This decadent Blackforest Chocolate Cheesecake by Chef Vanessa Sherwood drew quite a knockout reaction when she posted it on the forum. I’m sure you can see why. It is bursting with sweet cherries layered between a chocolate crust and a creamy chocolate cheesecake filling. Vanessa advised the members of the forum they can purchase raw cacao butter and coconut oil for great prices at Organic Living Food. She also said it can be replaced with a dark Green & Black’s chocolate bar. I know what some of you will be making your loved ones this Valentines!
Thick and creamy soup prepared with fresh local ears of young sweet corn, celery, carrots and young coconut water topped with diced cherry tomatoes and Italian parsley with a sprinkle of fresh crushed black pepper. Its natural sweet taste and creamy-chewy texture is just like the one of a country corn soup. Gabrielle was finishing work a little early today, and so I thought I should get something special ready for her. For inspiration I went to a the local farmers’ market to see what was happening. And there they were, smiling at me! A little early in the season a farmer was beaming with his young sweet corn. Perfect!
When I surprised her with this lovely creamy and refreshing soup, decorated with a corn flower (the purple flower) she said these words: “Purple and yellow, my favorite colors. Corn is such a treat but where did you find these treats so early in the season ?” “It’s a secret”, I replied. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
Fresh Fruit Tart with Chocolate Brownie Crust (raw)
This dessert is so light and refreshing but not easily forgotten. You can make it all year round and just change out the in season fruit for the topping. Great for summer parties or dinners.
Makes 4 small tarts
For the Chocolate Brownie Crust:
2 Cups Raw Almonds
2 TB Agave Syrup
2 TB Maple Syrup
1/2 of One Fresh Vanilla Bean
1 TB Coconut Butter
1/4 Cup Cacao Powder
Pinch of Sea Salt
Chocolate Brownie Crust In a food processor, process the almonds until they become a fine meal. Then add the rest of the ingredients and process again until a ball forms. Take out the moist dough and divide it between 4 4″ tart pans with removable bottoms. This mixture is rather moist and sticky at this stage, so the easiest way to press it into the tart pans is to place plastic wrap over it and press down on top of the plastic wrap until firmly pressed and shaped into the tart pan. Leave the wrap on them and place them in your freezer while preparing the creme filling.
Smooth and creamy raw chocolate mousse served with semi-frozen raspberries is a perfect combination of raw chocolate and fresh, healthy raspberries and a perfect ending to any meal, or even when lounging around and looking for something refreshing but yet naughty.
Dark, Rich, Light and Creamy Chocolate on a spoon! This is so delicious! Just don’t tell anyone there is avocado in this dish. I was having cravings for something cold and light and chocolaty. I never liked the idea of using avocado with anything with chocolate in it. Just too often the very subtle flavor and texture of the avocado comes through. However, this one afternoon it was all I had to work with as a base, so I decided to go ahead and try to work with it to make it indistinguishable. The first bite or two didn’t convince me, but after chilling it, I completely forgot what was in it and could only taste the chocolate and dash of cinnamon. I think people would have a hard time guessing what is in this mousse.
This mousse is so easy to make, and so quick. Even if you don’t have any cashew milk ready to go, you can make the quick instant cashew milk and then just add the rest of the ingredients to it. Or you can skip it and replace it with just pure water. Make sure the cashew milk is well strained though. We want this completely smooth. If you’re not convinced enough to use the avocado, you can replace it with young coconut meat if you have it. This is a no-cook recipe, but it’s not exactly ‘raw’. The chocolate I prefer to use is Green & Blacks. You can also use one of the new raw chocolate bars coming onto the market like Ultimate Foods Raw Chocolate. The maple syrup, cashews, and vanilla extract though, that’s your call. Continue Reading / Additional Photos / Videos
This is a raw vegan version of the classic French Vanilla ice cream but without any dairy products. It has a smooth creamy texture, nutty flavor and a not too sweet melt-in-the-mouth taste. It is sure to please anyone’s taste buds. Try it and you will never miss the dairy-containing French Vanilla ice cream again.
I grew up on broccoli with cheese – my mother made it once a week. Such a delicious combo! Over the years I’ve turned her family classic into an even more eco-friendly and healthy modern dish . . . without sacrificing any of the flavor. This dairy-free and cholesterol-free version brims with calcium, iron and protein, while also complimented by all the wonderful antioxidants and polyphenols from the broccoli.
I like to serve this recipe “as is” (uncooked), enjoying the maximum nutritional potential of these great superfoods. If you’re craving a warm dish though, no worries — simply steam the florets lightly for a few minutes, then combine with the sauce. Either way, the delicious cheesy flavor and addictive broccoli crunch will have you coming back for a healthy second round every time.
For the Crust Process the Almonds and the Dried Coconut and Salt in a food processor until it becomes a fine meal. Add the rest of the ingredients and process again until it clumps together in a ball. Remove the dough and press it into the bottom of 4 4” tart pans with removable bottoms. Place these in the freezer to set while you work on making the creme filling to go inside it.
If you haven’t experienced the magic of kale chips you don’t know what you’re missing. Simple to make and better than any bag of crisps from the supermarket, this is an easy way to satisfy your salty cravings with the added benefit of protein and minerals. I got this recipe from my friend and fellow chef Kirsten Gum. Beware, it’s addicting!
I’m hooked on this one. I’ve been trying to incorporate hemp seeds into more dishes and to replace other nuts or seeds. Even though they are so healthy and taste pretty good, I always found it hard to know what to do with them. Besides for sprinkling them on top of my salads or mixing them with quinoa in tabouli salads. I knew there had to be better ways to get them in larger quantities into my diet. I’ve never liked the hemp protein powders. They are just too gritty and powdery, I hate the texture they give to my smoothies.
What surprised me was that the whole hemp seeds have basically the same amount of protein as the hemp protein powders. They are not actually concentrated, and the protein is not isolated anyways. They are just lower in fat. However the fat that is in hemp seeds is the kind of fat that I want and desperately need in my diet! Hemp seeds have basically the perfect profile of essential fatty acids and the best possible balance of omega 6, omega 3 and GLA. Unlike flax, which is ultra heavy in omega 3, hemp won’t throw your EFA balance off if eaten long term or in large quantities, since it is naturally balanced. It has a 4:1 Omega 6 to 3 ratio just like the diet that humans evolved on for 2.5 million years. Flax also doesn’t contain the GLA that hemp has, and hemp doesn’t contain estrogen unlike flax that is higher in phytoestrogen then soy. I could go on and on about the health benefits of hemp and how it is such a perfect complete protein and high in the sulfur amino acids, but really I just wanted to consume more of it. You can read all about the health benefits of hemp here and here.