Raw Diet Recipes: Apricot Goji Gelato

Apricot Goji Gelato

I often get sweet cravings at night, when I really shouldn't be eating at all. We were lucky enough to find apricots at a local orchard just a couple days before. So I made this as a way to satisfy my sweet tooth while making sure I wasn't taxing my digestive system before I went to bed. This scrumptious, fruity, slightly tart gelato is so incredibly nutritious you can indulge all you want without feeling guilty. Apricots are very high in beta-carotene, which your body needs in order to produce vitamin A. They are also a good source of vitamin C and vitamins B2, B3, and 5. They provide nutrients that help support your immune system, are a great source of anti-oxidants, as well as fiber. They also provide calcium, iron and zinc. Goji berries are a nutritionally-dense superfood. Among other things they contain more protein than any other fruit. You can read more about the health benefits of goji […] Read more »

Raw Diet Recipes: Sesame Halva

I love halva, the Middle Eastern dessert made from sesame seeds. I'm not even sure how they make it but I decided to make my own healthy, raw version. Actually I was going to see if I could make raw tahini with my blender because I've not been able to find a raw tahini here in NZ. My blender ground the sesame seeds really well, but I was having a bit of a sweet craving and I ended up abandoning my tahini experiment in favor of raw halva. I didn't regret it, it really hit that sweet spot! This isn't an exact recipe, but it's such a simple recipe with so few ingredients that if you just let your taste buds guide you and you can't go wrong. Read more »

This healthy, filling, yummy dessert is quick to make as long as you remember to start the chia seeds soaking in advance. If you start the chia seeds soaking in the morning you can have your pudding for dinner. The bee pollen and camu camu powder give an extra nutritional boost to this pudding. I'll often eat this as a meal on it's own. It's great to have for breakfast because I find it really lasts me through the day without being too heavy and filling. Chia is very sustaining and great for endurance. So this is my favorite breakfast if I have a lot of physical work to do in the garden or if I'm going on a bushwalk for the day. Read more »

Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream

I was having a sweet craving this evening… actually it was going on all day and I was trying to come up with something I could make with what I had on hand. Finally, the idea for this hit me. And oh did it hit the spot… the tahini adds an extra smoothness to this so it's even more like real ice cream than most frozen banana-based non-dairy ice creams. The vanilla extract and rapadura go so nicely together, creating that sweet, vanilla flavor. Even if you eat dairy, it's worth trying this for it's own sake. Totally guilt-free desserts, I love 'em! Try some of my other raw vegan ice cream recipe too. Read more »

Espresso Non-Dairy Ice Cream

My very favorite ice cream is coffee ice cream, and nothing else even comes close. Not only is it very difficult (read: impossible) to find good coffee ice cream in the shops here in New Zealand, but now that I'm not eating dairy, ice cream is off the menu… or is it? NO! Because there is a healthy, delicious, non-dairy, non-soy alternative. And it takes about as long to make as it takes to get a tub of ice cream from the freezer and serve it up. But the best part is, it's so healthy, it's virtually guilt-free. I love this non-dairy ice cream, in all it's variations, so much I don't think I'd be satisfied going back to eating ice cream made from dairy. Read more »

Chia seeds are an exceptional superfood, they are so full of goodness. I've had some around for a while and I've been using them in smoothies and just eating them dry. I also tried adding a tablespoon to a glass of water and drinking the resulting gel, which was wonderful and refreshing. But I really wanted to do something more with them, I wanted to use them in as a main ingredient in a dish. So I went searching online for recipes and came across a video called “Chiary Pudding” by Kate Magic. Inspired by Kate's recipe and all the great things she says about chia, I put my chia seeds on to soak the next morning and came up with my own chia creation that afternoon using ingredients I had at hand. Just before I was going to put the pudding mix into the mold, Suzi came in from the garden with a handful of the first strawberries of […] Read more »

I was craving something sweet at night, but I wanted to stay on my raw food diet because I feel so much better on it. Fortunately I'd put some bananas in the freezer a couple of days earlier so whipping up this cold, creamy dessert took a matter of minutes and was a big hit. Even the dogs loved licking the bowl! One of the things I love most about a raw food diet is that you get to eat such satisfying desserts and you don't have to feel bad… in mind or body. There are few things that are as simple, quick and easy to make as a raw vegan ice cream recipe, so these are a good way to introduce kids to raw foods and preparing them. Read more »