real raw kitchen: June 2012

Thursday, June 21, 2012

RECIPE: basic NON-cheesecake

In honor of celebrating my freshly 21-year-old brother I made a very simple cheesecake. I wanted to do something special for the guy and I'm glad I did ...

Crust
3 cups walnuts
1 cup dates
1/4 cup dried, unsweetened coconut
1 pinch sea salt


Filling

3 cups cashews
2 lemons, juiced
3/4 cup maple syrup (non raw)
3/4 cup coconut oil
1 tablespoon vanilla
Up to a 1/4 cup of water, if necessary to facilitate blending

Mix the crust ingredients in a food processor until crumbly. Press into the bottom of a spring form pan. Blend the filling ingredients in a blender and pour over the crust. Set in the freezer for 1-2 hours, then transfer to the fridge. Serve with berries or plain.

SOOOO good!!



Friday, June 8, 2012

RECIPE: basic raw brownies

You guys. Seriously. I killed it today with this batch of brownies. You MUST try this as soon as possible.

Most Americans have an imbalance in their Omegas with their 6s largely outweighing their 3s. A quick fix to this is to add more Omega-3 rich foods to your diet (versus trying to cut back on Omega-6). One can do this with flax, flax oil, (a popular oil, Udos oil), walnuts, or hemp. I use pure hemp protein in a lot of my smoothies but today I used walnuts in what has been the best Friday discovery ever ...

Recipe from AngelIsRaw

Raw Brownies (with Frosting)
1 cup pecans or walnuts (soak for 1 hour)
1 cup dates (soak for 1 hour)
5 tablespoons raw cacao powder
4 tablespoons shredded unsweetened coconut
2 tablespoons raw honey or maple syrup
1/4 teaspoon sea salt


Place walnuts alone in your food processor and process until the walnuts become small and crumbly. Add the dates and process again until the mixture sticks together and the dates are well processed. Add the remaining ingredients and process again until the mixture is incorporated.

Dump the mixture into a brownie dish or small cake pan lined with wax paper. Using another sheet of wax paper press the mixture into the dish until evenly disbursed. Refrigerate this raw brownie recipe for a couple of hours.

 By the way, this is actually a raw brownie recipe that keeps its shape! So it can be good for serving to non-raw fooders because the presentation of this raw brownie recipe is good when chilled.

 Store this raw brownie recipe in the refrigerator ... if it lasts that long!



Raw Chocolate Frosting
1 cup dates (soak for 1 hour)
1/4 cup raw cacao (cocoa) powder
1/4 cup cold-pressed coconut oil / butter
3/4 cup water (or a tiny bit more if needed - try to keep at 3/4 cup or so though)

Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend. Blend, scraping down the sides if necessary, to get a velvety consistency. This is one of those recipes that really makes use of the power of a high-speed blender.

You’ll know it’s ready if there are no bits of dates and all you can taste is velvety chocolate goodness. Pour over the top and return to the refrigerator to set. Brownies should be ready within an hour or two.


It. Is. Divine.