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Raw Raspberry Slice – Vegan

March 26, 2016

Raw Raspberry Slice //

Raw Raspberry Slice //

Raw Raspberry Slice //

These vegan, raw raspberry slice bars were a delicious accident. 

I was actually making something else and ended up with a chocolate-y mess (i.e. a recipe that didn’t quite turn out right) that I just couldn’t toss out. Instead, they became the base for these raspberry slice bars. 

My sister and I were baking in the kitchen – baking is a relative word, since we’re talking raw here – and I was thinking about lemon squares, but ended up with a chocolate base after the chocolate mess, thus – raspberry. It reminded me of how you begin to make nanaimo bars, melted chocolate is mixed with nuts and coconut, so I thought i’d try it out for the base and then go from there. 

This recipe actually turned out perfectly – how ironic. They’re almost like a raw cheesecake, but more of a slice/bar treat. When I think of cheesecake, I think of heavy, thick, and creamy – like my raw chocolate cheesecake. This Raspberry Slice is light and silky. 

Its Gluten Free, Refined Sugar Free, Vegan, and Raw – and 100% amazing. I made it in a loaf pan, so it’s the perfect size for two (lots of leftovers), four or six people. It’s best kept in the freezer, so you can freeze it and have a treat on hand for those nights you’re craving a little something sweet or a mid-afternoon pick-me-up. 

Raw Raspberry Slice //

Raw Raspberry Slice //

This Raspberry Slice is pretty in pink, just in time for Spring & Easter.

Raw Raspberry Slice - Vegan
This Raw Raspberry slice is deliciously vegan, and guilt-free, making it the perfect mid-afternoon treat or dessert. A chocolatey base with coconut and nuts topped with a silky smooth raspberry layer.
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Base Layer
  1. 1/3 cup raw cacao powder
  2. 3-4 Tbs coconut oil
  3. 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
  4. 1/4 cup walnuts
  5. 1/4 cup pecans
Raspberry Layer
  1. 1 1/2 cups frozen raspberries
  2. 2/3 cup raw cashews, soaked for 6 hours or overnight
  3. 4 Tbs maple syrup (or honey if not vegan)
  4. 1 Tbs. water
Chocolate Drizzle
  1. 2 Tbs. coconut oil
  2. 1 Tbs. maple syrup
  3. 4-5 Tbs. cacao powder
Base Layer
  1. In double boiler, or in saucepan on low, melt coconut oil. Add cacao powder. Stir until melted. Remove from heat.
  2. Add coconut, walnuts and pecans to blender or food processor. Blend until small crumbs form. Stir into melted chocolate.
  3. Add mixture to a lined loaf pan, smooth out with the back of a spoon and place in the freezer to set.
Middle Layer
  1. Blend all ingredients in high-speed blender - you may need to scoop it down a couple times, or if your blender has a tamper (blender stick) use that to stir it around. Blend until silky-smooth.
  2. Pour over base and smooth with a spatula or back of a spoon. If you like, add some raspberries to the top and press down. Place into the freezer for at least 1 hour.
Top Layer
  1. Melt the coconut in a double boiler on low heat, or in microwave on 1 minute intervals until melted. Add maple syrup to the double boiler and whisk until combined. Whisk in the cacao powder, and continue to whisk until smooth.
  2. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
  3. Once your slice is set, remove from freezer and slice into long, pieces. Using a pastry bag, or small ziplock bag, fill with melted, cooled chocolate. Snip the end of a ziplock bag, and drizzle over top.
  1. Keep in freezer. Best if taken out 10 minutes before serving.
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Raw Raspberry Slice //

Raw Raspberry Slice //

Clean Eats, Dairy-Free, Healthy, Raw, Vegan

Lemon Coconut Protein Balls

March 21, 2016

Lemon Coconut Protein Balls //

This weekend was officially the first day of Spring, and it certainly felt spring-like outside while it was sprinkling rain. Spring in Vancouver is usually very wet and rainy. However, lucky for us, our city is still beautiful in the rain. Plus, we’re Vancouverites; we’re used to it. 

Adam and I went for a hike Saturday afternoon in North Vancouver. One of the popular hikes on the north shore is Quarry Rock. It’s not a difficult climb, and you can make it to the top in about 40 minutes. There’s some great walkways, waterfalls and stairs to climb along the way. The view is pretty beautiful, snuggled into the cove and surrounded by inlets. It’s quiet and peaceful in the North Shore community.

Lemon Coconut Protein Balls //

We packed a couple snacks for the top of the rock while we sat down to enjoy the view a while. One of the snacks I packed was, of course, these protein balls. I’ve made protein balls quite a lot in the past, but hadn’t tried lemon ones before. While I love the lemon lara bars, I didn’t think about making them myself. Now, I can’t believe i haven’t been making these this whole time – they’re ah-mazing. No joke, they taste like a creamy, lemony dessert bar. Unlike the kind filled with butter, sugar, and lemon custard, these are a healthy snack, but taste like dessert. Win.

These scream spring, and what better way to fuel, or re-fuel after all your spring activities than these delicious, lemony coconut protein balls.

Also, Easter is just around the corner. Instead of a basket of chocolate, an egg-carton of these little lemon coconut protein balls can take their place.

Lemon Coconut Protein Balls //

Lemon Coconut Protein Balls //

Lemon Coconut Protein Balls //

Lemon Coconut Protein Balls
Yields 25
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  1. 1 cup pitted medjool dates
  2. 1 cup cashews (or sub almonds, or almond meal)
  3. 3-4 Tbs. oat flour (optional)
  4. 1 scoop protein powder, vanilla or natural flavour
  5. 1/2 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut
  6. 3 Tbs chia seeds
  7. zest from 1 lemon
  8. juice from 1/2 lemon
  9. 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut, to roll in
  1. Add cashews and 1/2 cup of coconut to food processor. Process for 2 minutes.
  2. Add dates and process again until combined.
  3. Add protein powder, and oat flour (if using), and chia seeds.
  4. Add lemon zest, juice and process for 1 more minute until dough just comes together into large ball.
  5. Roll into 25 balls
  6. Roll balls in remaining 1/2 cup of coconut.
  7. Store in fridge for up to a week.
  1. If your dates aren't fresh, or have dried up, soak them in boiling water for 10 minutes. Drain before using.
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Apples, Bars & Squares, Berries, Brownies, Cake, Candy, Chocolate, Dessert, Raw, Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day Recipes

February 7, 2016

With Valentine’s Day coming up, you might be thinking about making a special treat for your sweetheart. I’ve rounded up 14 of my favourite, indulgent – some healthy, but delicious –  treats and desserts that you could share this February 14th without the guilt of over-indulging. Since Valentine’s Day is on a Sunday, you have the whole weekend to prep and make these delicious treats. 

Adam and I have our usual valentine tradition – sushi ordered in while watching Valentine’s Day, the movie. When Valentine’s Day falls on a weekday, this is the ideal celebration. Honestly, even on a Friday or Saturday this is a pretty good situation, since we’re not the ‘going out’ type.  This year we’re actually going away for the weekend with four of our friends, but sushi may still be in the cards for Sunday night.

Whether there’s two of you – or four, these Valentine’s Day desserts are sure to please everyone. 

Here’s 14 Valentine’s Day recipes to suit your fancy (or un-fancy) plans.

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Naked Chocolate Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting

A decadent, yet light, cake topped with coconut cream and sliced strawberries – small enough for two to share guilt-free. 

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Chocolate Stout Brownies

definitely on the indulgent side, these brownies are made with chocolate stout, topped with a stout buttercream and finished with vanilla beer brittle. your man (and you) will love these.

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Raw, Vegan Chocolate Turtles

simple, yet decadent, these raw vegan chocolate turtles are easy enough to whip up before your valentine comes over for a healthy after-dinner nibble

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Hasselback Apples

don’t be fooled by how healthy they look, these are so, so good – you’d think they were bad for you. 


Raw, Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake

rich, creamy and full of healthy fats – half the recipe for two 😉


Flourless Two Bite Brownies

just like the addictive store-bought brownies, these are just as chewy and fudgey


Best Chocolate Quinoa Cake with Coconut Cream Frosting

don’t be fooled by the secret ingredient, you’re valentine will never know that this moist, rich cake is actually made with quinoa!


Vegan Brownies

make these in individual serving sized dishes, or in a pan

Raspberry Brownies //

Raspberry Brownies

fudgey, rich and made with spelt flour


Cookies & Cream Cupcakes

Adam’s favourite ice-cream flavour is Oreo – half the recipe!


Chocolate Peanut Butter Ganache Torte

inspired by dessert shot-glasses, these ganache tortes are rich and satisfying, yet healthy

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Chocolate Raspberry Peanut Butter Cups

a classic flavour combo couple, pb & j


Raw Vegan Chocolate Avocado Mousse

this raw mousse is thick, creamy, and silky smooth