Raw Food Chocolate Cake -Raakaruoka suklaa kakku

KuvaI promised to share the raw food chocolate cake recipe with you. This recipe is from the book called Raw Food Delights. I guess it is originally a Swedish book or at least the writer is Swedish based on what I have heard. You would not know that this cake is raw food and never ever even seen an oven. Like I mentioned in my previous post this dairy, egg and gluten (wheat, rye, barley) free diet is a totally new world for me. I, however, have decided to make most of it. The interesting thing is that for the past few weeks when I have not eaten any dairy I have felt much better physically. My whole body feels somehow cleaner and my tummy is happier. I will not become a vegan as I love my steak but I have to say that other animal’s milk that is actually meant for its calf does not make sense to me anymore. The more I think about it the more unlikely it is that I will go back using milk as such again. Butter and cheese are very processed so I don’t mind them but milk as a milk, strange. Like one of my friend noted the whole Finnish culture and cuisine is around milk. Grown up men drink milk from the can, at the grill in the middle of the night a Finnish man buys  sausages and chips with the can of milk. We drink milk, piimä (buttermilk), quark, smetana, cream, yoghurt…all the time every day.  A trip to Spain was also very eye opening as Spanish don’t use that much milk but the cuisine is fantastic. I guess we have made ourselves dependent on milk even though there are many other things we could eat and cook. The recipe below is probably the best demonstration about this. After eating this delicious coco dream you will ask where do we even need milk and eggs!? Also, this recipe is perfect if you have a toddler and don’t want to pump them full of sugar or E code preservatives and colourings! I have also another raw food cake recipe for you that is a white chocolate strawberry cake alternative and will share it with you soon. For all these amazing recipes I have to thank my dear cousin who has been baking these treats for me during the summer holidays here in Finland! Like I said this is  a new world for me but worth trying and I will master it in the end, I have decided so.

Base:

5dl (500ml) walnuts

5-6 tbs coco powder

hint of salt

2 tbs coconut oil

2 tbs honey

15 fresh dates

1 1/2 dl (150ml) cashew cream (2dl cashew nuts, 2dl water and 1 tsp vanilla powder -not sugar! Just mix these all together in a blender.)

Avocado chocolate mousse icing:

I have given you this recipe in my previous post but here it is in case you need it.

1dl (100ml) dates

1 dl water

4 tbs honey

1 tsp vanilla powder (from organic stores)

2 avocados

1 dl coco powder

1. Crush walnuts in a blender.

2. Add coco powder and salt, blend well.

3. Add all the other base ingredients and blend more.

4. Tap the base in teh bottom of the serving plate or cake tin.

5. Prepare the chocolate mousse by mixing dates, water, honey and vanilla in a blender. Add avocado and coco powder and blend well.

6. Pour the mousse on the top of the base. Let the tart set in a fridge and serve it as any dessert with coffee or dessert wine. Sprinke some fresh strawberries and mint leaves on top. Yummy!

PS. I have also thought about adding stories in both Finnish and English in future, I would love to hear your opinion about it. Should I write also in Finnish like many other Finnish bloggers seem to do?

Raw food chocolate mousse and sunny summer Finland

KuvaHow amazing it is to pick strawberries and blueberries from your own forest and eat them for breakfast. This is what you can do at the Finnish summer cottage! My little baby girl also enjoyed eating these blueberries after 5 months of milk ! 🙂 I have to say it is great to be back in summer Finland it is so beautiful, sunny, light, fresh and clean.

Kuva

Due to my daughter’s milk allergy I have left all the dairy, eggs, wheat, barley and rye away from my diet. At first I was shocked but now it seems to be very exciting as I have to cook and bake different things than I am used to. Of course I have to admit that I am in the dream land of all the alternative product. In Finland they sell oat ice cream, rice ice cream, all sort of oat youghurts and it is not difficult to find for example egg and dairy free breakfast biscuits. Now when I have been thinking of this more I have started to feel like I may not go back to full on dairy. Maybe I will use butter and cheese but I mean drinking milk or using cream in everything. I guess this whole breastfeeding has made me realise that my milk is what I eat and so is cows’. What if they get fed some crappy dog food like artificial thing every day, what will the milk be then? Am I supposed to eat that in my every day diet? Maybe some organic milk is fine but I won’t go back to regular milk, that is for sure.I must have been dumping myself full of chemicals during the past decade or so! Don’t worry, I won’t become a grass eater but I think it has been eyes opening to think of these things a bit more.

My cousin who has read a lot about raw food made me a delicious raw food chocolate cake the other day. I will share the whole cake recipe with you later but now I will only add the mousse that was used as an icing. The whole idea to combine dates, avocado and coco powder sounds strange but it is super tasty and super healthy too! It can be also served for kids as it contains zero percent sugar only natural sweetness from the dates and honey!!! Try this, I have been eating this delicious mousse for the past few days!

1dl (100ml=half a cup) fresh dates

1dl water

4 tbs honey or Agave syrop

1 tsp vanilla powder (from organic stores, not the sugar but the real bourbon powder)

2 avocados

1dl coco powder

1. In the blender, mix dates, water, honey and vanilla powder.

2. Add the avocado flesh. Blend well.

3. Add the coco powder. Blend well.

Enjoy as such or with vanilla ice cream! This is super tasty!!!!

Kuva