Mixed Berry Raw Coconut Cheesecake

photo 1 photo 2So I put my love of raw food to good use this weekend and made a raw cheesecake! I’d done one before but it wasn’t super amazing but this one turned out pretty good. Thanks to Health Yeah for the original recipe.

Although I would never consider myself an expert at raw food there are a couple of things I would do differently next time. I think my base was a little crumbly, boo! I’d either up the amount of medjool dates to 1 cup or combine less almonds. Maybe 1 cup of medjool dates and 1 cup of almonds would be perfect. That way it would stick together a bit better. What I love about raw desserts is that you can’t really go wrong and you can always change the ingredients to your liking. Also, when splitting the coconut filling I’d probably pour a bit more than half out. I found that once I added the berries into the remaining half of the mixture it made much more berry mixture and so my filling wasn’t a nice even blend when doing the zebra thing. Anyway, you’ll know what I mean when you read the original recipe and get around to making it. Let me know if you do!

Enjoy! xx

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Gluten, dairy, sugar free, paleo banana bread…

bananabread

After posting this photo on Instagram of our morning coffees and delicious homemade banana bread quite a few of you were interested in the recipe. I have to say, my brother makes a pretty mean banana bread and also happens to be an awesome Kinesiologist.

Anywho, here’s the recipe…

2 cups almond meal
3 eggs
6 very ripe bananas
1 peeled and de-pipped orange
40ml macadamia oil
20ml extra virgin coconut oil
1 teaspoon bicarbonate soda
Cinnamon
Nutmeg
Salt
Vanilla bean
Chia seeds

In a blender mix:
3 bananas
3 eggs
1 peeled and de-pipped orange
40ml macadamia oil
20ml extra virgin coconut oil
Cinnamon
Nutmeg
Salt
Vanilla bean
Chia seeds

In a large bowl, combine almond meal, bicarb and chunks of 2 bananas with the batter from the blender. Mix gently but well.

Line a bread tin or use coconut oil and almond meal on the sides to prevent sticking. Pour batter from mixing bowl in to tin. Slice remaining bananas and place on top.

Bake in oven at 165 for 45-60 minutes, depending on oven.

Enjoy!

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Chia seed pudding


If you’re looking for a delicious vegan and dairy free dessert then this one is for you.

I’ve been enjoying chia seeds for a while now, especially adding them to my salads and even to my morning smoothies. They make for that great little bit of extra crunch in a salad and that bit of extra texture in a smoothie. And what’s even better is their health benefits. Chia seeds are packed full of omega-3, protein, fibre and in most cases contain more calcium than milk. Another reason why I’ve cut back on dairy and have been enjoying other natural foods that provide just as much nutrients.

I came across this recipe from the Juicing Vegetables page I follow. It looked super quick, super healthy and super easy to make. And I have say, I’ll definitely be making it again.

Ingredients:
ΒΌ cup organic coconut milk
1 tblesp chia seeds
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 pinch of sea salt
1 drop of stevia

Pour the coconut milk into any old glass (I made 2 servings but the measurements above are for 1 serving).


Add the chia seeds, cinnamon, salt and stevia and mix it all around in the glass.


If you haven’t used stevia before or not sure of what it is, it’s a natural sweetener derived from the leaves of the stevia plant. It’s much sweeter than sugar and a totally natural sweetener so you only need a drop or two in most cases. You can buy it in liquid form and doesn’t cost very much, any natural health shop should stock it.

Then all you need to do is drop your mixture/glass into the freezer for about 10 minutes. I think I may have left mine in for nearly 15 minutes, you can keep checking back every 5 minutes to see when you like the consistency. When chia seeds are dropped in liquid they expand and form a gelatine-like substance around the seed. So what you will find is the coconut milk and the chia seeds form a kind of soft serve, ice cream texture and thicken up nicely just like a pudding. So make sure you don’t leave it in there for too long or it will completely harden!


And there you have it! A yummy raw, dairy free and vegan dessert that you can enjoy without feeling guilty.

Jess xx

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