Salted Chocolate Cookies with Lemon Frosting (Raw, GF, V)

Post by Megan Stulberg

I made these back in February for Valentine’s Day (*bursts into tears because of how long it’s taking to catch up on posts*) but these treats are appropriate for any ol’ time of the year! Pair a few of these with a bottle of champagne for a romantic evening with that special someone, or whip up a batch strictly for yourself to enjoy because you deserve nice things. SELF LOVE, PEOPLE.

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Ingredients…

For the base…

    • 1 cup medjool dates, pitted
    • 1 cup raw almonds, soaked 1 hour
    • 1/3 cup raw cacao powder
    • 1 tsp raw pink salt

For the icing…

  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight (if possible)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp 100% maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • Fresh seasonal fruit, for garnish

Directions…

  1. In a high speed blender or food processor combine all base ingredients (dates, almonds, cacao powder and pink salt) until thoroughly incorporated. Mixture should be similar to a loose “dough”.
  2. Transfer “dough” onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Use rolling pin or simply press down with fork to create an even layer about 1cm thick.
  3. Press heart-shaped cookie cutter (or whatever) into dough, remove surrounding dough, then place cookie onto second piece of parchment paper. Roll dough out into an even layer again, then repeat this step over and over until all the dough is used. Set in fridge at least 1 hour.
  4. Combine icing ingredients (cashews, lemon juice, maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla extract) in blender until creamy and smooth in consistency.
  5. Remove cookies from freezer and spread icing onto each cookie. Leave a bit of a border around the edges.
  6. Place back in freezer so the icing sets a bit. Remove in advance before eating, then serve with additional lemon slices and strawberries as garnish.

Let thaw before serving. Keep in refrigerator or fridge.

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Mini apple pies (raw)

Post by Megan Stulberg

This were so good. Like, TOO good. Is there such thing? Well if there is, these are exactly that! I made these little food dudes a while back. I prefer making bite-size versions of desserts because I honestly tend to just make a huge mess whenever I attempt to slice into a large cake or whatever, but you could totally modify this easily by using a pie pan instead!

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Ingredients…

  • 3 medium apples, peeled + chopped into small chunks
  • 2 cups pitted dates, soaked overnight
  • 1 cup raw almonds (walnuts work)
  • 1 cup water
  • Pinch cinnamon
  • Pinch nutmeg
  • Pinch sea salt

Directions…

  1. Line a muffin tray with plastic wrap or long, thin strips of wax paper (the latter is easier).
  2. Use a high-speed blender or food processor to combine almonds with 1 cup pitted dates. Press mixture firmly into each muffin cup to form base/crust. Pat down with fork if needed. Set aside in freezer for at least 30 minutes.
  3. While crusts are setting, prep the apple pie filling! Combine remaining dates with water, cinnamon, nutmeg and sea salt in blender into a sauce that’s gooey and semi-liquid in consistency (think caramel). Peel the apples and cut into small, bite-size chunks. Mix everything together in bowl (or if your blender has a removable blade, combine in there and save yourself from doing extra dishes) until the apple chunks are thoroughly coated in the sauce.
  4. Remove muffin tray from freezer. Pop crusts out of each cup and place on large cutting board or plate. Spoon filling into each cup so that it’s full well over the top of the crust, but the sauce isn’t overflowing over the side.
  5. Place back to freezer at least 1 hour to set. When ready to eat, partially thaw and serve immediately. Enjoy cold! You could even top with a dollop of coconut whipped cream.

Makes approximately 9 individual treats.

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Pineapple Cream Dream Bars (raw, gf, v)

Recipe by Megan Stulberg

These treats got me through some hard times. I mean that! I was hired to draw 87 portraits in less than 2 weeks for a client (If you’re into it, check out my illustration work here) and kept taking snack breaks to refuel. I don’t know what’s worse: the fact that I’m still waiting to get paid for the project two months later, or the fact that I’m posting this recipe two months later.

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Ingredients:

For the base…

  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • 1 cup dates, pitted
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

For the cream…

  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked at least 2 hours but preferably overnight
  • 1/2 cup fresh pineapple chunks (can substitute for 1/4 cup pure pineapple juice)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp 100% maple syrup or blue agave
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Combine all “base” ingredients in a high-speed blender or food processor until finely chopped and thoroughly incorporated.
  2. Line a square pan with long strips of parchment paper that hang over the edges.
  3. Press mixture into bottom of pan, firmly packing down with fingers or a fork to form the base. Set aside in freezer for 30 minutes to set.
  4. Combine the cashews, pineapple, coconut oil, maple syrup, shredded coconut and vanilla extract until creamy in consistency.
  5. Smooth cream overtop of base evenly. Sprinkle additional shredded coconut on top.
  6. Leave in freezer overnight.
  7. Remove pan from freezer and use parchment paper to pop out of dish. Leave on a cutting board for half an hour to thaw, then use a large knife to slice into rectangles.
  8. Top each piece with an additional raw walnut chunk for garnish if desired. Serve immediately or let thaw an additional 30 minutes.

Serve chilled. Makes approximately 9 bars.

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Raw Frosted Brownies

Recipe by Megan Stulberg

Alright alright alright! More raw desserts, surprise surprise! But seriously, the holidays were good to me. I made these brownies for a big family lunch a few days before Christmas, and they were all gobbled up within the hour. I was happy that they were so popular among my dairy-consuming relatives, but also kind of bummed at the same time that there weren’t leftovers for me to greedily hoard?

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Ingredients:

For the base…

  • 1 1/4 cup raw walnuts, soaked 1 hour + drained
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup room temperature coconut oil

For the fudge frosting…

  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1 cup room temperature coconut oil
  • 1 cup 100% maple syrup

Directions:

  1. In a high-speed blender or food processor combine 1 cup of the walnuts with the dates, cacao powder and coconut oil. Stop blending when a fine, ground consistency has been reached.
  2. Line a square baking pan with very long strips of wax paper so that the ends hang out of the pan.
  3. Press batter into bottom of pan firmly with a fork or your fingers until an even, thin layer has formed. Press additional 1/4 cup whole walnut pieces directly down into batter, then even out again.
  4. Place pan in freezer for at least 30 minutes to set.
  5. While waiting, make the fudge frosting by blending together the coconut oil, maple syrup and raw cacao powder. You want it to be as smooth and pourable as possible so if it isn’t blending properly, add more coconut oil by the tbsp, then continue.
  6. Remove pan from freezer. Pour frosting on top and smooth evenly with a knife.
  7. Leave in freezer to set. Ideally, it should be left overnight, but 2-4 hours should do. Be sure not to attempt to remove before they’ve set or else they’ll be impossible to cut (AKA one big gooey blob).
  8. Pop out of dish by pulling up on the edges of the wax paper. P
  9. lace on cutting board and use a large knife to slice into square pieces. If they need time to thaw, let sit at room temperature 1 hour before slicing. Serve immediately or keep in fridge. Enjoy!

Serve chilled. Makes approximately 12 pieces.

Lemon Raspberry Cake Doughnuts (v, gf) 

Post by Alexandra Courts

Egg is often used as a replacement binder in gluten-free baked goods, which makes finding ones that are also vegan a rarity. That’s why I whipped up this recipe…so people with multiple food restrictions can have their cake (doughnut), and eat it too!

 Ingredients…

  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 cups gluten-free all-purpose flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
  • 1 cup coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 2 tbsp ground flax
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda

Tools needed…

  • 1 doughnut pan

Directions…

  1. Preheat oven to 325F. Coat tray with additional tbsp of melted coconut oil so doughnuts won’t stick.
  2. In large bowl mix together hot water and ground flax. Let mixture sit for 5 minutes to thicken. Add in lemon juice, melted coconut oil, vanilla extract and apple sauce. Mix together then set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl mix together flour, coconut sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda.
  4. Whisk together all ingredients from both bowls in larger bowl until batter has formed.
  5. Pour batter into greased doughnut moulds, filling each 3/4 of way.  Press frozen raspberries individually into batter-filled moulds.
  6. Bake in oven for 10 minutes, or until the doughnuts appear to be slightly golden brown. Remove tray, flip doughnuts over, then place back into oven for 7-10 additional minutes.
  7. Let cool for 10 minutes afterwards before removing from pan.

Enjoy! Makes approximately 12 doughnuts.

Raw double chocolate brownies

Post by Megan Stulberg 

My mum won’t stop talking about these. I improvised a batch while I was visiting her and she begged me to make more the next day!

Anyways, these babies are raw, no-bake, vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free and *drumroll please* only 4 ingredients! What the actual heck? I don’t get it either.

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Ingredients…

  • 1 1/4  cup raw walnut chunks, soaked 1 hour
  • 1 cup honey pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil

Directions…

  1. Line a 6-8 inch square pan with long strips of parchment paper.
  2. Blend all ingredients together, but leave 1/4 cup of the walnuts aside.
  3. Pour “batter” into square pan. Push down with fingers or fork to form an even layer. Press additional walnut chunks into top.
  4. Leave in freezer for 1 hour to set.
  5. Remove pan from freezer and tug up on the parchment paper strips to pop out entire brownie sheet. Peel parchment paper off, place on cutting board, and slice with large knife into 9 smaller squares.
  6. Serve immediately, or thaw for 30 additional minutes if needed.

Makes approximately 9 servings.

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No-Bake Gingerbread Men Cookies

Post by Alexandra Courts 

The holidays are approaching, so we’ve come up with a recipe for a no-bake version of a very classic treat. Say hello to these cute and fiesty little gingerbread men… shaped like ninjas, because why not? All you’ll need to recreate this festive goodie is a handful of ingredients and a dehydrator. Keep on reading for the lowdown!

  

Tools…

Ingredients…

  • 1.5 cups dates (pitted and soaked overnight)
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup rolled oats (gluten-free if desired)
  • 0.5 cup ground flaxseed
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1.5 tbsp nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp ginger

Directions…

  1. Blend dates until a paste-like texture is formed. Set aside in small bowl while you complete next step.
  2. Blend raw almonds, rolled oats , flax and spices until a fine, ground texture has been reached. Combine with dates by folding “dough” repeatedly with hands.
  3. Roll out the combined mixture with rolling pin between two pieces of parchment paper. Ensure that “dough”is at least of 1/2 inch thickness.
  4. Use cookie cutter to shape your cookies. Repeat the rolling process until all is used.
  5. Place the cookies in a dehydrator at 150 F for 2 hours.

Enjoy! Yields 10-12 cookies.