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Raw sweets

TrufDSC_6198.1RAW foodies have a sweet tooth. When looking at some recipe books recently, I noticed salads, appetizers, dips & sauces and snacks, and then… come the desserts. I flipped back, did I miss the entrees? Don’t expect to find a real heavy traditional main dish in RAW recipes, entrees will look like beautiful appetizers and they are likely very filling.
Here are some little truffles, RAW (or quick vegan). They are  less chocolatey, think of the answer to commercial marzipan potatoes and tadaa…the most indulgent way to eat a carrot…
If you care to make this recipe truly live, you will look for unpasteurized RAW almonds, as all domestic (U.S.) almonds require pasteurization and are likely blanched as well. You may find imports from Spain, which need lots of soaking and may have a higher content of bitter almonds in the batch, but they should even be able to sprout. See recipe

Treats from seeds

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Seed bars work for many occasions. Relatively quick to make, they can replace trail mix, pastries and cookies. After eating too much chocolate, it was time for me to  go a step healthier. Raw seedbars often contain chocolate powder or raw chocolate nibs, which have no sugar or dairy added and are not heat processed.
Depending what you have at home, you can make this recipe truly raw, or nut free, you can also replace some ingredients that are heat processed for a vegan treat. The bars will harden in the freezer, and can be stored in the refrigerator, you may also add some time in the food dryer to remove moisture.
Despite the large amount of ingredients, the amount of servings is relatively small, reminding me again how nutrient dense this food is. See recipe

Warming Valentine hugs

CocoaDSC_3131.1Hot Chocolate is a warm hug. Cocoa or Cacao? Most likely you grew up with Nesquick or Swiss Miss – Sugary, chalky, milk powdery mixes with a faint hint of chocolate. Then as a grown up, maybe in New York, you will discover drinking real chocolate.                                                                                                                                            The word and idea of drinking cacao came from Mexican ancestors. Ancient graves unearthed, bore symbols and vessels identified with cacao consumption.  Continue reading

The Gingerbread project

LebkuDSC_2970I had my eye on true domino cookies, or Elisen Lebkuchen, but I first used my new spice mix for a traditional batch of gingerbread men… to thank our neighbor for rescuing our car. Of course an enhanced veg. recipe.
If anyone local remembers, the drier version might taste like a harmless version of Kemm’sche Kuchen, or even ‘Hamburger Braune Kuchen”. See recipe here.

Happy 1st Birthday – Spoonsense!

And there is Mother’s Day. ‘Happy Mother’s day, Mom.’ With all special occasions combined I made traditional style cupcakes. My ‘Black Forest’ cupcakes are vegan. Friends know, that cupcakes are usually not my cup of… eh, cake. However, watching ‘Cupcake wars’ in the gym has left an impression. This is simple and foolproof and really bad. Chocolate style dough, rum, cherry spread filling and ‘buttercream’. A whole stick of Earth Balance plus confectionery sugar that produced just a small amount of filling and topping for each one. Think about how thickly coated cupcakes usually are – vow! To my taste, an awfully sweet treat. I will have to work out the flavors more and get something creamier and less guilty than buttercream, then I’ll post the recipe. ‘I dare you, mom to come and get one…’

‘Choco Mouse’

Obsessed with mousse! Have you ever watched the Polanski thriller ‘Rosemary’s Baby’? In one scene the elderly neighbor brings Rosemary a dessert she calls a ‘chocolate mouse’. There is something irresistible about mousse. If you saw my earlier recipe with tofu, here is an even easier tofu free version that can pass as raw recipe. Most likely the most healthy chocolate mousse ever – with an unusual ingredient, Avocado!  With 4g of protein, avocado contains all nine essential amino acids to build muscle and create more protein—in addition to heart- and brain-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Avocado is also very high in magnesium, needed to balance high calcium intake. Try me!

Better Sweets

Ah Truffles – I have been craving sweets. Lucky if you have a food processor, that can process sticky dry mixes such as truffles. If you are not so lucky, there are ways to trick an old fashioned blender into doing the job. Try to chop everything separately in dry condition and do the soaking and blending part later by hand. Continue reading