Tuesday, May 27, 2014

*Raw Vegan Coconut Banana Cream Pie*

Pie, pie....oh my.


Helloooo pie. 

Raw Vegan Coconut Banana....with cacao drizzle....Cream Pie. <3 

Oh yes, annnnd hellllllloo everyone as well. XO! 

So I was having a very wonderful conversation with my dear favorite foodie friend a.k.a. my lovely Tante' Lys,  the other day, and we were happening to talk about food. (Um, like duh lol) We are both whole food, gluten free, veggie heads whom have a passion for exploring, creating, discussing, sharing.....and eating beautiful whole, organic, sustainable, cruelty free, foods. (phew that was a mouthful hehe)

She had sent me a care package of foodie goodies, many wonderful things, but the one I used here, was Walnuts. Mmm... 

I had wanted to make something using the walnuts she sent...perhaps with some dates.....some young coconut that I had....perhaps a cookie, or a bar orrrrr.......Then she said PIE! <3 

OHHH, it was on! I mean how can you go wrong with pie?? What an awesome and lovely idea! SO, we both searched our brains and the internet for ideas. We BOTH, separately came across a recipe, thee same recipe, using walnuts and dates as the crust......and was a "Coconut Banana Cream Pie". I don't have the link where I found the recipes right now. BUT I will def link to it here, once I find it! I promise! I absolutely need and want to give inspiration credit to where it's due!! <3 I however changed her recipe a bit to make it my own. But I will find the link and share it soon. 

YEP. That was the pie I needed to make...create....play with...get my inspiration from......EAT!  

So, I got inspired and started creating my own version of "Coconut Banana Cream Pie".

NOTE: This pie does NOT taste like traditional cooked Coconut Pie....for it is not. It definitely has a very, natural, taste about it. If you want it to be more traditional tasting....perhaps instead of making it raw vegan by using fresh young coconuts.....you could make it just Vegan, by using canned coconut milk INSTEAD of the young coconuts. Which is still crazy healthy for you! It will give it a more coconuty flavor. :) I have talked about this idea below....see the 'Recipe' and the 'Notes' section. Perty please and thank ya! <3 


Here's what I did and the recipe!


*RAW VEGAN COCONUT BANANA CREAM PIE*

For a small 8" tart pan.

CRUST:
  • 1 cup Walnuts (see Notes below)
  • 1/2 cup dried shredded Coconut (I use "Let's Do Organic Shredded Coconut)
  • 5 Medjool Dates, sticky ones please, and pitted. :)
PIE FILLING:
  • 3/4 cup Raw Cashews, soaked in water for at least 1/2 hour, then drained
  • 1/4 cup Raw Extra Virgin Coconut OIL, softened. 
  • 4-5 Medjool Dates, pitted
  • 1/8 cup Lemon juice
  • 1 sm. Banana, ripe. (also 1 for slicing and topping the pie with)
  • 1 1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla
  • 1/2 cup Coconut Milk (SEE NOTES BELOW PLEASE)
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • OPTIONAL....3 TBS dried shredded Coconut flakes, (TOTALLY OPT)
TOP:
  • 3/4 cup either Young Coconut Flesh OR canned Coconut Milk (Must see note! Really lol)
  • 1/8 tsp Lemon juice
  • 1-2 TBS liquid sweetener, (Agave, Date puree, Coconut Nectar etc...) or to taste
  • 1 TBS Raw Extra Virgin Coconut OIL, softened. 
  • pinch of salt
(To make Topping....blend all Topping ingredients in a good blender until whipped)


DIRECTIONS:

The first thing to do, is to create your crust.....walntus, dates and dried coconut. Take your lovely walnuts and blend them in a food processor til crumbly. Add in the dried coconut and then the Medjool dates. I find it easier if you chop your dates or mush them a little before putting them in the mix. This will help your food processor blend them without getting over taxed. 


Once, well blended. The pie crust should have a moist, somewhat sticky texture. You should be able to press it into a ball and have it stay that way. ;) 
Now, press it into a small 8" Tart pan. This may take you a moment to get it right....just make sure you get the crust even and in all the little nooks and crannies of the tart pan. 



Now onto that filling. 

Set the pie crust aside.....I like to set it in the fridge til I need it. 

For the filling, in a food processor. Process your soaked cashews til crumbly. Add in your dates, once again, I recommend that you help them out a bit and chop them or mush them prior to putting them into the processor. 
Give the mix a little blend. Then continue adding the rest of the filling ingredients. Whirl, blend, mix, and blend again. You want it nice and creamy. (About the Coconut in the filling, please see Notes below.....I have some good tips for you)

(Below pic....Fresh Young Coconut Meat)

(Above pic, Fresh Young Coconut Meat) SEE NOTE BELOW)

  NOW, go grab your pie crust and spoon the filling into it. 


Here is where you could choose to do two things......you could either cover the pie as is now, and place it in the fridge to firm up THEN top with the banana slices along with the Topping later....OR you could choose to place the slices of banana on now and then pop it in the fridge to chill. NO MATTER. I choose to top it now with the banana slices...then put it in the fridge to chill overnight. The next day I topped it all with the 'Topping'. 


AFTER chilling the pie...(without the Topping) overnight. Then make the 'Topping' and top that baby with that lovely Cream Topping. 

(ACK! UPDATE!: I almost forgot to post how to do the 'Topping'. If you read this post before and noticed that I forgot to add the directions for the 'Topping'. SOO sorry about that lol! OOPS! Here ya go!)

FOR THE TOPPING!...Whip all the the 'Topping' ingredients together in a good blender until whipped and gorgeous. Taste and adjust flavorings....such as salt and sweetener. Then top the chilled pie with it. :)



I used a piping bag and a cute little piping tip. But you could do what ever your little heart desires. I then sprinkled some more dried coconut flakes on top, m'yep. 

OH and then.....I couldn't help myself. IF you wanna get really crazy.....how about you top it off with some raw cacao!?! Umm, yes please

(Above pic.....drizzled with a mix of raw cacao/coconut oil and agave)

*NOTES AND TIPS*

  • About the Walnuts. I would recommend, giving your walnuts a 20 minute water soak and then a rinse before using them. Because walnuts tend to have a bitter taste. The soaking will help rinse away a little bit of that. ALSO....IF, you do rinse and drain them first, might I suggest that you dry them reeeeally well, or if you have a dehydrator, give them a little drying time before using them. That way when you use them for your crust they wont be to soggy or soft. BUT, honestly, if you don't want to do any of this, no biggie. Either just use the original dried walnuts, OR, change up the nut altogether and possibly go for....Pecans?? Oh, yeah, I'm pretty sure that would rock too. 

  • About the Coconut. Ahhh yes, thee ol' coconut tips. Let me say here, that Young Coconuts have a distinct flavor. Not quiet the deep sweet coconut flavor most people are used too. IF you want to keep this pie completely RAW then by all means, use the Young Coconut meat. HOWEVER, and might I suggest, that for you newbies, (I mean no disrespect here <3 ) That INSTEAD of using the raw fresh Young Coconut USE a can of GOOD Coconut Milk?? There is a GREAT trick to this: *If you are using a can of Coconut Milk.....place the whole unopened can in the fridge overnight. THEN the next day, open it up and only use the top cream. You see, when you place the can in the fridge, the cream separates from the 'water'. Leaving a luscious thick coconut cream on top. What what?!  

  • SOOO my final TIP.......if you are wanting that real distinct Coconuty flavor.....use a can of Coconut Milk and do the fridge trick, to scoop off the top cream. FOR BOTH the 'Filling' and the 'Top'. ALSO, THIS IS NOT TO REPLACE THE "COCONUT OIL".....just the "Coconut milk/meat" in the recipe. That is important. 

  • OK I lied.....ONE more, lol. You may also play around with the crust...perhaps add a couple TBS Raw Cacao Powder to the mix and  poof! You now have a Chocolate Crust! Ch'ah! ALSO, I'm thinking that you may also add some Coconut Extract to the Filling, for a more Coconuty Flavor.....hey, just saying. AND FINALLY.....no really, haha. May I also point out that you may, if you feel inclined.....to drizzle this lovely pie with Chocolate?? Yeah, that's what I thought. ;) XOXO!

And now.....I give you Pie! 


Pie......OH MY! <3!!

With that, I leave you with......*Happy and Healthy Eating my Beauties!*

Til Next Blog!
Keep on Raw'kin!
*Shauna*


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Updates....Recipe Creating...and more...

Hello! Bonjour! Salut!


Just a quick blog update to say hellllloooo and that I am in the process of doing some blog updates (as you can probably see haha) Sooo, thanks for being patient.


Been playing around with the color theme and the text....Green/Sage and burgundy?? Green/Sage and Lilac?? Ohhh the color ideas are endless, haha. I've been thinking about other little fixer uppers that I can do too. Still brainstorming. ;)


Also, have been working on editing tons of new foodie recipe pics for ya! Will be posting more recipes in the next day or so. (yaaay!)


SO until then, my lovely fellow foodies and Raw'kers....Keep on raw'kin and I hope your kitchen adventures are sweet!......and savory. ;)


*Happy and Healthy Eating!*

Peace, love....and cyber hugs!
*Shauna*

Monday, May 12, 2014

*Raw Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream*

Goooood Afternoon my friends!

I thought I would share this OH SO easy and waaaay delicious Ice Cream recipe. Seriously, easy. I made it the other day.....and ate it for breakfast. :)

Ice cream for breakfast you ask??.......Whhhhy yes! Of course! Especially since it's made with whole, beautiful, raw vegan foods. Mmm!

Take a looksee!


And I have to tell you....the texture was JUST like dairy ice cream! No kidding! And wait for it....the base of this ice cream.....frozen bananas. M'yep.

Now, there are probably a zillion different ways to make Raw Vegan Ice Creams.....I have seen some use a mix frozen bananas and nuts, like cashews. Or, perhaps a mix of nuts and  young coconuts. This one however, like I said , easy and simple and only using frozen bananas as the base. I hope to play around with all types of ice creams this Summer....and when I do, of course I will share and blog them to you all! xo!

Here's the recipe and what I did:


  • 2-4 Bananas, sliced into coins and frozen overnight
  • 2-4 TBS Raw Cacao Powder (to taste)
  • Wee pinch of salt (opt, but adds a depth of flavor)
  • Splash of Pure Vanilla

(OPT ideas and ingredients??.......perhaps some fresh mint, some raw cacao nibs, skip the cacao powder and just make plain vanilla ice cream, whirl up some fruit in there once the 'ice cream' is made, add some chopped cherries in with the chocolate version....I can go on and on...and on, haha. But I think you get the idea. )

Once the bananas were frozen I put them in a food processor and whirled em up. NOTE, this might take some finesse. I have a really old horrible processor and my motor is sensitive to overheating....stupid thing. I MUST get a new one, one of these days.





Then if you are doing the Chocolate version.....add in 2-4 TBS raw Cacao powder. This is to taste....depends on your chocolate taste buds. ;)



(See my boo boo finger?...yeah that was when I chopped my finger off the other week....yeah not pretty.)


(Ahhh my poor 'Little Mr.BooBoo" )

ANYWAY.........{{GRIN}}....on with the recipe......

THEN.....once you add the choc powder to the frozen bananas, add in that wee pinch of salt and a splash or two of vanilla. Yum!


WHIRL it allllllllll up. And eventually it will come together and make Ice Cream! How crazy! So at this point, give it a taste and adjust flavor to your liking. :)

You may now, scoop out that baby and eat it right away. Or you may put it in a glass bowl with lid and store it in the freezer. It will firm up nicely.

OR......like I said......just eat it now. Like I did. :)



All gone!

So if you are asking yourself if you should make this.....or eat ice cream for breakfast.....the answer is.............yes! XOXO!!

Raw Vegan Ice Cream for breakfast?.....Yep, it's a good thing. <3! 

Alright, my beautiful people, enjoy! I hope to make and share many other ice cream creations with you guys soon! I'm thinking, something with fresh Summer cherries.....once Summer cherries get here. {{GRIN}} 


*Wishing you Happy and Healthy Eating!........and much kitchen madness!*

Love, Peace and Cyber Hugs!
*Shauna*