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Raw vegan Apple Strudel

Apple Strudel! The Flagship of czech cousine, THE dessert that every grandma here makes and long awaited recipe! I´ve been mastering this raw vegan version for a while, trying it for a few times before I could release the recipe into a world ;D. Cause, you know, I´m czech and this has to be minimaly perfect.

When I was starting out with this, I had to ask for a help and so my biggest “thank you” goes to Milan, the owner of bistRAW & TEA – Raw&Vegan Bistro in Prague. My favourite raw vegan place in the whole city <3. So if you will be in Prague, definitelly go check this amazing place out. The only clean eating raw vegan place in there so far. 

I loved to bake this dessert in Prague while I was dessert cheffing there. Making my own dough and the smell of baked apples with cinnamon, that was something magical. But I have to say that this version is amazing. Combined sweetness&sourness of apples itself, cinnamon, cashew cream, lemon juice and soft apple/banana raw vegan dehydrated pancake that will melt in your mouth, oh lala ;D.

I ate a LOT of raw vegan apple strudels in my life ;D and trust me, this one has everything! Flavour is well balanced, sour&sweet ratio is amazing and the same goes for creaminess versus crispiness.

So! Let´s go!

Apple Strudel

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By Not So Guilty Pleasures Serves: 7-8
Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes Cooking Time: 12 hours

Ingredients

  • WRAP
  • 350g bananas
  • 300g apples
  • 70g lemon without peal
  • 7g cinnamon
  • 5g psyllium
  • *
  • CREAM
  • 250g cashews
  • 1 vanilla lusk
  • 40g lemon juice (cca from 1 lemon)
  • 250g water
  • 100g coconut sugar or sweetener of your choice
  • *
  • FILLING
  • 2 big apples (cca 415g)
  • 40g lemon juice (cca from 1 lemon)
  • 1tsp cinnamon
  • 50g rasins
  • 100g of Cashew cream filling you have just made

Instructions

1

For this recipe you have to have dehydrated apple banana wraps ready. So if you don´t have them in stock, start day before (or at least night before).

2

Wrap is easy - First mix together apples, bananas, lemon&cinnamon. Once this is well mixed in mixer, add psyllium. But be carefull - psyllium is a thickener. So once you´ll add it and mix it properly in a mixer again, move the mixture asap onto the dehydrator sheet and spread it evenly.

3

The dehydrating will take something about 12 hours.

4

For the filling first prepare your apple mixture. Cut the apples on the V-cutter, place them into a bowl and add lemon juice and rasins. Combine all well and set aside.

5

Now the sweet cashew cream. First mix cashews, vanilla, water, sweetener of your choice and lemon juice. Now the psyllium again - same as with wrap mixture, carefull, it´s gonna thicken the cream a bit, so don´t let it sit in a mixer for a long time.

6

Take 100g of that cream and mix it all together with your apple filling for the strudel.

7

Place the rest of the cream directly on your apple/banana wrap and spread it evenly everywhere.

8

Now the placing of the filling. If you have ever rolled a sushi, this is gonna be easy, if not...well, learning time! ;D Place the filling in the middle of the wrap. The mixture has to be spreaded evenly from left to the right. (Fortunatelly I have pictures for you! ;D). Now take the down side of the wrap and start to roll, you should fold it over the whole mixture and end up with aprox 3 cm of extra wrap behind the filling so it will match the creamy part. Press it all well so the filling in wrap is spreaded evenly. The strudel has to be well pressed with no extra air or holes so it can be cut nicely so no parts would fell out. Now once the strudel is pressed, roll the rest of it and put it in a fridge.

9

Let it chill for few hours and tadaaaaaaa, it´s ready to eat. If you would hold it till the other day, the texture is 1000% better ;D.

Decorations & Toppings/ Rawfood Cousine/ Superfoods & Sprouts/ Sweet

Hazelnutt Chocolate Buckwheat Granola

So! Hello! Let´s up this rawfood game together, shall we? Granola is usually made from oats, nuts, seeds and dried fruits. For me, granola is just something crunchy on my smoothie. I always loved to add plain dehydrated&sprouted buckwheat on top of my smoothie bowls. But for you I leveled this up a bit! 😉 Aaaaand it means hazelnutt&chocolate flavour!

This can be a new thing for those of you who never tried to sprout buckwheat. Or to those who actually never tried to sprout anything ;D. No worries, I got you. I will soon post an article for beginners with sprouting, for people who are kinda into the idea of trying a sprouting but totally haven´t a clue how to do it. It´s easy! And I will guide you through it.

With this recipe though, I will act like you already know how to generate your own buckwheat sprouts – so I would say it´s for more advanced rawfood enthusiasts! 🙂

 

Well, ok, little hint:

1. you soak buckwheat overnight,

2. after a soaking it for at least 6-8 hours you will drain it, put it into a sip where it can breathe and you will wash it tree times a day,

3. and tadaaaaa, after 2 days you will have a fresh home-selfgrown-sprouts!)

 

For it to be raw you also need a dehydrator. I´ve never tried raw vegan recipes in the oven or drying it under the Sun, but those people exist and they have succes with it :D. So again, no worries if you don´t own one, oven/Sun could be enough. Especially if you don´t care if it is gonna stay raw or not!

Again, this is what I like and I encourage you to do it your own creative way. If you don´t like hazelnutt-chocolate flavour, do your own thing, honey ;D. You can make it fruity, with nuts and seeds, levander, orange, whatever you can imagine ;). So let the buckwheat sprouts be the base and then you do whatever you like ;).

Hezelnutt Chocolate Buckwheat Granola

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By Not So Guilty Pleasures Serves: 10
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 12 hours

Ingredients

  • 500g fresh buckwheat sprouts
  • 35g hazelnutt oil
  • 100g coconut sugar
  • 10g gingerbread spice (cinnamon, anyz, kardamon, muscat nut, ginger, ..)
  • 40g raw cacao powder

Instructions

1

Put the sprouts into a big bowl and first add oil and combine all perfectly.

2

Add coconut sugar and mix all together well.

3

Add gingerbread spice, mix, add cacao powder and mix again.

4

Spread it all onto a dehydrator sheet and let it in the dehydrator overnight. Or watch it during the day and take it out once you think it´s fully dehydrated so it can last forever ;D. It will not, trust me.

Basics of Raw/ Rawfood Cousine/ Sweet

Chocolate Peppermint Mousse

Another day, another raw vegan chocolate recipe! ;D Well. We love chocolate, don´t we? I love basic recipes, cause it shows people that they don´t need to go crazy with equipment and ingredients. You can leave this totally plain or add different ess. oil. What I can deffinitelly recommend is orange essential oil. In combination with chocolate it´s totally devine!

For this recipe you just need a mixer. And it can be the basic one. I also love this recipe cause it´s super quick and it can be easily made just for 4 people or for 30 in a few minutes. So if you are home cook hosting dinner party or chef in a busy restaurant or hotel, you can all benefit from this easy deliciousness!

When I say basic, it´s really basic. There are so many variations and how to make chocolate mousse. Avocado-raw cacao-coconut oil and agave is also an option. Some people like to use aquafaba = legumes tinned water. Well. Your mousse, your choice ;D. But I would say that for people with liquid sugar sensitivity – dates are gonna be good option. But! I like it really sweet, so if you will make it and you will be like: „Wooooah, what is this!“ ;D (it can happen, I´m a sweet girl!) – Next time use avocado instead of part of dates. Or you can still fix it with adding more water and avocado (and cacao if needed). It needs to be creamy and fluffy, not watery, not super stiff. Perfectly in balance.

If you would like to go all-in, use few decagrams of both melted cacao butter and 100% chocolate. I would say, 20-30g of each plus a bit more water. It´s gonna taste like chocolate truffles!

Chocolate Peppermint Mousse

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By Not So Guilty Pleasures Serves: 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 250g water
  • 200g dates
  • 45g coconut oil
  • 50g raw cacao powder
  • 3-4 drops of peppermint essencial oil

Instructions

1

First mix dates, water, essential oil untill is everything perfectly smooth.

2

Add coconut oil and mix again.

3

Add cacao powder and mix untill you have no pieces of powder inside.

4

Transfer the cream in individuall glasses and let it sit in a fridge for about 30 minutes to 1 hour.

5

Decorate as you like. I used cocoa nibs and soaked, sprouted&dehydrated buckwheat and mint.

Artisan/ Party!/ Rawfood Cousine/ Sweet

Sesame chocolate bonbons

This raw vegan “Sesame chocolate bonbons” recipe brings me back to Malta on Amchara retreat centre where I´ve created it for my food demos there. I had to always come up with something quick and easy. First to encourage people who never heard about rawfoods that raw vegan treats could be easily made at home with almost zero equipment. Secondly. It had to be yummyyyyy.

And I think I made it with these little sasame chocolate bonbons. Plus, you can swirl in some superfoods that you like and here you are! With totally healthy and guilt free ;D chocolate treats (read it with bit of sarcasm and 60´s television advertisement voice! ;D. Giiiirl.., just don´t overeat on them, alright? :D).

I used yacon sirup in these cause it has GI 1 (glycemic index), which is amazing when you are combining fats and sugars. You can also use stevia if you are conciouss and cautiouss about sugar. Or go wild and use high sugar sweetener. Who cares that much when it comes to chocolate, right? 😀 Although each sweetener will give you a different result. So if I personally went purely for the taste, I would use maple syrup or agave cause they are neutral. Yacon, coconut sirup and date sirup will give you a bit sour-fruity taste.

TIP: For Nutella taste exchange coconut oil for hazelnutt one!

What is important – because this is simple&quickest way of homemade chocolates – making process of these bonbons doesn´t involve tempering of chocolate, so they will melt in the room temperature. So keep these yummies in the fridge or freezer. 

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Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup coconut or hazelnutt oil
  • 1/2 cup cacao butter
  • 1/4 cup yacon sirup or sweetener of choice
  • 3/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1 cup white sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp maca or superfood of choice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon

Instructions

1

Slightly heat your coconut oil and cocoa butter in pot (not boil). Use double pan technique if you are not so good with not boiling it ;D. That means that you take one bigger pot, pour water in, place smaller pot with coconut oil&cacao butter inside on the warming up water in the bigger pot and wait and stir it untill are those 2 ingredients totally melted down.

2

Put melted coconut oil and cacao butter in a bowl and first add and mix all your liquids and then the other ingredients in.

3

Mix all together well. I mean, no chunks of cacao powder or your superfoods ;D. And use a silicon praline form for your chocolate bites. 

4

Decorate as you like and put everything in a freezer to let it sit.

Notes

For decoration use your creativity and imagination. I used pumpkin seeds, coconut chips and sesame seeds. But rose or levander petals would be also beautifull. Or any other chopped nuts and dried fruits. These chocolates are super versatile. You can also use essential oils and totally level these up! My favourite would be orange I guess. And levander ess. oil with levander petals as a deco! Wuaaaah! ;D