Raw Chocolate Avocado Cake with Vanilla Bean Maple Cashew Cream **Variation: with Organic Mixed Berries**

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Raw Chocolate Avocado Cake with Vanilla Bean Maple Cashew Cream

 A few years back I went on a retreat and was first introduced to chocolate avocado cake 😋

The chef was kind enough to share the recipe with us when we left 🙏🏻

I’ve adapted it slightly over time.

Here’s my favourite raw version of the cake with vanilla bean, maple cashew cream 💞

Perfect for Friday’s 🍰, chocolate cravings and afternoon tea 💝

 

 

 

Chocolate Avocado Cake with Mixed Berries

You can also make this delicious variation, which is the same cake with some extra Coconut added to the topping and a final layer of Organic Mixed Berries.

 

 

 

The Recipe:

  1. The Base:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Macadamias (whizzed in blender to be very finely chopped),
  • 8 Medjool Dates (pitted),
  • 1 cup Shredded Coconut

Method

  1. Blend all ingredients together and press into cake tin.

 

2) Topping:

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Finely Blended Macadamia Nuts,
  • 2 Large Ripe Avocados,
  • 3 heaped tablespoons Cacao Powder,
  • 2-3 tablespoons of Maple Syrup (more can be added if you like yours sweeter),
  • 1/4 cup Macadamia Oil
  • **For the Mixed Berry Variation: I add 1/2 cup of Shredded or Desiccated Coconut to the Topping ingredients Before Blending (optional).

 

Method

  1. Blend until Fully Combined and Spread over the Base.
  2.  **Optional For Mixed Berry Variation: Place a Selection of Washed Organic Berries on the Cake**.
  3. Place in fridge until served.

 

3) The Cream:

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Cashews (soaked over night in filtered water),
  • 1/4 cup Nut Milk, Soy Milk or Rice Milk,
  • 2 tablespoons Maple Syrup,
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Bean Paste

Method

  1.  Blend with hand blender until Smooth and Creamy. Add more Milk if required 😉
  2. Serve cold with Avocado Cake

Enjoy 😍

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Raw Choc/Banana Acai Bowl

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I have really been impressed by the Acai Bowls that have appeared in the local cafes over here and my whole family love them (which is always a win/win situation 🙂 ).

Here’s my version of a simple raw Chocolate/Banana Acai bowl that I make at home.

This recipe will feed the six of us – 2 adults, 2 pre-teens and 2 younger ones 😉

I make ours in a Thermomix, but a high speed blender like a Vitamix will do just as well.

Ingredients:

  • 2 packets frozen unsweetened Acai Berries
  • 4 medium-large frozen Bananas
  • quarter cup water (preferably filtered)
  • 2 heaped Tablespoons Cacao (I like mine chocolatey 🙂 )
  • Selection of in-season fruit; such as banana, strawberries, kiwi fruit – Sliced
  • Shredded Coconut
  • Something Crunchy – like Toasted Nuts or Granola.
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons Maple Syrup (optional)

Method:

  1. Place ‘Crunchy item’ into 4-6 bowls (4 adult size bowls or 2 adult, 4 child size bowls).
  2. Open the Acai Berries and add to the Thermomix/Vitamix with the frozen bananas, Cacao, Maple Syrup and quarter cup water.
  3. Blend – I use speed 8 in the Thermomix for approximately 15 seconds.
  4. Check the consistency. You are looking for well-blended and thick enough to eat – like a frozen mousse.
  5. If the Acai berries are still solid in parts – repeat. If the consistency is too thick and you feel you need a little extra water then this can be added now, but be careful that you don’t end up with a smoothie.
  6. Once you have the desired consistency, spoon the mixture into the bowls covering the ‘Crunchy Item’.
  7. Top the bowls with chopped fruit of your choice, shredded coconut and any other raw yummy treats that take your fancy.
  8. Serve and Enjoy

 

 

 

 

 Z is for Zucchini (Benefits and Recipe)

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Mother Earth Astrology’s A to Z to Wellness – Z is for Zucchini

Z’s for Zucchini,

A raw pasta treat,

So easy to make,

Even easier to eat 😋

 

Benefits of Zucchini:

A great all-rounder, Zucchini is packed full of nutrition; the highest being Copper and Manganese. It also contains high amounts of Vitamin C, Magnesium, Fibre, Phosphorous and Potassium making it an excellent fruit (yes, it’s a fruit) for:

  • The Skin,
  • Bones/Tissue,
  • Constipation-relief
  • Cholesterol Control
  • Energy Production
  • Inflammation and Blood Sugar Control
  • Nervous System Support
  • Men’s Health (Penis and Prostrate).
  • High Copper (Great for Skin, Bones/Tissue, Cholesterol Control and Energy Production),
  • High Manganese (Great for Skin and Blood Sugar Control)

 

To make vegan Zucchini pasta simply:

  1. Peel 2 to 4 Zucchinis
  2. Push each Zucchini through a spiraliser or use a potato peeler to slice long ribbons from the Zucchini.
  3. Drizzle with a little Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  4. Add a Pinch of Salt
  5. Toss through with fingers
  6. Add favourite topping and Stir through until combined
  7. Enjoy

Topping Ideas:

  1. Home Made Basil Pesto with quartered cherry tomatoes and pine nuts
  2. Cashew Cream Cheese (I use Kehoe’s Kitchen) with torn Basil Leaves and a drizzle of Garlic Oil (crush 1 Garlic Clove and stir into Extra Virgin Olive Oil with a Pinch of Salt) and Black Pepper

 

Further Detail and References:

For more detailed information on the nutritional facts of the Zucchini please visit my reference site for this Blog Post:

The World’s Healthiest Foods – http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=62.

 

Home Made Medicine

Whenever anyone in my family experiences cold symptoms I apply Congest Ease and make my home-made medicine.

With plenty of rest and water and a strong dose of cuddles, they’re usually back on their feet in no time 🙂

Home-Made Medicine Recipe

Add some raw honey, organic freshly squeezed lemon juice and a little purified/filtered water to a saucepan and gently warm.

I also add a little Apple Cider Vinegar, which I find is especially good at tackling chesty coughs.

Leave to cool until it is safe to drink and then administer a small cup or a couple of tablespoons every couple of hours.

Chocolate Bliss Balls

Ingredients:

  • *1 Cup Almond Meal
  • 8-10 Medjool dates (pitted)
  • 2 tablespoons Maple Syrup
  • 1 large heaped tablespoon Raw Cacao
  • Coconut – Shredded

*If you make your own Almond Meal use 3/4 cup and grind the Almonds first in a powerful blender or Thermomix.

Method:

  1. Add all ingredients (Almond Meal, Pitted Dates, Maple Syrup, Cacao and Shredded Coconut) and blend together until well-mixed.
  2. Roll into balls using a heaped tablespoon of the mix.
  3. Roll in additional coconut if required.
  4. Keep in the fridge if eating straight away or can be kept in the freezer until required.