Eating a diet rich in Omega rich EFA’s is undoubtedly obvious if you want to stay healthy and look after your brain, neural system and your heart.
But, let’s face it – munching through flax, hemp, chia is not much fun and pretty bland when sprinkled on your soup or cereal.
So, I came up with a lovely cheery recipe that will tickle your tastebuds and keep you healthy – Cheery Cherry Chia Tart – try saying it fast!!!
This delicious tart is tasty and refreshing too. Here’s how I made it:
You will need:
for the filling:
1.5 to 2 cups of hemp or other plant milk (hemp contains all essential omega fats)
half a cup of chia seeds
one cup of frozen black cherries
2 tablespoons agave syrup or other sweetener you like
1 teaspoon purple corn extract
half teaspoon ashwaganda and half a teaspoon mucuna (optional superfood extras)
10 drops black cherry essence (from medicine flower at Rawliving.eu) – optional but nice
for the tart base:
one cup almonds
one cup raw oat groats
10 dried apricots or dates soaked
a little water
Start by soaking the chia seeds in the milk for two to three hours, submerge them and give them a stir – the mix will become quite jelly-like and firm – if too firm add a bit more milk. You will get a bit more moisture though when you add the cherries.
In the meantime, make the base by grinding up the almonds and oats together with the apricots or dates in a food processor until they are fine and are coming together like a dough – you might need to add a little water. You don’t want it too sticky though. Place the nutty dough in a silicon tart mould, (I used a heart-shaped one, as usual!) press it out to cover the base a little bit up the sides too. You can either freeze it now to firm it up or dehydrate it for an hour depending on whether you want a more crispy base or a really soft one. When its done you can either keep it in the mould or turn it out very carefully ready for the filling.
After a couple of hours add your cherries, purple corn, agave, 10 drops of medicine flower black cherry essence and superfood powders and stir until all nice and gleaming purple! Pile your cheery cherry chia mix into the tart base – chill and serve.
Tip – you can add a sprinkling of cacao powder over the top if you want but its great on its own.
by Gwyneth Robbins-Cox March 2017
Love and Cake are synonymous
You know what I mean – cake is something we all enjoy either a little or a bit too much.
Cake is a bit of a treat – a celebration to be shared with the ones you love. We all remember cake being a part of family gatherings, birthdays, parties. So to me cake is part of the essence of Love – something that is shared with those you hold closest. Cake is a gift of sweetness.
Celebration Five Layer Rose Cake
I began making cakes by myself when I was 9 years old. I remember making a tray bake of sponge, cutting it up into little squares then covering them with different coloured icing and different flavours – it was magic! I loved the whole thing of sharing cake with my little sister and parents and my friend next door.
So when did I start making raw cakes? I can honestly say that it was not a conscious decision. After attending one of Kate Magic’s amazing raw chef courses, I started getting ideas that just dropped out of the ether. I scribbled them down and just went into the kitchen to experiment and create. its four years now since my raw cake journey began and the inspirations just keep on coming – throughout the first year I felt inspired to create all the cakes you can see here on the website. I have to say that I don’t really have a sweet tooth and much prefer savoury food but I love the reactions I get from my cakes, and actually, being raw and good for you, they’re never too sweet anyway.
How does love really equate to cake though? I just feel that there’s not enough real love in the world. People these days are bereft of the sense of love; receiving a hug, a compliment, a kind gesture . . .we are bereft of the spiritual sweetness that we so need. Giving a cake is a way of saying ‘I Love You’. Love, may not always be in the romantic sense, but in the sense of appreciation, kindness and care. We all need a little more sweetness in our lives these days I’m sure you’ll agree!
With love in mind, I’ve come up with a very special little Love Muffin as an exclusive Limited Edition Cake Gift for Valentines Day. I have been absolutely inspired by the wings of cupid cos this little love muffin is as light as air and with a delicious coconut sweetness that is pure heaven. Filled with goji and strawberry jam it’s a cake treat that’ll make you feel loved – even if you give it as a gift to the most important person in your life – you! Valentine’s Love Muffin won’t be around for ever and is available to pre-order now for Valentines Day. View here.
Raw cakes at raw4change.co.uk are full of good for you ingredients. They are vegan and gluten free. This little Love Muffin comes packaged in a muffin box tied with gold ribbon and you can even add a special gift message too.
Even people who aren’t into raw, absolutely love my cakes – its a love revelation.
A few words here from Tracy Sadler, renowned, wonderful Raw Food Chef. Tracy has been working really hard to promote her unique style of delicious raw food at various places around the country. Read on to find out what she has been up to and for one of her fabulous recipes.!
Raw Happy is venturing far and wide of late, with catering events taking place all over the UK including, Good Vibes and Yoga Connects festivals earlier in the summer and now looking forward to sharing her love and tasty, nourishing wares at Udaya Yoga launch event in London at the start of August..
Raw Happy was recently down in Devon at JayneBeccaYoga retreat, which was a blissful weekend of yoga, walking and relaxing in the scenic countryside of Cheriton Bishop. Then of course not to forget the delicious plant based menu to satisfy the hungry group of lovely yogis!
From the moment the guests arrived at this beautiful thatched cottage they were treated to some truly delicious delights, with a welcoming 3 course dinner and ‘cocktail’ to daily breakfast, lunch and dinner and a goodie bag of yummies to enjoy on their journeys home. Some of the raw dishes included, Mushroom and Mixed Seed Burgers, Lasagne, Mixed Vegetable Pizza, Salted Caramel Cupcakes and Mango and Lime Cheesecake. Along with Purple Limeade and Power Green Dragon Smoothies.
And the ‘science’ behind raw food is that non of the dishes are heated above 41 degrees, resulting in no nutrients being depleted and retaining full flavour and energy, perfect for this well being weekend.
A common misconception of Raw Food is that it’s massively time consuming and complicated to make, this simple and versatile Pesto recipe proves otherwise and can be added to steamed veggies, noodles, as a salad compliment or even to zucchini noodles.
Creamy Red Pepper Pesto
- 2 red peppers
- 50g sunflower seeds- or cashews to make creamier
- 1 clove garlic
- 1 dessert spoon Tamari
- 2 tablespoons Hemp oil
- 1 teaspoon Sumac powder
- 1 dessert spoon Apple Cider vinegar
- 1 date
Add all ingredients to a high power blender and blitz until smooth, pour over your favourite dish and enjoy!!
To find out more about Tracy’s work at Raw Happy please go to: www.happilyraw.co.uk – you can also connect to Tracy via Twitter: @happy_raw on Instagram: RAW HAPPY 14 and on Facebook: Raw Happy.
Really looking forward to doing this talk for the Spiritual Coffee Group in Weston Super Mare on 12th May
Talking about raw food is one of my favourite things. Most people are always curious about the ‘raw food diet’ – some are sceptical but most are open-minded and eager to find out more.
So I am really excited to be doing this talk. The main theme will be to talk about what eating raw is all about. The truth and the myths. As a therapist of 30 years I shall also be talking about being more raw from an energetic point of view – that is, how eating raw really affects your energy not just in a physical sense but on all levels of your being. Eating raw is holistic – it is spiritual. The raw path is not necessarily an easy one and I hope to talk a little about this – leaving time for some questions too.
If you would like to come along, the venue is Crossroads Carers Centre, 1 Graham Rd, Weston Super Mare BS23 1YA email organiser Amanda Bailey on: email@example.com
Mmmmm – Lemon Cake
With the arrival of some lighter days and with the Spring Equinox approaching in a few weeks – inspiration is calling to create a beautiful zesty zingy lemon cake. Fresh as the March winds and with the essence of lemon yellow to remind us that the Sun is strengthening.!
I love to create these cakes around the energies of the year – this one has been waiting to burst forth with the Springtime energies. So – buckwheat is soaking and sprouting ready to begin. . . lemons to the ready and we shall see what the Divine Cake Goddess brings forth!
Yes! Another New Cake for a New Year! The indulgence never stops! But why should it? This cake is totally good for you, its full of raw chocolate and healthy too and will make you feel . . . blissed.
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