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Raw Persimmon Cheesecake with Pomegranate Coulis

I am really proud of this cheesecake – I think it might be the first raw persimmon cheesecake to hit the interwebs! I couldn’t find a recipe for raw persimmon cheesecake so I made my own based on Sweetly Raw’s Mandarin Orange Cheesecake on a Pecan Ginger Crust with a Cranberry Pomegranate Compote, and Candied Pecans. I give it a 4/5 Happy Monkeys.  The texture is spot on and it makes a nice, healthy treat.
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Raw Blueberry Smoothie

I just had to post this blueberry smoothie recipe because it is freaking delicious.  My usual blueberry smoothie recipe is a banana, frozen blueberries, lots of soymilk, water and ice.  But I thought it would be good to try to cut down on the massive amount of soy I’m eating these days, so I tried a new smoothie recipe based on the one in Ani Phyo’s Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen Cookbook.  And I like this one even better than my usual smoothie.  I threw the strawberries in at the last minute because they were just hanging around in the fridge, but I think they totally made this smoothie.  Before I put them in, it was a bit too sweet from the dates.

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Virgin Pina Colada

Boy, how old is this post!  Time to get it off the draft shelf:

Just got our new Vita Mix in the mail!  We were super excited so we made a yummy homemade pina colada to celebrate.  We got a fresh young coconut and pineapple from whole foods – the guy who worked there was so nice, he helped us pick out good ones and even cut the pineapple in half for us.  I give this a 3.5/5 happy monkeys because I looove pina coladas, but I still want to perfect the recipe.

Ingredients:

– fresh pineapple
– fresh young coconut
– fresh young coconut water
– shredded dried coconut,
– bit of orange juice
– ice

Directions:

Throw in Vita Mix and blend away. Enjoy!

Next time: I would use water instead of oj because oj has too strong of a sweet, oj taste.  Also, wouldn’t use the shredded coconut because it made it kind of gritty.  Also I want to experiment with regular fresh coconut, instead of the young ones to see if that gives it a different flavor.

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Raw Butternut Spice Cookies

Raw Butternut Cookies

This was the second recipe in my quest for fantastic raw butternut squash recipes, and I decided to try the Pumpkin Spice Muffins from The Sunny Raw Kitchen.  I liked them ok but I don’t think I’d make them again.  I call them cookies instead of muffins because they were a little heavy and dense for my taste.    On the positive side, they did keep really well as traveling snacks — their density meant that they were quite filling for a snack on the go.  They are also very pretty which bumps them up to 3/5 happy monkeys.

Ingredients:

– 2 cups of butternut squash pulp (left over from juicer)
– 1 1/3 cup walnuts
– 1/3 cup pecans
– 1⁄ 8 cup water
– 3 tbs honey or agave
– 1.5 teaspoon of cinnamon
– 1 1/4 teaspoon of ground ginger
– 1/2 tps allspice or ground cloves
– 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

Directions:

Blend all of the ingredients in a food processor. Form into mini-muffins using about 1 1/2 tsp of dough at a time. Top with a pecan and dehydrate for 15 hours at 110 degrees.

Variation from The Sunny Raw Kitchen: This would also be delicious non-dehydrated, as a pudding or filling for a pie.

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Hummus!

Hummus

I love hummus.  This time I adapted a recipe from the Vita-Mix recipe book which calls for canned chickpeas.  I’ve made it raw before but honestly, raw chickpeas are a bit too starchy for me, even soaked and sprouted.  I like the creaminess of a cooked hummus.   Doth the lady protest too much?  Perhaps.  I do feel a little guilty for eating cooked food, but I’m trying not to psych myself out too much.  It’s yummy and so far my tummy isn’t complaining.

Ingredients:

– 2 cans chickpeas (garbanzo beans), one drained, one not drained
– 4 tbsp raw sesame seeds
– half a lemon, peeled
– a clove of garlic
– 1/4 cup olive oil
– 1/4 tsp cumin
– 1/4 tsp sea salt
– black pepper and paprika to taste

Directions:

Blend everything together in a Vita-Mix or food processor. I don’t recommend using a regular blender because it’s pretty thick.

I ate this garnished with flax oil and Spice Hunter Garlic Bread seasoning.  Yum!

Next time: use more garlic, sesame seeds, olive oil and salt. This hummus was dominated by the chickpea flavor (as opposed to the hummus I made with the recipe on the tahini jar before, which was too tahini-ey) and could use some balance.  I give this version of hummus a 4/5 happy monkeys because I love hummus but I think I could tinker with this recipe to make it even yummier.  I have in my mind the memory of a hummus wrap from a sandwich shop in Falmouth MA that I had in 2006 – that is my gold standard that I am trying to reach.  I don’t know what they did to create their hummus but it was phenomenal!

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Raw ChocoNut Balls

Raw choco-nut balls

Yum! I made these last night as a treat and they’re gone already! I had a rather down day at work today (a disturbing trend I’ve noticed lately) and I ended up eating all of them by early afternoon. Not completely recommended but at least I can console myself by telling myself that they are “healthy.” Right now these get a 5/5 happy monkeys for being the bright point in my day.

Ingredients:

– 3 dates, pitted
– 1/4 cup almonds
– 1/4 cup cashews
– 2 tbsp raw carob
– 2 tsp raw cocoa
– cinnamon to sprinkle/roll in

Directions:

Combine all but the cinnamon in the Vita Mix and blend until your Vita Mix gives up. It will be sticky but not completely homogeneous. Form into balls and roll in cinnamon or sprinkle cinnamon over them. They might be crumbly when bitten. Try not to eat all of them at once.

Next time I might: add more cocoa, add more cinnamon directly into the mix, use another date for more stickiness or soak dates first. Make them again tonight! And make a double or triple batch.

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Raw Flax Seed Crackers

Flax Seed Crackers

These are yummy basic raw crackers from Alissa Cohen’s book Living on Live Food. They’re easy to make and they’re fantastic “little edible plates” as Mitch Hedburg would say. They taste great topped with tomato and pesto.  In fact, just writing about it makes me want to whip up some crackers and pesto (I have the tomatoes already). I give these a 4/5 happy monkeys only because they are very basic and I’m sure there are more exciting cracker recipes out there that I’d like to try.

One word of warning: please don’t try to make these in a blender or a Vita-Mix. The flax seeds get very sticky after they’re soaked and my Vita-Mix couldn’t handle it at all. It completely shut down and we had to wait a while before it would work again.

Ingredients:

2 cups whole flax seeds (soaked in 2 cups water for 4 hours or overnight)
2 cloves garlic
1/2 lemon, juiced
1 tbsp fresh ginger

Directions:

Blend all in a food processor until ginger and garlic are ground. The flax seeds should still be whole. Spread thinly onto a Teflex sheet or wax paper and place in dehydrator. It’s ok if it is spread so thinly there are holes–the stickiness of the flax seeds will hold it together. Dehydrate at 105 degrees for 10-16 hours. Flip crackers and peel off Teflex sheet after 7-8 hours (note: I didn’t bother to do this flipping/peeling off part and they came out just fine.)

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