Friday, February 20, 2015

Valentines day raw cake

Do you celebrate Valentines day?  We don't really make it a special day, as we think that we should express our love not only on one particular day, but whenever we feel like giving a nice love gesture or a little gift to each other :) And that is certainly more often, than only one day in a year :):):)
Nevertheless, it was a good excuse to make another raw cake, this time with less nuts and more avocados :)

What will you need:
For the crust:
- 1.5 cups of dates
- 2 cups of walnuts
- 1 tsp vanilla
- pinch of salt
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tsp cocoa

For the filling:
- 0.5 cups of dates 
- 1 cup of cashews 
- 3 avocados
- 1/2 cup of melted coconut oil  (or 12 tbsp)
- 200 grams frozen berries
- 1 tbsp psyllium husk 
- 1/2 cup or rice milk (or more, if needed)
- 2 tbsp agave nectar
- 2 tbsp raw cocoa powder
- pinch of vanilla 
- pinch of salt


Method:
  1. Melt the coconut oil by simply putting the whole jar in a pot filled with hot water. Wait until the coconut oil melts. 
  2. Crust: Place the dates and the coconut oil in a food processor and process until a smooth paste is formed. Add in the walnuts, salt and vanilla and pulse a few times, so the walnuts stay chunky. Press the dough firmly into the bottom of either a cake or pie form. Put the crust to the freezer to set for approximately 30 minutes.  
  3. Meanwhile, prepare the filling. Place all ingredients into a high speed blender but LEAVE the cocoa out. Blend on high until a very smooth and creamy batter is formed. If you need, add more rice milk (or liquid sweetener for a sweet tongue :) to the paste. If you don't have a blender you can as well use a food processor. 
  4. Take about 3 tbsp of the batter in a separate bowl for decoration.
  5. Add the cocoa powder to the blender, and process until everything is mixed well together.
  6. Pour the filling over the crust, distribute evenly using a spatula or by shaking the form side to side.
  7. Take the paste for decorating, which you have previously separated (in step 4). Put it into an icing kit, and decorate your cake following your own fantasy :)
  8. Place the cake to the fridge and refrigerate at least for 3-4 hours. The best is to refrigerate overnight, covered.
  9. Serve the cake immediately after taking out from the fridge.