This fantastic banana chocolate ice cream consists of only two ingredients: bananas and cocoa! Bananas actually become nice and smooth when you mix them so your ice cream becomes nice and creamy. If your bananas are really deeply frozen and hard to mix, you can either wait a bit and let them get softer or add some soy milk, soy yoghurt or quark.
Banana chocolate ice cream
Banana chocolate ice cream with only two ingredients.
A lovely raw butternut squash pie, of course without any added sugar, lactose, gluten and flour, stuffed with healthy fats, proteins and fibers.
I never really knew that you can eat butternut squash or pumpkin raw. It is said to be difficult to digest for some people, but I’ve just eaten half the pie and I’m still feeling pretty good! In case you are afraid of any digestive problems, you can also cook it first, which will also aid the mixing process (which is difficult when it is raw).
If you decide to make a non-raw version of this pie, I would advise to put the pieces of butternut in a pot and add water until the butternut is just under water. Once the butternut is cooked, you can use a stick blender to make a thick and creamy butternut mash out of it. Let this cool down for a while before mixing it with the other ingredients.
The base can be made with the nuts you prefer or happen to have. Pecans are rather expensive but do combine great with the taste of the butternut. Hemp seed makes for a great combination too.
The spices and dates need to be tasted and dosed. Dates can differ a lot and the amount mentioned in the recipe is basically an indication. If you have good fluffy sweet dates, you might need less. The spices you can add to taste.
Put the cashews at least 4 hours before preparation in a bowl with water. Do the same with the dates, at least 30 minutes before starting the preparation.
Prepare a cake form. It's best to take a round form, which you line with baking paper on the inside. It's not necessary to grease it.
Make the crust by grinding the hazelnuts, hemp seeds and pecans (or whatever nuts you use) in a mixer. Wipe the dates dry, add and mix again. The crust is ready when it sticks together when you press it and you can easily make a ball out of it. Otherwise, add more dates.
Press the mixture into the bottom of the cake form, making a nice thick crust. Press well. If you have too much you can also decide to make a crust on the side or sprinkle some of the remaining crust on top of the pie.
Depending on the size of your butternut, use the flesh of half a big butternut or an entire small one. Open the pumpkin, peel it and remove the seeds.
Cut the flesh into pieces.
If you have vanilla beans, you can grind these in their entirety in the mixer. Do these immediately when the mixer is still empty. If you only use the inside or vanilla extract, it is better to add it later.
Grind the pieces of butternut in the mixer until they have become pulp.
Add the dates one by one. Mix well until you can see no more pieces of date.
Melt your coconut oil in a pan. Add cashews, coconut oil and spices. Mix well.
Your filling should be rather liquid and well mixed. If this is not the case, you can add more coconut oil and mix longer.
Poor the filling onto the crust. Refrigerate over night for ultimate stiffness and taste.
These double chocolate chip cookies are utterly delicious! As they are made with almond meal and dates, they are free of any gluten and added sugars. And suited for vegans. AND done within 15 minutes. Does it get any better?
Double chocolate chip cookies
Delicious double chocolate chip cookies with cacao and raw cocoa nibs!
You can make the raw hazelnut butter yourself. An alternative could be to buy hazelnut, almond or peanut butter at the organic shop. This is usually not raw. My hazelnut butter was not too liquid, if yours is, I would recommend adding some extra flower.
Put the almond meal in a mixer with the cocoa. Pulse to mix.
Melt your coconut oil in a pan. Cut the dates in pieces and add them to the oil. Let them soften in the oil for a couple of minutes. If you want your cookies to be 100% raw, alternatively you could soak the dates in water for half an hour and melt your coconut oil at a low temperature.
Add the coconut oil and dates to the mixture and mix well at high speed.
Add the hazelnut butter. Mix well. You should now have a rather thick and not too liquid mixture which you can at least make a little ball out of. If this is not the case, add some almond meal and/or dates.
Add some cocoa nibs and pulse to mix.
Prepare a plate or tray lined with baking paper. Make little balls of your "dough" and press them so they become "cookies".
Put some extra nibs on top of your cookies and let them sit in the fridge for a couple of hours until they are nice and hard and have a nice bite.
In the morning I love drinking a good cup of real coffee, but sometimes I also long for a nice latte the afternoon. As I don’t want to drink too much coffee, this is a good solution. I use an organic grain coffee with barley and malt. Even nice if you usually don’t take coffee at all! For this coffee you will need an espresso maker and milk frother.
These bonbons with root parsley and hemp seed are the perfect solution for anyone who enjoys a healthy snack every now and then! And as a bonus, it doesn’t take long to prepare them either.
I had these two fellows laying around this week:
Almond meal and root parsley
You probably know the almond meal on the left; its little friend on the right you might not. It’s not parsnip but root parsley, which is the root of the parsley plant and even though it resembles its slightly bigger friend the parsnip, its taste is much more aromatic.
So what do you do with root parsley? Well first of all, you can make really nice fries out of them, slice and cook or bake it, but it’s ever nicer to put it in these sweet bonbon recipe.
The aromatic taste of the root parsley combines perfectly with the marzipan taste of almond mea. With the dates, hemp seed and the simple yet optional chocolate coating you get super tasty and healthy bonbons.
Cut or slice the root parsley and steam it in about 20-25 minutes. You must be able to easily get a fork through it before it's done. You can also boil it but then be sure to remove most of the excess liquid.
Put the hemp seed in a mixer and mix well, preferably a couple of minutes.
Add the root parsley and mix again.
Add the almond meal and mix again.
Make sure the dates are dry before adding them. Add them to the mixture one by one and mix until the whole is sticky and no big pieces of date are left in the mixture.
Roll little balls from your "dough". You can eat these immediately, or put a chocolate coating around them.
Put some soy milk in a pot and sieve several tablespoons of cocoa into the milk.
Bring to boil, and let it boil until you get a thick sort of chocolate sauce. Optionally, during the boiling process you could add some stevia, yacon syrup, or dates to sweeten.
It works best if you have a bonbon mold. Otherwise, it works pretty well to put some chocolate sauce on your hands and roll the balls around in your hands until they are covered in sauce. Put them on a saucer lined with baking paper.