so here we are! the final post that will bring it all together. i thought about spitting it up a little more but that just seemed mean ;). if you missed the first two components, check them out here and here.
before i get into that though i just have a couple things to say. recently davida wrote a post about the things a year of blogging has taught her and it got me thinking about the last two years. i started this blog because i needed an outlet. and what was the biggest thing i gained?
hope you all enjoyed the raw caramel recipe! and i hope it's whetted your appetite for the big finish. for those of you who follow me on instagram, you've already seen it. but let's just keep it on the down low for the rest of them shall we? ;). in case you missed the first component, check it out here.
we continue with my blog’s 2 year anniversary today with the second component of our big dessert: raw almond butter and caramel apple cheesecake squares. mmmm, i cannot wait till friday to show you how it all comes together!
today we will continue with a raw apple sauce or butter which is completely delicious eaten by itself as a snack or dessert. it’s spiced with cinnamon, sweetened with dates and thickened with flax seeds. it’s fiber-rich and because it’s raw, all the vitamins in the apples are retained. the same recipe is used for apple sauce and butter except for a little extra sweetness from maple syrup for the apple butter. mmmmm.
raw apple sauce/butter (vegan, gluten-free, paleo, raw)
by gabby ouimet
Prep Time: 10 min
Keywords: blender raw dessert snack nut-free paleo raw soy-free gluten-free vegan sugar-free apple dates
ingredients (2 cups)
2 cups chopped apples*
1 1/2 tbsp ground flax seed
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 medjool dates
1 tbsp maple syrup (if making apple butter, omit if making apple sauce)
if your dates are dry, soak them in some water for about an hour to soften.
add all ingredients to a food processor and process until smooth. store in the fridge until ready to eat.
* you can keep the apple peels on (i did) unless your apples aren't organic, then you should peel them as they are part of the dirty dozen!
last week through me for a little bit of a whirlwind. and in all the unexpected goings-on, i completely forgot to celebrate my little blog’s second anniversary! i can’t believe i have been writing for 2 years and i can’t believe the support i have received during that time. none of this would be possible without all of my wonderful readers, some who have been here since the beginning. thank you all of you for taking time out of your busy schedules to read, comment, try my recipes and most importantly connect with me over something i am truly passionate about. here’s to another 2 years, hopefully during which there will be some big changes going on!
this week will be devoted to building up to an apex recipe, one that is worthy of a celebration like a second anniversary. raw almond butter and caramel apple cheesecake squares. a mouthful- yes. but delicious? hells yes.
i decided to split up the components because each could stand on it’s own without the others. today we will start with a raw vegan caramel sauce.
it doesn’t get much better that being given an excuse to consume more desserts and sweets than normal and this is one of the best parts of the holiday season. baking galore, taste-testing those handmade gifts, potlucks and more-often-than-usual “treating myself” at cafes and restaurants.
in order to make sure i don’t go completely off the back end and abandon the healthy lifestyle i love so much, i try to make sure at least some of these goodies are handmade by me! even better? when a lovely, thoughtful and brilliant blogger brings 25 bloggers together to share 25 cookie recipes that completely fit the bill.
i am honoured to be participating for the second year in kristy’s vegan cookie swap party. this year i offer up raw peppermint oreos!
and don't forget to check out last year's contribution: these delicious nutmeg logs…
head on over to keepin’ it kind now to get the recipe and check out all the other delicious cookies!
i don’t know about you guys, but november 1 officially starts the beginning of the holiday season for me. this means i can start listening to christmas music (michael buble i’m looking at you), watching christmas movies (oh hey there love actually and home alone), decorating the house and whipping up christmas-themed treats and meals. gingerbread spiced smoothies, chocolate-peppermint desserts, savoury stuffing-style pilaffs, egg nog-esque beverages and lets not forget the amazing mulled wines and hot apple ciders!
not only that but i start basically giving my money away on anything christmas themed- from clothes that would be great for a holiday party, to decorations and trinkets i don’t need, ANY christmas themed treat/beverage in the cafes…honestly, i am a retailers dream.
and it is one of those retailers that inspired today’s treat! i’m sure most of you know who i’m referencing- they launch the red cups on november 2, and suddenly christmas is in the air. peppermint mochas, gingerbread lattes, nanaimo bars, snowman cookies an of course, the cranberry bliss bar. NONE of which is healthy (or vegan mind you).
so of course i set about to recreate one of these treats in my own home! because i refuse to miss out on all this holiday cheer! not to mention, while each one of these items sounds pretty delicious, i happen to know they are each cloyingly sweet, likely to set your teeth on edge and blood sugar soaring. i might have a sweet tooth, but i prefer my sweets on the not-so-sweet side.
these are raw, so no-baking required (yay!) and are packed with good for you ingredients like nuts and coconut to make sure you get a healthy dose of fats and fibre with your treat. i used fruit-juice sweetened cranberries too, to lessen your exposure to refined sugars. finally, i topped it all off with a cashew-based, cream cheese-esque icing. talk about decadent!
i actually made these for the first time last year but missed the boat on posting them for the christmas season. but a friend who tried them said they tasted better than the original version. i’ll take that as a win! and i apologize for making you wait almost a year for the recipe…but hopefully you’ll make them, take one bite and all will be forgiven ;)
make them listening to some michael buble christmas music please and then enjoy snuggled beneath a blanket watching love actually. it’s just the right thing to do.
add the nuts to your food processor and process until you get a fine meal. add the rest of the dry base ingredients and pulse a couple times to mix. then add in the date and cranberries and process until a sticky dough forms. press into a plastic wrap-lined pan and put in the fridge while you make the icing.
add your soaked cashew nuts and the rest of the icing ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. smooth over top of the bars. sprinkle on chopped cranberries to decorate and then put back in the fridge to let the icing firm up. store in the fridge or freezer until just before serving or the icing with get melty and soft again. these freeze well, so you can make them ahead of time!