Monday, February 18, 2013

totally awesome dessert - psst it's healthy

I'm not sure what to call this, other than freaking delicious. It's kind of like german chocolate cake meets french mousse pie. Whatever you call it, this totally hits the spot for me. It tastes wonderful and rich, without being sickeningly sweet (but don't you worry! It's sweet enough!). It has lots of great textures, and is convincing enough to fool everyone at the ward party... if you're nice enough to share. The best part is that it's made out of whole foods, won't make you feel sick after eating it, and it's a dessert that you're actually better off for having eaten.

I've been making a bunch of things from the site This Rawsome Vegan Life, and I've loved everything I've tried. I decided to pull a few of her recipes together to make this to console myself for not having a box of chocolates on Valentines Day. This is so good that I'm not looking back anymore. I'm confident that I've traded up. It's great to have delicious treats that we can make that go along with our new healthy lifestyle. (we're trying to cut out refined sugars, eat mostly plants, and limited meat and dairy. I say limited because I love cheese with a strength that cannot be denied or ignored.)

One of the things that I've loved about making raw food, is that it's pretty flexible. You can add things in or swap out as you please, without worrying that it's going to make the cake fall, or be weird by the time it's done cooking. So if you don't have hemp seeds, don't worry about it, just use something else, and add stuff in until it looks and tastes right to you.

French Mousse Pie with a German Chocolate Twist:
(lame, someone come up with a better name for me)
adapted from This Rawsome Vegan Life recipes

2 cups old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup raw almonds or other nuts
1/4 cup hemp seeds
1 Tlbs chia seeds
3 dried figs
1/2 cup dates/prunes
1/4 cup agave/maple syrup/honey
2 Tlbs melted coconut oil
1 t vanilla
1/2 t cinnamon
1/4 t kosher salt

1 ripe avocado
3 Tbls cacao/cocoa
1/4 cup honey/maple syrup 
1 Tbls virgin coconut oil, melted 
3-4 tablespoons nut butter (i used healthy peanut butter)
1/4 cup vegan milk (almond, soy, rice) add more as needed.
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp vanilla
1/8 tsp cinnamon 
1/3 cup dates/prunes

Caramel layer:
1 cup dates soaked in enough water to cover them
1/2 tsp salt (optional)
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 Tbls melted coconut oil

Chocolate topping:
1/2 cup agave/maple syrup/honey, or you can use a paste of dates and water
3/4 cup cacao or cocoa
2/3 cup coconut oil, melted

Now! How to make it:

To make the crust, pulse the ingredients in your food processor until it becomes crumbly and delicious looking. Add a little bit of water until it keeps its shape when you press it together (doesn't take much.) Press your crust layer into the bottom of a greased 9x13 pan.

To make the mousse, blend all the ingredients in your food processor until smooth. You can add some vegan milk to help it along if you think it needs it. Then spread on top of your crust layer, and stick in the freezer to let the mousse set. 

To make the caramel, blend the ingredients in your food processor or blender if it can handle such a small amount of sticky stuff. Mine were too big, it just stuck to the sides and the bottom for me. I ended up using my immersion blender  to get it smooth. once it looks like a creamy caramel, spread on top of your mousse layer.

For the chocolate topping, mix ingredients until smooth. then pour on top. you can sprinkle unsweetened coconut/chopped nuts on top if you want. But I won't force you. :)

Cover and set in the freezer until you're ready to eat. I'd guess that it'd take about an hour to set completely, but I think it would still be delicious if you're short on time need to skip that step. 


Lauren said...

Wow Anna, way to go. I'm excited to try it once we have a blender that can blend more than boiled vegetables to make our own baby food. :) Or maybe I'll just request that you make it when we come out in June.

ASL Club said...

Just want to let you know that my roommates loved it, thanks, you're amazing :)