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No-Bake Vegan Rum Cake Balls, Raw Vegan Foods Presentation

Posted Feb 14 2010 2:24pm
Happy Valentine's Day Everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!  How are you doing today?  What's been going on in your world?  I ask this half-jokinglybut kinda serious because you never know when it could happen, but did anyone get engaged this weekend?  AhemJanetha's was last week...Congrats honey!!!  For the rest of youwhat's been happening this weekend?  I swear to GodI have done more in the past 48 hours than I did all week and I am not one to have any grass grow under my feet:  I did 8 hours worth of yoga and related-yoga things like my presentationa trip to the regular grocerya TJ's runTarget tripmade numerous raw vegan desserts and you lucky kids will reap the benefits as soon as I get everything typed up and recipes posted!  And let's not forget cleaning my housetaking care of Skylar and hooking her up with a Valentine's Day Giftand trying to not neglect my husband, as it's Valentine's Day Weekend after all!

For methere was a nice surprise:  A Dozen Roses from Scott!  I know I said before that we don't exchange gifts on holidayand so I was shocked he bought these for me!
I don't care if a woman says"OhYou Don't Have To..."  It's always nice to get flowers and he scored major points!  Even after 9 years of marriage and 11 years together, it's nice to still feel special with pink (my favorite color!) flowers...thanks babe! 
And as I mentioned yesterday I would be doingI gave my Raw & Vegan Foods Presentation as part of the completion of my 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program!   Things went really well in terms of the food I madelive and in front of 15 peoplewhile talkinganswering questionsmultitasking, and trying to appear cool-as-a-cucumber.

Here's What I Made: (sorry there was absolutely no time to be whipping out the camera for detailed pictures)

Appetizer: Chunky Veggie Guacamole: AvocadoChili PeppersRed PeppersLime JuiceCayenneChili PowderSalt

Entree: Spiralized Zuke Noodles 
(for spiralizer info and what I havewhere to buy it (the best $29.99 you'll ever spend!) check out this post)
To Create This Dish
And For Dessert:
Raw Vegan Mango-Banana Softserve with Vanilla Extract, sweetened with Agave
Raw Vegan Chocolate Mousse: AvocadoCocoa PowderAgaveVanilla Extract
I have to say that everyone was thoroughly impressed that Raw & Vegan Foods & Meals were so: EasyFastDeliciousFillingand Satisfying!  In my mindthat's a job well done on my partif I do say-so myself. 

Howeverand I did give out my business cards with the blog info on them so I really don't want to go into total details herebut let's just suffice to say that there are always moments when people say things about their own diet or makes claims that X is just as good as Yand I was totally taken back.  I was there to give a presentationnot engage in a debate.  The title of the presentation was: Raw Vegan Foods Info & Cooking Class and so it was clear I wasn't going to be serving or discussing the merits of burgers and fries.  I wanted to make a Netflix recommendation to see the movie Supersize Me and get back with me on if X is just as good as Ybut I didn't! 

A few random comments asideit was a great afternoon and although I have never cookedlivein front of that many people and felt a bit like the Raw Version of Rachel Raywhipping up "fast delicious RAW VEGAN meals in 30 minutes or less" complete with an audience watchingit was a wonderful experience!  The best thing was the feedback both in terms of their words such as, "Amazing" and "Eye-Opening" to their reactions upon eating the food; lots of oohsaahhsand "ohmygodthisissogood's"!!!!!!  They licked their plates clean and I loved it!

Thanks everyone for reading along and chiming in on my Weekly Highlights and Recaps Post from yesterday!  Glad you Enjoyed that beast of a post!  I did have one person write to me and tell me she didn't like my recaps.  But it's my blog and so I get to make the rules! 

The lovely Abby, asked me if my posts take me a long time?  The answer to your questionmy sweet friend,  is yesmy posts do take me a long time which is why I do recaps because I also know not everyone catches every post and my posts are big & labor-intensive on my partso why not!  I know Katie feels the same way!  Sorry if I am redundant and bore you guys with my recappin'!   

(Enter a plug for my past post) But in case you missed itCheck Yesterday's Highlight Reel Out if you're not too bored or sick of me and missed it!  Vegan Fudge
 Peanut Butter Cup Chocolate Chip Cookies
 And Cool New Product Finds

Ok so it's time for a new recipe!   But I have to give you the backstory on this one!  This recipe is inspired from a memory I have of a trip to Grand Cayman that Scott and I took when we had been dating about 3 weeks.  I saidheylet's go to Grand Cayman next weekand we did.  We just got on a plane and wentjust like that!  Life was alot different back then!  Anywaywe were at a souvenir shop and they had samples of Rum CakeThe cake was pretty much saturated in rum.  But I was a heavy drinker at the time and thoughtno way could I catch a buzz from cake.  WellI did.  

I loved that cake so much that I bought a really overpriced cake and carried it home with me on the plane.  Once at homeI was all excited to break into my little treasure I hand-carried from the Caymans.  Howeverwhen I got it home and opened itthe cake was dryhad hardly any rumand was nothing special.  I was duped by the free samples which were clearly spiked to increase cake sales!  Wellmore than 10 years laterI am still thinking of that perfect drunk rum cake and decided to recreate a No-BakeVegan version of Rum Cake.  Here's What I Came Up With.  This recipe is a total keeper, if I do say so myself!

Averie's No Bake Vegan Rum Cake Balls-Gluten & Soy Free
1/4 c Cashews--Grind them firstthen add the remaining ingredients.
1/2 c Medjool Dates
1/4 c Raisins
1/2 Tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice (or similar clovecinnamonlemon spices)
1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
2 Tbsp Dark Rum (or a rum you enjoy; note that schnapps such as bananamangopeachor pineapple schnapps would all be heavenly in this recipe)

Optional (I used all and in the amounts listed) & See Common Sense Tips:
2 Tbsp Agave (or stevia to taste)
3 Tbsp Almond Meal (or 1/4 c almonds that you grind)
2 Tbsp Brown Sugar

Common Sense Tips depend on: 
1. How Moist Your Batter is and 
2. How Sweet you Like Things

Here's a Basic "Troubleshooting Grid"
If your mixture is too wetadd more almond meal.
If your mixture is too wet and not sweet enoughadd more brown sugar.
If your mixture is too dry (doubtful but anything's possible)add a tbsp of water if you don't want to impart sweetness.
If your mixture is too dry and not sweet enoughadd more agave.

Add Cashews
Grind Them
Then Add Medjool Dates.  I used a scant 1/2 cloosely packed.  Forgot to break out my new food scalesilly me.
And Raisins.  I used a scant 1/4 c.
Add the dates & raisins to the cashew flour
Then I added Pumpkin Pie SpiceCinnamonBourbon Vanilla Extract
And Rum!
All Into the Vita
The dough was Too wet and Not sweet enough.  Added 2 Tbsp Agave
and Added 3 Tbsp Almond Mealand 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar.  Againfollow my advice above and use common senseif it's too wetdry it out with flour.  If it's not sweet enoughsweeten it.  Don't be scaredthis is just dessertnot rocket science.
Grind Again. Perfect. 
Remove Dough
Form into Rum Cake Balls
And try not to get drunk
Would that be a bad thing?
Seriouslythe scant amount of rum in this entire recipe flavors the dessert rather than getting you buzzed.
This picture reminds me of my Ball Jokes Post
Slightly like the Leaning Tower of Pisa
Remember this Post with my Vegan Peanut Butter Vanilla Balls?
And Ball Jokes: Leaning Tower of Pisa Balls  
SorryI just can't talk with a straight-face about balls food sometimes.  I entertain myself at least.  And hopefully made you laugh for a second!

Here's a Few Pictures of Skylar and I as she played with her 3 books1 pair of socksand 1 string of red beads for Valentine's Day that I so handily scored from the Target $1 Bins!
Do we look alike?
Socks as Puppets

Yoga Today is Scorpion Pose (Vrschikasana)

Tip of the Day: Here's as Sexy as Foodie Talk Can Get....In Honor of Valentine's Day!  (from Living Light)

● Almonds
An age-old symbol of fertility: The aroma is thought to induce passion in a female.

● Bananas
Besides being a phallic-shaped fruitthe banana is rich in potassium and B vitaminsnecessary for sex hormone production.

● Chocolate
The Aztecs referred to cacao as "nourishment of the Gods". Chocolate contains chemicals thought to affect neurotransmitters in the brain including theobrominea substance related to caffeine. Even though we think of chocolate as seductive and sensuousif one consumes enough to satisfy the emotionsit may also satisfy the sex urge - especially when eaten alone. So feed chocolate to your lover - but not too much!

● Pine Nuts
Used as far back as Medieval times to stimulate the libidopine nuts are a good source of zinca key mineral necessary to maintain male potency.

● Strawberries
Referred to in erotic literature for agesthese beautiful fruits resembling nipples (use your imagination)are perfect for hand feeding your lover.

● Vanilla
The scent and flavor of vanilla is believed to increase sexual desire. According to ancient folklorethis fragrant pod of an orchid plant will provide pleasure and happiness. 

Do you believe in the Powers of Foods?  Such asdo you think Vitamin C has medicinal powers that are helpful when you're feeling sick?  Or do you believe that Oysters have aphrodisiac powers?  Or that the Ginkgo Biloba herb will help your memory?  How much do you believe in the intangible and hidden powers of foods? Alota little?  Orit's all hocus pocus! I am definitely a believer, up to a pointof course!

What's your comfort level with public speaking?  I have to saypublic speaking was never something I enjoyed.  Groups of more than a half dozen or sowith eyeballs and blank stares peering back used to be really nerve-racking!  Howeverwhen I was in graduate schoolI had to give so many presentationssometimes for 45 minutes or morejust me, talkingeducatingand entertaining my teachers and classmates and I truly found my zone with public speaking.

That saidcookingmaking it look effortlesswhile fielding somewhat in-depth questions from the audience at my raw foods presentation yesterdaywellit was a little daunting.  It felt similar to when you're talking on your cell phone and you know you should be paying attention to your driving and you need to tell the other person on the lineheyI need to let you go so I can concentrate on the road.  Wellthere were a couple times I wanted to tell people, heycan you sit tight with that question while I just cook and worry about the food so it turns out!  haha!

Anywayhow good are you with public speaking or public presentations?  Are you a good multi-tasker?  Can you "fake it" if you're feeling flustered and appear cool as a cucumber or does everyone know it when you're hit a wall because you're tripping all over your words?

Stay Tuned For Lots of Product Finds & Reviews...

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