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.

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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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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.

Raw Banana Split

Recipe by Megan Stulberg 

Okay, can we just take a moment and appreciate the fact that the majority of the recipes we post on here are healthy versions of normally *very* unhealthy desserts? Take this banana split, for example. It’s 100% raw, no-bake, gluten-free, vegan and refined sugar-free. It truly is a wonderful time to be alive.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 bananas, chopped and frozen overnight
  • 1 banana, not chopped and not frozen overnight (so basically just a normal banana, okay?)
  • 1 can full-fat coconut cream, left in fridge overnight
  • 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup 100% maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 2 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp raw walnut crumbs
  • 1 cherry, for garnish

Directions:

  1. In a high-speed blender or food processor combine the frozen banana and raspberries together until a smooth, creamy consistency similar to soft serve ice cream has been reached. Scoop into a large bowl and set aside in freezer for now.
  2. To make the raw chocolate sauce: Combine raw cacao powder, coconut oil, maple syrup and 1 tbsp of the vanilla extract until pourable. Set aside.
  3. To make the coconut whip: Open can of coconut milk and carefully separately the solidified coconut milk at the top from the coconut water at the bottom. Scoop the solidified coconut milk into bowl. Use electric beater to whip coconut cream with 1 tbsp vanilla extract and a touch more maple syrup if desired. Whip until soft peaks have formed.
  4. Remove “ice cream” from freezer. Slice banana in half, and place one on half on each end of dish. Top with a drizzle of chocolate sauce and a dollop of coconut whip, then sprinkle raw walnut crumbs over whole dish. Finally, throw a cherry on top just for the hell of it.

Makes 1-2 servings. Serve cold.

THANKSGIVING FEAST ON LOCK: 6-PART RECIPE POST

Alright, so I went a little wild this Thanksgiving. Hell, I go a little wild every Thanksgiving. I made butternut squash risotto, mushroom gravy, maple sweet potato mash, kale caesar salad and (*drumroll please*) raw pumpkin pie topped with coconut whipped cream. Please note that all the food below was: a) made for 2 people and b) consumed within 24 hours. I will be signing autographs all week, thanks.

Two of these recipes have already been posted on Vegan Girlfriend! For the maple sweet potato mash, view the original post here. For the kale caesar, add fresh lemon to the original post here.

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BUTTERNUT SQUASH RISOTTO

INGREDIENTS…

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red onion, chopped coarsely
  • 3 cups gluten-free vegetable stock
  • 2 cups butternut squash, cubed
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 1 cup chopped kale leaves
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup vegan butter
  • 1/4 cup almond or soy milk
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 2 tbsp cold-pressed EVOO
  • 2 tbsp ground sage
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS…

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Cook arborio rice re: instructions on packaging. Risotto is unique because you have to cook rice in a saucepan, not a pot. Slowly add white wine and 2 cups vegetable stock while cooking. Be sure to stir regularly, as arborio rice sticks and burns easily! Drain and set aside.
  3. Place cubed squash in pot of boiling water on medium-high heat. Cover, then let cook until squash is tender with fork (approximately 10-15 minutes). Drain, then set aside.
  4. Blend squash, 1 cup vegetable stock, “butter,” almond milk, nutritional yeast, salt and pepper into a puree.
  5. In a large saucepan, saute garlic and onion in EVOO until browned. Add rice and kale and cook on low heat for 5 minutes. Add squash puree and turn up to medium heat. Cook 5 minutes while stirring regularly. Once rice has absorbed, remove from heat.
  6. Transfer everything to casserole dish and bake in oven for 15-20 minutes until top layer firms up.
  7. Let cool 20 minutes before serving.

Makes 4 heaping servings.

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IMPROVED MUSHROOM GRAVY: 

INGREDIENTS…

  • 2 cups gluten-free vegetable stock
  • 1 cup chopped cremini mushrooms
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free brown rice flour
  • 1/4 cup almond or soy milk
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 red onion, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tbsp ground sage
  • 2 tbsp vegan butter-style spread
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS…

  1.  Heat EVOO in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and saute for 3 minutes until browned. Add sage, garlic, mushrooms, almond milk, salt and pepper. Cook until mushrooms are browned, stirring regularly. Add vegetable stock and vegan butter-style spread, lower heat to simmer. Once most liquid has evaporated, add vegetable stock and brown rice flour. Stir occasionally and cook for an additional few minutes. For thicker gravy, feel free to add additional flour by the tbsp.
  2. Remove from heat. Top with additional sage. Serve hot!

Makes approximately 2 cups of gravy (4 servings).

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RAW PUMPKIN PIE WITH COCONUT WHIP:

INGREDIENTS…

FOR THE CRUST:

  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
  • Pinch of raw pink mountain salt

FOR THE FILLING:

  • 1/2 large can pure pumpkin puree (not technically raw, but cut me some slack)
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup 100% maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger

FOR THE WHIP:  

  • 1 standard can full-fat coconut milk, left in fridge overnight
  • 2 tbsp 100% maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp organic vanilla extra

DIRECTIONS…

  1. To make crust: pulse walnuts, shredded coconut and dates in food processor until crumb-like consistency has been reached. Line a small 5-inch round pan with plastic wrap or parchment paper. Press mixture into bottom of dish firmly to form an even crust.
  2. To make filling: blend all ingredients until smooth. Spread onto crust and let set in freezer overnight until set. Additionally, leave can of coconut milk in fridge overnight to set.
  3. Next day: Leave in refrigerator for 2 hours to thaw, or room temperature for 1 hour.
  4. Make coconut whip while pie is thawing. Carefully open coconut milk without tilting or shaking the can. Scoop out all the cream from the top, leaving the coconut water that has separated at the bottom of the can.
  5. With an electric mixer, beat cream together with maple syrup and vanilla extract until sharp peaks form. Be careful not to over-whip.
  6. Serve pumpkin pie sliced with dollops of coconut whip on top. Leftovers can be kept in fridge.

Makes 1 small pie (4 servings).

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Raw Pumpkin Cheesecake Blondies 

Recipe by Alexandra Courts 

It’s about time that we posted sometime pumpkin-related! Ditch your Starbucks PSL (wow, what a pity) and make these sweet treats instead.

   INGREDIENTS:

For the blondie base….

  • 1 1/2 cups raw macadamia nuts, soaked overnight
  • 2 1/2 cups dates, soaked if desired
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 2 tbsp ground flaxseed

For the pumpkin cheesecake filling…

  • 1 can pumpkin puree
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk (including coconut oil at the bottom of the can)
  • 2 cups raw cashews, soaked overnight
  • 3/4 cup raw agave nectar
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp ginger

Directions…

  1. Blend macadamia nuts, dates, coconut and flax until thoroughly ground and incorporated. Press mixture into the base of an eight-inch square cake pan lined with wide strips of parchment paper. Ensure that base is flat to form an even crust.
  2. Blend cheesecake filling ingredients until smooth and creamy in consistency. Add more agave if necessary to further smooth.
  3. Pour cheesecake filling onto base and allow blondies to freeze for 1-2 hours or overnight if possible. If freezing overnight, allow blondies to thaw at room temperature for about 20-30 minutes before slicing.
  4. Garnish with toppings of choice. Pictured is a dash of cinnamon and shredded unsweetened coconut.

Enjoy! Makes approximately 12 blondies.