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Hello everyone,

It has been a while since I have had time to post a new recipe here. So here goes! A pretty simple but delicious recipe for your delight. It may seem to be long and complicated, but it really is easy to do despite the many layers!

Ingredients:

Base:

1 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1/2 cup cashews (or any other nuts, or more coconut)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup soft dates

Coconut cream:

4 tins of full-fat coconut milk
1-2 tsp vanilla
2-3 tbsp agave/maple (or any other sweetener)

Blueberry jam:

150g blueberries
2-3 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp agave

Fillings:

1 mango (or any other soft fruit, like banana, or kiwi)
50-100g blueberries

Process:

This is fairly simple. Add the dry base ingredients to the food processor and let it work until it is quite floury consistency. Then add the vanilla and dates until it all sticks together. Alternatively, if you do not have a food processor, blend dry stuff to flour, blend dates and vanilla with little water to a thick puree and mix them together in a bowl. Or mince dates in a mincer and mix together again. Press flat to the cake tin. Line with baking parchment prior to that, to make it easier to get the cake out afterwards.

For the jam, blend the blueberries with a little agave to a puree and mix in the chia seeds. They will start to set already in 10 minutes, so keep an eye on them to see about the consistency, whether they need more seeds or water.

Scoop out the thick white part of the coconut milk tins into a separate bowl. Try to get as little of the water as you can. Add the vanilla and sweetener and whip it all together. It should be really creamy and remind much of whipped cream. Add vanilla/sweetener to taste if needs adjustment. Do not under any circumstances use a blender for the mixing – the coconut will then separate and trust me, it is not easy to try and save it by turning it into a completely different dish.

Slice the mango to about 2-3mm thick slices. Arrange them on top of the base to cover the layer more or less. Add a layer of the coconut cream to fill in all the gaps and have a bit on top of the mango. Add another layer of the mango and top with nearly all the coconut cream. It should add a decent centimeter at least if not more. Leave a few scoops for decoration on top.

The jam should be of a relatively thick consistency by now and you should be able to spread it evenly on top of the coconut cream.

And all that is left to do is decorate! Put the rest of the coconut cream in a piping bag and set about doing whatever shapes you fancy! I made this cake as a birthday cake, so wrote the name in the middle and did the circle around, which I then also topped with more blueberries. But let your creativity fly and have fun. Here is the cake I made:

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It was quite well received an definitely up on my list of favourites.

Enjoy! More to come soon

Eli x

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Raw doughnuts recipe

Helloooooooo, and a huge sorry, I only now realised how long it’s been since my last post. Got tons of stuff tried out so I’ll be posting much soon!

But this post deserves an exclamation mark, in my eyes, because I had my first try with raw doughnuts, and I think I’m ready to give up the much-processed-but-still-vegan cooked doughnuts! But, without further ado, here’s the recipe.

Ingredients:

1/3 cup flaxmeal (or flaxseeds)
1 cup desiccated coconut
1/3 cup buckwheat flour (optional)
2/3 cup almonds
2/3 cup hazelnuts
2 tbsp vanilla sugar/extract (optional)
2 tbsp berry flour (optional, I used blackcurrant)

500 g dates (soft, soaked)
1 mango

So, for the dough itself, blend the flaxseeds, most of coconut (leave 1/3 cup for covering), buckwheat groats if you don’t have flour ready, almonds and hazelnuts (you can use more of one instead of the other, or any other kind of nuts as well, I’d imagine it’d be quite similar) with vanilla sugar and berry flour into a flour mixture. A jug blender is usually a very handy machine indeed for making such flours.
Pour the mixture to a food processor and add about 400 grams of the dates to it and process till the dough starts to hold together. Then just form the dough into doughnuts and cover in coconut (optional also, don’t have to do that if you prefer not to). I kept it in the fridge overnight but that’s also not essential.
For the filling I used a mango, but you can just make it with just dates, or berries or banana, or whatever you fancy really. Just blend it into a nice paste. Then I used a cake decoration set – filled it up and pressed a hole to the doughnuts with the top, filled it with the mango-toffee filling and pressed the hole a bit more together, and covered in coconut that fell off the doughnuts πŸ˜›
So all in all – pretty simple! Can experiment more with the dough itself – use more buckwheat and less nuts to get the fat content down, more flavour with berry flour etc. But the start has been made. And this is my interpretation of a raw vegan doughnut.

Hope you enjoy it! I sure will tonight πŸ˜‰

Eli x

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Monofruit week fasting

Hello, dear everybody,

 

I’ve been wanting to post recipes and stuff but I haven’t been too actively preparing anything as I was fasting for a week on monofruits mostly! So I thought to share this with yous instead πŸ™‚

Most people have asked me simply why? Well, detox is always useful every once in a while. And if you don’t like fasting on water then rather have something light and easy for the digestive system. And what could be easier than whole fruits, the same kind, for a whole day? Plus, if you think about it – it is just so simple, you don’t have to think or worry about what to eat, as you’ve already decided what to have the whole day!

Here’s what I had for the whole week:

Day 1 – 20 (or 21) bananas

Day 2 – 3 kg carrots (about 300g boiled)

Day 3 – 28 peaches

Day 4 – 2.25 pineapples + 1.25 l of pineapple juice (and a handful of watermelon)

Day 5 – 14 bananas

Day 6 – 4.5 mangos

Day 7 – 600 g medjoul dates + about 300 g cheapest pitted dates

 

That was my menu for the week. And it was fabulous! At day 1 I got quite a bit tired of bananas though as I decided that I want to have them as whole fruits. So I kept on eating them. By the evening I was quite sick of bananas…

Day 2 was interesting. I love carrots, and by now – I love them again! I thought I had quite a lot of carrots at home, but then I started peeling them in the morning and realised it was only around 700 grams. It was enough for breakfast, as I didn’t have more time to chew anyway. After work I went by Sainsbury’s to get 3 more bags of the organic carrots. I ate about 1 kilo straight after. Then the jaw started getting a bit tired… As you might imagine. So I boiled some to have before work – because I only have the limited 15 minutes for a break at work thus not much time to chew through another kilo of raw carrots. By the end of the day I had a wee handful still left and I shared them with my flatmates as I couldn’t even bear the sight of them…

Day 3 was my favourite day of them all. Sainsbury’s had just reduced so many boxes of peaches so I bought them all – 7×4 there were. They were so perfectly ripe, nearly every single one of them. And after the rather low in calories carrot day, they went down a storm, kind of. Eventually. I had 6 for breakfast and had to stop as I was just so full! But throughout the day I kept on eating them I had the last 2 after work at home – so it all worked out perfectly well, and the calorie amount was around 1800 so pretty much as much as I need in a day πŸ™‚ So nice!

Day 4 was the most interesting one I have to say. By then I really started craving for salt, anything salty, anything savoury food. But my mind was set and I didn’t have any cheating… That I could help.
So, I had a pineapple for breakfast before work and chopped another one up to take with me to work to have on my break. After the first pineapple my tongue was okay as it nearly always is after just one pineapple. When I had my break at work about 2 hours after I had had my first pineapple, the tongue started to get a bit sensitive, but I still managed to have the second one without any damage and thought that the break until my next chance to have the next one would be enough to recover. However, my second shift at work was cancelled and so the lunch came a bit earlier than expected. However, it was a decent time indeed for lunch. So there I was, sitting outside in our garden in this wonderfully summery Aberdeen weather, having my pineapple and my flatmate eating his watermelon, as it was his melon day, when my tongue gets really sensitive again. Nothing compared to the pain of the first tattoo getting done though so naturally I continued. How bad could it be after all? Well, worse than I expected. I had only managed to go through maybe a fifth or so when I tried to have a look at my tongue (not that easy with the nose on the way and everything…) and my flatmate insisted I stopped, that there was blood on my teeth. And then I tasted it – yes indeed, that was the sweet taste of my own blood ^^ The bowl was removed from my reach and a piece of watermelon was given to cool the tongue down. Honestly, I was rather surprised of the turn it all took. Then he put half of his watermelon in front of me and told me to eat that instead. So, well, I did a bit. But being as determined as I am, I didn’t eat much and soon enough went to the supermarket anyway and besides more bananas, bought a pineapple juice. So I firstly juiced the last remaining pineapple I had – which I had to dilute with water as my mouth started bleeding once again. And then finished the evening off with the store-bought not from concentrate pineapple juice – also diluted with some water. All in all, I’d say the excitement was pretty much worth the blood πŸ˜› And it made me come up with a theory (that I haven’t researched yet to see if it’s backed up with anything but makes the most sense to me anyway) why the pineapple makes your tongue hurt:
The most ripe pineapples are the sweetest and rarely make the tongue sensitive, but with rather unripe fruits it can happen quickly or very quickly. Therefore with the ripening of the fruit the acidity levels would be dropping, in the sense that maybe the PH is rising closer to 7. So with not perfectly ripe fruits the acids might slowly burn the skin on the tongue through, so it get a lot more sensitive to what it touches. Thus with enough acid it can actually penetrate the skin and thus make it bleed! And even though mouth injuries heal the quickest, a couple of hours is not enough to restore the top layer of the tongue which makes anything non-neutral hurt at least a bit. <- that’s my thought anyway! πŸ˜€

Day 5 was low in calories but I just didn’t feel like eating much at all. I took a bunch of bananas in the living room to have for my breakfast, I could just about finish my second one and pushed down another one, when I decided it was time to stop the torture and just make a smoothie. And that’s how the rest 11 bananas went down. Not to mention that it’s easier to drink the amount bananas compared to eating them, it is also more delicious. πŸ™‚

Day 6 was somewhat of a disappointment to me as I love mangoes. But after I had had 2 for breakfast I didn’t feel like having anything at all. I was really full. And would have rather appreciated a different kind of mango, but there’s only one that most stores stock. So I had 2 more before work that evening and took one with me to work, and exchanged one for an unripe one so I could have it in a few days instead. The one I had at work was from M&S and I had hopes that it’ll be really nice. It was realllllllly fibrous though and got stuck in between the teeth and was just so watery, it was a pool around me. So I chopped it into pieces and had to eat half of it around the stone as it was rather difficult to cut there. So that’s the half of the fifth I ended up eating and gave the rest to my workmate. So that was day 6.

Day 7 I was kind of looking forward to because I have this huge box of the cheap dates in my room where I often have a handful just like that, and had to stop myself from doing that every day, reminding myself of the fasting πŸ˜› I had two 200 g boxes of organic medjoul dates from Sainsbury’s and about 200 grams of more medjouls that I had for breakfast, then lunch and dinner at work. And in between indulged on the cheap ones whilst at home. It was nice indeed to just have the dates. People made comments that I’ll be running between the toilet at work then but I think my body got used to the amounts of dates I eat long time ago, anyway, proved them wrong – except with the amounts of water I’ve been drinking I still need to go every so often.

And I started on day 8 as well – bananas again as I just have so many, I survived through the lunch and everything with cheating just to eat some amazing blueberries and strawberries, but could not resist much longer when meeting up with a friend, so there it ended. I’d say with the exception of the watermelon a solid 7 days of monoeating. Pretty amazing πŸ™‚ I didn’t feel much different with digestion or anything, Β except a really bad headache the second day, but it was gone by the third day, so I took is as a sign of detox for I was drinking loads and loads of water so couldn’t have been dehydration. So if you want to detox but not juice all the time or make smoothies then this might be a great alternative – very easy, reasonably cheap if you think about it, and you’re not restricting yourself in calories – eat as much fruit as you want! πŸ™‚

I still have about 20 pears in my fruit bowl waiting to be ripe enough – and when they are I shall have another solo monofruit day. And if I won’t do a whole week of monofruits, I will definitely carry on doing occasional days like this. All hands up! πŸ™‚

I hope this has been reasonably interesting for you to read! Maybe of an inspiration even.

Comments always welcome! Let me know if there’s another kind of experiment you find fascinating – I just might try it and let everybody know of the outcomes and my experience. πŸ™‚

Eli x

Raw ‘hedgehog’ cake

Hello again!

This time I’d like to share this incredibly simple but amazing recipe with you that I made up, inspired by this raw vegan turtle cake recipe that I saw. I and many others were pretty happy with this recipe. As it contains mostly fruits, it’s also one of the lightest cakes I have made/eaten, portion sizes were really not a problem πŸ˜›

Ingredients:

7-9 bananas
4 kiwis
1 mango

400 g dates
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup coconut oil

blueberries

 

The process is fairly simple. Blend the dates, vanilla extract, most of the shredded coconut and 1-2 bananas. Once blended (add water if need-be), add melted coconut oil. Should be reasonably thick paste so you could spread it. Try to add as little water as possible, otherwise it might start oozing out afterwards.
Slice the rest of the fruits into thin slices.
Start building up the cake. I layered mine as such: banana, cream, kiwis, cream, mango, cream, banana….
Feel free to use any other kind of fruit, I just thought long and hard and reckoned these three were the best soft but solid fruit to use as the layers. When placing the layering material, shrink the diameter of the cake slowly. Once at the last layer, spread the cream all over it, to the top and sides. As I made mine to be a hedgehog (/dog/bear/mole), I decorated it with added coconut over all of it and cut a banana to make the nose, tail and four feet. And then added blueberries for eyes and nosetip. After that leave it to solidify in the fridge for an hour or few (and it looks so cute being there!), but can be served straight after preparation also πŸ™‚ (I did have the temptation to eat it straight after finishing).

And indeed, then there’s nothing else to do but to eat it! As the fruit layers are very nice and soft, a good knife goes through very easily, and the cream is thick enough to unite all the layers. A really easy delicious masterpiece if I may say so myself πŸ™‚ I hope you’re gonna try it out for yourselves!

Eli x

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Raw breakfast ideas

Happy new year my dear followers!

It has been an immensely long time since my last post, but the idea of this specific one I have had for a while already as people keep on asking me, besides what do I eat in general, what do I usually have for breakfast.

So this is a post about my usual breakfasts πŸ™‚

1. A melon. It’s that simple. I try to vary, have honeydew one morning, cantaloupe another, galia on another one. Just half it and start spooning the delicious juicy flesh, or cut it into slices πŸ™‚

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2. A pineapple. I love pineapple. And usually have no difficulty in having a whole one for a meal. Usually breakfast. Just spend that 5 minutes peeling and cutting it and enjoy!

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3. A smoothie. I am quite fond of smoothies as they can be very varied and require little effort. Just blend 3-5 bananas with dates/berries/greens, add some superfoods like spirulina/chlorella/chia seeds/maca and you’ve created yourself an amazingly nutritious and filling breakfast! πŸ™‚ One of my favourite combinations is banana-spinach-blueberry with some parsley. YUMMEEE!

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4. A glass of juice.Β It’s incredibly healthy to start your day with a nourishing glass of freshly made juice. For example carrot-ginger-orange. Or spinach-apple-cucumber-ginger-lime πŸ™‚ Or just have it as an addition to any of the other breakfast items!

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5. Raw porridge.Β There are a couple of ways to make raw porridge. I have once before tried just soaking oats overnight with raisins and other ingredients and then eating it in the morning cold. Close enough to actual porridge but I found out that most oats are heat-treated to make them into oat flakes which means it would not be exactly raw.
Thus I have tried to use raw buckwheat instead! And it’s pretty amazing! Just soak the buckwheat overnight so it’s nice and soft by morning, and blend it with some soaked dates, and then add raisins or anything else on the top, or blend it with bananas (and dates)! I also added a handful of goji berries and raisins on the top, as well as buckhorn syrup, which is not raw, but it’s healthy, and sweetens it as well. Not necessary in any way to add though πŸ™‚ Amazing!

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6. Raw muesli/cereal.Β It is very easy to make and tastes amazing! And I think is quite cheap as well, depending on what you like to have in it of course. I have made my muesli base by soaking and dehydrating raw buckwheat groats. And then adding raisins, goji berries, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, desiccated coconut, chopped almonds/cashews/brazils… Whatever you desire basically! On another occasion I actually made sort of cinnamon cereal. I soaked buckwheat and blended it with some vanilla, agave and cinnamon and then spreading it on a dehydrator sheet and dehydrating it, half-way dry I drove lines inside there to make it better to be broken into pieces afterwards. And then I add all the good stuff again πŸ™‚ And you can serve both of them with water or juice or freshly made nut-mylk! (just soak a cup of nuts for 4 cups of water which you will blend and separate the pulp from – remaining the liquid of the milk!)

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8. Something nice and sweet.Β Sometimes I like to have a self-indulgent sweet breakfast. For example make some toffee and have it with apples (or make them into sandwiches). Or I remember having done this quite amazing mango-delight – base and top was a mixture of dates, raisins, cashews and coconut, I reckon to process it roughly together, and in between have sliced mango. I do remember eating it, pretty amazing indeed.

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So that’s my raw vegan breakfast guide πŸ™‚ Very easy, quick and nutritious, the way it’s supposed to be! I hope it gave you some ideas or motivation to have your breakfast raw πŸ˜‰

Enjoy!

Eli x

Raw mango-cake

Hello my dear culinary ‘interestees’.Β 

Here comes my yet another cake recipe, this time including nuts. This one is a mango cake but can be adjusted to any fruit/berry you desire! Simple as always with the right tools at hand!

Ingredients:
1 mango
1 cup almondsΒ 
1/2 cup cashews
3 cups dates
2 bananas
cinnamon to decorate

Preparation:
Process almonds and 2 cups of the dates into a paste-like texture (use a food processor or mince-meat machine), cover the cake tin with it. Slice the mango and cover the cake-base with it. If there are any leftovers, keep them. Soak the cashews 30 min to 2 hours, drain, rinse, add tiny bit of water to help blend the cashews. Blend with the two bananas and rest of the dates (which you can soak beforehand as well to make them softer if needed) and any leftovers of the mango. Even it on top of the mango slices. Decorate with cinnamon or anything else to your liking.Β 

Great for sharing! Because it’s otherwise very much high in calories πŸ˜› (this amount can account for 8 pieces, 345 calories per serving – but loads of minerals and vitamins including!)

Enjoy!!

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