Carrot Halwa (GF, DF, Vegan Dessert)

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Carrot Halwa (GF, DF, Vegan Dessert)

This dessert is usually made with lots of cream and sugar but this is a more natural version using almond milk, walnuts and dates. It is a northern Indian dish normally made with red carrots over a couple of days, during the colder months

Due to the lack of fat in this dish, it is a lot less sweet and indulgent than a normal dessert (just the way I personally like it), so for those with a sweet tooth add more sugar or pour over some simple syrup (just the way Mr B likes it)

I served this with almond milk Indian Chai, my guests loved it, but since I am still perfecting the recipe, I’ll post the recipe for this at a later date

I only recently realized that one of the common flavors in Indian desserts is cardamom. Most of the recipes I have seen, call for the addition of cardamom powder or seeds, which I like as it reminds me of tastes from my childhood, but isn’t everyones cup of chai. I can only describe it as a herbal spice. If you find you don’t like this, add a little cinnamon and nutmeg as a substitute

Happy New Year to you all from Tasha. Kitchen! May this year bring you love, beauty and balance

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp. coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp. crushed cashews
  • 2 tbsp. cut up dates
  • 2 tbsp. chopped walnuts/pecans
  • 5 cups grated carrots
  • ¼ cup almond meal
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1-2 tbsp. raw sugar (optional to taste)
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. crushed cardamom and/or saffron strands

Simple Syrup ingredients

  • 1 cup raw sugar
  • 1.5 cups water
  • Pinch of salt
  • ¼ tsp. crushed seeds from a cardamom pod or cardamom powder
  • ¼ tsp. saffron

Method

  • Heat oil in a pan over a medium heat and add the cashews, cooking until golden, c. 2minutes
  • Add the dates and walnuts/pecans, c.2 minutes
  • Add the grated carrots to the pan and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally
  • Add the almond meal, almond milk, mix and cook until the milk has been absorbed, c. 15-20 minutes
  • Add the sugar (if using), salt, cardamom and saffron
  • Continue to cook until fully combines, c.8-10 minutes
  • Serve warm or chilled
  • For the simple syrup add all the ingredients into a saucepan, heat over a medium heat until all the sugar dissolves and the mixture starts to become a little thicker
  • Pour over hot, or let cool a little if you’d prefer a cold dessert
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Sweet Coconut Rice (Narali Bhat)

Sweet Coconut Rice

Sweet Coconut Rice (Narali Bhat)

This is a beautifully fragrant dish, with warm inviting spices that will fill your imagination with spice markets and heritage

I made this dish the first day it started to snow in Boston and it was rather comforting sitting inside eating this as we watched the snow, inviting it to settle as we welcomed the first signs of Christmas

Mr. B. loves Christmas and I like to encourage the joy and playfulness he takes from the season. So as we count down the days, I hope yours are filled with merry and bright and that this sweet rice pudding brings some warmth on those colder days to the nights.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 1 cup jasmine rice
  • ½ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • ½ cup dates
  • Pinch of saffron
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 green cardamom pods

Method

  • In a small bowl, combine the coconut and hot water
  • In a pot, add the rice, sugar, dates, saffron, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom pods
  • Drain the coconut and add it to the rice
  • Add two cups of water and bring to a simmer
  • When the rice is cooked add 1 cup almond milk
  • When soft and well combined, take off heat to let cool
  • Try and take the cinnamon, cloves and cardamom out before serving or warn your guests

Raw Vegan Chocolate Truffles

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Raw Vegan Chocolate Truffles

This recipe will blow your mind and challenge you taste buds.

My official tasters thought the truffles tasted as if they were made with cream and couldn’t believe that they were actually full of protein and antioxidants

They don’t take much time or process and you can roll the base in different coatings to make a variety of flavours, just like your favourite chocolate box

I took inspiration for this recipe from one of my favourite blogs, Dates and Avocado’s. Lore Salas has such an amazing eye for detail and has inspired so many of my dessert recipes. After being on instagram for a long time, she has just started a blog and I’d encourage anyone with a sweet tooth to check it out!

Mr. B rating for this one, 12 out of 5, so I know what to make when I need to convince him to do something! Bribery always works!

Ingredients

Truffles

  • 1 cup almond butter
  • ½ cup melted cacao butter
  • ½ cup cacao powder
  • ¼ cup + 1 tbsp. maple syrup
  • ½ tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch sea salt

Roll in

  • Cacao nibs
  • Matcha Powder
  • Chopped nuts
  • Or eat on its own

Method

  • Blend the almond butter, water, maple syrup, vanilla extract and salt in a blender until you get a nice smooth paste
  • Stream the melted cacao butter and cacao powder, last
  • Pour the batter into a bowl and refrigerate until firm (at least 1 hour)
  • Roll the mixture into 1-inch balls
  • Roll each ball into the topping of your choice
  • Place in the fridge, they should keep for a few weeks, or a few seconds if Mr. B. knows they are there

Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies

Chickpea cookies

Chocolate Chip Chickpea Cookies

This is a super easy recipe for one of those days when you just need a cookie straight out of the oven

The wonderful thing about this cookie is that it tastes and smells like a normal chocolate chip cookie but has no flour or sugar. Doesn’t that just blow your mind?! I didn’t think this one would make it through my sweet tooth tasters, but they loved it!

This takes 5 minutes prep time and c. 15 minutes in the oven, making it quicker than ordering insomnia cookies on seamless (a Mr. B move when I am away…)!

Ingredients

  • 1 can chickpeas
  • ½ cup natural almond/peanut butter
  • 5 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ dairy free milk
  • 1 tsp. gluten free baking powder
  • A pinch sea salt
  • 50g vegan chocolate chips (cacao nibs if you want no sugar and/or a textural contrast)

Method

  • Pre-heat the oven to 350c
  • Blend all the ingredients apart from the chocolate chips
  • Fold in the chocolate chips
  • Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper/baking parchment
  • Spoon the mixture onto the baking sheet, one heaped tablespoon per cookie and squish it down
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes until lightly brown
  • Serve warm or cool

 

Gorgeous Gooey Black Bean Brownies

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Gorgeous Gooey Black Bean Brownies

Why would I want to eat a healthy brownie, when I could eat a rich, deep, gooey chocolaty brownie instead?

What if this was one and the same thing?!

Introducing the gluten free, flour free, dairy free, nut free brownie. It is super easy and takes around 20 minutes, using my trusted blender.

The secret ingredient here is undetectable, as per my trusted tasters and with black beans as the main ingredient, you can be rest assured that you have had at least one of your five a day!

Ingredients

  • 1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 tbsp. raw cacao
  • ½ cup oats
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • ¼ cup coconut oil
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp. gluten free baking powder
  • ½ cup vegan chocolate chips

Method

  • Pre-heat the oven to 350c
  • Combine all the ingredients, except the chips, into the blender
  • Stir in the chips and pour into a cake pan, sprinkle some extra chips over the top
  • Place in the oven for 15 mins and let cool for at least 10 mins before serving
  • If a little soft when you take it out of the oven, place in the fridge and the brownies will firm up

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Black Beans (above)

 

Vegan Chocolate Mousse

Vegan Chocolate Mousse

Vegan Chocolate Mousse

This chocolate treat has three main ingredients and takes not time at all in a blender. It is dairy free, gluten free, nut free, refined sugar free and high in protein. It has a deep, decadent texture and ‘you won’t believe it’s made of tofu’, which is a wonderful ancient healthy ingredient that takes on the taste of whatever you are making. Here it is really used for the silky texture and in blind tastings no one would ever guess it is the main ingredient.

I like to serve it with lots of berries to cut through the richness of the mousse, it also adds a little color to the plate. I have also added a little gold fairy dust here, for a magical finish.

Enjoy!

Ingredients

  • 300g soft silken tofu
  • 80g vegan chocolate
  • 3 tbsp. maple syrup
  • ½ tsp. vanilla essence
  • Pinch of salt

Method

  • Melt the vegan chocolate using a heat proof bowl over a pot of hot water, don’t let the bowl touch the water
  • Stir the chocolate until it melts completely and then take it off the heat to cool for a few minutes
  • In the mean time, prepare the tofu by taking it out of the packaging, squeeze a little to get rid of some of the water, then blend till smooth
  • Add the chocolate and rest of the ingredients
  • Transfer into glasses or ramekins, serve with berries to cut through the richness

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)