Luscious Peach Cobbler

I was loving all the gorgeous peaches that we picked yesterday so much that I decided to make a Raw Peach Cobbler. I know one of Michael’s favorite desserts is cobbler and I was so happy to make a raw version for us. We thought it tasted amazingly close to the original version! Either way it was so good!! This dish was also beyond fast to make and then to serve. The original recipe called for Pineapple in the glaze over the peaches, but instead I just used more peachy goodness.

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Luscious Peach Cobbler
Recipe adapted from Purely Delicious Magazine
Serves 6-8

Filling:
4 fresh organic peaches, with seeds removed

1/2 C fresh dates, pitted
2 fresh organic peaches, with seeds removed
2 T honey or agave nectar
1 T lemon juice
1/2 tsp. alcohol-free vanilla
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. sea salt

Topping:
1 C cashews
1/2 C pecans
1 T coconut butter
1/4 C dates, pitted
1/2 tsp. alcohol-free vanilla
pinch of sea salt

Preparation:
Slice peaches very thin and place them in a medium-sized bowl and set to one side. Process remaining filling ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth. Pour over peaches and gently toss to coat well. Place mixture in cobbler dish. To make the topping, place all topping ingredients in a food processor and blend until well-combined, with the nuts finely chopped. Sprinkle over peaches and enjoy!

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Neapolitan Ice Cream Pie

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How fun is this dessert! I have always felt that you eat with your eyes first, so I love the colors and fresh take on this age old dessert. I know that the bottom later has nuts it in, but I love that the rest is nut free! We make banana ice cream all the time in my house as a quick go-to dessert, so this was a great way to mix it up a little. And now that it looks like the temperatures are finally rising, who wouldn’t love a big, delicious ice cream cake in their freezer?!?! The crust tastes like a fudgey cookie; the chocolate and the banana layers are like smooth ice creams and the strawberry layer is like a sweet/tart sorbet to round out the whole cake. mmmmm….

Neopolitan Ice Cream Pie
Recipe from The Raw Table
Serves 8-10

Pie is in four layers:

Bottom Fudge Layer:
3 C almond meal or flour (finely ground raw almonds)
3 T cocoa powder
1/4 C honey
1/2 C dates, pitted and soaked in water for 2 hours
pinch of sea salt

Prep:
Drain dates and combine with other ingredients in food processor. Blend until very smooth. Press into spring form pan and freeze for 30-40 minutes.

Chocolate Ice Cream Layer:
4 frozen bananas
3 T. cocoa powder
3 T. honey
1/2 tsp. vanilla
pinch of sea salt

Prep:
Combine all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth. Pour over fudge layer and smooth out with knife. Freeze for about 30-40 minutes. (I would suggest freezing this layer a little longer, more like an hour. )

Banana Ice Cream Layer:
5 fozen bananas
2 T. honey
1/4 tsp. cinnamon

Prep:
Combine all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth. Pour over the Chocolate Ice Cream Layer and smooth out with knife. Freeze for about 30-40 minutes.

Strawberry Layer:
3 C strawberries
1/2 C raspberries
1/2 C peeled black plums
2 frozen bananas

Prep:
Combine all ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth. Pour over banana layer and smooth out with knife. Freeze for at least 6-8 hours or overnight.

Serving: Remove spring form pan sides. Lift off with the wax paper and place on serving tray. Let stand at room temperature for about 5 minutes prior to serving.You will need a sharp knife to cut through the berry layer. Return to freezer when you are finished serving as this dish will melt quickly. Seriously!!

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Strawberry Heaven: RAW Strawberry Shortcake & Avocado and Strawberries with Honey Vinaigrette

I am not sure why but Sunday was all about Strawberries!! They are so juicy and good! Plus having such sweets all day was so much fun 🙂

The Cake recipe was not super difficult but it was time consuming since all the layers have to set in the fridge for a while. But it was well worth it! Oh My Goodness it was good! Thank goodness there is still so much in the fridge 🙂 I am sure there are people out there who think that eating Raw means no dessert. Well I can safely say this cake will prove them wrong! It is also nice to know that although it is dessert, these are still ingredients that are healthy and good for you, but still should not be eaten in excess.

RAW Strawberry Shortcake

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 RAW Strawberry Shortcake
This is a recipe from Carmella of the sunnyrawkitchen.com Inspired by Cafe Gratitude’s I Am RaptureThis recipe is for a 6″ diameter pan or tub. (I increased this to fit an 8″ spring form pan – so I increased the cake recipe by 1/2)
Cake
3/4 cup well packed dates, chopped
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon vanilla
Pinch salt
1 cup ground almonds or loosely packed left-over pulp from making milk (wet pulp is fine)(I was able to use almond flour which is so perfect for this recipe!!)
1 cup dried coconut
1/2 cup cashews

Whipped Cream
1 cup cashews
1 cup + 2 tablespoons fresh coconut milk (simply blend 1 part dried coconut with 3 parts water in high speed blender)
1/8 – 1/4 cup honey or agave (depending on how sweet you like it – I like it sweet :))
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon vanilla
Pinch of salt
1/2 cup coconut butter
1 tablespoon lecithin*

Strawberry Layer and Decoration
1 1/2 cups strawberries, sliced (I used close to 2 1/2 cups with all the decoration on top! I wanted every bite to have tons of strawberries!)

*Lecithin is derived from soybeans and acts as an emulsifier. Look for lecithin (preferably non-GMO), in granules or powdered form, at your local HFS. If using granules, make sure to grind them up in a high speed blender of coffee grinder.

To make the Whipped Cream:
Blend all ingredients except lecithin until smooth. Add lecithin and blend until thoroughly mixed. Set in fridge for about 1 hr.(this is super important)

To make the Cake:
Place dates in food processor and process until a smooth paste forms. You may need to add a little water.
Then add the rest of the ingredients and mix until smooth.

Assembly:
Grease a spring form pan with a little coconut butter or line a large margarine tub with plastic film.
Next form an even layer on the bottom with half of the cake mixture.
Top with 1/2 of the strawberries, followed by some of the whipped cream. Set in fridge for 20 mins.
When firm, form another cake layer. Then top with more strawberries. (Remember to save a few for decoration).
Again top with whipped cream and set in fridge 20-30 mins.
When firm, gently remove cake from the pan or margarine tub and place on serving plate. Decorate with strawberry slices and serve.

Avocado and Strawberries with Honey Vinaigrette

I know I had already made dessert, but this salad was so decadent it felt like dessert for dinner!! The texture and taste of this dish is so delightful! This would be a perfect appetizer for a spring or summer party! It is also so simple you could throw it together in 10 minutes!

Recipe from The Daily Green

strawberry avocado salad

INGREDIENTS
2 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
3 tablespoons raw honey
3 tablespoons olive oil
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
1/16 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 avocados, peeled, pitted, and cut into wedges
8 ounces strawberries, halved

PREPARATION

  1. Whisk the lemon juice, honey, olive oil, salt, and pepper together.
  2. Arrange the avocados and strawberries on 6 salad plates.
  3. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the fruit salad. Serve immediately.

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