Delight your palette with this late summer treat!
With summer coming to a close (sorry to say that out loud)- I am getting in my last bits of creativity for summer raw, frozen desserts. When it comes to desserts, it’s all about something refreshing, dense, slightly sweet – and overall delicious. You don’t want to overwhelm your palette with too many things – and no one likes a filmy, sugary residue on their teeth!
The inspiration for this recipe came from tasting a tart similar to these years ago at a raw food demo I attended. I just haven’t been able to get them out or my mind. And if you can believe, it has taken me until yesterday to finally re-create what I could remember of them.
All I remember is the filling being super creamy, moist and tart. The crust being crumbly, chewy and rich. So I gathered my most favourite of raw ingredients and started creating.
Instead of doing a large pie, I opted for mini tarts. That way I could freeze them, and grab them. As oppose to trying to cut a “healthy portion” each time I wanted a slice. This way I could also decorate them individually… and they are just so cute!
They are bite size and easy to eat for a quick snack or dessert. Take them to a friends for a potluck or stash them in your freezer and keep them for yourself
Creamy Mango Delight
2 cups dried coconut
1/2 cup raw cashews
3 tablespoons coconut nectar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons dried coconut
2 tablespoons dried goji berries and/or cacao nibs
2 cups dried mango, soaked for 3 hours in 2 cups water with half a lemon wedge
1/4 cup pitted dates
1/4 cup raw macadamia nuts
1 tablespoon coconut butter or coconut manna
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1. In food processor – add the coconut, lemon zest, coconut nectar and salt until mixture forms a ball and is fully blended.
2. Press into a tart pan or mini tart pan and set aside.
3. In a high speed blender or Vita Mix - blend the soaked mango (set the soaking water aside) dates, macadamia nuts, coconut butter and lemon juice.
4. Blend until creamy, may need to fold with a rubber spatula for optimum consistency. Pour mixture into pie tart crusts and garnish with coconut and goji berries!
5. Place in fridge or freezer for a few hours so that it sets.
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What’s your favourite raw dessert?
Do you love Mango?
When are you going to make these?
Super Bowl Sunday is coming up fast. Although I don’t participate in any part of this event – I can offer some assistance as to how this night can be made that much healthier. We know this is the biggest day for business for fast foods, delivered foods and processed over sugared and over salted snacks. But wouldn’t it just be easier to make your own, to serve and have something healthy to munch on? If your man will be in another room watching the game, take it upon yourself to supply your home or his party with some healthy all in one bowl snacks!
Here are some suggestions:
Make a Trail Mix – (recipe below)
Kale Chips – make at least 4 batches or more. They will win over any “sour cream n’ onion” chip lover, anyday!
Guacamole – with some homemade corn tortilla’s
White Bean Dip – with some crispy crackers
Salsa – with corn chips
Coco Bliss Balls – because they look and taste better than Timbits! I promise
Super Bowl of Trail Mix
1 cup almonds – heart healthy
1 cup cashews – makes you happy, who doesn’t love a cashew
1 cup pumpkin seeds (loaded with zinc – great for prostate health) may as well take advantage while a whole bunch of men will be eating them!!
1 cup raisins or Goji Berries (or both) – some natural sweetness, fiber and antioxidants
1/2 cup hemp seeds – omega rich healthy fats
1 cup cacao nibs or dark chocolate chips – it’s not complete without some chocolate
1 cup coconut flakes – added texture, flavour and crunch
1/4 tsp sea salt – (optional) to balance out the flavours
Toss all ingredients together in a large bowl and serve. Refill when done!
Got other ideas?
What are you planning on having at your party?
Well they have done it – matched two unlikely combination’s to make the perfect tastiest snack. Chocolate Kale Chips, can you think of a better combination? These are two foods that I tell people to eat just about everyday but why not eat them together? Not only that, their nutritional profile proves to be loaded with magnesium, calcium, iron, chlorophyll and fiber – delicious!
Blue Mountain Organics has truly proven to be a mastermind at creating to most unique blends of raw, organic snacks, treats, flours and desserts. I have had the extreme pleasure of enjoying their RAW Cashew Ice Cream (sorry no nutters, you are truly missing out). It is absolutely to die for! Words can’t even describe how good this frozen non-dairy dessert is. They also have a wide variety of unique supplements like carob powder, sunflower lecithin (soy free) along with sprouted beans and whole grains.
And of course some raw nut butter spreads from cashew, tahini, almond, pecan… you name it! They are called Better than Roasted because for a RAW nut butter they taste pretty fantastic! Their online store, packaging and marketing is very cute, friendly and inviting. If you aren’t teased into at least buying 5 items on their website, I would be shocked! (and please make sure that Chocolate Kale Chips are on that order!!)
What is also truly amazing about all of their products, (and obviously why I am such a supporter) is that they are all superfoods, gluten free, dairy free, vegan, raw, kosher and organic. I wish there was a Blue Mountain Store right here in Toronto! But for now I will have to just order online – and pick up what I can at various health food stores in Toronto.