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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No-Bake Tiramisu with Mocha Mousse and Vanilla Cashew Cream

Post by: Alexandra Courts

(Posted in advance on our Instagram here)

Cashew cream? More like cashew dream! This cake was devoured within less than two days and I have no regrets.   

Ingredients:

For the crust…

    • 2 cups medjool dates
    • 1 cup soaked walnuts
    • 1/2 cup raw almonds
    • 3 tbsp flaxmeal
    • 2 tbsp bold coffee grounds
    • 2 tbsp maple syrup

For the mocha mousse…

    • 5 medjool dates (pitted)
    • 1.5-2 cups soaked raw cashews
    • 1/2-3/4 cup light coconut milk (1/2 can)
    • 1/4 cup cacao powder
    • 1/4 cup raw blue agave or maple syrup
    • 1 tbsp bold coffee grounds

For the vanilla cashew cream…

    • 1.5-2 cups soaked cashews
    • 3/4 cup cup light coconut milk (1/2 can)
    • 1/4 cup raw blue agave or maple syrup 
    • 2 tbsp pure vanilla extract

Directions:

1) For the crust, blend the soaked walnuts, raw almonds, flax meal, and coffee grounds until fine in texture. Add the dates and maple syrup, then continue blending until combined. 

2) Press the mixture into either an 8inch or a 9inch (depends on personal preference: smaller pan will make for a thicker, taller cake) cake pan lined with plastic wrap. Press the mixture into the pan firmly until level.

3) To make the mocha mousse, blend the cashews and coconut milk coarsely together. Add the remaining mousse ingredients and blend at high speed until the mixture is smooth. Add the mousse in heaping spoonfuls on top of the crust and spend the mixture out to the edges. Set aside in the freezer to chill. 

4) Blend the vanilla cashew cream ingredients on high speed until the mixture is smooth and spread it over top of the mocha mousse. 

5) Sift an even mix of raw cacao powder and bold coffee grinds (even cacao nibs if you have!) over the final layer. 

6) Set tiramisu in freezer for 1-2 hours before serving. Overnight also does the trick!

 Yield: 9″ Cake (8-10 slices) 

Strawberry Cashew Cream Dip (Raw)

By contributor Megan Stulberg

(Posted in advance on our Instagram here)

This was the first thing I devoured on Valentine’s Day morning after doing a 3-day juice cleanse! I paired this homemade strawberry cashew cream dip with some banana goji brittle from Live Organic Raw and a vanilla pop tart from Bunner’s.

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Ingredients…

  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 cup organic raw cashews, soaked
  • 1/2 cup fresh strawberries
  • 1 tbsp organic coconut oil, room temperature

Directions…

  1. Combine all ingredients in a food-processor/blender until thoroughly combined.
  2. Let mixture set in freezer for 1 hour, then move to refrigerator.
  3. That’s it! Use as a spread, dip, icing, anything.

Serve chilled. Keep in the fridge up to 5 days.

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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.