Friday, February 17, 2012

Sweet Treats!

Every now & then I get a craving for a little something sweet!
Raw desserts are one way people become interested in the world of raw foods. They're really simple to prepare, usually just mixing & blending a few ingredients together. I'm a big fan of looking around the kitchen to see what I've got, deciding what I'm in the mood for, then just  making whatever strikes my fancy. Intuitive eating & preparing is something that kind of  evolved along the way for me. I stopped relying on recipes except for a little guidance now & then. I throw a pinch of this or a handful of that, tasting along the way. I've never been disappointed with anything that I've come up with!
 This is such a beautiful thing about raw foods, not just desserts!  As long as I have my kitchen well stocked I can always make something simple & satisfying at a moments notice.
Whether I do use a recipe or just create something on my own, I can truly say that
I LOVE everything I eat now  ~ guilt free! Desserts are now an occasional treat that I really enjoy. After a lifetime of dieting this is really very exciting! to me!

I don't make the cacao ones like I have below too often, I make them for a holiday or to share the recipe with family & friends. I prefer something like a date with a few almonds or a hemp shake with fruit when I'm feeling like something sweet. But it's great to have a few special desserts recipes that are simple & delicious because....
they are one of life's Simple Pleasures!!

Here's a few sweet treats I've prepared recently... 

Coconut cacao fudge bars
1 1/2 cup pitted dates
1/3 cup cacao powder

1 tsp vanilla powder 
4 Tbsp coconut flakes  (save 1 Tbsp to sprinkle on top)
handful walnuts for bar ( set aside a few to top bars)

Blend all the above ingredients well in food processor
form into 1 large bar
top with set aside shredded coconut & walnuts 
refrigerate overnight or put in freezer for a while to firm up
cut into squares
You can also enjoy them as soon as they're ready!! Whichever you prefer  :)
Looking for a quick & simple something sweet?
This is so yummy!
Sliced bananas
Topped with 
chopped medjool dates
a touch of  maple syrup
a few walnuts



These brownies are awesome!

                                                  Walnut Chocolate Brownies
  1. 1 1/2 cup walnuts

    1/2 cup raw cacao powder 

    1/3 cup dried, unsweetened coconut 

    1 1/2 tsp cinnamon 

    1 tsp vanilla powder 

    2 cups pitted,chopped dates 

  1.  Blend walnuts, cacao, coconut and cinnamon until finely ground in food processor

     Slowly add dates until well blended. 

    Add vanilla and process until combined.

    Press mixture in an 8 x 8 pan, top with topping and refrigerate for 1 hour 

    sprinkle coconut on top


    Simple ~ Nutritious ~ Delicious
    that's my motto


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