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 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?

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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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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Blueberry banana choco magic

Sorry that I wasn’t able to post for the last month and a half. Vacation to Tasmania and semester started.. Back to work. I know they are all excuses. 😦 I will try to keep up blogging regularly 🙂

I got a 125 gms pack of Tasmanian blue berries. Having tasted them in Tassie, I knew they would taste great and milkshake is what you you put them in

Ingredients

  • Banana-1
  • Blueberry – 75 gms
  • Dates- 3 for sweetness
  • Sun flower seeds -2 tsp
  • Chia seeds -1 tsp
  • Dietary fibre – 1 tsp
  • Soy milk – enough to blend into a thick milkshake
  • Raw Cacao powder – 1 heaped tbsp
  • Almond meal- 1 tsp

Method

  • Blend them all together [except almond meal] in a high speed blender and top with almond meal and a blueberry

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Banana Dates Almond Smoothie

I have been addicted to smoothies. It is summer here in Australia. I am craving for smoothies, milkshakes, crushes, you name anything cold, I need it.. We have Boost juice bars where I frequently have dairy-free smoothies, but one of the trainers in the gym, Chantal said it’s not great for losing weight. So decided to make my own. Would never return to Boost ever again 🙂 Much healthier option with no sugar, yet sweet. Also, read somewhere that having something green in the morning is very good. So in goes spinach almost everyday 🙂

Ingredients

  • Banana- 1 ripe
  • Dates- 3 for sweetness – great source of iron too
  • Almond meal [Powdered Almonds] – 1 tsp
  • Spinach – 1/2 handful
  • Chia seeds -1 tsp
  • Dietary fibre – 1 tsp
  • Soy milk – enough to blend into a thick smoothie

Method

  • Blend them all together and top with a tsp of almond meal

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Serves: 1 person