Raw vegan parfait

I wasn’t much of a sweet tooth before but it has been changing off late 🙂 I guess I am not eating enough. I make my Banana Peanut butter ice cream quite often and it is a treat for less than 200kcal 🙂 I am leaving to India to visit my parents, who currently live there 🙂 I have taken my shots, so fingers crossed I don’t get sick there. With my near-empty pantry, I thought I would make something really cool before I leave. Made this amazing parfait,yep raw vegan, no sugar, gluten-free 🙂 Let me know if you try it out 🙂

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Am hooked to layering different flavors and making it look and taste amazing. This parfait has 7 layers.You could do 2 or 3 layers and repeat those layers.

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Layer 7: Tahini ice cream (Blend 1/2 frozen banana (slices) and 1 tsp of unhulled tahini )

Layer 6: Berry ice cream (Blend 1/2 frozen banana (slices), few frozen berries and 2 medjool dates)

Layer 5: Choco pistachios ice cream (Blend 1/2 frozen banana (slices),cacao powder and few pistachios)

Layer 4: Banana cashew cream (banana(1/2), cashew(1/2 cup-soaked overnight in water-drained ),maple syrup)

Layer 3: Choc pudding (Cacao powder,banana(1/2), avocado(1/2),maple syrup, salt)

Layer 2: Cashew berry cheese (cashew(1/2 cup-soaked overnight in water-drained ),frozen berries, maple syrup,2 medjool dates)

Layer 1: Almond meal
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My next post will be from India- My mum’s recipes-More Indian food 🙂 Yum.

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Raw vegan Rainbow cheesecake

If you have been reading my posts, you will know by now how much I hate measurements. I usually go by judgement and probably that’s why I have NEVER EVER got a cake/bread right. 😛 It changed today though. Made this Beau…tiful rainbow cheesecake 😀 Soak a big pack of cashews (400gms) overnight. I love raw veganism 🙂 So easy to make yummy food. Only thing that keeps me away from being a raw vegan is the Indian in me-‘Curries’. I am thinking of going 50-50 and cutting oil completely. Back to recipe, scroll down 🙂 

 

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Chop around 5 baby carrots (300gms) into chunks. Not too small/big-you need to process this. Add them to a food processor. Throw in dates depending on how sweet you want, a pinch of salt, a handful of almonds, 2 pinches cinnamon and process until they come together. If they don’t, add some maple syrup and it will. Line a spring form pan with baking paper and add the carrot layer. Freeze for an hour

Layer 2: Almond Peanut-butter Cacao Layer:

To the food processor, add dates (around-15),almond meal(>1.5 cups), some salt, 2 tbsp peanut butter,cacao powder(depending on your chocoholic nature) Layer this on top of carrot layer. Back this goes into the freezer

Layer 3:Berry cheesecake layer:

To the food processor, add 3/4th of the soaked cashews(drain and add them),add 1/2 cup frozen berries(more if you love sour taste), maple syrup/agave nectar, a pinch of salt and process until smooth and fluffy. I loved this layer.Add this on top of the cacao layer. Freeze this and wait for an hour for avocado cacao layer

Layer 4:Chocolate cheesecake layer:

To the food processor, add the rest of cashews(drain and add them), 1/2 to 3/4 th of an avocado, cacao powder, a pinch of salt, maple/agave nectar until fluffy. 🙂  Top that on berry layer 🙂 Freeze. Thaw before serving 🙂

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Raw vegan Swirl Icecream-3 ingredients

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It is freezing in Sydney and guess what I am craving for- Ice cream 🙂

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Made one with frozen banana slices and peanut butter. It was ‘THE’ best, I have ever had in my life 🙂 I am going keep this post simple and short.

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You need to freeze banana slices-I always have them in my freezer. There is no specific measurement to how many banana slices you need and how much peanut butter you require. Into a steel blade food processor, you add frozen banana slices, peanut butter and blend them until it comes to ice cream consistency 🙂 That is the white layer. Then you add cacao powder( to the blender ) depending on how chocolaty you like your brown layer to be. Blend for 30 seconds. Add that on top and that’s it 🙂 Try to swirl with a tooth pick and put it back in the freezer for 5 mins and enjoy 🙂

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Raw vegan chia seeds pudding-made 4 ways

I have had this big bag of chia seeds for a while now and I usually put them in my smoothies but that wasn’t enough to reduce the quantity much-which means low consumption of omega-3. As I was going through my recipes, this one caught my eye. A low calorie-very healthy brekky pudding 🙂 Yep, you read it right-A pudding for breakfast. I was so thrilled just reading through the ingredients. Got this from a pamphlet which had info about how good raw veganism is for you and this recipe was at the end.

Please note: If you are not into slimy texture puddings, this is not for ya. Make a small batch of this and check if you like it. I loved it, my house mate did not. He said the texture was not for him. Let me know if you try this. I have this major issue where I love whatever I cook and can eat without complaining. If you think this is not a good recipe, I will take this down 🙂

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Serves: 4

You need:

  • 3/4 cup chia seeds
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 cups almond milk

Mix them all together and cover it with a cling wrap and refrigerate from anywhere between 4 hours to 24 hours 🙂 I am going to call this ‘chia seed mixture’

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The original recipe says you add fruits and nuts to the chia seed mixture along with agave and just have it 🙂 I have improvised it to my taste. If you have any ideas, let me know. Will add them here too. 🙂

Pudding 1: Chocolate Almond Dates Chunky Chia Pudding

In a small mixing bowl, add 2 Tbsp cacao powder, 1 Tbsp almond meal, 3 medjool dates, a pinch sea salt and make a paste/pulse it in a food processor.  Add 3-5 Tbsp of chia seed mixture and mix until well combined. Transfer to a serving bowl/wine glass, refrigerate for an hour and serve with chocolate shavings and almond meal 🙂

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Pudding 2: Banana Peanut Butter Chia Pudding

In a small mixing bowl, add 1 ripen banana, mash it with a fork,  1-2 Tbsp peanut butter, 2 tsp stevia, a pinch sea salt, 2 pinches cinnamon and make a paste. Add 3-5 Tbsp of chia seed mixture and mix until well combined. Transfer to a serving bowl/wine glass, refrigerate for an hour and serve with banana slices/peanut butter 🙂

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Pudding 3: Pistachios Saffron Cardamom Chia Pudding-Raw vegan kheer

In a small mixing bowl, add 2 Tbsp pistachios, 1 cardamom seeds (use mortar and pestle to crush the seeds), few strands saffron (to take the extract out, put them on a small plate, add a Tbsp of water/milk and rub them with your index finger-this releases the flavor), 2 Tbsp stevia, a pinch sea salt  and make a paste. Add 3-5 Tbsp of chia seed mixture and mix until well combined. Transfer to a serving bowl/wine glass, refrigerate for an hour and serve with crushed pistachios  🙂

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Pudding 4: Coffee lovers’ Bitter Chia Pudding [NOT RAW VEGAN]

In a small mixing bowl, add  1 tsp of instant coffee powder, 1 tsp cocoa powder, vanilla bean paste, 1 Tbsp Stevia, a pinch salt and mix them all well. I added a tsp of unhulled tahini and it made this terribly bitter. You could heat this in a microwave for 10 seconds to ease the dissolving process. Add 3-5 Tbsp of chia seed mixture and mix until well combined. Transfer to a serving bowl/wine glass, refrigerate for an hour and serve with stevia  🙂

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My personal favorite is banana peanut butter followed by the chunky dates one. Which one is your favorite?

Microwave Quick Cake [Vegan Gluten-free Mug Cake]

I teach IT at few universities in Sydney. One of the topics I teach is Video editing where kids work as a group. I had a group who made a mug cake video and they were international students from China. I kept bothering them so much that yesterday one of the girls gave me a vegan version of the cake 🙂 As you probably know by now, I am bad with measurements. I had a big and a smaller spoon. Assumed the bigger one to be a Tbsp and smaller one to be a tsp. With my measurements, this recipe was better than what I thought it would have turned out to be :P.

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Before I type the recipe here, there are two things which I need to let you guys know

1) There is something missing-If you make it and find out-Let me know-My friends reckon it tastes amazing-probably it is just me

2) I have no clue from where the recipe was taken-So let me if it is your’s. I will reference the recipe 🙂

Here it goes

Dry Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp-Gluten-free flour/White flour
  • 3 Tbsp natural sweetener/raw sugar
  • 1/4 tsp gluten-free baking powder
  • A pinch salt
  • 2 Tbsp+ 1 to 2 tsp cocoa powder

Mix them really well in a mug/separate bowl

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Wet Ingredients

  • Few drops Vanilla essence
  • 1 Tbsp Olive oil [The ones that are not strong in flavor]-Very Important
  • 1 Tbsp Apple Sauce
  • 4 Tbsp+[more Almond Milk as needed]

To the dry ingredients, add the wet ingredients one after the other. Once you add everything to the mug, mix them all well. Keep adding almond milk as needed to get a normal cake batter. Microwave until it is cooked-It took 2 mins 20 seconds in my $10 microwave. Your could be quicker.

Let me know how it turns out 🙂 Good Luck

 

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Vegan Chocolate Pudding-only 6 ingredients

Raw vegan, Gluten-free, amazing, tasty, healthy, no sugar, list could go on, on and on 🙂

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This is the easiest pudding. Only 6 ingredients 🙂 -takes 5 mins to make. This was such a big hit today even with my non-vegan buddies. It is so light, fluffy pudding-the entire contents disappeared in seconds 😀 No one believed there was avocado in it. 🙂

This serves:2-3, but 1 chocoholic could finish it 😛

  • Dates-5-6/more depending on sweetness you like
  • Medium Banana-3
  • Medium Avocado-1
  • Cacao powder-2-3 Tbsp-depending on how chocolaty you like
  • Peanut butter-1/4 cup-add more if you like
  • Almond milk/Water-to ease the blending process

Yep, put them all in to a blender. Add almond milk as you need and process until fluffy. Yummy pudding. Easy-isn’t it? Try this and let me know how you like it 🙂 That tiny cup fills you 🙂

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Vegan Quinoa Flakes Kheer

After more than a year of going vegan, it was today- for the first time I craved kheer. Kheer is a traditional milk-based dessert served in 99% of Indian weddings. Yep, a very big deal. I made two types of Kheers today-One using rice flakes and the other one with quinoa flakes. Quinoa won by a big margin 🙂 I am usually bad with measurements and kheer is more of how you like it. It took 10-15 mins for me to do this amazing dish 🙂  No oil, No condensed milk crap.

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You need-Serves 1-2 people.

  • 1/4 cup cashews and 1/4 cup almonds soaked over night-blended with 1 cup water-That’s the cashew almond thick milk that you have.
  • Store bought organic almond milk-depends on how runny you want your kheer
  • Saffron-few strands (soaked in a tbsp of almond milk)
  • Seeds of 1 cardamom+10 pistachios+1 tsp organic raw sugar-in it goes into pestle and mortar
  • Quinoa/rice flakes -1/4 cup should do
  • Goji berries-1 tbsp
  • Organic raw sugar-depends on your taste buds-Atleast a couple of tbsp
  • Pinch of salt

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To do

  • Heat a saucepan, add the flakes and goji berries, reduce the flame to low-medium and dry fry until you get the roasted smell.
  • Add the thick milk and little almond milk  and let the mixture come to boil. From this point on you keep adding almond milk cos the flakes consume milk like crazy
  • Add sugar, cardamom pistachio blend, saffron[try rubbing them,more flavor], salt and mix them all well. Again you would see this thicken , add more almond milk, let it sit for few seconds and transfer to a serving glass.
  • For presentation sake, in the same pan in which you make kheer, add a bit of sugar, pistachios, goji berries and a tsp of water until sugar caramelizes on pistachios. This is for the glaze 🙂 Top them on the kheer glass with few saffron strands.

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Queen’s birthday no-bake cupcake- 50th post-Had to be something sweet

It was queen’s birthday yesterday. Made a cake for the queen (I ate it for the queen 😉 like 1/4 of this). Cos it is SOOOO filling) This is a 3 layer cupcake. This quantity makes 3 medium cupcakes, few peanut fudges, Almond dates pistachios balls and a double chocolate coconut pudding. I have ‘bolded’ the ingredients.

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Layer 2: Peanut Fudge 🙂

Must be chilled before you start with layer 1. In a blender, blend 1/4 cup of natural sweetener.[This is a rough estimation depending on how sweet you want the fudge to be]. To 1/4th cup of peanut butter, add powdered sweetener slowly until it reaches dough consistency. Add a pinch of salt too. My peanut fudge became too sweet, so I added a tbsp of unhulled tahini to combat the sweetness 🙂 Make tiny balls (1/2 of a tiny lime size). Put them in the freezer to harden

p.s: If you have extra dough, shape them as fudge squares, chill and serve

Layer 1: Almond Dates Crust

Process 7-8 medjool dates, 1 cup almond meal, 1/4 cup pistachios, 1/4 cup dark cocoa powder, 2 pinches salt in a blender until they come together. That is your crust. Make few balls that would be sufficient to line cupcake molds. Once the lining is done, refrigerate the crust 🙂 With the remaining dough, make Almond dates pistachios balls, chill and serve

Layer 3: Double Choc pudding layer

To this add 125 gms chocolate chips, some vanilla from pod, a pinch of salt and a Tbsp of cocoa into pan. In a vessel, add 150-175 ml of coconut cream (I used fat reduced version) and heat it up until it bubbles around the corner. Pour it over the chocolate and let it sit for a minute and start to mix them. If the chocolate doesn’t melt, use double boiling method to mix them all well. This is the pudding layer.

Assembly

Take the crust out, add some pudding mix, one peanut fudge and cover with the rest of the pudding mix. Refrigerate and top with pistachio meal before serving 🙂 Rest of the pudding mix can be poured in a ramekin and chilled 🙂

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Fluffy Chocolate mousse

I am not usually a sweet tooth person. But off-late, I have been craving for chocolate. Had avocado banana and cocoa in my pantry 🙂 -that’s what you need to make yummy vegan mousse.

Ingredients:

  • Banana-1 big
  • Avocado-1 medium
  • Maple syrup-1 Tbsp
  • Coconut oil melted-1 tsp
  • Light coconut milk-2 Tbsp
  • Cashews-45 gms
  • 2 pinches salt
  • Raw cacao powder-3 Tbsp
  • 100 gms chocolate chips melted

Method:

  • Blend everything apart from the choc chips until fluffy and add to the melted chocolate chip mixture. Fold until they are mixed well, chill them for an hour/so and serve.
  • Top with Hazelnut meal
  • I was too tempted to taste it so had 2 spoonfuls before I realized I had forgotten to take a pic 😉

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Hazelnut Cacao Bombshell (dark choc version)

Today was the last day with my favorite class. Decided to make something for the kids. Thought about cheesecake(vegan, of course) but decided to make something easier (yes, I was feeling very lazy-not my fault-such a cold winter day). Had medjool dates(10), hazelnut meal(1 cup), cacao(1/4 cup-yeah super rich).  Put them in a food processor, sprinkled water when needed until they came to ‘Yeah okay, we will stick together’ consistency. Added broken bits of cashews (10), 2 tbsp of desiccated coconut, shaped them, dusted them with hazelnut meal and supposed to refrigerate them for an hour. I did not refrigerate them cos it was super cold outside :P. Took me 20 mins to make them.

I know what you are thinking. Not great shape but they were amazing 🙂

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