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raw vanilla coconut fig slice …

Because of our long hot dry summers (and Mediterranean climate) figs grow very well in South Australia.

My mum has a couple of huge fig trees in her backyard and, without fail, every year there’s always a heavy crop of figs for us (the family) to enjoy. That’s if the birds don’t get to them first!

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One of the joys of growing figs is being able to eat them fresh from the tree! Or better yet – making a dessert with them.

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This recipe is courtesy of Secret Squirrel.

Ingredients
Walnut Fig Base
½ cup walnuts
¼ cup almonds
2 tablespoons desiccated coconut
2 tablespoons flax seeds (I used psyllium husk instead)
½ cup dried figs
½ cup medjool dates
½ tablespoon water
½ teaspoon cinnamon

Vanilla Coconut Cashew Cream
½ cup cashews (soaked in water overnight)
½ cup coconut milk
½ cup desiccated coconut
2 tablespoons maple syrup
½ teaspoon vanilla bean paste

Fresh figs to decorate
10.5cm x 20.5cm loaf tin

Method
1) Walnut fig base – add all ingredients into a food processor and process until the mixture sticks together when pressed between the fingers.

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2) Line tray with cling film. I used baking paper.
3) Pour mixture into tin and carefully press firmly using the back of a spatula until base is completely flat and even.

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4) Put into the freezer to set, whilst you make the vanilla coconut cashew cream.
5) Vanilla coconut cashew cream –  add cashews to a food processor and process for a few minutes.

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6) With the food processor still running, slowly add the coconut milk, maple syrup and vanilla bean paste.

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7) Keep processing until the mixture becomes very smooth and creamy.

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8) Add desiccated coconut and pulse to combine.

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9) Pull the walnut fig base out of the freezer and fill with the coconut cashew cream layer.

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10) Put back into the freezer for 2 hours to set. Slice can be kept in the freezer until serving. (Let it defrost for approximately 15 minutes for cream to soften).
11) Decorate with fresh figs, slice carefully with a sharp knife and enjoy this delightful treat with your family and friends.

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The family loved the fig slices. They went even so far as to say that it was one of the better desserts that I have made. Big call. But the slices did look amazing (vibrant colours) and the combination of the dried figs in the base and the fresh figs on the top was delicious!

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“To eat figs off the tree in the very early morning, when they have been barely touched by the sun, is one of the exquisite pleasures of the Mediterranean.” ~ Elizabeth David, An Omelette and a Glass of Wine.

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deep dish apple pear tart …

I had a few Granny Smith apples that I wanted to use and bake with. I looked for a recipe online. The recipe had to be raw, gluten free and dairy free. I found a recipe – thanks to Pinterest and Sweetly Raw.

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The crust is a cashew coconut crust. The filling is apple, pear, dates and cinnamon. The tart is topped with a coconut drizzle.

It makes one deep 8″ tart, or a 9″ tart of regular depth. If you have a regular tart pan (sides about 1″ high), you’ll have some crust and filling leftover for a snack for yourself.

Ingredients
Crust
1 1/3 cups cashews
1 1/3 cups shredded coconut
2 1/2 – 3 tablespoons maple syrup
2 pinches salt
2 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon melted coconut oil

Apple pear filling
4 large apples, peeled, cored, and quartered
2 ripe pears, cored and diced (no need to peel)
4-6 medjool dates
1 teaspoon cinnamon, or to taste
Splash of lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Pinch of sea salt

Coconut Drizzle
1 tablespoon melted coconut butter
2 1/2 teaspoons hot water
1 teaspoon melted coconut oil
2 drops vanilla stevia

Method
Crust
1) Grind the cashews and coconut into flour in a food processor.

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2) Add the remaining ingredients. Process to combine.

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3) Press the mixture evenly into a deep 8″ tart pan with removable bottom.

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4) Chill in the freezer while making filling.
I put the crust in the fridge and let it chill overnight.

Apple pear filling
1) In a food processor puree 2 of the apples, with the dates, cinnamon, lemon, vanilla and salt until as smooth as possible (stop and scrape the sides down a few times). Transfer to a large bowl.

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The food processor wasn’t working for me so I used the stick blender. Worked a treat :)

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2) Pulse the other 2 apples in the food processor until chopped, NOT pureed. Add to the puree.
3) Add the diced pears. Stir all together. Add a bit more chopped apple or pear if the mixture is too wet.

To save on time I chopped the apples and pears at the same time.

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4) Spread into the tart crust.

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Coconut drizzle
1) Stir all ingredients together in a small bowl. Make sure to keep warm or it will cease.
2) Drizzle over the tart.

I served the tart to my family. The tart was enough for 11 people with one piece left over. The family loved it!

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“Good apple pies are a considerable part of our domestic happiness.” ~ Jane Austen

 

 

chocolate and peanut butter slice …

This is such an easy slice to make. And with natural ingredients you can’t go wrong.

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The recipe is courtesy of Wholefood Simply.

They are delicious, decadent and addictive.

Ingredients
Chocolate layer

1 cup crushed peanuts
1 cup desiccated coconut
3 tablespoons cacao powder or cocoa
2 tablespoons honey / rice malt syrup
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 pinch of salt

Peanut butter layer
8 tablespoons peanut butter
1 tablespoon honey / rice malt syrup
3 tablespoons maple syrup
4 tablespoons coconut oil
2 tablespoons coconut cream
1/2 teaspoon concentrated natural vanilla extract
pinch of salt

Method
1) Line a square 20cm tin with baking paper overhanging the sides for easy removal.
2) Place the ingredients for the chocolate layer into your processor and at high speed until the mixture is well combined and resembles a fine, sticky crumb.

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cocao_malt_syrup

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3) Press the mixture firmly into your prepared tin and set aside.

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4) Place the ingredients for the peanut butter layer into your processor and blend until the mixture is smooth and well combined.

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5) Pour the mixture over your base, level the top and place the slice into the fridge or freezer to set and to store.

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Slice. Serve. Eat and enjoy.

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I have made these slices twice now – in a week! They were a hit with family and friends! This could be my go to recipe. Someone suggested to me that you could make bliss balls with the chocolate layer. What a good idea. I must try that.

Note: if you don’t like peanuts you can substitute the peanuts in the chocolate layer with any nuts of your choice. And then you can substitute the peanut butter with almond butter, cashew butter or some other nut-free butter.

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“It’s like peanut butter and chocolate. Each is great, but they’re better together.” ~ Richard Whitehead

 

 

 

cappuccino slice …

For this week’s family dinner night dessert I modified last week’s recipe (rainbow paddle pop slice) and added a couple of flavours. Chocolate and coffee – a match made in heaven!

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Step 3 of the original recipe was to split the cashew cream into small bowls and colour into desired colours using natural food dyes. This week, instead of using food colouring, in one bowl I added coffee (1 tablespoon decaf coffee granules mixed with hot water) and in the other bowl I added chocolate (2 teaspoons of cacao powder mixed with hot water). The third bowl was just cashew cream.

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Then I repeated the steps of the original recipe.

Step 4 – Using a spoon, spoon the colours randomly over the base until you’ve used all of the colours up.

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Step 5 – Using a knife, swirl the colours around. Give the whole loaf tin a shake to flatten the slice. Freeze the slice overnight. Slice with a hot, wet knife and enjoy! Keep it in the freezer and just defrost slices as you need. Enjoy!

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“When coffee dreams, it dreams of chocolate.”

 

rainbow paddle pop slice …

I saw this recipe on Instagram and was immediately drawn to the colours. So pretty!

It’s a rainbow paddle pop slice and is based on the popular Rainbow paddle pop. A paddle pop is a milk-based frozen dairy snack made by Streets and sold in Australia, New Zealand and a few other countries.

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I made these slices for Tuesday night’s family dinner night. Needless to say, they were a hit – even if we are in the middle of winter! My cousin said they were her favourite raw dessert. Mind you, she says that each time I make something new :)

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(This recipe is courtesy of @sobeautifullyraw).

Ingredients
Base
1 cup almonds
1 cup coconut flakes
1 cup pitted dates

Filling
3 cups cashews, soaked overnight and drained
1 cup non-dairy milk
2/3 cup rice malt syrup
2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste
2/3 cup melted coconut oil
extra water – if needed
Pink, blue and yellow vegan friendly food colouring

Method
Base
1) Blend the almonds and coconut until a fine meal forms (using a food processor).

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2) Add the dates last and blend until it forms a dough.

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3) Press into a lined loaf tin and freeze.

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Filling
1) Blend everything apart from the coconut oil in a high powered blender until smooth and creamy. (I used the food processor and I used almond milk as my non-dairy milk).

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2) Add the oil last and blend until well combined and smooth.

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3) Split into small bowls and colour into your desired colours using natural food dyes of your choice. (Use basic colour mixing methods. A quick Google search will help if you don’t know what colours to mix).

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4) Using a spoon, spoon the colours randomly over the base until you’ve used all of the colours up.

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5) Using a knife, swirl the colours around. Give the whole loaf tin a shake to flatten the slice. Freeze the slice overnight.

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6) Slice with a hot, wet knife and enjoy! Keep it in the freezer and just defrost slices as you need.

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“God puts rainbows in the clouds so that each of us – in the dreariest and most dreaded moments – can see a possibility of hope.” ~ Maya Angelou

chocolate peanut butter mousse tarts …

You honestly cannot go wrong with the chocolate and peanut butter combination. IMO it’s the best food flavour combination of all time. With that in mind, these tarts don’t disappoint.They’re raw, vegan and gluten free – that covers everyone doesn’t it? ;)

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The base is crunchy  and the filling is smooth – nice. Easy to make. Absolutely delish!

This recipe is courtesy of Reveal Yourself ( on Facebook). My sister-in-law tagged me when this recipe popped up on Facebook. It was only fitting that I made them for her birthday.

Ingredients
Base
1 cup pitted dates
1 cup almonds
1/2 cup buckwheat groats (you can use coconut or rolled oats)
2 tablespoons cacao powder

Mousse filling
1 cup cashew nuts
1 banana
1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
3 tablespoons cacao powder
1/3 cup coconut milk
pinch of salt
2 tablespoons coconut nectar or pure maple syrup

Method
Base
1) Soak the pitted dates in boiling water for 10 minutes to soften, discard water and add to your blender. Rinse your buckwheat groats under water. (I used wheat-free rolled oats.)

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2) Add all ingredients into your blender and process until the mixture starts to come together.

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3) Take a large spoonful of the mixture and press into a muffin mould, lightly greased with coconut oil. I chose to make mini tarts using silicone moulds.

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4) Place in the freezer to set.

Mousse
1) Soak cashew nuts in water overnight.

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2) Drain and rinse your soaked cashew nuts.
3) Add all ingredients into the blender and blend for about 5 minutes until thick and smooth.

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bananas

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4. Remove the moulds from freezer and add the mousse to each tart case.

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5. Top with cacao nibs. (I chose not to use any toppings.)
6. Place back into freezer to set.
7. Use a knife to gently work around each mould to remove from muffin tin. Enjoy while you can!

Note: I used 2 silicone trays so I made 24 mini tarts.

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“Nine out of ten people like chocolate. The tenth person always lies” ~ John Q Tullius

raw cherry ripe bars …

The recipe is in Donna Hay’s ‘Fresh and Light’ magazine. I don’t have the magazine – the recipe was passed onto me by a friend from gym. She has the magazine and told me about the recipe. I had cherries left over from Christmas/New Year so I was very much interested in the recipe.

Ingredients
6 fresh dates, pitted
1 cup (80g) desiccated coconut
1/3 cup (80 ml) melted coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
1 1/2 cups (210g) fresh cherries, pitted
100g raw organic 70% dark chocolate, melted *

Coconut base
1 cup (150g) cashews
1 cup (80g) desiccated coconut
2 tablespoons rice malt syrup **

*  I used dairy free raw organic coconut milk chocolate.
** I used maple syrup but an liquid sweetener can be used.

Method
1) To make the base, place the cashews, coconut and rice malt syrup in a food processor and process for 1-2 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl until the mixture starts to come together.

2) Press the mixture into the base of a lightly greased 20cm x 20cm baking tin lined with non-stick baking paper and refrigerate for 20 minutes or until set.

3) Place the dates, coconut, coconut oil and vanilla in a food processor and process for 1 minute or until the mixture starts to come together.

4) Add the cherries and process for a further 30 seconds  or until the mixture is just combined.

5) Place the coconut mixture over the base and use a palette knife to spread evenly. Refrigerate for a further 30 – 40 minutes or until firm.

6) Pour over the chocolate, smooth the top with a palette knife and refrigerate for 1 hour or until set.

7) Slice using a hot knife and keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

These are the perfect treats to have for morning or afternoon tea. These are much better than the store bought cherry ripe bars!

Makes 20. These bars will keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to two weeks.

“Cherries of the night are riper than the cherries pluckt at noon … in the cherry pluckt at night, with the dew of summer dwelling, there’s a juice of pure delight, cool, dark, sweet, divinely smelling …” ~ Robert Graves