There are some people who will cook and bake outside of their “diet philosophies” for family and friends. I’m definitely not one of those people. That may sound stubborn, but really it’s not about being difficult. I just figure if I could make the “same” thing AND be able to eat it, too, why not? It’s easy to go buy any full-fat “normal” dessert. It is not always easy to make a gluten-free vegan birthday cake.
My tradition among close friends and family, is to bake a special treat for them. I usually ask what their top 3 favorite desserts are, then I’ll create a unique recipe for them based off their response. Unfortunately for me, that answer is usually chocolate. No, not “chocolate cake” or “brownies,” just “anything chocolate.” Now, I like chocolate, don’t get me wrong. I can appreciate a good brownie or truffle, but it’s definitely not my first choice. I was always the odd one out among my sisters requesting “vanilla” instead of “chocolate.” I remember refusing birthday cake as a young kid because it was chocolate! My indifference is heightened among the many many chocolate lovers I know.
This tart was so delicious, I actually started laughing upon the first bite.
I had almost 4 friend’s birthdays in a weeks span of time. I knew I had to find something everyone would love. This time, I decided to not just go for my Cocoa Carob Brownie Bites, or homemade truffles, but something I could even like. This tart was so delicious, I actually started laughing upon the first bite. It’s rich chocolate and I like it!
I am warning you now, this is quite a decadent dessert. It is rich, creamy and nutty thanks to an amazing buttery almond meal crust. This will surely make someone feel special on any day, chocolate lover or not.
I need a badass raw Valentine’s Day tart and I need it pronto. I looked around in thee ole cabinets for some nuts and I am sad to say, I was out of luck. Then I remembered, I froze some of the left over almond pulp from the nut milk I made last week. Yeah, thats it, I can defrosted the almond pulp and try it out for the crust.
And now, I am very very happy to report that it worked out perfectly! Of course, if you have some fresh pulp, you can use that or you could sub straight up finely ground nuts too. The only difference you might notice is the consistency of the crust. The pulp is lighter and I would say fluffier than straight raw nuts.
Oh and the filling…. As I said, I didn’t have any nuts but then again I didn’t have hours to spend soaking them either, so I thought, nut butter to the rescue! I wanted a rich, thick pudding in minutes and YUM, I got that and more!
Happy Valentines everyone! I hope your getting your fill of love “bites” on this special day! :)
It’s challenging to find fresh organic fruit in the dead of winter. This, of course depends on where you are located in the world. As for me, all the organic berries I find in the markets of New York, are not only extremely expensive but they all seem to be coming from far away places. And so, I decided to go with a couple of bags of frozen organic berries. Those berries were my inspiration for this gluten free berry crisp dessert. It just goes to show you, you never know from where or from what something delicious will be born!
Before falling in love with raw food, I went through a vegetarian phase, which lasted for several years. My kitchen shelves are still stocked with lots of inspiring cookbooks from that time. One of my favourites was New Vegetarian Food by Christine McFadden. It had a number of smart, tasty recipes that I kept coming back to, and this tart is a tribute to one of them. A sun dried tomato, basil and olive tart.
Let me just say that the recipes for both the original and raw variety of this tart are very close to my heart.
The former reminds me of the time when I just became interested in whole foods. It brings me back to those first few exciting years in the kitchen, when I discovered that nourishing food is also versatile and delicious.
The latter is a source of personal culinary achievement. I love it when a recipe that I’ve been daydreaming about comes together just the way I imagined. This raw tart tastes almost exactly like the original, or maybe even a bit better.
Of course, the original recipe calls for ricotta and parmesan cheeses, eggs and butter. After some brainstorming and careful estimations, I came up with this little tribute, and we loved it on the first try. It’s wonderfully creamy, with a subtly spiced crust, and bits of basil, sun-dried tomatoes and black Cerignola olives spread all throughout.
Luckily, it’s the season of fragrant, local & organic tomatoes here in Florida – just in time to garnish and bring some sweetness to the plate.
I made several tarts of different sizes, as I usually do with any kinds of tarts, pies, or quiches. There were individual, baby ones for Paloma and for bringing to lunch at work, and bigger ones for the whole family. I also discovered that the tart holds very well in the refrigerator for several days, unlike many other raw dishes. In fact, it becomes even better after it sits and all the flavours become integrated.
If you would ask me, what my favourite food is at this particular moment, my answer would most definitely be figs. Despite being able to enjoy dry figs all year around, there is nothing like enjoying fresh ones, which nature produces at the end of a summer. They are magnificent produce due to their sweet taste with a soft pulp and fine peel. Crunchy seeds just melts in your mouth and are perfect completion of a texture. To choose the figs with high amount of antioxidants, pick the ripe figs with a nice, fresh aroma.
They totally remind me of my childhood, as back in the days my father would go and pick the freshest figs from the farmers market and I would fight with my brother who would get them first. If my mother got a hold of them, before me and my brother ate them all, she would prepare a delicious almond and fig pie. This time it was my turn, so I prepared one my way and brought her my version of traditional almond and fig pie, which we both enjoyed dearly.
Today’s GreenChef’s video features L.A. based GreenChef David Anderson. He joins us again to make a traditional French Apple Tart. David specializes in a traditional French Menu, with a vegan twist. He is the owner/ chef of Madeleine Bistro, which was voted as one of the best eats in L.A.
Chef David and Boise take us all along for this caramelized pie journey. Yes you will need to pull out your flame torch, but beyond that, this is a simple quick recipe which may just become your favorite pie for the holidays. (recipe and photos after the jump)
Fresh mint makes the best desserts! I admit, I’m not much of a gardener, but I do have an outdoor summer herb garden which includes peppermint, spearmint, and chocolate mint. It not only tastes delicious, it’s a cooling digestive aid! I love to make full use of my mint during the warm weather, and and what goes better with mint than chocolate, come on, really. Everyone is with me on this one right?
This tart incorporates a chocolate nut crust with a silky, green mint cream filling. I like the combination of fresh mint leaves and mint essential oil, but feel free to use more of only one or the other. Still want to enjoy the tart but don’t have access to fresh mint leaves? Use the essential oil and a dash of spirulina for a soft green color.
I love to enjoy this dessert with guests on a hot, sunny afternoon, along with cold mint tea.
I wasn’t really planning on making anything decadent and chocolatey last Easter; it just sorta happened! (Guess some things CAN’T be helped!) I was lingering in bed that morning, dreaming of a sweet treat combining caramel and chocolate. After toying with the idea for some time, it finally hit me that I had created a dessert along the same lines a couple of Easters ago. (So much for being original! lol)
The following is a richer version of my Divine Caramel Chocolate Tarts combined with a superfoods-based caramel inspired by GlimR’s Ca~Raw~Mella Bars. Superbly festive and yummy!
Makes 6 tarts
For the Chocolate Brownie Crust:
1 1/2 cups walnuts or pecans (or both!)
1/4 cup soft dates
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
2 tbs carob powder
2 tsp agave nectar
1 tsp vanilla extract
Generous pinch sea salt
Crust Instructions: Process nuts, cacao and carob powders and sea salt in food processor until fine. Add dates, agave and vanilla extract and process until crumbly. Continue Reading / See Additional Photos
These tarts are so beautiful I didn’t want to eat them. Fresh whole fruit is just so lovely and amazing like vibrant flowers. Finally I broke down and ate it. It was very good but I have to say it looks richer then it tasted. It is very light and subtle tasting, refreshing. You can use any fruit you have or any fruit that is in season where you live. Berries are gorgeous and of course go so well with the creme filling. I had an idea to make the crust a chocolate one to contrast the color of the white creme and the vibrant colors of the fruit. I had no idea that it would come out so moist and soft. I kind of liked it that way, reminded me of a chewy brownie. But be warned that it starts to loose it’s shape after a while at room temp. You might want to keep it chilled until right before serving. You can also simply omit the coconut butter in the crust for a drier crust as well. Even though this makes cute little small tarts, you can also just make it into 1 large 9-11″ tart. Again, these ingredients are very good for you, so enjoy with prideful pleasure.
You might be wondering what kind of coconuts to get. Young coconuts work the best and are the healthiest for you. These typically will be shaved down and look like a white round tent with a pointed dome roof. As far as the shape. That’s how you will typically recognize them. If you are lucky enough to find local ones or wild ones depending on where you live, those will be the best option you can choose. As far as choosing coconuts, search the coconut for any purple color, esp. on the bottoms of the coconut. If there is purple color on it, don’t get it. This is a sign that the coconut is starting to mold and go bad. Choose ones that are completely white on the outside. And as far as the meat and water, here is a general rule of thumb. The lighter the coconut, generally the firmer and more mature the meat is and the more meat there is in the coconut and less water. And the heavier the coconut is, generally the younger and more water it has with softer more jelly like meat and less quantity of meat. How do I know this? Well the theory goes that the water is heavier then the meat, and so far my theory has seemed to be true from my experience with them. Which one you want will depend on your use for it. For blended recipes like this one, either kind of meat will do, although softer is a little better. But for recipes that use coco- nut noodles or other sliced or shaved coconut, you will want to find coconuts with a firmer and thicker meat, so look for the lighter ones for those recipes.
Dried Cherry Apple Tarts topped with a Cinnamon Pecan Streusel (raw)
What to Serve for a Sunday breakfast? How about warm healthy apple tarts filled with a gooey sweet and tart cherry sauce and topped with a cinnamon pecan crunch. mmmmm… I love these, they go with any type of meal from breakfast, to snacks, to luscious deserts served with raw caramel vanilla ice cream. With the start of the fall season, apples started to become abundant everywhere, in every variety and color. I knew I had to find various ways to incorporate these simple and classic fruits into some recipes. Between these and my pomegranate apple pie, I can truly say that I like them better raw then in my baked apple pies. I never thought I would say that, but they just taste so fresh and retain so much more of their flavor raw. It’s incredible. The dehydrator softens them just enough, releasing their inner fragrant juice. But I also love them in a pie totally raw with no dehydration at all. What can I say, I just love apples. Cherries, apples, pecans, cinnamon, nutmeg. Oh yeah, try serving them with ginger tea for a warming buzz. Or drizzle some caramel or chocolate sauce on top. Continue Reading / See Additional Photos
I’ve been told by raving G Living co-workers that these are better then Reeses Peanut Butter Cups. I have not had a Reeses Peanut Butter Cup in oh, maybe 15 years. So, I wouldn’t know. I say that it better be better though, considering the quality of the ingredients. Think of it as a super high end version of a Reese’s cup, that also just happens to be darn healthy. What a sweet combination! The expense of getting quality ingredients is certainly a bit more, but so well worth it. I like to use Green & Blacks Organic Baking Chocolate for almost everything. If you can find it, get it. Continue Reading / See Additional Photos