Lemon Ginger "Cheesecake"

nutrition vegan recipe Aug 17, 2020

My dear friend Veronica asked me for a lemon inspired dessert recipe months ago and it has honestly taken me this long to come up with something! Lemon is definitely a wonderful flavor in desserts but because it is also sour, you generally have to add a lot of sugar to make it sweet. Fortunately, in the world of raw vegan desserts there is usually a way to make any traditional dessert idea at least a bit healthier. This recipe truly is healthy though! There is quite a bit of maple syrup but other than that, the remaining ingredients are all very healthy. I know there is only a small amount of turmeric for the coloring but turmeric, ginger, and lemon are all pain relievers and natural anti-inflammatories, and the nuts and coconut oil are healthy fats that are good for your heart and brain.

 

Make the crust in a food processor by combining:

3/4 cups raw almonds

1 medjool date, pitted

1 T coconut oil

Once those ingredients have been processed then add 1 T maple syrup and...

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Vegan Snickers Bar

I thought you may need a sweet treat to help you get through the week!
These are very simple to make. There are only a few ingredients and you only need a food processor, no baking required!

This dessert is really just cashews, coconut oil. dates, and maple syrup with some chocolate and peanuts. The ingredients are pure, natural and your body understands how to process and assimilate them. No chemicals, no processed ingredients!

Luckily this is rich enough to keep your portion control in check. I love that our bodies are sensitive to fat to tell us to stop, carbs on the other hand give us no signal of when we have had enough.

 

Ingredients

Layer One

1 c Cashews

3 T Coconut Oil

2 T Maple Syrup

Layer Two

2 c Dates

2 T Water

2 T Nut Milk

Layer Three

1 c Roasted Salted Peanuts or Salted Almonds (chopped)

Layer 4

1/2 c Coconut Oil

2/3 c Cocoa Powder

1/4 c Maple Syrup

 

You will need to soak the cashews first. Normal process: Soak for 4 hours. Speed process: Soak in hot...

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Juice: Cool as a Cucumber

 This juice is super cooling and hydrating which makes it perfect for the summer time, after a workout or even if you have a fever. It is also extremely soothing on the stomach and would be a way to ease heartburn, indigestion, or acid reflux. It is wonderful for your skin, strengthens hair and nails, boosts your immune system, and even lowers cholesterol. You could also make the juice into ice cubes and add them to your water for a nice flavor infusion.

Drink up and let your body enjoy the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants including vitamin A, B6, C, E, K, phosphorous, manganese, magnesium, potassium, pantothenic acid, thiamin, niacin, folic acid, copper, alpha lipoic acid, lutein, glutathione, chlorophyll, choline, calcium, and iron.

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Key Lime Chia Pudding

I made this recipe during my last retreat in Nicaragua and it was a big hit! It is very simple to make and extremely nutritious. I find lime refreshing and a great way to start the day. For the retreat I cut papayas in half, scooped out the seeds and filled it with the Key Lime Chia Pudding. Then I topped it off with some banana slices, cacao nibs, and hemp seeds.

 

 BENEFITS

Chia Seeds: High in protein, loaded with fiber, full of antioxidants, plenty of omega-3 fatty acids, and have five times as much calcium as milk. 

 

Avocado: Low in sodium and fructose, high in potassium and monounsaturated fats making it good for lowering your risk of heart disease. It is also known to be good for digestive health, shiny hair, healthy muscles, and it reduces the risk of osteoporosis. 

 

Lime: Rich in vitamin C and stimulates the digestive system, eases constipation, and helps promote healing in peptic and oral ulcers, gout, arthritis, nausea,...

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A Healthy Treat! Bliss Balls

Eating healthy does not mean you have to deprive yourself of sweets and treats! Nature has given us the best candy ever: fruit! There are so many amazing raw food dessert recipes to try, but this is one of my favorites purely because of it's simplicity.
 
I am making this recipe as easy as 1, 2, 3.
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil

  • 2 cups of dates

  • 3 tablespoons of cacao powder

Place all ingredients in the food processor until well combined. Then take a spoonful at a time and roll it into little balls. If this seems tedious, you could roll it all out to about a 1/2 inch thick slab and slice it into square bars instead. After you are done rolling the balls, you can roll them in more cocoa powder or coconut flakes if you want.

You will see in my pictures that I used peanuts today! That is the other beautiful part of this recipe - it is soooo easy to change it up with different flavors. You can add nuts, nut butter, coconut, natural...

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Chia Seed Pudding!

I think chia pudding is either love or hate for most people. The texture and the consistency must be what throws people off because the flavors can be amazing! If the texture does bother you at all, I recommend making it in the blender instead of stirring it.
 
Chia seeds are a potent source of nutrition. They are high in fiber, protein, and calcium while also being a great source of B vitamins, iron, phosphorous, zinc, and magnesium. Just 2 tbsp of chia seeds have the same amount of heart-healthy Omega 3's as four ounces of salmon.

Omega 3 is an essential fatty acid that we need in our bodies. Each day our body provides us with a wide array of subtle symptoms to tell us what it needs. These are the symptoms of an essential fatty acid deficiency:

  • Excessive thirst

  • Frequent urination

  • Rough, dry or scaly skin

  • Dry, dull or ‘lifeless’ hair

  • Dandruff

  • Soft or brittle nails

  • Cracking/peeling behind the ears

  • Raised bumps on the skin are particularly...

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Raw Vegan Salted Caramel "Cheesecake" Bites

This got the carnivore's vote of approval so I think it is safe to share!! This is another delicious, vegan raw food dessert. It has a few different steps but they are simple, everything is done in the blender or food processor, and there is no actual cooking required. I felt like I was in the kitchen for about 30-minutes and then the rest of the work is done in the freezer. I hate when people ramble on in a recipe so let's get to it!
 

This is a 2-day process purely because you do need to soak cashews for 8 hours so make sure you do that the night before you want to make this. If you want to cheat - pour super hot water on them and let them soak for 15 minutes.

These are very rich so one square is pretty satisfying and two is complete indulgence. This sweet treat lasts in the freezer for about 3 weeks so once you make it, you should be able to indulge for awhile!

INGREDIENTS

Crust:

  • 1 cup pitted dates

  • 1 ½ cup almonds

  • ¼ tsp salt

Cheesecake:

  • 1...

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