this prevents the cake from sticking the the pan). Pour the almond mixture on top of the coconut flakes , spread out and mold into the cake pan.

For the Filling

  • 3 cups raw cashews soaked for three hours
  • 3/4 cup fresh meyer lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup raw honey (you can use regular honey if you don’t want to go 100% raw)
  • 3/4 cup raw coconut oil (Artisana is my favorite brand) you do not have to warm it, just use it straight out of jar
  • 1 tsp vanilla or 1 vanilla bean, split open and seeds scraped, pod discarded
  • 1/2 tsp celtic sea salt

To make the cheese, blend the cashews, lemon, honey, coconut oil, vanilla/vanilla bean, and sea salt. Blend until smooth and adjust to taste. (For the best results you need to use a high speed blender!)

Pour mixture on top of the “crust” and carefully tap the pan on the counter to release any air bubbles.

For the topping

  • 1 bag of frozen blueberries (or any berry that you prefer)
  • honey or dates to sweeten ( I didn’t measure I just poured and tasted)
  • 1/4 cup apple cider (this is optional, but my mixture was too thick so I added the cider to smooth it out….orange juice would work great too or water if needed)

Place honey, berries and cider/juice in a high speed blender and process until smooth. Pour over “cheese” mixture. 

Place the pan in the freezer for at least three hours or overnight. Before serving place on counter to thaw slightly. This is best served semi frozen, soft enough to run a serrated knife through.

Via veganbohemian, who suggests

If you don’t eat honey I’m sure you could use raw agave nectar instead. That’s what I would do =)  It looks amazing!!!

Cite Arrow via veganfeast
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2 years ago
Strawberry Chia Fluff

Canned coconut milk is not raw, but it’s possible to make your own.

From Diet, Dessert and Dogs.

A little taste of impending spring, this is a variation on the classic chia pudding, or a much fruitier, lighter version of Crimson Mousse I made with strawberries from our organic produce delivery last week.  (But calling it “Fluff” makes it sound much more appealing, doesn’t it?)  ;)   Feel free to use another berry if you prefer.

Strawberry Chia Fluff for Spring

The coconut milk adds richness and creaminess, yet this still tastes like a light dessert, and one that is both cool and refreshing because of the strawberries.  One spoonful and you’ll know that warmer weather is on the way.

2/3 cup (160 ml) full-fat coconut milk (the kind in the can)
2 cups (480 ml) sliced fresh or frozen strawberries
2 Tbsp (30 ml) whole chia seeds*
1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) pure almond extract (omit if sensitive)
1 tsp (5 ml) pure vanilla extract
1 Tbsp (15 ml) freshly squeezed lemon juice
15-25 drops plain or vanilla stevia, to taste

Place all ingredients in a high-powered blender* (such as a VitaMix) and blend until perfectly smooth.  Pour into glasses and refrigerate until cold, 1-2 hours (or just eat it right away if you can’t wait–thinner, but still good).

*NOTE: If you don’t have a high-powered blender, you can still make this, but grind the chia seeds first in a coffee grinder until they form a fine powder; pour the powder into the blender along with the other ingredients.

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