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Cocoa-Berry Blast Sundae

My ice cream recipe from last week was gone so quickly, I just had to create something new.

Heather Pace is still hosting the SweetlyRaw.com’s Vegan Ice Cream Sundae Challenge, so get your entries in quick! You have until Monday, August 13th – take advantage of the opportunity, and have some fun! The prizes are great, and it’s the perfect time to enjoy ice cream!!!

Well, I decided to submit another entry and enjoy some more delicious homemade raw vegan ice cream. Today’s creation came about because my husband was craving strawberry ice cream – well actually, Neapolitan ice cream. That’s the ice cream that has a brick of three flavors: vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry. I started out with the idea that I would make a raw version of  Neapolitan ice cream, but got bored with the idea of making a plain vanilla flavor. So, I whipped out the fresh blueberries and made a super-berry ice cream flavor, along with the strawberry flavor, and then a slightly different chocolate flavor as I combined cacao with carob and mesquite. What a great combination of flavors! To top them off, I made two sauces: a carob chocolate sauce and a strawberry chia sauce. Wow! That was the perfect accompaniment to the ice cream flavors.

Once again, this sundae was a hit with my family and friends. Since I couldn’t come up with a name for this recipe, I had a few of my co-workers come up with names and secretly vote on them. Then I gave my son the top 5 names in the order of votes and let him decide. The person who created the winning name got to have their own personal sundae from me. This made the experience even more fun for me!

Well, enough chit-chat, now for the recipe. Enjoy! And don’t forget to participate in the Vegan Ice Cream Sundae Challenge!!!

Cocoa-Berry Blast Sundae
Ice-Cream Base:
Ingredients.
4 cups cashews ground
1 cup raw agave nectar
1 cup coconut water
½ cup coconut oil
2 T non-alcoholic organic vanilla extract
2 tsp pink Himalayan salt

Preparation.
Combine all ingredients together in a high speed blender, excluding coconut oil, and mix well. Add the coconut oil and blend again until smooth. Divide into three parts and place in tightly sealed containers. Store in the refrigerator for at least 8 hours. Add flavorings and place in freezer for at least two hours until firm.

Coco-Carob Ice Cream:
Ingredients.
1/3 prepared Ice-Cream Base (prior to freezing)
2-3 full T cacao powder
2 full T carob powder
1 full T mesquite powder
½ cup coconut water

Preparation.
Place Ice-Cream Base in blender and remaining ingredients. Mix on high until super smooth. Pour into tightly sealed container and freeze until firm (about 2 hours).

Strawberry Ice Cream:
Ingredients.
1-1 ½ cups fresh strawberries (stemmed)
½ cup coconut water
drizzle raw agave nectar
1 cup sliced strawberries

Preparation.
Place Ice-Cream Base in blender, and add the first cup of strawberries, agave nectar, and coconut water. Blend on high until smooth. Place cup of sliced strawberries into a container. Pour ice cream mixture over strawberries and lightly stir with a spoon. Use a tightly fitting lid and seal container. Place in freezer until firm (about 2 hours).

Super-Berry Ice Cream:
Ingredients.
1-1 ½ cups fresh blueberries
½ cup coconut water
drizzle agave nectar
3 full T goji berries
2 full T cacao nibs
1 cup fresh blueberries

Preparation.
Place Ice-Cream Base in blender with first cup of blueberries, goji berries, cacao nibs, agave nectar, and coconut water. Blend until smooth with speckles. Place additional cup of blueberries into a container. Pour ice cream mixture over blueberries and lightly stir with a spoon. Use a tightly fitting lid and seal container. Place in freezer until firm (about 2 hours).

Strawberry Sauce:
Ingredients.
1 cup strawberries (stemmed)
½ cup dates (about 10 pitted dates soaked)
¼ cup raw agave nectar
1-2 T chia seeds

Preparation.
Place all ingredients into a high-speed blender and mix until smooth. Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator. The sauce should keep for up to 5 days.

Coco-Carob Sauce:
Ingredients.
1/3 cup to ½ cup raw cacao powder
¼ cup to 1/3 cup raw carob powder
2 T raw mesquite powder
1 cup maple syrup
1-2 T cold pressed olive oil
1-2 T raw agave nectar

Preparation.
Place all ingredients into a high-speed blender and mix until super smooth. Store in a tightly sealed container, in the pantry for up to two weeks.

Cocoa-Berry Blast Sundae assembly:
Ingredients.
1 large scoop Coco-Carob Ice Cream
1 large scoop Strawberry Ice Cream
1 large scoop Super-Berry Ice Cream
2-3 T Strawberry Sauce
2-3 T Coco-Carob Sauce
1 T cacao nibs
1 T goji berries
¼ cup fresh blueberries
large dollop of your favorite vegan whip topping
1 cherry

Assembling the Sundae.
Place ice cream scoops into a serving dish drizzle sauces generously over ice cream. Top with nibs and berries. Add dollop of whip topping and finish with a cherry. This sundae is ready to enjoy! Bon a petit!

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Nutty Caramelote Fudge Sundae

This recipe includes sweet and salty flavors that appeal to each and every sense required to become fully indulged with a dessert. One bite into the sundae mix and your taste buds are on a wild journey through a sweet, rich caramel and chocolate wonderland. Once you bite into the crunchy layer of nuts, your taste buds are pulled back from the sweet sensation and are shocked with a salty twist. As you reach the end of your sundae journey, you bite into the last treasured layer of small brownies that finally fulfills every dessert craving you may have had.

I am so delighted with this recipe and how well received it was by my family and friends I decided to include it in the Sweetly Raw blog’s Vegan Ice Cream Sundae Challenge. You can learn more about this fun and rewarding challenge on Heather Pace’s blog, Sweetly Raw (http://www.sweetlyraw.com/).

Before you get started, make sure you check out my recipe for Raw Candied Almonds. The recipe is easy and super delicious, and great for snacking on. You’ll want to prepare this recipe to include with the Nutty Caramelote Fudge Sundae recipe that follows.

Although there are several parts to making this unique and indulgent sundae, the steps are easy and the ingredients are fairly basic. You don’t need an ice cream maker, and an everyday blender can work well if you currently don’t own a high-speed blender. The individual recipes can be enjoyed on their own or in combination with other recipes as well. The sauces go great with fresh cut fruit!

Here’s the recipe(s) for the sundae:

Vanilla Ice Cream Base
Ingredients.
4 c raw cashews ground
2 c coconut water
½ c raw agave nectar
1 T organic non-alcoholic vanilla extract
1 tsp Himalayan pink salt
¼ c coconut oil

Preparation.
Combine ground cashews, agave, vanilla, and coconut water in a high-speed blender. Blend on high until smooth. Add salt and coconut oil. Blend again. Poor into a tightly sealed container and refrigerate for at least 8 to 10 hours. Split ice cream base into two equal parts. (For this recipe, use one part for one type of ice cream flavor, and the other for the other ice cream flavor). Place in tightly sealed containers and freeze for at least 1 to 2 hours. Serve when set. Store in freezer.

Chocolate Fudge Sauce
Ingredients.
¾ c Grade B maple syrup (vegan) or raw honey (thicker fudge)
¼ c raw agave nectar
1 c raw cacao powder
12 tsp avocado oil

Preparation.
Place all ingredients into a high-speed blender, and blend until super smooth. Keep in a tightly closed container in the cupboard – do not chill. I used a jar.

Caramel-Praline Sauce
Ingredients.
16–20 pitted dates soaked and drained
1 c coconut water
½ T organic non-alcoholic vanilla extract
1 T raw lucuma powder
1 T coconut oil

Preparation.
Combine all the ingredients in a high-speed blender, except the coconut oil. Blend on high until smooth. Slowly add in the coconut oil as the blender is working, until well incorporated. Keep sauce in an air tight container in the refrigerator. It should stay good for at least 3 to 4 days.

Optional Add-in.
For a nuttier, saltier caramel-praline sauce stir in the following ingredient:
½ c prepared Raw Candied Almonds crushed
½ tsp Himalayan pink salt
drizzle raw agave nectar

Nutty Vanilla-Praline Swirl Ice Cream
Ingredients.
½ prepared Vanilla Ice Cream Base recipe
½ prepared Caramel-Praline Sauce with optional add-in recipe

Preparation.
Remove ice cream base from refrigerator and slowly poor in the prepared nutty Caramel-Praline Sauce. Using a chopstick or thin stir stick, slowly swirl sauce into the ice cream, being careful not to mix it together. Tightly close container and shake up and down a few times. Place in freezer for 1 to 2 hours until set.

Vanilla-Chocolate Fudge, Chip Swirl Ice Cream
Ingredients.
½ prepared Vanilla Ice Cream Base recipe
½ c prepared Chocolate Fudge Sauce recipe
1-2 T raw cacao nibs
¼ c vegan mini chocolate chips

Preparation.
Remove ice cream base from refrigerator and slowly poor in the prepared Chocolate Fudge sauce. Add the cacao nibs and mini chocolate chips. Using a chopstick or thin stir stick, slowly swirl sauce into the ice cream, being careful not to mix it together. Tightly close container and shake up and down a few times. Place in freezer for 1 to 2 hours until set.

Chocolate Fudge Brownie
Ingredients.
1 c raw almond meal
¼ c raw coconut flour
1 c raw almonds
1 c raw cacao powder
½ c and 2 T Grade B maple syrup
¼ c coconut oil
1 tsp Himalayan pink salt

Preparation.
Combine almond meal, coconut flour, and raw almonds, and raw cacao powder in a food processor. Process until it’s the consistency of a fine flour with very little crumbs. Add the maple syrup and the salt. Process until smooth. Slowly add in the coconut oil while the processor is mixing. Process until smooth. Remove from mixer.

Line a cake pan (preferably glass) with wax paper or saran wrap (lightly grease with coconut oil if wax paper or saran wrap is not available). Pour brownie mixture into pan. Using your hands carefully press down on mixture and evenly spread it through out the pan. Cover pan and place in the freezer for about 1 hour or until firm.

Remove from freezer and from pan and place on a cutting board. Cut cake into brownie size pieces. Place in air-tight covered container and keep in the refrigerator to store. Brownies should stay good for up to 1 week (or longer if kept in the freezer).

Nutty Caramelote Fudge Sundae
Assembling the Sundae.
Place 1 to 2 chocolate fudge brownies in a serving dish, bowl, or glass. Place 1 to 2 scoops of the Nutty Vanilla-Praline Swirl Ice Cream, and cover with some of the Caramel-Praline Sauce with optional nutty add-in. Place 1 to 2 scoops of the Vanilla-Chocolate Fudge, Chip Swirl Ice Cream, and cover with some of the Chocolate Fudge Sauce. Add a dollop of your favorite non-dairy vegan topping, sprinkle some of the Raw Candied Almonds over top, and top it off with a sweet red cherry! Now that’s a sundae!

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family and I did. Feel free to share it with others! Let me know what you thought of it or how you changed it up. Just leave your comments at the end of the post.

Peace!=)
– Debbie

Tropical Orange Creamsicle Smoothie

Amazing Grass came out with a new flavor of greens, Orange Dreamsicle Green SuperFood. I really wanted to try it, but I didn’t think it would go well with my usual morning fruit smoothies, so I came up with this little recipe and it was a winner!

Amazing Grass Green SuperFood
is an excellent product! The products are made from mostly organic greens, and contain no fillers.  Amazing Grass Green SuperFood is a non-dairy, completely vegan product, providing the most nutrient dense combination of fruits, vegetables, and greens, needed to energize and nourish the body. Amazing Grass comes in a variety of flavors, and in different serving size containers. I usually purchase the original greens in the jar size, while purchasing the other flavors as single-serving packets. I highly recommend this product for the price, flavor, and effectiveness. Check out some of my other smoothie recipes using these delicious greens.

Sorry, no pictures. We drank this smoothie way to fast for me to get the camera out…


Tropical Orange Creamsicle Smoothie.

Ingredients:
1 packet Orange Dreamsicle Green SuperFood
1 tsp lecithin
1 tsp organic, non-alcoholic vanilla extract
1 T maca powder
2 T lucuma powder
1 T Coconut Secrets Coconut Flour
1 tsp bee pollen
4-6 drops Vanilla Creme flavored SweetLeaf Liquid Stevia (you can use Valencia Orange as well, or combine the two flavors)
1 T raw coconut butter
drizzle sweetener sap (agave, raw honey, or Coconut Secrets Coconut Nectar)
1/4 cup organic dried shredded coconut
2 T vanilla hemp protein
1-2 T raw cacao nibs (optional)
3-4 oranges juiced (use more or less depending upon taste)
4-5 bananas (medium-sized)
1/4 cup pineapple chunks (freeze before use)
1/4 cup mango chunks (freeze before use)
4-6 ice cubes
fresh coconut water to cover

Preparation:
Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender, and mix until super smooth and creamy. Yummo!

Simple Chocolate Banana Sandwiches Dessert

This is day 9 of my Master Cleanse, and I’m really getting bored with it. However, I have enjoyed creating unique and special dishes for my son, and even simple raw desserts like this one. Enjoy!

Ingredients:
1 banana
1 super cacao ball
1/4 cup or more simple chocolate syrup
handful crush sliced almonds
sprinkle raw cacao nibs
sprinkle ground cinnamon
handful vegan carob chips (optional)

Preparation:
Slice banana into equal sized rounds – make an even number of them. I made about 5 sandwiches or 10 slices. Slice a super cacao ball into 5 pieces. Spoon some chocolate syrup on one side of each banana slice. Top with one piece of cacao ball. Top half the slices with the other half of banana slices. Pour more chocolate syrup over, and sprinkle with all the fixin’s! Yummo! Isn’t that simple and yummy!!!

Swiss Chard Salad with Apples and Pecans

I love my super food greens! As you know kale is a big part of my diet – so are collard greens. Well, lately I have discovered another super green that I can’t be without. Introducing Swiss Chard! That’s right, Swiss Chard!

Swiss Chard is probably one of the most vitamin and mineral rich super greens you can eat! I can’t even begin to tell you how healthy chard is! You can read more about it here.

Well, if you want a simple, but delicious way to consumer more chard, try my salad. You only need a few ingredients, and it is super yummo! Plus super energizing too! Try it for yourself.

Ingredients:
1 large bunch (about 6-8 leaves) fresh white Swiss Chard
1-2 handfuls fresh herb salad mix
1 handful fresh sprouts or micro herbs
2 large apples (mixed variety)
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup raw pecan pieces
drizzle hemp oil
drizzle balsamic vinegar

Preparation:
Rinse chard leaves, and trim off ends. Chop leaves and add to a large bowl. Core and seed apples. Cut into small slices and add to bowl. Add herb lettuce, micro herbs, raisins and pecans. Toss well. Drizzle hemp oil and balsamic vinegar, toss again until well combine. Ready to serve. Makes 2-4 servings depending upon how much you like to eat! =)

Pecan Brownie with Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream, and Chocolate Sauce

I’ve been reading a lot of raw and vegan blogs lately and really enjoying all the wonderful recipes and stories that other raw foodies have to share. I recently came across this recipe for pecan brownies from A Bitt of Raw blog that is simple and super delicious. I topped it with a scoop of my home made chocolate coconut milk ice cream, and easy chocolate sauce. Here’s the recipe for the ice cream and sauce, and how I put the pieces altogether.

Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream
Ingredients:
3-4 Young Thai coconuts
1 cup soaked cashews
1 cup coconut cream
1/4-1/2 cup raw cacao powder
1/2 T vanilla extract (non alcoholic)
1/2 cup to 2/3 cup agave nectar or organic maple syrup Grade B (or 1/2 and 1/2)
pinch of pink Himalayan salt
1 T coconut oil
few drops chocolate flavored SweetLeaf liquid stevia

Preparation:
Combine all ingredients in a high speed blender and mix until super smooth, thick and creamy. Pour into containers and freeze – or place in ice cream maker and follow directions on machine. I don’t use an ice cream maker personally.

Sauce.
Ingredients:
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
1/4 cup agave nectar or maple syrup Grade B (or mixed)
1/2 – 1 T hemp oil or extra virgin olive oil
few drops of chocolate flavored SweetLeaf liquid stevia

Preparation:
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.

To serve:
Place pecan brownie on plate. Place a big scoop of the chocolate coconut ice cream on top, and drizzle the chocolate sauce. So delish! 🙂

Super-sweet Raw Chocolaty Shake

After dinner the family wanted something sweet, chocolaty, and icy – so we decided to a have a raw ice cream shake using two flavors of my favorite coconut-cashew based raw ice creams I made previously. I decided to use bananas and coconut water to give it a super sweet, and milk shake like flavor. This recipe was right on! Enjoy!

2 medium sized bananas peeled and cut
2-3 large scoops raw vanilla ice-cream
2-3 large scoops raw cacao ice-cream
2-3T raw cacao nibs
3T raw cacao powder
1/4 cup almond nut milk
8oz fresh coconut water
generous drizzle of agave
1T raw coconut butter
1T raw almond butter
4-6 drops chocolate flavored SweetLeaf Liquid Stevia
6-8 purified ice cubes

Place all ingredients in the blender and mix/puree on high-speed until very smooth, creamy, thick and cold like a shake! Yummo!!!! 🙂

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