Mexican Hot Chocolate Cheeze Cake

In the winter my guilty pleasure is always a very nice cup of Mexican Hot Chocolate, I love the creamy zing of the cayenne and cacao flirting with each other in my cup. Alas Summer is just around the corner and it has been way to hot for hot chocolate! So in the spirit of one of my favourite Winter delights I have created a Summer version in cake form!

My creamy Mexican Hot Chocolate Cheeze Cake is decadent, delicious, and the perfect addition to any Summer feast! Being gluten free, vegan, and free from refined sugars this cashew based dessert is protein packed and will leave you swooning!

Enjoy! Natasha xoxo

Mexican Hot Chocolate Cheeze Cake

Vegan         Gluten Free           Refined Sugar Free              Prep Time: 10 mins            Set Time: 1 Hour

The Crust

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 Cup Raw Pecans
  • 1/8 Cup Cacao Powder
  • 6 Medjool Dates
  • 1/4 Cup Water

METHOD

  • Toss all ingredients into a food processor
  • Process until dough ball forms

The Mexican Hot Chocolate Cheese Cake

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cups Raw Cashew Pieces
  • 1 1/2 Cups Dairy Free Milk
  • 1/2 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Cacao Powder
  • 1/2 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 2 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 Tsp Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt

Method

  • Add all ingredients into a high-speed blender
  • Blend until smooth an creamy
  • Pour over Crust and tap to remove any bubbles
  • Place in freezer or fridge for at least an hour to set
  • Garnish with mini marshmallows and chocolate drizzle

 

MAPLE COCONUT SWEET BREAD

This kids and I missed out on the fair this past weekend, I know they had been really looking forward to those delicious little cinnamon covered doughnuts. So we decided to throw our own mini fair in the back garden complete with the  ring toss and a few other makeshift fair games.

Of course the kids were still looking for some kind of fair treat, so with the ingredients in my very empty pantry (I really need to do a good grocery shop) I came up with this gorgeous sweet bread! With all of the flavour of the fair these delicious bites are rich and chewy and perfectly dance on your tongue like the sweetness of a fair doughnut!

The best part? It’s not fried, its free from oil, has zero refined sugar (unless you choose to sprinkle some on top), and of course as always is totally vegan! I hope you love this recipe as much as they kids and I did!

Natasha xoxo 🙂

Maple Coconut Sweet Bread

Vegan       Oil Free     Refined Sugar Free   Prep Time: 10 mins     Cook Time: 30 mins  @350F

Ingredients

Dry:

  • 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 Tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Tsp Sea Salt

Wet:

  • 3/4 Cup Canned Coconut Milk
  • 1 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tsp Apple Cider Vinegar

Method

  • Pre-heat oven to 350 F
  • Line 11×7 baking pan with parchment paper
  • Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl
  • Combine all wet ingredients in a smaller bowl
  • Create a well in the dry bowl and pour in the wet ingredients
  • Mix well and scoop into baking pan, spread evenly
  • Bake at 350F for 30 minutes
  • Remove from oven and dust with cinnamon and sugar
  • Allow to cool for 15 minutes and enjoy!

Smokey Cheedar Mac and Cheeze

Last week I gave you my Raw Mac and Cheeze so this week I’ve decided to take it back to the traditional comfort food and share with you my Smokey Mac and Cheeze Sauce recipe! My family goes mad for this recipe and the kids are literally licking their plates to get every last bit of this amazingly delicious sauce!

The great thing about this recipe is that this sauce is totally gluten free so if paired with a gluten free pasta even those of us with intolerance or celiac can enjoy! Its super quick and easy but tastes like you slaved away cooking for the day!

Completely picky kid approved! Enjoy!

Natasha xoxo

Smokey Cheedar Mac and Cheeze Sauce

Vegan                Gluten Free                  Oil Free               Sugar Free                Prep: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Raw Cashew Pieces
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1/4 Cup Nutritional Yeast
  • 1 Tsp Smoked Salt  ( I used Alder Smoked Sea Salt by The San Francisco Salt Co.)
  • 1/2 Tsp Turmeric
  • 1/4 Tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Onion Powder
  • 1/4 Tsp Paprika

Method

  • Place all ingredients into high-speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy
  • Pour over your choice of pasta
  • Use gluten free pasta for completely gluten free meal!

 

 

Zesty Raw Mac and Cheeze with Zucchini Noodles

On January 1st of 2018 I made the decision to go raw vegan for 30 days. I expected this to be a major challenge, that I would be hungry all the time, and suffer cravings. All of those worries could not have been further from what I ended up experiencing during my month raw.

I felt energized, my skin looked amazing, and I had a blast inventing new raw recipes ! Today as I was cleaning out my junk drawer (we all have one!) in the kitchen I discovered the Mac and Cheeze recipe I created during my experimenting with raw foods! I just had to share it with you because it is so so good!!

I made this beautiful dish for mine and the kids lunch today and was about to take photos when I discovered my daughter took the good camera to school for a project! ACK!!!! WHY!!!!!….. Anyway, I’ve since recovered from the fact that I had to use my iPhone for these photos #firstworldproblems LOL!

Anyway!! I hope you love this recipe as much as I do, my kids go crazy for this dinner!

Natasha xoxo

Raw Vegan Zesty Mac and Cheeze with Zucchini Noodles

Vegan         Gluten Free           Raw           Sugar Free           Oil Free           Prep Time 7 mins

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Raw Cashew Pieces
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1/2 Cup of Raw Corn
  • 2 Tbsp Bell Pepper (I used Red)
  • 1 Tbsp Sun Dried Tomato (Softened in warm water for 10 mins)
  • 1/2 Tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 Tsp Turmeric
  • 1 Tsp Brown Rice Miso
  • 1 Tbsp Red Onion
  • 1/4 Small Garlic Clove
  • 1/2 Tsp Himalayan Pink Salt
  • 1 Medium Zucchini

Method

  • Toss everything in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
  • Spiralize Zucchini and place into large bowl
  • Evenly coat Zucchini Noodles with Zesty Cheezy Sauce
  • Serve right away!
  • Enjoy 🙂

 

Traditional Vanilla Strawberry Cheeze Cake

One of my pre-vegan favourites was a nice slice of New York Cheese Cake, but now that I’ve opted for a more healthy and compassionate lifestyle I’ve had to create a hack for some of my old favourites!

Now don’t get me wrong, this delicious cheeze cake recipe isn’t the healthiest thing you could eat, but it’s certainly better for you than a dairy based cheese cake. As with most of my recipes this one is super easy and quick as a a whip to pull together, no cooking and very little mess.

The delicate vanilla flavour is perfectly paired with the tang of a good cheeze cake due to the apple cider vinegar that gives rich taste of a dairy based cake. Even my ‘meat and potatoes kind of guy’ brother loves this cake, as a matter of fact the cake in the photos is for his birthday later this evening!

I hope you all have a beautiful week and Happy June to you all tomorrow!

Natasha xoxo

Traditional Vanilla Strawberry Cheeze Cake

Vegan             Gluten Free          Refined Sugar Free          No Bake

 

Pecan Cacao Crust

Ingredients

  • 1/2 Cup Raw Pecans
  • 1/2 Cup Raw Cashew Pieces
  • 1/8 Cup Cacao Powder
  • 6 Medjool Dates (the plumper the better)
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • 1/4 Tsp Sea Salt

Method

  • Toss all ingredients into a food processor, process until a smooth ball forms
  • Press dough into the base of an 8″ spring form cake pan
  • Chill in freezer while you make the cheeze cake

Creamy Vanilla Cheeze Cake

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 Cup Raw Cashew Pieces
  • 1 Cup Dairy Free Milk
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
  • 1/3 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tbsp + 1 Tsp Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 Tsp Sea Salt

Method

  • Add all ingredients into a high-speed blender
  • Blend until smooth an creamy
  • Pour over Pecan Cacao Crust and tap to remove any bubbles
  • Place in freezer or fridge for at least an hour to set
  • Garnish with fruit and flowers

Enjoy!

Holly xoxo

Hearty Coconut Walnut Granola Cereal

I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned in the past that I’m just not a breakfast person, but on those morning when I need to start my day right I always turn to my delicious Hearty Coconut Walnut Granola Cereal.

As little as a half a cup of this nutrient rich cereal is more than enough to fill me and is often almost too much for the kids, meaning that this cereal goes a little further than most.  With a warm cinnamon and maple flavour mixed with the walnuts this breakfast can feel more like a dessert!

Completely kids approved by all six of my children, this quick and easy breakfast is a busy parents best friend. The cost of a nice granola can be extremely high, often leaving it an option that is off the table for many families. What most people don’t realize is that homemade granola cereal is actually quite simple and will save a ton of cash! Not to mention it’s free from any preserving chemicals.

I’d love to hear in the comments what you thought of this recipe, what would you like to see more of?

Natasha xoxo

Hearty Coconut Walnut Granola Cereal

Vegan         Oil Free       Gluten Free (if using gluten free oats)        Refined Sugar Free

Prep Time 7 Minutes               Cook Time 45 Minutes at 350F

Ingredients

  • 6 Cups Rolled Oats (use gluten free oats if you want a gluten free version)
  • 1 Cup Shredded Coconut
  • 2 Cups Chopped Walnut
  • 1 Cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 Cup Water
  • 1 Tbsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Tsp Ginger
  • Dash of Sea Salt

Method

  • In a large bowl, mix all dry ingredients together until spices are evenly disbursed.
  • In a large liquid measuring cup mix the Maple Syrup and Water.
  • Gently pour the liquid mixture over the dry mixture and stir until all everything is moist and evenly coated.
  • Line a roasting pan with parchment paper (Woohoo! I found a use for my old roasting pan since going vegan!)
  • Pour cereal into roasting pan and evenly spread across the base of the pan.
  • Bake at 350 for 25 minutes, then remove from oven to stir cereal.
  • Bake for another 10 minutes and again remove and stir, this process helps ensure all cereal is evenly baked and golden brown.
  • Bake for a final 10 minutes.

Moroccan Spiced Lentils

In a push to try and be as conscious of healthy eating as possible, I have been focusing my families dinners around the whole foods plant based lifestyle. Whole foods eating is free from anything processed and that includes oils and sugar, sounds like a challenge? Well, it wasn’t as bad as I thought and what resulted was delicious as a bonus.

I love a good cooking challenge so taking away a few common ingredients can certainly throw a wrench into dinner unless you know a few hacks!

  1. You can avoid oil completely and cook your onions and garlic in water, who knew?
  2. Did you know cinnamon is naturally sweet and can give your dish a hint of sweetness when you are craving a sugar fix?
  3. Combining tomatoes with cinnamon only brings out the sweetness of the tomato and creates a lovely ethnic flavour.

I was so pleased I wrote down this recipe when I created it because all six of my children loved it and asked for seconds! If you’re a parent you’ll appreciate a dinner that gets approval from all of the kids. Someone always has a complaint, but not this time!

I’d love to hear some of your whole food plant based hacks in the comments!

Natasha xoxo

Moroccan Spiced Lentils

Whole Foods Plant Based                Serves 6              Prep time: 10 minutes      Cook time: 30 minutes

Oil Free        Vegan      Gluten Free       Sugar Free

Ingredients

  • 1 Medium Red Onion
  • 2 Garlic Cloves Crushed
  • 1/4 Cup of Water (for cooking the onion and garlic in)
  • 1Tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 Tsp Cumin
  • 1/2 Tsp Ginger
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Tsp Sea Salt
  • 2 Tsp Salted Lemon Skins (optional, often used in Moroccan cooking)
  • 1 Can Diced Tomatoes (Large size, 796 ml)
  • 1 1/2 Cup Red Lentils
  • 1 1/2 Cup Water

Method

  • Dice onion and crush garlic.
  • Add 1/4 Cup water to pot with garlic and onion, cook on medium / high heat until onions are clear in colour.
  • Add Spices and salt and mix.
  • Add diced tomatoes, red lentils, and water. Stir.
  • Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer and cook for 30 minutes until the lentils have absorbed the water.
  • Serve over jasmine rice and garnish with lemon and dill.
  • Enjoy!

 

Vegan White Chocolate Tart

When I went vegan, I thought my white chocolate days were far behind me, and all that remained was a fond memory… until this morning when I decided enough was enough! I needed to hack white chocolate and veganize it!

The key to a lovely vegan white chocolate is cocoa butter, lightly sweetened with a creamy base. As many of you know, I’m a savage for raw cashews and knew immediately where I was going to find that creamy structure to support the delicateness of cocoa butter, so it was experiment time… it’s always experiment time in my kitchen!

Recipes? Where I’m going, I don’t need no recipes!… Unless I make something amazing, in which case I write it down to share with all of you. So without further ado here is my marvellous morning creation that is not only delicious but also super low maintenance and pretty foolproof!

Enjoy!!

Natasha xoxo

Vegan White Chocolate Tart

 

Crust

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Almond Flour
  • 1/3 Cup Cacao Powder
  • 2 Tbsp Maple Syrup or Agave
  • 1/4 Cup Melted Coconut Oil
  • Pinch of Salt

Method

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix until a dough forms.
Press into tart pan and chill.

White Chocolate Mousse

Ingredients

  • 3/4 Cup Raw Cashew Pieces
  • 1/3 Cup Cocoa Butter Melted
  • 1/3 Cup Maple Syrup or Agave
  • 3/4 Cup Dairy Free Milk
  • 1 Tsp Maca Powder (Optional)
  • 1/8 Tsp Salt

Method

Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
Pour into crust and chill in freezer or refrigerator for 45 minutes.
Garnish with fruit, chocolate, flowers.

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