Raw Vegan Ice Cream: Banana Maple Walnut

Banana Maple Walnut Non Dairy Ice Cream

Who doesn't love ice cream? But with all the sugar, and additives and pasteurized milk, it's not the healthiest of desserts, unless… you make your own non dairy, non soy, raw vegan ice cream. It's healthy, delicious, and it only takes 10 or 15 minutes to make. A great way to deal with ripe bananas is to peel them and freeze them. I just put them into freezer bags, about 4 bananas per bag, tie the end shut and put them in the freezer so they lie flat. When I find bananas on sale I buy lots, or I order a whole box from the organic wholesalers. They will always get ripe faster than I can use them, but as they do, it's easy to freeze them. Then you always have them on hand to use in smoothies or quick non dairy vegan ice cream any time you want. Read more »

Raw Vegan Carob Mousse

This rich, creamy, raw vegan carob mousse only takes about 10 minutes to make. It's hard to believe it doesn't contain sugar. But between the sweetness of the stevia, and the natural sweetness of carob, it's a totally satisfying dessert. It's very easy to make this a raw vegan dessert, you just need to use truly raw carob, but I can show you where to get that at the end of the recipe. If you're not familiar with carob, it has a chocolate-like taste, but no caffeine or theobromine, so you don't get that hyper, jittery feeling that raw cacao (chocolate) can produce. After finding it at my new local bulk food shop I've been using it a lot. You can add it to smoothies, substitute it for raw cacao in all my recipes that call for raw cacao powder, make ‘chocolate' milk, either with nut milk or dairy milk. I actually prefer it to raw cacao now. Read more »

Raw Chocolate Sesame Almond Halva Balls

Since seeing how popular my first Raw Sesame Halva recipe has become I have been intending to make a chocolate version. But there's nothing like a food craving to actually propel me into action. I didn't have enough sesame seeds on hand to make a worthwhile batch, so I used almonds to make up the difference. I also added maca powder for even more superfood goodness and a bit of finely ground coffee beans for an extra kick which sent the taste over the top into the heavenly realm. The base of this recipe is quite simple – sesame seeds, almonds and honey. Around that you can be a bit flexible with the ingredients. If you don't have raw cacao powder (raw chocolate) you can use unsweetened cocoa powder instead. The coffee and maca, or other superfood powder can be left out and it's still delicious. I'd also like to try this using spirulina as the superfood powder ingredient, though I […] Read more »

Raw Vegan Chocolate Pudding

If you love desserts, and chocolate desserts especially, but were afraid you'd have to give them up in order to eat healthier, rejoice! It turns out that in the uber-healthy world of raw food, desserts are some of the easiest and most delicious dishes to make. And if you have a special relationship with chocolate, you'll be delighted to know that organic raw chocolate is not just good for you. It's a superfood! It's that good for you! Organic raw chocolate, also known as raw cacao, is higher in magnesium than any other food on the planet. Magnesium is the number one mineral deficiency in the world. Raw cacao is also the #1 source of antioxidants, iron and chromium. So if you're a chocolate lover just trade the commercial, processed chocolate for raw organic cacao. Then trade in the guilt for the satisfaction and joy of knowing you're eating one of the healthiest foods on the planet. Yes, there is […] Read more »

Raw Vegan Blueberry Ice Cream

Blueberries are a superfruit. They are extremely high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties which combat oxidative stress and inflammation that many experts believe are involved in all the major killer diseases as well as age-related conditions like arthritis and memory loss. In fact, blueberries are considered the ultimate memory food. Bananas contain potassium and fiber. Avocados are high in good heart-healthy fats, and lutein, an antioxidant that's great for your eyes and skin. All tremendously healthy foods to eat. Blend them together and you've got one of the most delicious and satisfying desserts ever. Well I think so anyway. I ate the whole lot of this myself for dinner. Isn't it every child's dream to eat dessert for dinner? As adults we can do whatever we want, but usually don't because we know it's not healthy for us. Well, go ahead, now you can live the dream and know you're still eating healthy! Read more »

Raw Diet Recipes: 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 »