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Chocolate Beetroot Cake

This season of my life has been about learning lessons and this recipe is a direct result of that. The photography is not as professional as I would have wanted, but this is a fantastic recipe that needs to be shared! I think a lot of times our own fears can hold us back from what we want to be doing. I think that if I can’t have the best blog or the best recipes then I should not even try. Uhh, that’s a quick way to never do anything ever and I know that is not the way I want to live. So while it may be a small move, here it is. A fantastic recipe, photographed on my iPhone!

 

chocolate beetroot cake

Chocolate Beet Cake w/ Pistachios

(adapted from: here)

Ingredients: 

2 Medium sized beetroots, peeled and finely grated
185 g Whole Wheat Flour
50 g Coconut palm sugar
5 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tsp Baking powder
Pinch of salt
60 ml Maple syrup (or golden syrup)
50 g Dark chocolate (80% or more)
150 ml vegetable oil
50 ml Non-dairy milk (i used almond)

For the topping:

50 g Dark chocolate (80% or more)
3-5 tbsp non-dairy milk (i used almond)
50 g Pistachios

Procedure: 

Over a low heat, melt the chocolate and maple syrup in a saucepan.

Once melted, remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly whilst you measure all the dry ingredients into a separate mixing bowl.

Stir in the oil and almond milk into the melted chocolate before adding the grated beetroot.

Mix well before stirring in the dry ingredients.

Pour the mixture into a well greased 18cm cake tin and bake in a preheated oven at 180C for 25 minutes of until a skewer inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.

Turn out the cake onto a wire rack and leave to cool.

Over a low heat, melt the chocolate and non-dairy milk. Stir constantly!

Pour the chocolate over the cake and spread evenly.

Roughly chop the pistachios and sprinkle over the cake.

Enjoy!

chocolate beet cake side angle

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Sunflower Seed Truffles

Really there are no words. Just try them and I promise you will make friends instantly. These truffles are so velvety and smooth with a hint of nutty undertones.

sunflower seed truffles two

Sunflower Seed Truffles

(makes 10)

Ingredients:

4 heaping T sunflower seed butter
3 T maple syrup, grade B
a glug of maple syrup (about oneish teaspoon)
3 T cocoa powder
2 t coconut oil, melted

cocoa powder, sifted (for coating)

Mix everything together.
Scoop chocolate, coat with cocoa.
Store in fridge.

*notes: these truffles came out soft, so I increased the coconut oil to help them set up more. If kept outside the fridge, they become very soft.

 

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Raspberry Chocolate Fudge Tart

Two of my favorite things combined in this dessert: fruit and chocolate (and raw goodness). This tart will blow your mind with 1. how simple it is and 2. how good it tastes. I made this tart impromptu for a vegan potluck. So…that means, my measurements are not quite exact, but I can give a rough estimate..

raspberry chocolate fudge tart

Raspberry Chocolate Fudge Tart

(Yields 1- 9″ tart)

Crust:

About 2 cups quick oats

3 medjool dates (cause thats all I had left)

1/4 – 1/2  C cacao powder

approx. 1/4 C maple syrup, grade B

pinch of sea salt

1 t vanilla extract

 

1. Process oats until it is flour-like.

2. Add everything else. Process until the mixture comes together. It should be able to stick together if you pick it up and squish it. If not, add more maple syrup until it does.

3. Line tart pan with plastic wrap or coconut oil to help release when its ready to serve, then just press the crust into the shell, like so:

raspberry chocolate fudge tart crust

 

Filling: 

1/2 C coconut oil, melted

2 t. vanilla extract

3/4 C maple syrup, grade b

1 C cacao powder

pinch of sea salt

 

1. Blend everything.

2. Pour into crust and then refrigerate until ready to eat.

raspberry chocolate fudge tart filling

To serve: 

Top with raspberries, remove from tart pan + enjoy!

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Almond Matcha Cookies

the inspiration behind these cookies came from matcha powder that i found sitting on my shelf and i thought, “hmm…i want to use this, but how?” the answer came when there sitting next to the matcha was coconut, almonds, and cocoa nibs. how perfect, hence almond matcha cookies were born…oh yeah, they also have a little chocolate on the bottom (just how we like it).

Yes, these cookies are gluten-free, vegan, and raw so just eat them.

almond matcha cookies

Almond Matcha Cookies

(makes approx 2 dozen)

 

1 C Almond Meal

A little more than 1 C shredded coconut

1/2 t Maca Powder

2 T Matcha Powder

1/4 t Sea Salt

1/4 t Vanilla Bean Paste

3 T Coconut Oil

2.5 T Honey

1 T Coconut Crystals

1/4 t Ground Ginger

2 T Cocoa Nibs

 

1. Process almonds and coconut until you have a mealy like texture, then add the everything else EXCEPT the cocoa nibs.

2. Add cocoa nibs and pulse to keep a little crunch.

3. Optional, you can dip them in a little dark chocolate if you desire.

4. Let the cookies set up in the fridge for about 30 minutes. Store in fridge.

 

almond matcha cookies vegan raw

-> want more matcha goodness? try the dark chocolate matcha brownies (really you won’t be sorry).

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Chickpea Cookie Dough

I know what you’re thinking: can a chickpea cookie dough really be good? Well here is the answer: heck yes! especially if you’re a texture person, this is perfect. I like it because it is versatile and you can basically add anything to this mix. Also the chickpeas are an excellent source of fiber and protein. win win win.

garbanzo bean cookie dough

 

Chickpea Cookie Dough

(adapted from: here)

1 1/2 cups chickpeas (1 can, drained and rinsed very well)

1/8 tsp plus 1/16 tsp salt

tiny bit over 1/8 tsp baking soda

2 tsp pure vanilla extract

1/4 cup peanut butter (I used TJ unsalted crunchy)

up to 1/4 cup milk of choice (I used almond milk)

sweetener of choice (I used honey and sweetened until I liked the taste, about 3 T -could have been sweeter though, but the dark chocolate chips balanced out the sweetness nicely)

1/3 cup vegan dark chocolate chips

2 to 3 tbsp oats

 

1. Rinse the chickpeas and then add everything, minus the chocolate chips, in the food processor and process until smooth.

2. Add chocolate chips.

Enjoy!

 

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Chocolate Casein Cookies

seriously. so good. these chocolate casein cookies are simple and really really tasty.

 

chocolate caesin cookies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHOCOLATE CASEIN COOKIES

(makes about 15)

70 g canned black beans, rinsed

32 g chocolate casein

15 g ground almonds

5 g vanilla whey protein powder

13 g PB2

10 g goji berries

2 T unsweetened almond milk

 

Process everything together, minus goji berries. Add those last and then pulse a couple of times to just mix together. Roll into little balls and then dip in chocolate (I used vegan chocolate). Put in freezer to set up.

Enjoy!

Macro breakdown:

kcals: 50g

carbs: 5g

fat: 2g

protein: 3g

sugar: 3g

fiber: 1g

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dark chocolate almond fudge

DARK CHOCOLATE ALMOND FUDGE

Ingredients:
1/2 c coconut oil, melted
2 t. vanilla extract
1/2 t. salt
3/4 c maple syrup, grade b
1 c cocoa
1/2 c almond, ground

Combine in blender.
Blend until smooth.
Line a mold with parchment paper,
pour fudge into the mold, and sprinkle with more crushed almonds.
Put in fridge and allow to set up.

Enjoy!

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