I’ve got a bit of a treat for you this week: Chocolate and Raspberry Cake with Ginger Chocolate Mousse. I’m sitting here snacking on the left-overs from that, feeling quite happy with myself as I plot and plan some big changes in my life over the next 12 months.
I’m sure I’m going to get some email about my choice of featured ingredient: Maple syrup; but I feel it’s important to look at ingredients that aren’t necessarily 100% raw sometimes, as they do offer a health benefit, and certainly have a lot to offer in terms of taste.
Chocolate Raspberry Cake with Ginger Chocolate Mousse (raw)
Makes 4 cakes
For the Base:
1/4 Cup Oat Flour*
1/2 Cup Cashew Flour**
2 TB Cacao Powder
2 TB Maple Syrup
1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract
3 TB Water
1 Tsp Lemon Juice
1 Small pack of Raspberries for the centre of the cake.
Dark Chocolate Orange Tart with Clementine Sorbet (raw)
I attribute my sweet tooth to my dad. He always carried a bag of goodies around with him where ever he went. He was like Santa Clause with a sack of chocolate, candy and cookies instead of presents. On my weekend visits with him, we’d go to the grocery store and stock up on anything that I wanted, i.e. Junk Food! We’d also frequent this ‘mom and pop’ ice cream store that had the best chocolate orange ice cream that I’ve ever had in my entire life. So I thought I’d come up with a ‘goodie’ of my own combining those two flavors.
Bad habits die hard, but with this recipe, you can indulge until your hearts content knowing you’re doing something good for your body. How cool is that.
Makes 4 individual sized tarts
For the crust:
1/2 Cup Dry Almonds
1/2 Cup Shredded Coconut
1 tsp. Orange Zest
2 TB Raw Cocoa Powder
2 TB Maple Syrup (Agave Nectar can be substituted)
Something happens when you freeze fruit and then defrost it. It actually gives the fruit sort of a ‘cooked’ texture. That’s what makes this cherry cobbler recipe work so well. You could use fresh fruit; it just wouldn’t mimic a traditional cooked cobbler as well. Plus, you’d have to pit all those cherries, adding a lot of time to the process. I take help where I can get it, and buying frozen cherries for this dish is one short cut I gladly take.
You can experiment using different kinds of fruit but I love cherries. When they are in season, I gorge on them like the witches of Eastwick.
This deep and chocolaty fortified dessert wine is a great alternative to port, with slightly brighter flavors of dried black cherries, orange peel, and cinnamon. It’s natural sweetness and soft mouth feel are a decadent match for the rich but balanced tart.
So, one of my favorite breakfasts is a nice strong cup of coffee and a biscotti. I know, I know, it’s not very ‘raw’ of me, but I choose not to live by such strict rules. I’ve been making my own baked vegan biscotti and was curious to see if I could make a raw version. Lo and behold, they turned out great! They aren’t quite as crispy as traditional biscotti, but I can live with it.
For the Biscotti:
1 Cup Fine Almond Flour
1 Tablespoon Avocado, peeled, pitted and chopped
1 Tablespoons plus 1 Teaspoon Sucanant or Rapadura
If your dreaming of a rich, dense, smooth and creamy chocolate raw vegan cake, this is the one to try. This is the type of cake you can only eat a few bites of at a time, because it is that rich, but yet it is still surprisingly healthy. It has a silky velvety chocolate filling that has the denseness of a cheesecake, but without the tang. Just pure chocolate heaven. If you like that sort of thing, this will be heaven on a plate for you.
As much of a chocolate lover as I am, I have to say it was actually a little too rich for me. Next time I will probably try to make it a little lighter and with slightly less chocolate in it. Well worth trying again though. The entire G Living staff love this one and have requested I make this one again as soon as possible.