Oatmeal, coconut and peppermint choco bites

Just 4 ingredients + NO FOOD PROCESSOR NEEDED! For the health-loving sweet tooth/snack lover. It’s a little hard to find vegan chocolate chips here so I chopped up some vegan peppermint dark chocolate. Makes about 12.

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You’ll need:

1 cup oatmeal

7-10 pitted medjool dates (soak if too dry)

¼ cup vegan peppermint chocolate chips

½ cup shredded coconut

Add everything to a large mixing bowl. Mash with a fork till you get a nice firm “dough” which sticks together when pressed. Roll into bite-sized balls and dip in shredded coconut.

Ready to eat immediately, or refrigerate for a few hours for a firmer texture. Simple!

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Simple mini no-bake lemon cream cake

A no-bake cake that is creamy, melt in your mouth texture that is similar to ice cream, made tangy with lemon juice. With a salted hazelnut and pistachio base to balance the sweet and creamy cashew lemon layer! Topped with cacao nibs and cinnamon for an extra crunch. Raw desserts are so much easier to make than baked ones – just blend and set in the freezer.

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This recipe is adapted from Amy at Fragrant Vanilla Cake blog.

 

The top layer is made from soymilk cream (just add a little water to instant soymilk powder). It’s extremely versatile because of it’s light taste and smooth texture, so you can add other flavours, say orange zest, mango or durian.

You’ll need:

For the crust

2 pitted medjool dates

1 cup of any roasted nuts (i used half cup pistachio and half cup hazelnuts)

½ tsp sea salt

Blend all and press into a greased springform pan or silicone mold.

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For the filling

3 cups raw cashews, soaked overnight

Zest from half a lemon

Juice from 1 lemon

½ cup + 1 tbsp coconut oil

¼ cup agave nectar

1 tsp cinnamon powder

1 tsp vanilla extract

½ tsp sea salt

Blend all and pour onto the crust.

For the topping

1/3 cup soymilk powder

1 tbsp water

1 tsp finely grated orange zest

cacao nibs and cinnamon powder

Stir the soymilk powder with water till a creamy paste. Add orange zest. Spread it on the filling and top with cacao nibs and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

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I left it in the freezer to set for about 4 hours, then transferred it to the fridge. Keep any leftovers in the freezer and take it out 15 mins to soften before eating.

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Banana and peanut butter pie

 

No baking needed! Make your own peanut butter for best results. Adapted from Jonsi & Alex’s Arkansas Apple Pie from their Good Heart Cookbook (go download it, it’s free and full of cool raw vegan recipes) I used banana instead and lesser dates as I don’t like very sweet foods.


 

For the crust:

1 cup peanuts

1 cup coconut

3 – 4 pitted medjoul dates

3 tbsp peanut butter

1 tbsp coconut oil

1 tbsp orange zest

1 tbsp cinnamon

Blend all ingredients together till you get a crumbly, moist and sticky mixture that hold when pressed together. Press it into a greased pie pan. Spread a layer of peanut butter over this crust.

For the filling:

1 ripe banana

1 cup raw almonds

5 tbsp peanut butter

6 pitted medjoul dates

1 tbsp lemon zest

1 tbsp cinnamon

1 tsp vanilla paste

Blend all ingredients except almonds till you get a sticky mixture. Add in the almonds and blend a little so you get crunchy bits in the filling. Spread it over the crust.

Toppings:

Coconut flakes, chocolate, soymilk cream (made by mixing 1 tbsp water with soymilk powder), chocolate bits – get creative!

Sprinkle and drizzle them over the pie. Let it set for a couple of hours in the fridge before serving.


Variations: Chocolate peanut butter, chocolate orange, peanut butter & pumpkin, peanut butter & berries..the list is endless 🙂

Homemade peanut butter

Why make your own peanut butter when you can buy it for couple of dollars? I get questions like these a lot. Firstly, as someone who grew up on homemade food, I can assure you that flavours of food made in factories pales greatly in comparison to food made with care and love. Secondly, packaged foods nowadays consists of too much unnecessary additives or poor quality ingredients that are really bad to our body. In the case of supermarket peanut butters – full of refined sugars, hydrogenated rapeseed oil and worse, palm oil (the main culprit of the yearly haze!).

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This recipe is simply 3 ingredients – baked peanuts, salt and a little oil. Add any sweetener if you’d like it sweet!

3 ingredients Peanut Butter

You’ll need:

1 and 1/2 cup raw peanuts (skinned if smoother texture is preferred)

1 tsp Sea Salt

Grapeseed oil (as needed, or any oil with a neutral taste)

Brown sugar (optional, or any sweetener)

1) Preheat the oven to 200. Place the peanuts evenly on a baking pan and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.

2) Meanwhile, get your food processor ready as you’ll need to blend them while they are piping hot, to release the most natural oils. Immediately transfer the peanuts and process till smooth and creamy.

3) Took me about 20 minutes; they went from crumbly, to forming small chunks, then a grainy sort of cream (add a little oil if too dry) and finally, smooth. Add salt and sweetener to taste, give it one last spin and pour it in a bottle.

Scoop ‘em with cucumbers and celery, drizzle over apple and berry salads, spread on whole wheat toast. Or, spread on biscuits and crackers.

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