Raw Vegan Matcha Cheesecake

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Raw Vegan Matcha Cheesecake

‘Dessert is like a feel-good song, the best ones make you dance’.

This is one of those life-changing recipes. It tastes beautifully decadent due to the silky texture but is gluten, dairy and refined sugar free. As you can see from the combination of ingredients, it is all natural and pretty similar to your granola, so you can eat cheesecake for breakfast and feel pretty good about it. Revolutionary.

I did a lot of taste testing with this recipe and no one could believe that the topping was made with cashews as the main ingredient and contained zero diary. I also did some live cooking to show how long it takes to make, my best time being 6 minutes 32 seconds!

If you don’t like Matcha, you can add raw cocoa and make a chocolate version or blueberries to make a fruity version. The options are endless.

Ingredients

Base

  • 1 cup hazelnuts
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 6 pitted dates

Filling

  • ¾ coconut milk/cream
  • ½ cup raw honey or maple syrup (vegan option)
  • 5 cups raw cashews, soaked for 2 hours minimum in water and then drained
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp. matcha green tea powder

Method

  • Blend the hazelnuts, desiccated coconut and pitted dates until it reaches a crumb like consistency
  • Press the mixture firmly into the bottom of a cake tin or if you want to make mini versions distribute evenly into 15 cup cake holders
  • In a clean blender add the coconut milk, honey, cashews and coconut oil until silky smooth
  • Add the matcha powder and blend again until fully combined
  • Pour on top of the base and leave in the fridge/freezer to set

Chocolate Raw cheesecake

Raw Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake (substitute raw cocoa powder for the matcha)

Almond Milk

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‘I realized very early the power of food to evoke memory, to bring people together, to transport you to other places, and I wanted to be a part of that’ Jose Andres Puerta

I recently spent some time in Puglia in the south of Italy, the birthplace of Mr. B’s parents. The Apulian people are even more obsessed with food than the rest of Italy (hard to believe, I know). The reason is that the area is bountiful due to the amazing terrain and climate and so you can basically grow anything. Everyone has fig, almond and fruit trees in their gardens and the area is full of vineyards and olive groves

The Apulian people therefore make everything from scratch including almond milk and having had a glass every morning as I watched the sun rise over the beautiful terrain I thought I would attempt to replicate the taste and provoke the memory once I got back to the USA

The method was taken from Thekitchn.com a collaborative website with a collection of cooks recipes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 2 cups water, plus more for soaking
  • Use organic sweetener to taste

Method

  • Soak the almonds in a bowl of water for up to 2 days
  • Drain and rinse the almonds
  • Combine the almonds and water in a blender
  • Blend at the highest speed for 2 minutes
  • Strain the almonds using a cheese cloth, press as much of the almond milk out as possible
  • Sweeten to taste (I personally don’t)
  • Place in the fridge for up to 2 days
  • The leftover almond meal can be dried out in an oven for a few hours and used as almond flour

Summer corn custard with blackberries, sage and roasted hazelnuts

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‘And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer’

—F. Scott Fitzgerald

This is an elegant vegan dessert bursting with summer flavours and combining the texture of silky corn custard, juicy tart blackberries and toasty crunchy hazelnuts

I am not one with a sweet tooth, like Mr. B. so this desert really suites me as it has a little salt in the custard base, making for a salty sweet combination that dances a tango on your tongue

The recipe is from Vedge, the exciting vegan cookbook out of Philadelphia using innovative techniques and flavour combinations to elevate the humble vegetable to its rightful place

Ingredients

  • 2 ears of corn
  • 1/5 cups vegan cream (mayonnaise/aquafabba can be used)
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 3 tbsp. agave nectar or raw honey
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. agar
  • 1 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 cups blackberries
  • 2 sage leaves, cut into chiffonade (thin strips)
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • ½ cup shelled, skinned hazelnuts, chopped

Method

  • Shave the kernels off the cobs into a medium saucepan
  • Add the vegan cream, coconut milk, agave, vanilla, salt and the agar. Heat over a medium heat, stirring occasionally until it comes to a boil, about 10 minutes. Keep the mixture at a rolling boil for c. 5 minutes to allow the agar to fully dissolve, stirring occasionally.
  • Carefully transfer the mixture to a blender, add the cornstarch and blend for 30 seconds
  • Strain the contents through a sieve into a clean saucepan, bring just to a boil and immediately remove from the heat
  • Ladle the custard into six ramekins, or glasses if you don’t have any
  • Allow the custards to cool at room temperature for 30 minutes before transferring to the refrigerator. Let them chill for at least 2 hours before serving
  • Toss the blackberries in a small bowl with the sage, lemon juice and remaining 1 tbsp. agave, cover and refrigerate until ready to use
  • Place the hazelnuts in a small sauté pan, sprinkle with the remaining ½ tsp. salt and dry roast over a medium heat until golden brown (the smell is amazing). Allow the nuts to cool
  • When the custards are ready to serve, toss the hazelnuts with the blackberries, then spoon some on top of the custard.
  • Serve immediately

Quinoa Granola Bar (Vegan, Gluten Free)

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‘Each day is a gift, don’t send it back unopened’

I like to eat every two hours or so, little and often is my motto, so it’s important to have healthy easy snacks with me at work and when I travel. I like this recipe as it can be used as a snack or a homemade granola and is another recipe to add to my love affair with quinoa collection, as Mr. B calls it. It is relatively easy and can be adapted to whatever you have in the cupboard. This recipe is an adaptation of a recipe from the ambitious kitchen, a beautiful healthy food blog from an inspiring author who used healthy food and blogging to overcome her eating disorder.

A slight detour…

As I was writing the first sentence of this blog, ‘I like to eat every two hours’ I was struck with gratitude for being able to say that.

Some people don’t have the luxury of eating once a day, not only in developing countries due to poverty levels and famine but also in our own back yard.

Two organisations that are dedicated to this cause are Mary’s Meals, which supplies food at school in developing countries, to help lift children out of the cycle of poverty, www.marysmealsusa.org and the Woman’s Lunch Place in Boston, www.womenslunchplace.org, which aims to supply at least one good meal per day as well as helping to restore dignity and hope to vulnerable woman. I support these two charities and would urge you to read about they work they do. They certainly help me to be more mindful when I sit down for a meal.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup gluten free oats
  • ½ cup uncooked Quinoa
  • ½ cup pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup almond butter
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • ¼ cup vegan dark chocolate (can use non-vegan chocolate if preferred)

Method

  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • Add oats, Quinoa and pumpkin seeds to a large baking sheet, spreading evenly
  • Toast for 10 minutes
  • Once toasted pour into a glass bowl and add the chia seeds
  • Whilst baking, melt the almond butter in a shallow pan on a low heat, add the coconut oil, salt, honey and vanilla
  • Once melted, take off heat and allow to cool slightly
  • Add to the mixture and combine
  • Line a baking tray with parchment paper and pour the mixture in, spreading out
  • Melt the chocolate and drizzle over the top
  • Place mixture into the freezer for 10-20 minutes or until hardened
  • Remove from the freezer and cut into 8 bars, use any that has crumbled as granola

Beetroot Chocolate Pot (Vegetarian/Gluten Free/Nut Free)

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I am always trying out new and interesting dessert recipes to satisfy Mr. B’s sweet tooth and when I found this recipe in Verge, one of my favorite veggie cook books, it seemed the perfect balance between healthy yet indulgent

This is a rich and impressively heady desert and easy to make given the few ingredients and little process. The recipe serves, 2-4 people, but I would suggest it for 4-6 at least, due to the decadence

The beetroot can not be seen as the deep purple is swallowed by the chocolate (see picture below for the proof it is in the pudding…), so if you want your guests to know that there is beetroot, then you may want to sprinkle some crushed beet chips on top

Ingredients

  • 2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips, use dairy free chips for the vegan option
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ cup red beetroot juice

Method

  • Place the chocolate chips in a medium bowl
  • Heat the coconut milk in a saucepan over a medium heat. Stir in the cornstarch and salt, whisking to ensure that it is fully dissolved. The cornstarch will start to thicken the coconut milk after a few minutes, as soon as this happens, stir in the beet juice and then strain through a sieve over the chocolate chips
  • Whisk the chocolate mixture thoroughly until all of the chips are melted. Portion the mixture into serving dishes and chill for at least 1 hour to set

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Vegan Pistachio ice cream

Vegan Pistachio Ice Cream

This blog is dedicated to my grandma, as it is her birthday today and she would have been 93.

My grandma loved Pistachio ice cream. We would buy it from all over London are were so excited to give her the bag and watch her taste the ice cream. The look on her face when she tasted good pistachio ice cream was pure delight and happiness, like she was trying it for the first time and her smile always so radiant that it would light up the whole room. My Grandma usually fasted for most of the day, so the evening meal and desert was extra special too.

My grandma was amazing in so many different ways. Many people called her a pure soul and felt better just to be in her presence. She was such an inspiration, teaching us all to be better every day through her generous love and acceptance. I never felt like I had to be anything but me when I was around my Grandma and I couldn’t be as she would see straight through to my core and loved me for all that I was. I miss her every day, but am thankful for her many lessons and for all her unconditional love. Happy Birthday Bigmama.

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This dish takes less than 5 minutes to make and so if you really want to show off you can make it in front of your guests! The ice cream is made in the blender with avocado for creaminess and frozen banana for sweetness as well as the ice cream temperature and texture.

I found this recipe in vegetarian living, a UK magazine, featuring Rens Kroes and a few recipes from her book, Power Food: original recipes for healthy happy living.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of shelled pistachios (divided into 2)
  • ½ tsp. sea salt
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  • ½ avocado
  • 2 frozen ripe bananas, sliced
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. almond extract
  • 1 tbsp. almond milk (optional)

Method

  • Roughly chop a handful of pistachios and toast them in a dry frying pan with the salt. Add the maple syrup, stir, then set aside and allow to cool
  • Put the avocado, frozen bananas, vanilla extract, almond extract, almond milk (if you want a thinner mixture) and the remaining pistachio nuts into a food processor, and process until a creamy ice cream has formed
  • Serve the ice cream in bowls, with a good sprinkling of the toasted caramelized nuts

Raw Apple Pie (Gluten free, Dairy Free, Vegan)

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‘Life is short, eat dessert first’ – I love this quote, as it reminds us to forget the routine and focus on living. This dish takes the quote literally as it is so healthy and nutritious, you can eat it for breakfast or serve it for dessert. Imagine your kids delight, when they sit down to breakfast and get apple pie! It has protein from the nuts and vitamin C from the apple and wins hands down in a nutritional competition versus most cereals.

This recipe just takes a little time with our trusted blender and the great thing about it is that each layer of the mixture tastes great on its own and can also be eaten as an energy snack, so 4 recipes in one.

You can also change the apples for pears and the walnuts for pecans and cashews for macadamias, so just see what you have to hand.

This is from peace and parsnips by Lee Watson, a vegan cooks dream with over 200 plant-based recipes.

I was going to switch back to posting a few savory recipes before posting this one, but having handed out a few portions for tastings, to my friends and neighbors, there was a plea to post this one. I take that as a thumbs up to this recipe and hope that you enjoy it as much as they did.

Ingredients

For the crust

  • 5 cups (200g) cashew nuts
  • 5 cups (200g) walnuts
  • 1/3 cup (50g) dates
  • ½ tsp. sea salt

For the filling

  • 5 ounces (150g) dried apples, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups (480ml) apple juice
  • 13 ounces (375g) apples
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 8 dates, soaked until soft
  • ½ tsp. nutmeg (optional)
  • ½ tp. Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  • ½ tsp. sea salt

For the topping

  • 1 cup (90g) walnuts, finely chopped
  • 4 dates, finely chopped
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon

Method

  • Soak the dried apples in the apple juice for an hour
  • To make the crust, blender all the crust ingredients until a crumble is formed. Gently press down into a baking tin, press down with a spoon and pop into the fridge for an hour
  • To make the filling, drain the dried apples, core and chop the fresh apples (approx. 1 cmx1cm) and toss them in the lemon juice to stop them going brown
  • Put half the fresh apples in the blender with the dates, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract, maple syrup and salt and blend till well combined. Add the rest of the fresh and dried apple to the mixture and spoon onto the pie crust
  • To make the topping, mix together the walnuts, dates and vanilla in a bowl and spread over the top to form a crust. Sprinkle on the cinnamon.
  • Cover and place in the fridge to chill. When ready to serve, carefully sliceProcessed with MOLDIV