Raw Vegan Chocolate Pudding

gluten free raw vegan chocolate pudding recipe

Recently I decided to try my hand at raw desserts.
Why you ask?
No particular reason other than challenging myself to try new things.
I also think everyone should have dessert, don’t you agree?
I cannot believe how easy this chocolate pudding recipe is and I really was not expecting how versatile raw, soaked cashews are.
I was able to make a vegan raspberry cheesecake too and cannot wait to share that recipe with you all in the next few weeks.


gluten free raw vegan raspberry cheesecake recipe
It too was easy to make and more importantly tasted amazing!!
Whether for dietary, humane or just a personal reason your vegan guests should also be able to enjoy dessert.
I will definitely make this again and hope you give it a try too.
The most important ingredient in this pudding is cashews! No, not the roasted, salted ones you find in cans in the grocery store.
You need to find raw cashews.
I am able to find them at any of many health food grocery stores we have here in Calgary. The second important step is to soak the cashews overnight. This is why they become so creamy.
Basically you place raw cashews in a bowl.
Cover the cashews in water and let sit on the counter overnight.
In the morning all you need to do is drain them.
Process in a food processor and you have the beginning of creaminess without diary!

Raw Vegan Chocolate Pudding

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 cups soaked raw cashews
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk

Instructions
 

  • Place soaked cashews, honey, coconut oil and cacao powder in a food processor.
  • Process until well combined.
  • Add the coconut milk and process until mixture looks like a pudding.
  • Pour into small jars or bowls and place in the fridge.
  • You can also enjoy these right away if you want.
  • I topped mine with some whipped coconut milk and fresh raspberries.
  • Enjoy!
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gluten free raw vegan chocolate pudding recipe

Gluten Free No-Bake Date Cookies

These gluten and dairy-free no bake date cookies require only 4 simple ingredients.

This is day 12 of my #20daysofcookies campaign to post a new gluten free dairy free recipe each day. Enjoy the other recipes here.

gluten free no bake date cookies recipe
Gluten Free No-Bake Date Cookies.
Here is the 12th new cookie recipe for the month of December, #20daysofcookies, where I will share 20 new gluten free cookie recipes from December 1-20. Make sure you subscribe to receive each one!
This is one of the easiest cookies to make. In fact, it only has 4 ingredients and one of those ingredients is water.
For those of you on a grain free or paleo diet, these cookies are a sweet you can enjoy.
I can hardly believe this is recipe #12 already, only 8 more to go. Have you made any of the previous recipes? Let me know on FacebookTwitter or Instagram if you have made any.

gluten free no bake date cookies recipe

These gluten and dairy-free no bake date cookies only require 4 simple ingredients.

Gluten Free No-Bake Date Cookies

Ingredients
  

  • This recipe makes 19 balls.
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup toasted pistachios
  • 3 tsp water
  • Optional Topping:
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil. melted
  • 1/4 cup Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Chips

Instructions
 

  • In a food processor, process the dates, coconut and pistachios.
  • Add 1 tsp of water at a time, while pulsing mixture.
  • Line a small cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  • Use a small ice cream scoop and to scoop up date mixture.
  • Roll into a ball shape with your hands.
  • Place balls on cookie sheet and place in refrigerator for an hour.
  • After an hour you can add the topping.
  • Optional Topping:
  • In a small microwave safe bowl, melt the coconut oil and chocolate chips.
  • Stir.
  • Drizzle a bit of chocolate onto each ball.
  • Place back in the refrigerator to set.
  • Enjoy!
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gluten free no bake date cookies recipe

Raw Gluten-Free Date Bars

Raw Gluten Free Date Bars

Raw Gluten Free Date Bars

 
Before I was diagnosed with celiac disease, I had successfully lost weight following a physician monitored low carb diet. By following a low carb diet I was able to lose over 50 lbs. I was thrilled of course, relished in being thinner and felt great. My doctor was wonderful and worked with me closely.
Once I had reached my goal Dr. McKenna started to introduce wheat back into my diet, and that’s when things started spiraling out of control. Not only did I gain back the weight very quickly but my thyroid levels went wacky and I started feeling really sick.
I didn’t know at the time that 18 mos of living extreme low carb would clean out my gut, and once they decided to introduce wheat back into my diet I would become very ill. Good news is, I was diagnosed with Celiac Disease within the year and was back to feeling good again. The weight? Well, it is still there and then some.
Now, that I have a great feel for gluten free cooking and baking, I am looking for ways to cut back on my carbs again. I will never go extreme low carb again- I don’t want to diet anymore. I’m simply looking for modifications in my gluten free lifestyle and trying to introduce more “grain free” options.
The Paleo/Primal diet is mentioned a lot in blogs now and I feel that  it’s a more moderate form of reducing carbs from your meals. I, however am not looking to add more animal meas into our meals. I want balance! I’m not going back to the old diet days of preparing a different meal for myself and my family. I think we all should be healthier together, no extremes.
So, here is a recipe to start going grain free. To me, this is a recipe that offers a granola bar type option. It is also raw, which keeps the healthy benefits of the nuts in the bars. I saw this recipe on civilizedcavemancooking.com and wanted to modify it to fit my needs. As, I have mentioned I have thyroid disease and Brazil nuts have a good amount of magnesium in them, which promotes thyroid function.
Brazil nuts are very high in calories and fat, but are known to lower LDL, increase HDL, are rich in mono-unsaturated fatty acids, are high in selenium and vitamin E. You only use 1/2 cup of brazil nuts in this recipe, which for me made 12 large bars.

Raw Gluten Free Date Bars

Ingredients
  

  • (adapted from the recipe Apple Pie Caveman Bars)
  • 2 cups pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup brazil nuts
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped dried organic apples
  • 1/4 cup raw almonds
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp freshly ground nutmeg

Instructions
 

  • In your food processor, add dates, brazil nuts and almonds.
  • Process(pulse) until mixture is chopped quite finely.
  • In a large bowl add chopped mixture, chopped apples, spices and melted coconut.
  • Mix well.
  • Line a 8 x 8 pan with parchment paper.
  • Add mixture to lined pan and flatten well.
  • Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to cool.
  • Remove from pan and slice into bars.
  • Bars can be individually wrapped in plastic wrap and stored in refrigerator as a great lunch snack or anytime you feel like a granola bar.
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Raw Gluten Free Date Bars
Raw Gluten Free Date Bars