Raw Banana Cream Pie

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Raw Banana Cream PieIt sure has been a while since my last post! I’ve been busy with my giant Frankie 100 project coming this spring and haven’t been playing in the kitchen much. However, tonight my husband will join me to attend the Conscious Eating Niagara potluck which I haven’t been to in forever, so I thought I’d update the blog with today’s creation.

It’s another case of, a little of this, a little of that. Actually, I had some raw bars in the freezer that I decided to blend up and make in to the pie crust. It’s all about the filling.

Mandi’s Banana Cream Pie

Crust Filling
Almonds

Hazelnuts

Coconut Flour

Dates

Coconut Syrup

Touch of Moroccan Spice Mix (includes chili, ginger, cinnamon)

Bananas, regular & small red bananas

Coconut butter

Real Vanilla Bean

Touch of Himalayan Salt

Stevia

 

 

Raw Peach Squares

I picked up some fresh Niagara peaches at the Peach festival in Niagara on the Lake this weekend. Here’s a little raw recipe that I’ve whipped together for a party tomorrow. As usual, this is a play it by ear recipe.

This is just a quick post so I don’t forget to post about it. I’ll have to grab a photo later when I cut these in to squares. Right now it’s setting in the freezer.

Raw Peach SquaresRaw Peaches n’ Cream Squares

Filling

  • Coconut butter – about 400 grams
  • 8 ripe peaches
  • a touch of stevia, to taste
  • a touch of vanilla
  • a pinch of pink Himalayan salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Crust:

  • Coconut flour
  • Coconut oil
  • Dates
  • A touch of ground ginger

Directions:

  1. Blitz the coconut butter in the food processor until it makes a smooth cream.
  2. Cut the peaches up in to slices and start to drop them in the food processor until everything is blitzed together.
  3. Add the other ingredients to taste.
  4. Pour batter in to a bowl and set aside on the counter.
  5. No need to clean the food processor. Just throw about half a cup of coconut flour in and start to blitz it, then add dates and some coconut oil until it still starts to come together as a dough. Add more coconut flour as needed.
  6. Use some coconut oil to grease a square pan. I have a flexible non-stick silicone pan that I like for raw desserts. Press the crust in to the bottom, then pour the batter in. Set in freezer for at least 2 hours. Cut in to squares and enjoy!

The flavour has come out quite subtle and creamy and really nice. Let’s see if the drunkers at the party appreciate it or not.

Raw Peach Squares

Fun with Kelp Noodles

kelp with hazelnutI’ve been on a big kelp noodle kick for the past while. My favourite thing to do is to soak the kelp noodles for at least 20 minutes in water, give them a good rinse, and then marinate them in a seed or nut based sauce until they become soft. Really yummy.

One of the recipes that I really enjoy for kelp noodles is a Thai Peanut Sauce. However, peanuts (at least not the ones used in those types of recipes) are not raw and not particularly good for you, so I’ve been playing with replacing them with other nuts. This weekend I made a sauce with hazelnuts for 2 different potlucks and it turned out quite well.

Other times, I’ll use my favourite Garlicky Kale dressing or something similar, or I’ll even use a pre-made pesto.

For a Thai inspired sauce, I use the following ingredients. You have to just play with them to get the flavour that you want:

  • Natural Peanut Butter or some other type of nuts (like hazelnuts) soaked and rinsed before using
  • Water
  • Lime juice
  • Ginger
  • Garlic
  • Chilis or a hot sauce like Sriracha
  • Coconut Aminos, Tamari, Miso or salt for seasoning
  • Agave for sweetness (or another sweetener)
  • Cilantro or mint, and lots of it!

I like this kind of sauce with zucchini noodles too, and lately I’ve been mixing the zucchini noodles in with the kelp noodles. Just don’t add the zucchini until the end since it can produce too much water.

Q. How do you make raw halvah?

Q. Hi there I was looking on google for raw halvah recipes and I saw a picture of your halvah with date icing but couldn’t find the recipe and I was wondering if there was anyway you would mind sharing it or pointing me in the direction of a good one.

Raw halvah squares topped with date icing. I think that all halvah must be raw?

A. Hi, you’re right! I originally made that recipe and took a photo before my blog was up.

Here’s how you do it. It’s pretty easy. The key is to have a really good food processor or vitamix to make the coconut butter, or to buy/order coconut butter.
You need equal parts sesame seeds and unsweetened coconut flakes OR raw tahini and already made coconut butter. And a sweetener like coconut syrup, agave, raw honey or maple syrup. Add that to taste. If you’re using about 400 grams each of coconut and sesame, about 1/3 of a cup of sweetener is usually enough for me but you can taste it to see how you like it.  I like coconut syrup but any of those will work. You can use a little Himalayan salt to taste.
You need to blitz the coconut butter first. If you’re making your own coconut butter, blitz the coconut flakes and a couple of tablespoons of coconut oil to help it come together. That takes at least 5 minutes to really become creamy and a good machine is important. Then add your seeds or tahini and a hint of salt. Only at the very end should you add the sweetener. If you add it too soon it becomes too sticky and the rest won’t blend. When you add the sweetener, don’t over blend. Just pulse a few times until it comes together.
Then spread it in to a pan of some kind and let it set in the fridge or freezer. It will harden into a delicious halvah.
The date icing was really just blitzed dates that I spread on top which was tasty but optional.
Let me know if you have any questions.

Vegan Peanut Butter Pie (or Vegan Peanut Butter Cups) – GF & mostly raw

This is basically a raw dessert, except for the peanuts are roasted. But it’s hard to beat that roasted peanut butter taste, so I’m taking one for the team on this one.

I’ve know that coconut butter would be the perfect way to thicken a peanut butter filling since I started playing with coconut butter in desserts a couple of years ago. It didn’t let me down!

Jaime and Krister are awesome. They had elephants at their wedding!

I pulled this out for my dear friends, Jaime and Krister’s going away party. They’re moving to Boulder this week. We’re going to miss them!

This recipe is definitely approximate. Adjust ingredients to taste. The main thing is to use equal parts coconut butter & peanut butter.

Ingredients

  • 400g coconut butter
  • 400g natural peanut butter
  • 1/3 to 1/2 a cup of coconut syrup, to taste
  • pinch of Himalayan salt

Crust

  • Dates & Coconut Flour in aproximately equal parts. About 1.5 cups of each.

Chocolate layer

  • Coconut oil, aprox 1 to 1.5 cups
  • Raw cacao powder, aprox 1 cup
  • 1/4 tsp of NOW stevia or to taste
  • Himalayan salt to taste, optional

Directions

Make the crust first. Blend your dates into mush in the food processor, then slowly add your coconut flour until it makes a dough. Grease a pie plate or springform pan with coconut oil, sprinkle with some coconut flour so the crust won’t stick, then press the dough in.

In the same food processor, blend your coconut butter until soft and smooth. Add the peanut butter, then the salt. Add your coconut syrup last. Don’t over blend once you’ve added the coconut syrup. Adjust the amount of syrup according to taste. Pour the peanut butter mixture onto the pie crust. It appears very liquidy but it will solidify. Chill in the freezer while you prepare the chocolate layer.

For the chocolate layer. gently warm up your coconut oil to get it to melt by putting it in the dehydrator or near something warm. If you’re not concerned about keeping the recipe raw, you can just set this up as a double boiler setup in a metal bowl over another filled with boiling or hot water. Once the coconut oil is melted, whisk in the other ingredients. Adjust the stevia in the recipe carefully. You don’t need the chocolate layer to be very sweet since the peanut butter filling is sweet. Pull the pie from the freezer and pour the chocolate layer over the top. Then put it back in the fridge or freezer to set. Let it set for about 4 hours before serving, or however long you want in the freezer.

I froze mine a week in advance and brought it out at a party today. It was a big hit!

I plan to use the same recipe to make peanut butter cups. It’s just that with little individual cups, it will be much harder not to pig out on them!

Making your own raw vegan milk, Part II

Ingredients: raw nut butter of choice (I’ve used one of my favourite Health Nut flavours but any raw nut butter will do) and sunflower lecithin.

Frothy after being shaken up.

A fine strainer.

Strain your milk.

Before leaving for Sweden, I prepared some very portable vegan oat milk powder to take away with me.

That worked out really well, and I enjoyed it very much in my morning smoothies.

Now that I’m back in town, I’ve decided to go raw for the month of August in honour of Rawstock Niagara, an exciting festival that I’m helping to organize that takes place at the end of this month. As usual, I want to keep things quick, easy and not too messy. I dislike cleaning nut milk bags (a lot) and don’t feel like washing my blender all the time so this quick shake and strain raw almond milk is perfect.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp raw nut butter of choice
  • 2 tsp sunflower lecithin*
  • 1/4 tsp xanthum gum (optional)
  • pinch of cinnamon, vanilla, stevia, or other flavourings to taste
  • 4 cups of water (you might be able to use up to 5 cups, actually, but definitely 4)
  1. Put your ingredients into a container with a lid and shake away!
  2. Strain through a fine strainer.
  3. Enjoy! Keeps about 4 to 5 days.
  4. You can actually save the pulp and use it as the base for your next batch mixed with about a third to half of the proportions of listed above.

*The lecithin is very important. It’s an emulsifier and prevents the ingredients from separating in the liquid. It makes it creamy and a true milk. I prefer sunflower lecithin to soy which I’m intolerant to. The xanthum gum helps to thicken it up as well.

I’m enjoying this very much in my morning smoothies and I’m turning my husband on to it too. Go raw!

Quick & Easy Vegan Oat Milk in a Bodum

I’ve added Part II of this blog post, making quick and easy raw almond milk, here.

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I’m leaving for a trip to Sweden next week to go to the Herrang Dance Camp where it will be difficult to eat the way that I like to. I’ve been planning to take a lot of food with me including a variety of my nut butters and my new favourite raw coconut wraps for lunch, power wraps and Larabars for snacks, and definitely vanilla Sun Warrior protein powder and chocolate Greensuperfood powder to make smoothies for breakfast.

Dilemma. What to do in place of almond milk in my breakfast smoothies? Mixing protein powder with plain water is just too thin. So I started to brainstorm ideas for a really quick, easy and portable vegan milk option to go.

I also like making raw almond milk this way, but the oat milk (which isn’t raw) is definitely more portable.

As for making homemade milks, almond or other, I hate using nut milk bags. They’re messy and a big hassle. It’s always tough to wash out the granules around the bag seam, and I just dislike the whole process. So recently I thought, why not use a coffee bodum instead?

Raw Vegan Oat Milk

  • 1/4 cup of oats*, ground in the food processor
  • 1/2 tbsp vegan lecithin granules as an emulsifier, preferably sunflower, otherwise soy
  • 1 tsp arrowroot powder
  • 1/2 tsp xanthum gum
  • pinch of stevia (I only NOW brand, most of the others are gross)
  • dash of vanilla bean powder (or vanilla extract), to taste
  • pinch of cinnamon, to taste
  • pinch of Himalayan salt
  • 2 cups of water

If you don’t have a bodum, you could use some sort of a smoothie shaker instead. I find these very practical for mixing up my Sun Warrior smoothies in the mornings.

Ingredients listed are for a single batch which you can shake or mix up as is… but if you’d like to be more organized about it, I’ve multiplied this recipe by 16 to make a big batch of the powder to take with me on my travels.
*I’ve used quick oats here for convenience, but use rolled oats if you have the time and organizational skills to soak your milk overnight before drinking it the next day.
If you can’t easily obtain one or some of the ingredients, you can still make a version of the milk, but after much experimenting I found that the inclusion of the lecithin, xanthum gum and arrowroot powder really made a big impact on the resulting creaminess. In fact, I just did a taste test on my picky hubby and he picked the oat milk over almond milk!

Dump the ingredients into the food processor. Then blitz it to make a powder.

Fill your bodum with 1/2 cup or so of the powder. If you don’t have a bodum, you could stir or shake this up and then pour it through a strainer of some kind, or just drink it with the “pulp”.

Add water, about 2 cups, and stir vigorously. Then use the bodum strainer to *slowly* strain your milk from the pulp. Don’t try to go too quickly as the strainer may get a bit plugged.

My bird, Gaudi, loves the oat milk!

Advantages to Oat Milk:

  • Cheap! Even with the xanthum gum and lecithin, homemade oat milk is a million times cheaper than store bought OR homemade almond milk.
  • No wasteful packaging. Nuff said.
  • Low calorie. Though Almond Breeze is low in calories, homemade almond milk is not necessarily low calorie. The oat milk definitely is though; about 40 calories per cup which is on par with Almond Breeze.