RAW Chocolate fudge cake

Raw Chocolate fudge cake

11696566_10153543570616414_1401687895_n Raw Chocolate fudge cake

My latest obsession has been avocados, and since I have the continuing obsession with chocolate, I thought it was time to give it (another) try from my previous raw avacado cake (mint choc chip). I have learned a lot since then, with the mint choc chip cake, i can taste the healthiness in it, which I like, and you can taste the avocado. This cake could easily be confused with something that has 10 times the sugar or it’s unhealthy counterpart.

I won’t lie to you, this cake is pretty high in fat (33g actually)….BUT of those fats, 26g are monounsaturated (the ones that help lower bad cholestreol). If you’re thinking ‘that’s still 7g of saturated fats’, then i’m afraid you’re wrong. There are just 2g of saturated fats, 0g of trans fats and the rest are polyunsaturated fats (also helping to lower bad cholestreol levels and good for maintaining and looking after your body’s cells). Not that this cake needs to help you lower cholestreol, since it has none. In fact, most vegans have low cholestreol since animal products are one of the highest sources. In addition one serving of this cake provides you with half of your daily calcium intake, 10% of your potassium, 20% of your daily protein, 20% of your daily iron, 13% of your daily vitamin C and is also rich in Vitamin A and Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids.

THIS is a cake to give to your non vegan loved ones, to convince them….or to a friend who doesn’t get enough fruits and vegetables in their diets. Even to your kids (or of course yourself) as an alternative to a sugary, bad fatty dessert.

I am VERY tempted to share the recipe since I’m posting such a convincing argument as to why you should eat it, but not providing you with the how. I have my reasons, which I will reveal at a later date (maybe one of the images is a bit of a clue), I will however give you the list of ingredients, and maybe then you can see this as an opportunity to expand your creativity. All my recipes are created from something I’ve tasted then tried to replicate, sometimes it comes out how I planned, sometimes not. In this case, I had tried to make a raw chocolate cheesecake, however in the end it did not taste like traditional cheesecake (the only way I have really been able to really simulate the TASTE of cheesecake has been with tofu)…but I discovered something new.

So for this cake you will need:

Avocado

Lemon

Cacao (or cocoa if on a budget)

Macadamia nuts

Sunflower seeds

Himalayan salt

Agave

Dates

Dessicated coconut (i just used it for garnish)

I wish you good luck, and if you do have a go at making it, please don’t forget to take a picture and send it to me!

OREO MINI CUPCAKES

oreos

This time, I’m in Thailand, Chiang Mai to be specific. To be even more specific, I’m in an internet cafe next to a junior monk who had to point out I was trying to get on the computer while it was turned off.

 

This is another recipe I did before I went away, and added to my recipe bank. I’ve not posted in a week, as I’ve been staying pretty much in the forest, volunteering at a little place called the Elephant Nature Park. I won’t go into too much detail about the volunteering, but I will say, if you truly love elephants and want to experience working with them, this is the best and only place to go. What makes this place different is that the elephants are trained through positive reinforcement, rather than the traditional (and still most common) training technique called crushing, which is beating the elephant into submission. Domestic elephants are part of Thailand’s culture, and while it’s not something I wholly support, I can respect their culture but not their methods, which is why I would recommend ENP. All the elephants have been rescued from cruel situations and roam free over 150 acres of open land. While it would probably not be ethical to realease them into the wild, due to the fact they would probably not survive, this is definitely the closest to it they can safely and happily get.

 

Anyway, enough of that, maybe when I can load my photos i will do a post on it, but oreo cupcakes.

I had fairly recently discovered that Oreos are vegan when making these, and because I like my cooking, obviously found it too plain and conventional to eat them out of the packet. The cases were something I picked up in Lakeland (a cookshop) before I knew I was going to make these, because they were too adorable not to buy. They even had little dome lids. These were one of my favourite cupcakes so far due to the texture of the bettercream. I added just a tablespoon of sweetener which made it very light and fluffy, but omit this if you don’t like artificial sweeteners for health or taste reasons.

 

Ingredients (makes 10 small):

 

1 cup plain flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 cup caster sugar

2 tbsp soy milk

1 cup vegan butter/spread (i used a sunflower based one)(half for cake batter and half for the buttercream)

1/4 cup cocoa (plus 1 tbsp for frosting)

1 cup powdered sugar

2 packets of mini oreos

1 tbsp sweetener such as Splenda

 

Method:

1. Preheat the oven to 180C. Cream the caster sugar and half a cup of butter.

2. Mix in the flour, baking powder and cocoa powder. Add the soy milk gradually until it becomes a thick batter.

3. Crush one of the packets of oreos and add to the batter.

4. Spray or grease the cake cases and bake at 180C  for 12-15 minutes.

5. Cream together the remaining butter, cocoa and sweetener for the buttercream. Once the cakes have cooled, pipe on the frosting and top with another mini oreo.