Creamy Hot Chocolate

A hug in a mug!  There’s nothing better on a chilly winter morning than a warm, creamy, rich mug of hot chocolate.  This delicious recipe has none of the gloopiness of artificial thickeners and the sweetness comes from dates.  By mixing the almond milk with hot water the hot chocolate is warming but not hot enough to destroy the precious nutrients.

Hot Chocolate

Ingredients

1/2 cup cashews

3 tsp raw cocao powder

3 dates

160ml almond milk mixed with 80ml hot water

Method

Place all ingredients in the blender and whiz!

 

 

 

 

Pear with orange and lime cashew cream

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It’s autumn and I’m full of cold, there’s no better pick-me-up than a bowl of fresh fruit with a tangy and sweet cashew orange and lime cream.  And it’s wonderfully easy to put together.  The suns still out so I can sit outside and enjoy it!

 

Ingredients

2 ripe pears

Handful of cashew nuts

Juice of half an orange

Juice of half a lime

1 date

Sprinkle of toasted quinoa to garnish

 

Instructions

Chop the pear into cubes.

Place the cashews, orange and lime juice and date into the blender.

Blend together and pour over the pear.  Sprinkle with the toasted quinoa and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

Beet burgers

I love the colour of beetroot and its gorgeous earthy taste.  This is another ridiculously easy meal to make that is also super healthy.  I discovered it in the pages of Raw Food by Eria Palmercrantz and Irmela Lilja.  My husband and I really enjoy this as a lunch with a raw soup.

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Ingredients

3 beets

2 carrots

1/4 cup pistachios

1/2 – 1 avocado

2 tsp lemon juice

Pinch mineral salt

1-2 tsp mustard

Some bug lettuce leaves like romaine

Capers to top

 

Instructions

Chop the beets and carrots into small cubes.

Add the pistachios and blend together.

Add the avocado and blend.

Add the lemon juice, mustard and salt  and blend again.

Place a spoonful in the middle of each lettuce leaf and garnish with the capers.

 

 

Blackberry overnight oats

Overnight oats require soaking overnight but in the morning they are ready to be eaten straight away from the fridge making them a brilliant breakfast for when you’re pushed for time.

I wanted to make my oats look so amazing I couldn’t resist eating them.

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Instructions

2/3 cup oats – I recommend gluten free

2/3 cup almond milk – I prefer home made

 

Additional ingredients 

Blackberries

For awesome yumminess I stirred in blended blackberries. I love the pastel purple colour.   Personally I don’t mind bits but if you like smooth purées you’ll need to then pass the blended berries through muslin. You can prepare a punnet and freeze portions ready to used when needed.  Save some whole ones for the top.

Edible flowers for total gorgeousness.

Chopped pistachios.  I used a pestle and mortar to break them up.

Sliced banana

Sliced strawberry

Toasted quinoa.  The only cooked ingredient.

Raw chocolate powder dusted over the banana

Dessicated coconut.  Total heaven!

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Maple iced carrot cake

This raw carrot cake is absolutely delicious, it takes a little bit of time to make but it’s well worth the effort.  I call it ‘better than’ carrot cake as it beats the real thing.  Of course being greedy I had to have three layers!

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Ingredients

Cake

2 cups carrot grated as finely as possible then squeezed free of liquid, alternatively use the pulp from juicing carrots.

1 cup shredded coconut

1 cup pitted dates

1 tsp cinnamon

1 cm ginger

5 tbsp almond flour

 

Maple syrup icing

1 cup cashews

1/3 cup coconut oil

3 tbsp maple syrup

1/2 tsp vanilla

2 tsp lime juice

 

Instructions

Add all the ingredients of the cake mix into the blender and pulse until they are well mixed.

On baking paper separate the mixture into three balls and flatten form the layers with your hands.  The mixture should be moist and sticky enough to do this easily.

Place the three layers into the freezer whilst you make the icing.

Put all the ingredients for the icing into the blender and whiz until smooth.

Start to assemble the cake by spreading some icing across the first layer.  not too much or it will ooze out.  Place the second layer on top then again spread with icing, making sure you have enough icing for the top layer.

Keep in the fridge and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Why Raw?

Still going for ‘5 a day’?  With a plant based diet consisting mainly of raw food you’ll be eating something like 20 a day!  Do I need to explain any further why a plant based, mainly raw diet would be beneficial to your health?  Let’s take a look at why many nutritionists believe this may be the healthiest way to eat…

The theory goes that when you cook food you destroy some of the nutrients within the food.  Nutrients such as natural enzymes which aid digestion and help combat chronic illnesses. Not only that,  often the cooking process creates free radicals and toxins that can cause disease.   So by eating the food raw you are gaining as much nutrition as possible.   Needless to say eating a mostly raw diet means eating mostly plant based foods primarily fruit, veg, soaked and sprouted grains and nuts and seeds.  Often raw foodies are vegetarian, or vegan, however, anyone can incorporate more raw into their diet and will see the health benefits.  Raw food is alkalising in the body and this is a state which helps prevent many chronic diseases as well as cancer and can also help with weight loss and maintaining an optimum weight.

 

Beautiful Vibrant Breakfast Smoothie Bowl

This vibrant breakfast smoothie bowl can  be prepared in 15 minutes and consists of all natural and raw ingredients.  Give it a try!

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Ingredients

1 Ripe banana

100 ml Almond milk

Handful punnet raspberries

1 Punnet strawberries

1/2 Small beetroot

 

Place all ingredients in a blender and whiz up, if it’s too think just add a little more almond milk.  The beetroot gives the lovely deep purple colour.  Dress the smoothie bowl with strawberries, sliced banana and any nuts and seeds that you enjoy! this smoothie bowl is literally packed with nutrients and will have you feeling good all morning.