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STRAWBERRY AVOCADO COCONUT SALAD

September 18, 2013

 Dear One,

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This salad simply epitomises what raw food is all about for me. Not a special diet, not recreating cooked dishes, not complicated soak – sprout – dehydrate operations, just simple, easy and quick salads, using the best ingredients possible, to fuel my body with the very best foods that are available to me.

So although I do enjoy the occasional dehydrated savoury, most of my dinners are actually huge filling and satisfying salads, just like this one.

STRAWBERRY AVOCADO AND COCONUT SALAD

Serves 2 :

about 8 handfuls of wild mixed greens (failing to get wild greens, your next best choice is home-grown, then organic)

a dozen strawberries, halved

1 ripe avocado, halved then sliced into thin wedges

the flesh of about half a mature coconut, cut into chunks or grated to make it more suitable to small children

Mustard dressing :

2 tbsp. toasted pumpkin seed oil *(not raw, but totally addictive) or cold pressed oil of your choice

2 tbsp. macadamia oil (equally addictive) or avocado oil

4 tbsp. apple cider vinegar

2 tbsp. wholegrain mustard

1 tbsp. pomegranate molasses *(not raw, but complements the sweetness of the strawberries beautifully) or honey

Artfully arrange all the salad ingredients in a large salad bowl or directly into individual plates or bowls. Whisk the dressing ingredients in a small bowl and pour it over the salads.

To serve, sprinkle with some freshly ground black pepper and about half a dozen walnuts each, broken.

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RAW VEGAN GLUTEN FREE SUMMER BERRY TART

September 15, 2012

Dear One,

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French-style strawberry tart was my all time favourite dessert. Delightfully crunchy pastry, light creamy vanilla custard and tasty beautiful strawberries …

This raw adaptation is the first raw food dessert I ever made, and one I still make all the time. It wows all my guests and I would definitely have this raw vegan gluten free raspberry and strawberry tart everyday of the week over the baked version.

Crust :

100g almonds

100g brazil nuts

50g dessicated coconut

25g dates*

25g raw cacao nibs

Process all ingredients in a food processor. Stop as soon as you reach a bread crumbs consistency. You want the crust mixture to be moist, crumbly, and to stick together easily when pressed in your hand. Be mindful not to over process the mixture. If it is too dry, add a few drops of water at a time and process again shortly.

Press the mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a tart pan. Set aside.

Custard :

100g cashew nuts

100g coconut oil, melted

1 tbsp agave syrup***

1 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp turmeric

1 pinch crystal salt or sea salt

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until perfectly smooth. Pour over the crust.

Garnish :

1 cup fresh strawberries

1 cup fresh raspberries

Top with the berries and chill the tart for at least a couple of hours to allow the custard to set.

*Note on sweetness : I started making this tart with 50g dates in the crust and 4 tablespoons of agave syrup in the custard. With time, I have found that to be far too sweet fr my liking. Please feel free to adjust to your taste.

**Note on sweetener : Agave syrup can be substituted with your favourite low glycemic index sweetener.

Keep Smiling

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RAW VEGAN STRAWBERRY SMOOTHIE, NO BANANA (LOW SUGAR)

September 13, 2012

Dear One,

If you are reading me for the first time, welcome to my blog, and thank you for stopping by. If you have been here before, thank you for visiting again.

Question : Can I make smoothies without bananas ?

Answer : Yes.

Whether you are diabetic or looking at reducing your sugar intake for other reasons and have deciced to consume bananas in moderation, or whether you just don’t like the taste of bananas, you can still make delicious vegan creamy smooth smoothies without causing havoc to your blood sugar levels !

I posted a first low sugar smoothie without bananas here : RAW VEGAN BLUEBERRY CHIA HEMP SMOOTHIE, NO BANANA (LOW SUGAR)

This smoothie has strawberries, which are sweeter than blueberries, but still way less sweet than bananas or other fruits. I also used hemp and lecithin in this one, for all those healthy fatty acids. And the irish moss not only gives the smoothie it’s super creaminess, but it also high in minerals, like all sea vegetables.

  

For 2 large smoothies :

10 g irish moss (carrageenan), thoroughly rinsed then soaked for at least 24h (or follow you manufacturer’s instructions)

2 tbsp whole hemp seeds

1 cup water

2 cups strawberries, fresh or frozen

1 tbsp soy lecithin* (not raw)

1. Thoroughy clean the irish moss by rinsing it ; there will also likely be tiny shells trapped in it. This will ensure that there is no ‘sea smell’ left at the end. Drain.

2. Prepare hemp milk : blend hemp seeds with 1 cup water. Strain milk. Rinse blender.

3. Prepare the irish moss gel by blending the drained irish moss with 1/2 cup hemp milk, preserving the other half of hemp milk. Blend until the irish moss is completely broken down and you can not see any chunks of irish moss. This takes some time, and the irish moss gel will get heated a little. It is ready when it is perfectly smooth and has a beautiful purplr colour (I use red carrageenan).

4. Add the remaining hemp milk, lecithin and strawberries to the blender and blend again until perfectly smooth. Serve into beautiful glasses, with any toppings that take your fancy (hemp seeds and cacao nibs would be great no sugar options).

Enjoy this smoothie for breakfast, snack, lunch, brunch, dinner, midnight snack …

* Soy lecithin is not raw (sunflower lecithin is, though), but I aim to always add it to my fats, to make sure the fats are properly broken down to assimilate the essential fatty acids.

** Strawberries can of course be substituted with other berries, or a mix.

*** If you have a sweet tooth and you find the smoothie not sweet enough for your liking, add a tiny bit of stevia or your favourite low glycemic index sweetener.

Keep Smiling.

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