Falling in Love Again (with Raw Food)
Posted on February 02 2014 | (0) Comments
Category:Raw Snacks and Desserts
I’m a complete romantic and crazy about Valentine’s Day. Even if my husband and I go out for a romantic dinner, I like to have a special I-love-you surprise waiting at home. Sometimes I’ll prepare something in advance.
A great option is my Flourless Chocolate Cake, one of the most-requested recipes from my best-selling book Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 People. The texture is incredibly rich thanks to sticky Medjool dates, walnuts (or pecans) and cocoa powder.
I dress it up for Valentine’s Day by adding bright red raspberries or strawberry fans.
How to Make a Popular Raw Food Dessert Garnish
Strawberries are simply beautiful and can immediately elevate an “everyday” cake to something extra-special for Valentine’s Day. Best of all, they’re super-easy to make. You can use a strawberry of any size, but a larger berry is easier to work with when you are first learning this technique.
Here’s what you do:
- Wash and dry your strawberry.
- Do NOT remove the hull
- Place the strawberry on cutting board, hull-side down
- Make a series of 1/8th inch vertical cuts
- Gently fan out and place on cake
Raw Valentine’s Day Dessert in a Hurry
I’ve never forgotten Valentine’s Day, but I have forgotten to prepare a nice dessert in advance. That’s when the speed and ease of raw food preparation save the day. I can prepare a batch of my Flourless Chocolate Cake in a matter of minutes.
Here’s all you need to start:
- Walnuts (or pecans), processed until finely ground
- Medjool dates
- Unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 teaspoons water
It’s hard not to fall in love with this recipe. The brownies are absolutely fudgy, despite the fact that they’re made without butter or oil. Instead of these unhealthy oils, wholesome Medjool dates give the brownies a glossy sheen and marvelous texture.
On most days, I use vanilla extract as a flavoring for my cake. For Valentine’s Day, however, I kick it up a romantic notch by adding 3/4 cup chopped dried cherries.
As with many of my favorite raw food recipes, your food processor does most of the hard work. It processes the main ingredients into an instantly ready-to-serve batter in no time. All that’s left for you to do is stir in the dried cherries and press the mixture into a 6” square container.
If you’re a fan of nut-studded brownies, you should chop ¼ cup of nuts and mix them into the batter with the cherries....and save a few to sprinkle on top.
Get the recipe for my Flourless Chocolate Cake and fall in love with raw food all over again.