Here are the two raw desserts I made for Christmas. I wanted a contrast between rich chocolate, and light fruit. The following treats were born...
Dark Raw Chocolate Truffle Tart in a Cacao Nut Crust, topped with Coconut Whipped Cream. This is as decadent as they come!
Mandarin Orange Cheesecake on a Pecan Ginger Crust with a Cranberry Pomegranate Compote, and Candied Pecans
I love the flavor and texture combination of this cheesecake. A creamy smooth citrus cheesecake on a dense gingery crust, paired with tart cranberry and sweet pomegranate, and rounded out with the crunchy pecans. It's really light and refreshing.
Pecan Ginger Crust
1 1/4 cup pecans 1/3 cup pitted, packed dates - finely chopped 1 tablespoon minced ginger* 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract Pinch of salt
Grind all ingredients together in a food processor to create a dough. Press the dough into the bottom of an 8" or 12" spring form pan.
*grated finely on a microplane
Mandarin Orange Filling
2 1/2 cups mandarin orange segments 1 1/2 cups cashew 1/4 cup + 1 tablespoon maple syrup 6 drops stevia 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 teaspoon packed orange zest 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 4-6 drops orange essential oil, or to taste 1/8 teaspoon himalayan salt 1/2 cup melted coconut oil 2 tablespoons melted cacao butter
Blend all but the oil and butter until completely smooth and creamy. Add the oil/butter and blend briefly to incorporate. Pour the filling over the crust. Chill in the fridge for 8-12 hours.
Cranberry Pomegranate Compote
1 1/2 cups fresh cranberries 1/2 cup mandarin orange juice (or juice of regular oranges) 2 tablespoons pomegranate powder 5 drops stevia 1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup 2 teaspoons lemon juice 1-2 drops orange essential oil 1 1/2 tablespoons chia seed 2 tablespoons goji berries
Blend all but the chia and gojis, in a food processor or blender, leaving a little texture, if desired. Pulse in the chia seed just to mix it in, but avoid breaking it down. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and fold in the goji berries. Chill in the fridge for a few hours. The chia will soak up some of the liquid, causing the compote to thicken. Spoon over the cheesecake when you are ready to serve it.
I don't have a recipe to share for the Chocolate Truffle Tart as it's tucked away for a future project, but give the cheesecake a try!
What yummy treats did you make for Christmas?
Here's my Christmas tree. About a week ago I was sitting on the couch beside it, when I started hearing a "whoosh" - I looked to see that the tree was starting to fall over! I caught it on the way down - whew. Strange through, because it was tied up with fishing line... but apparently that wasn't enough.
Happy New Year! Wishing you fabulous celebrations!