Cashew Cream Alfredo with cremini mushrooms and kale     

Post by Megan Stulberg

On my way home from the gym one day last week, I decided to quickly do some grocery shopping. Before I knew it I found myself in front of a boxed macaroni and cheese display, lost in a daydream-like stupor for at least five minutes. Finally I managed to fight the craving and tear myself away, then opted to make this similar (but healthier) comfort food instead.


Ingredients:

  • 1 cup gluten-free penne pasta of your choice (I prefer corn)
  • 2 cups chopped kale leaves
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup cremini mushrooms, sliced thinly
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tbsp vegan butter (I used Earth Balance)
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp cold-pressed EVOO
  • Dash of sea salt and black pepper

Directions…

  1. On stovetop, bring medium pot of water to a boil. Reduce to simmer.
  2. Add pasta, cover, then let cook for 15 minutes or until all water has evaporated and pasta is soft.
  3. Drain pasta, then put back in pot and set aside.
  4. In high-speed blender or food processor combine cashews, nutritional yeast, paprika, salt, pepper, butter and milk. Blend until a thick sauce has been created. If desired, add more milk for a creamier texture.
  5. In large saucepan, heat oil until it sizzles. Reduce heat and add mushrooms. Cook for 5 minutes until browned. Add kale and continue sautéing until leaves have wilted and shrank down in size.
  6. Stir sauce into pasta in pot. Add mushrooms and kale, then mix thoroughly until incorporated. Top with additional paprika and salt before serving.

Serve hot and enjoy immediately! Makes 2 large portions.

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Raw Frosted Chocolate Brownies 

By contributor Alexandra Courts

If you crave chocolate as much as I do (probably impossible, but let’s go with it) then it’s always a good idea to have something sweet on hand. Make a batch of these and tuck a few into the freezer in case of emergency!

  

INGREDIENTS:

For the brownie…

  • 2.5-3 cups pitted dates
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup hemp seeds
  • 2 tbsp flax meal

For the frosting…

  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1/4 raw cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • Water, as needed

DIRECTIONS:

  1. In a high-speed blender or food processor chop dates, almonds, cacao, flax meal, and hemp seeds until thoroughly combined.
  2. Press mixture into an 8-inch square cake pan lined with plastic wrap.
  3. Set in freezer for about 30 minutes.
  4. Separately process dates, cacao, syrup and water until smooth and spreadable.
  5. Remove cake pan from freezer. Slice, then slather icing on top of each brownie.
  6. Finish up these beauties with any toppings you like! I paired mine with shredded coconut and fresh raspberries.

Raw blueberry swirl cheesecake

Post by Megan Stulberg

Another (delicious) raw cheesecake recipe from Vegan Girlfriend? Shocker! If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

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Ingredients…

  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 cups raw cashews, soaked overnight
  • 1 cup medjool dates, pitted and soaked 1 hour
  • 1 cup raw walnuts, soaked 1 hour
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup organic coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup 100% maple syrup
  • Dash of almond milk, as desired
  • Water, as needed
  1. Make crust by using food processor to chop walnuts and dates until thoroughly combined.
  2. Press mixture evenly (and tightly packed) into deep cake pan lined with plastic wrap. Set aside in freezer.
  3. Combine cashews, lemon juice, coconut, oil, syrup and almond milk in food processor until creamy in consistency. Pour 3/4 of mixture on top of crust and leave 1/4 in food processor. Set pan back in freezer for 30 minutes.
  4. Add blueberries and water to food processor. Continue blending until a thick liquid is formed.
  5. Pour blueberry garnish directly onto cheesecake. Use chopstick or fork to shift mixture to create a swirl pattern.
  6. Leave in freezer overnight to set. Place in refrigerator at least 3 hours before serving to thaw.

Serve chilled. Makes 1 cheesecake (approximately 6-8 slices).

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Pecan Pie with an Apple Coconut Topping (vegan, GF, raw, refined sugar-free)

By contributor Megan Stulberg

(Posted in advance on our Instagram here)

We’re a bit behind on our recipe posts, sorry everybody! I made this baby a few months ago and looking through these photos again has made me miss it terribly.

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Ingredients…

  • 3 medium royal gala apples, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 cup raw pecans
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 3 tbsp black chia seeds
  • 1 tsp organic vanilla extract

Directions…

1. In a high-speed blender or food processor, pulse the pecans and dates until thoroughly incorporated.

2. Press the mixture into an 8-inch round cake pan lined with plastic wrap. The pie should be about 1 inch thick. Set aside in freezer.

3. Combine apples, coconut, oil, and vanilla extract in food processor until slightly chunky in consistency. Add water by the teaspoon if required and continue blending.

4. Remove pan from freezer and pour the topping onto the centre of pie and spread evenly. Sprinkle chia seeds evenly across the cake, and garnish with additional pecans if desired.

5. Set pie in freezer for at least two hours to set.

6. Thaw pie for half hour at room temperature before slicing and serving. Serve cold.

Makes 1 pie (approximately 6 slices)

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Raw Carrot Cake Triangles

Post by Megan Stulberg

(Posted in advance on our Instagram here)

I made these in an effort to procrastinate studying for my final exams last month. Mission accomplished! Totally worth that B+.

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Ingredients…

  • 2 cups raw almonds
  • 1 cup dates
  • 1 cup shredded carrot
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp water

Directions…

  1. If you did not buy pre-shredded carrots, place carrots (after washing thoroughly and slicing into small pieces) in high-speed blender or food processor and combine until finely chopped.
  2. Add all remaining ingredients and continue processing. Add a teaspoon of water slowly as required.
  3. Line a square baking tray (I used a rectangular tupperware container) with plastic wrap. Pour “batter” into tray and press down tightly and evenly with a fork. Top with additional shredded coconut.
  4. Let cake sit in freezer for 30 minutes.
  5. Once firm, remove from freezer and pop cake out of pan by pulling edges of plastic wrap.
  6. Use a large, sharp knife to slice the cake into triangle pieces. Place pieces on lined plate and return to freezer for 2 hours to fully set.

Let thaw before serving. Makes approximately 12 servings.

Lemon Coconut Berry Tarts (Raw)

By contributor Megan Stulberg

I made this dessert to finish off the huge feast I prepared for my mum and I over the holiday weekend last month. They were so delicious! This is perfect fresh flavour combination to treat yourself with now that spring is finally here.

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Ingredients…

For the base:

  • 1 1/2 cups medjool dates, pitted and soaked overnight
  • 1 cup raw walnuts, soaked overnight
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

For the filling:

  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 cups raw cashews, soaked overnight
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp 100% maple syrup
  • Fresh raspberries and strawberries (for garnish)

Directions…

1) In a high-speed food processor blend together dates, walnuts and coconut until finely combined.

2) Line a standard cupcake pan with plastic wrap and press the crust mixture into each cup firmly and evenly. Set pan aside.

3) Blend cashews, lemon juice, coconut shreds, coconut oil and maple syrup until smooth and creamy.

4) Pour filling on top of each crust. Place tray in freezer and leave overnight to set.

6) Pop each tart out of pan and let thaw at room temperature for 30 minutes. Once soft enough to eat, top each with chopped strawberries and raspberries.

Makes 9 servings.

Deep Dish Strawberry Cheesecake (Raw, Vegan, Gluten-free, No-bake, Refined Sugar-free)

By contributor Megan Stulberg

I feel better both physically and mentally when I avoid processed food. With the exception of black coffee, tofu and a few other treats here and there, I try to eat raw whenever possible. The health benefits of a raw food diet are unreal and you should totally read up about it here

The best way to ease into any new diet is through dessert! Try out my strawberry cheesecake recipe below:

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Ingredients:

For crust…

  • 1 1/2 cups raw almonds
  • 1 1/2 cups medjool dates, pitted and soaked overnight

For plain cheesecake layer…

  • 2 cups raw cashews, soaked overnight
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil (room temperature)
  • 1/2 cup agave or maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup water

For strawberry cheesecake topping…

  • 1 cup frozen strawberry chunks 
  • Some of the middle layer (set aside as much as you’d like) 

Directions:

  1. Using a high-speed blender or food processor, combine dates and almonds. Add a splash of water if you’re impatient like I am, and continue blending until finely incorporated.
  2. Line a cake pan or tin with plastic wrap. Pour mixture into pan and use fork to press the mixture down into an even crust. Place in fridge.
  3. Blend cashews, lemon juice, coconut oil, liquid sweetener and water together until thick and very smooth.
  4. Pour majority of “batter” on top of crust evenly, but set some aside for next step. Place pan back in fridge.
  5. Blend remaining cake “batter” with frozen strawberries until a similar consistency has been reached. Pour on top of second layer.
  6. Add your garnish. I topped mine with goji berries and raw cacao nibs, but fresh fruit or coconut whipped cream would be delicious as well!
  7. Leave cake in freezer overnight to set. Move to fridge to thaw for two hours before serving. Serve chilled.

Enjoy!

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