Weekend Baking: Raw & Vegan Chocolate Caramel Squares

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Good morning! I realize when I say good morning it may not apply to everyone as the internet is not limited to time zone so if it is not morning for you, I'm still sending you good vibes! For today's weekend sweets, we have the raw, vegan, and gluten free chocolate caramel squares! These are delicious, pretty nutritious, and super easy! All you need is a food processor, and the sky is the limit! My inspiration for this recipe is from Emily von Euw's Rawesome Vegan Life blog. rawchocolatebar3

*This recipe is based on a square pan.

For the crust, you will need:

1 cup of raw almonds

1 cup of pitted dates

For the caramel layer, you will need:

1 cup of pitted dates

1 tablespoon of coconut oil

1/4 - 1/2 cup of water

Pinch of salt

1 teaspoon of vanilla extract

For the chocolate layer, you will need:

2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil

1/4 cup of cacao powder

2 tablespoons of maple syrup

small pinch of salt

To start, line a square baking pan with parchment paper. Mix together the crust ingredients in a food processor until the mixture resembles a ball. Press the mixture into the base of the pan, and chill in the fridge.

While the crust is chilling, make the caramel mixture. To do so, add all of the ingredients into a food processor and mix until there is gooey caramel! The caramel should be sticky and not too thick. Add on top of the crust, and chill back in the fridge.

For the chocolate layer, mix everything together in a bowl, and you have your very own chocolate! Add the chocolate evenly over the caramel layer.

Chill everything for at least 12 hours, and once ready to serve cut into squares. I think this is a great dessert, but also a wonderful snack, protein bar, breakfast - really it could be anything. These squares are delicious and really do fool you into thinking there's refined sugar and other bad things.

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Weekend Baking: Raw Mini Strawberry Cheesecakes

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Good morning and Happy Mother's Day! Today is going to be a busy day for me as I'm celebrating with my mom, grandmother, and aunts. Lots of flowers and gifts to be given, and food to be eaten! For an easy and raw weekend recipe, I made mini strawberry cheesecakes! These are so simple, can be made a day in advance, and are really light on the wallet. strawberrycheesecake3

You will need: (for 8 mini cheesecakes)

1 cup of crushed graham crackers

1/4 cup of melted butter

1 package of softened cream cheese

1/2 cup of mascarpone

1/4 cup of sugar

1/2 cup of sliced strawberries & 8 small whole strawberries (for garnish)

To start, mix the crushed graham crackers with the melted butter. Divide evenly into mini mason jars or a muffin tin, and press the mixture down. Place in the fridge for 20 minutes so the crust can harden.

In the meantime, mix the cream cheese, mascarpone, and sugar until light and fluffy. Once the crusts have cooled and hardened, divide the cheese mixture and place a spoonful on top of the crusts. Place in the fridge for at least 2 hours so the cheesecakes can solidify.

When you're ready to serve them, top with the sliced strawberries and whole strawberries! These are refreshing but still like a comforting dessert. They're cute as individual cheesecakes, and I think they will impress any guests you have. They take any stress away from baking, and will become one of your favourite warm weather desserts! strawberrycheesecake1

PS. There is a vegan version of this recipe coming soon as well!

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Weekend Baking: Raw Peanut Butter Banana Pies

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Good morning! I have such a sweet tooth, and everyone knows it. But I do love some healthier alternatives to refined sugars and this treat is just that. Here is the raw, vegan, and gluten free peanut butter banana pies. IMG_6046 You will need: (makes 8 mini pies)

Cream filling:

3 bananas

4 tablespoons of natural peanut butter (or almond butter)

1 1/2 cup of almond milk

Crust:

1 1/2 cup of pitted dates

1/2 cup of almonds

2 tablespoons of maple syrup

To start, line a muffin tin with cling wrap or parchment paper. Blend the cream filling in a blender until smooth & set aside. Place all of the crust ingredients into a food processor and whaz everything up until a ball forms. Separate the crust into each muffin cup and pat down well. Separate the banana mixture on top of date crust. Put in freezer for at least 4 hours or overnight. To serve, I added coconut whip cream, shredded coconut, and dark chocolate shavings.

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This is a super easy dessert to make, and it tastes amazing! You can make it ahead of time, and it will hold for a 2-3 days in the freezer. Let me know what you think about this dessert in the comments below.

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Weekend Baking: Vegan & Gluten Free Raw Brownies

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This is the second instalment of Weekend Baking! For today's recipe we're making vegan and gluten free raw brownies! These are healthy, delicious and super quick to make since there's no baking involved! They're like a version of protein bars so you know they're good for you. These are perfect to make on the weekend because you can enjoy them all Saturday and Sunday, and throughout the week too! You will need:

1 cup of dates, pitted

1 cup of raw almonds

1/2 cup of shredded coconut

2 teaspoons of raw cocoa powder

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

1 teaspoon of coconut oil

1/2 cup of natural peanut butter (or nut butter of your choice)

2 teaspoons of maple syrup

1 teaspoon of water (if need for binding)

A food processor

To start, put all of your ingredients into your food processor. Whaz it up! If it's not coming together naturally or is too dry, add in a little water.

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Once it mixed well and combined, line a square pan with cling wrap, and dump it out. Flatten out the mix with a spatula or your hands, then cover and pop in the fridge for 1 hour at least.

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After it's settled and hardened, you can cut into it and make squares. raw brownie 3

Enjoy!

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These are full of goodness, are healthy, and barely take anything to do. If you keep them wrapped or put them into a container, they will stay fresh for a good week or so. You can add in flax seeds, other nuts, dried fruit, or anything else that meets your fancy! They're as flexible as you are.

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