Chocolate Raspberry “Cheesecake” Sandwiches 

Post by Alexandra Courts

We saved this post for Mother’s Day because mums are sweet and so are these! Make Alex’s chocolate raspberry “cheesecake” sandwiches, see the recipe below.  
   Ingredients…

For the Chocolate Cookies :

  • 2 cups pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/8 tsp pink Himalayan salt

For the Raspberry “Cheesecake” Filling:

  • 3 cups soaked cashews
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk (or coconut cream)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil

For the Chocolate Dip:

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (melted)
  • 1/3 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • Pinch of pink Himalayan salt

Optional:

  • Chopped pistachios (for topping)

Directions…

  1. For the cookies blend the shredded coconut, raw cacao, raw almonds, and salt in a food processor until a fine crumble forms. Add in the dates and blend until combined.
  2. Press the cookie mix into an 8″ cake pan lined with plastic wrap. Ensure that you have made a flat layer of cookie. Allow the mix to cool a bit in the freezer before pressing them with a heart-shaped cookie cutter.
  3. Once you have made all of your heart-shaped cookies, place them in a dehydrator for about an hour (125 degrees Fahrenheit).
  4. For the “cheesecake”, blend all of the ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Pour and evenly distribute the mix in a separate or the same 8″ cake pan lined with plastic wrap. Place mix into the freezer for about 1-2 hours (or until you are able to work with it).
  5. Once frozen, press the mix into hearts using the heart-shaped cookie cutter.
  6. Once the cookies are out of the dehydrator (they should still be soft), sandwich the heart-shaped cheesecake filling between two pieces of cookie. Place each sandwich in the freezer.
  7. For the chocolate coating, melt down the coconut oil on low heat and stir in the remaining ingredients. Dip one side of the sandwich in the chocolate. Sprinkle your toppings of choice onto the chocolate (chopped pistachios are pictured). Repeat for every sandwich and allow them to freeze.
  8. Now they’re ready to enjoy! Mmmm.

Makes 6-8 sandwiches, depending on the size of your cookie cutter.

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No-bake chocolate mocha cream cups

Post by Megan Stulberg

Last year I went to a naturopath because I had a hunch that something I was eating daily was unknowingly making me sick. Turns out I have to avoid amaranth and sesame, but honestly I breathed a sigh of relief because I was worried that I might be allergic to chocolate or coffee. Chocolate and coffee are two of my favourite flavours, so it only makes sense for me to combine them into one super dessert.

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Ingredients…

For the base:

  • 1 cup honey dates, pitted
  • 1 cup almonds, soaked 1 hour
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp ground coffee
  • Pinch of sea salt

For the cream:

  • 1 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight (if possible, or at least 2-3 hours)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp 100% maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp ground coffee
  • 1 tbsp organic vanilla extract

For the topping:

  • Sprinkle of additional ground coffee
  • Approximately 20 whole coffee beans (optional)

Directions…

  1. Combine all “base” ingredients in a high-speed food processor or blender.
  2. Line cupcake sheet with long strips of wax paper or cling wrap. Press mixture into base of each cup firmly with fingers or fork to create an even layer.
  3. Set tray aside in freezer for at least 30 minutes.
  4. While waiting for base layer to set, blend together all “cream” ingredients until, well, a cream-like consistency has been reached!
  5. Remove tray from freezer. Scoop dollop of cream onto each cup, then smooth out evenly with back of spoon. Sprinkle additional ground coffee on top, then garnish with 2 whole coffee beans per tart.
  6. Let cups set in freezer overnight, or at least 1 hour. Remove and let thaw before serving.

Makes approximately 9 tarts. Serve chilled, store chilled.

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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Vanilla Chia Pudding Parfaits (gf/v/raw)

Post by Megan Stulberg, Photos by Jenn McNaughton

These parfaits were perfect! I’m good friends with Jenn McNaughton, fashion blogger extraordinaire. Seriously though, check out her work at ethcsofstyl.com. Jenn recently interviewed me for the Ryersonian, and we discussed how the Human Rights Commission of Ontario has legally recognized veganism as an ideology with protection against discrimination. I headed over to Jenn’s apartment last Saturday, equipped with groceries and a hearty appetite, to whip up these treats for Jenn to photograph to accompany the article.

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Ingredients…

  • 3 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 cup fresh strawberries,chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh whole blueberries
  • 1/4 cup 100% maple syrup
  • 9 tbsp (0.56 cups) white chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakesIMG_6221IMG_6232Directions…
    1. Whisk together almond milk, maple syrup and vanilla in large bowl or plastic storage container.
    2. Add chia seeds by the tbsp, stirring vigorously with spoon to prevent unwanted clumping.
    3. Cover bowl with cling wrap and leave in fridge overnight.
    4. Next morning, stir chia pudding then place back in fridge for 1-2 additional hours to help it further thicken.
    5. When ready to serve, scoop chia pudding into mason jars by the tbsp. Layer with fresh fruit and coconut flakes, or simply add after as toppings.

    Serve chilled. Makes 2 meal servings or 4 snack servings. Enjoy!

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Raspberry Matcha “Cheesecake” Bars (raw, gf, v)

Post by Alexandra Courts 

Matcha’s recent hype is well deserved! It detoxifies the body, boosts metabolism, calms the mind, lower blood sugar, prevent against diseases, lower cholesterol, and is rich in dietary fibre and antioxidants.

I whipped up a batch of raw treats with matcha cream, raspberry “cheesecake” filling and a chocolate cookie base. Keep reading for the recipe!
   Ingredients…

  • 3 cups raw cashews (soaked)
  • 2 cups dates, pitted and soaked overnight
  • 1 can of light coconut milk
  • 1 original K’s NRG bar
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup matcha tea powder
  • Optional: additional frozen raspberries for garnish

Directions…

  1. Line the bottom and sides of an 8-inch square baking pan with long strips of parchment paper.
  2. For the base: blend the almonds, cacao powder, shredded coconut, and dates until the pieces are finely ground and everything is thoroughly combined.
  3. Press and flatten this mixture into the bottom of the pan. Set aside in freezer.
  4. For the raspberry “cheesecake” filling: blend half of the soaked cashews with half the can of coconut milk, half of the maple syrup, and the raspberries until smooth.
  5. Pour, then spread the cheesecake layer out evenly on top of the chocolate base. Place back in freezer to allow layer to set.
  6. For the matcha layer: blend the remainder of the cashews with the matcha powder, as well as the remaining coconut milk and maple syrup, until smooth.
  7. Pour and flatten mixture overtop of the set raspberry layer.
  8. Allow this to set in the freezer for 1-2 hours or even overnight before slicing. Thaw in fridge at least 1 hour before slicing.
  9. Cut NRG bar into small bite-size chunks. You can either use a rolling pin to flatten the bar then roll into balls (as seen in photo), or use as is. Top each cheesecake slice with a few NRG chunks and frozen raspberries.
  10. Enjoy!

Serve chilled. Makes approximately 10-12 slices.

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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