I held another food class today – Raw Desserts! Yay! My favourite! It was a complete success and the ladies walked away with new ideas, knowledge, recipes, and full tummies!
One woman exclaimed, “I can’t wait to make the cheesecake tomorrow with raspberry topping!” By the end of the class they were throwing around all kinds of ideas, like using the fudge as the crust for the cheesecake, using the mango filling as a smoothie, or thickening it to make a pie. I love seeing that!
Here are the recipes we made today, written exactly as I gave them to the students. We started with my chocolate cream stack which I modified slightly from my original recipe, and then used half of the mixture to make a cheesecake with blueberry topping - then it was into the freezer to get chilling so it would be ready for the end of class!
Next was a banana ice cream demo I did - the ladies were amazed at how it didn't even taste like bananas! Hehe! They loved the idea of adding things like vanilla beans, carob powder, fresh mint, and other fruits for different flavours.
The fudge and lemon dessert smoothie come from Anna of The Raw Table, with a few modifications for class purposes. Lastly, the fruit tarts were made with a mango filling from greenchefs. It is delish!
Chocolate Cream Stack
1 cup of walnuts or pecans
5 medjool dates, pitted
Process the ingredients in a food processor until they are crumbly and will hold together. Press the crust mixture into the bottom of a spring form pan and set aside.
3 cups cashews, soaked for a few hours 1/2 – 2/3 cup agave or honey 1/3 cup lemon juice
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted (place the bowl in a bowl of hot water)
1 " piece of vanilla bean (or 1/2 tsp pure vanilla)
¼ -1/3 cup of water
Blend everything in a high power blender or food processor until completely smooth. Note: This may take a while, so stop the blender and scrape down the sides often.
2 medium bananas
1/4 cup of soaked raisins
4 soft dates, pitted
¼ cup carob powder
1/2 tsp pure vanilla
1 banana sliced
Blend everything but the sliced banana, until smooth.
Pour the filling on top of the crust, followed by half of the chocolate mixture. Sprinkle with a few pecans and sliced banana, and finally the rest of the chocolate.
Put the whole thing in the freezer for several hours to set.
Then remove the spring form pan ring and slice.
Thaw at room temperature for a while if it is frozen solid.
Use the crust and cheesecake filling, above, doubling the recipe if you are using a large cheesecake pan. Chill the cheesecake and then top with berries.
Berry Topping: 2 cups fresh or frozen berries of your choice 2-3 tbs agave or 2-3 dates Juice of ½ lemon
Blend all until smooth. Strain to remove seeds if using raspberries.
Carob Fudge ¾ Cups walnuts
¾ C raisins
¼ C carob powder
dash of cinnamon
pinch of sea salt (really, just a pinch)
Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth and balled up.
Remove from bowl and press into a glass dish – or shape into one large square with your hands. Freeze until firm, then slice. Double the recipe and keep in the freezer.
Lemon Berry Dessert Smoothie 1 1/2 C nut milk (1/2 cup soaked almonds: 1 ½ cups water)
2 C frozen bluberries
1/2 C fresh young coconut pulp, or ½ cup cashews
Juice of 1 lemon 3 medjool dates, pitted and soaked in water to soften
2 T honey
Combine all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth. Enjoy!
Fresh Fruit Tarts
Crust: 1 cup soaked almonds 4 dates, pitted 1 tbs coconut oil, melted 1 ¼ cup shredded coconut Grind the almonds in a food processor. Add the dates and process until smooth. Add the last two ingredients and process into a dough. Press this mixture into tart shells, or 9” pie plate.
2 cups chopped fresh or frozen mango 2 tbs coconut oil, melted 1 tbs lime juice 2 tsp lime zest ¼ cup agave
Blend all ingredients until smooth. Fill half of each tart crust with this mixture.
This is the definition of passion for me - Teaching others how to prepare this delicious healthy food. What a wonderful note to end on before flying West for more great raw food adventures with my beautiful sister Carmella….many stories and photos to come....!!!