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



Vintage store profile: Sing Blackbird

Sing Blackbird is one of those places you walk into and feel instantly relaxed, inspired and at home. In fact, you’d never know that the space used to be used as a phone-sex centre!

With Tame Impala’s Innerspeaker on the stereo, I wandered around the three rooms of carefully edited men’s and women’s vintage clothing, shoes and accessories from the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s. This store definitely makes sure you don’t have that daunting feeling you can have when walking into some vintage stores (i.e. “where the hell do I start?!”). It is beautifully put together, so even if you’re not looking to buy vintage it’s still a fantastic store to look through.

Sing Blackbird also runs vintage and second hand flea markets, hosts movie nights and serves bloody marys Friday – Sunday.

If you don’t want to leave just yet (I didn’t want to in a hurry) you can sit in the Sing Blackbird cafe which is attached to the shop and sample locally produced coffee, home made cakes and vegetarian delights. Here you can sit and watch the world go by, or read any of the zines and books by local artists and writers.

This is not just any vintage store, and an absolute must-do if you’re heading to Berlin.

Katie xx

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Sing Blackbird

Sanderstrasse 11

12047 Berlin

More about Sing Blackbird here.

You can see more pictures from Katie’s travels on instagram

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.

¼ 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