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Getting Raw

10 Jul

I woke up extremely early this morning and couldn’t get back to sleep so I decided to do a bit of ‘baking’ instead so I could take a little treat in to work today.

I say ‘baking’ as I made a raw, vegan brownie which doesn’t involve any cooking at all. What do you call baking and cooking when it’s raw food? A question for the ages…

Chocolate Brownie

300g Date paste

50g Almond meal

60g crushed nuts (I used pecans)

1/2 cup cocoa

2 tsp coconut butter



Chocolate Sauce

1/3 cup coconut oil

3 tbs agave syrup


6 tbsp cocoa powder

Put date paste, almond meal, cocoa and coconut butter in a food processor and pulse until all mixed. It should form into a dough ball. Add a tsp of water if too dry.

Put mixture in a bowl and knead in the crushed nuts (at this point I also added 50g of pepitas because I like them and for more texture).

Press into a square cake tin – I used a silicon one so you can get it out easily, otherwise, make sure you line the tin so you can lift it out easily  – and freeze for half an hour.

Meanwhile , mix together the chocolate sauce ingredients in a bowl.

Remove brownie from freezer and top with chocolate sauce and sprinkle with nuts or coconut and freeze for a further 10 minutes.

Press out of tin, cut into pieces and enjoy!

I strongly recommend using a really good quality cocoa as that is where all the delicious, rich, chocolatey goodness comes from.

I am going to add some dried banana next time to the brownie recipe, but I also think dried raspberries would be amazing. You could also add some dried peel, orange zest and a bit of juice instead of the coconut butter, or even a splash of liqueur.

Really, the possibilities are endless!

(I found the chocolate sauce recipe  here at www.pure2raw.com which is a great site for raw food recipes. Have a look!

I was inspired to make these by  browsing the recipes here and adapting them to what I had available: http://www.yummly.com/blog/2012/07/10-delicious-raw-vegan-desserts )


Go Nuts!

15 Nov

I am currently on a detox to give myself a good cleanse before summer. Apart from tea and coffee, I really miss treats, so I invented myself a healthy little snack that I can keep in the fridge for when the cravings get too strong. This recipe is made mostly of nuts and is vegan friendly. The measurements are approximate as I freepour the ingredients until I get the flavour I want, so use this as a guideline. You may want to add more agave syrup to make it slightly sweeter, or use different kinds of nuts. I am going to try using date paste next time and for a non-vegan recipe, you could add some honey. I sometimes use coconut butter and tahini; whatever happens to be in my cupboard. Just make sure that you make the mixture firm enough to form the balls.


This should make about 26 balls.

140g nut spread (I use macadamia)

90g almond meal

20g seseme seeds

30g dutch cocoa

4 tbs agave syrup

20 g dessicated coconut (plus another 30g for rolling the balls in)

130g crushed, roasted almonds

Mix all ingredients together in a bowl until it forms a mixture that is firm enough to roll. If it is too wet, add some more almond meal or coconut. If it is too dry, add a bit more nut butter or agave. With damp hands, roll the mixture into 20g balls and then  roll them in the extra coconut. Put them in the fridge until firm and they’ll keep in an airproof container for about a month.