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Chocolate Orange Cheesecake and Lemon Turmeric Cheesecake

Chocolate Orange Cheesecake and Lemon Turmeric Cheesecake

Want a cheesecake with a superfood in it? well youre in luck as I have created two very yummy cheesecakes and both feature a superfood. Whats not to like right.

 So are you an orange or a lemon fan? Or do you like both. Me for one I think I prefer lemon, although the orange one is pretty good too. So you can try both like I did and please let me know if you do. Id love to hear your opinion.

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Chocolate Orange Cheesecake
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  1. To make the crust, place the flour sugar, butter and cacao in a big bowl and knead by hand until combined. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Press the pastry into a tart base and bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees celcius for about 20 minutes.
  3. Now place the rest of the ingredients into a food processor and blend until very creamy, scraping down the sides if needed. Depending on your processor this might take five to six blends.
  4. When the base is cooled down, pour the cheesecake mix and refrigerate until set. If you want to decorate with chocolate orange sandwich biscuits reserve some of the pastry and cut out biscuits. Bake for a bit shorter than the base. Also reserve some of the cheesecake mix and spread on half of the biscuits. Then sandwich them together.
  5. Enjoy
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Lemon Turmeric Cheesecake
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  1. To make the crust, place the flour sugar, butter and vanilla essence in a big bowl and knead by hand until combined. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Press the pastry into a tart base and bake in a preheated oven at 180 degrees celcius for about 20 minutes.
  3. Now place the rest of the ingredients into a food processor and blend until very creamy, scraping down the sides if needed. Depending on your processor this might take five to six blends.
  4. When the base is cooled down, pour the cheesecake mix and refrigerate until set. If you want to decorate with lemon sandwich biscuits reserve some of the pastry and cut out biscuits. Bake for a bit shorter than the base. Also reserve some of the cheesecake mix and spread on half of the biscuits. Then sandwich them together.
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Chocolate Coffee Caramel Slice

Chocolate Coffee Caramel Slice

This one’s for the lovers…the coffee lovers I mean! I am an absolute coffee lover and sometimes I drink too much, I think. But what I really really love is the combination of coffee and chocolate. Combined with a delicious vegan caramel sauce I think its just unbeatable. So if yoou love your coffee as much as I do this one is for you. It is a beautiful not too sweet nearly refined sugar free and alomst healthy cheesecake, that you could almost have for breakfast. Its got nuts and seeds in it its got coffee in it and of course chcocolate. I might just do that and have it before work or at my 11 o’clock break tomorrow. 

Slthough one slice is sitting right in front of me defrosting so maybe I wont wait and have it after dinner.

If you guys try it, please let me know and if you happent to take a photo please tag me on Instagram. Id looove to see you creations and I would be so honoured

By the way for the coffee I used Percol Coffee beans. They are my new favourite coffee, its fair trade and organic and their capsules are compostable which is the main reason I decided to try their products. The caramel sauce is Natures Charm caramel sauce, but they have a huge variety of other vegan prducts including a salted caramel sauce and also a butterscotch sauce. All are absolutely delicious.

So heres the recipe.

 

 

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Chocolate Coffee Caramel Slice
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  1. For the base place the first 5 ingredients into a foodprocessor and blend until combined and sticky.
  2. Line a standard bread loaf tin with parchment paper. Press the base into the tin and freeze for about 20 minutes.
  3. Now place all the ingredients except the cacao, coffee beans, chocolate and naturescharm caramel sauce in a food processor or blender and blend until very creamy. Scraping down the sides inbetween.
  4. Divide the mixture in two. To one half add the ground coffee and to the other one the cocoa. Stir until well combined.
  5. First spread the chocolate mixture on the base and freeze for about 20 mintes. Then spread the coffee mixture on top. Freeze for about 2 hours.
  6. Remove the cake from the freezer and let sit for about 20 mintes. Take out the cake and slice into slices.
  7. Drizzle the melted chocolate and caramel sauce on top.
  8. Enjoy
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Raw Vegan Blueberry Cheesecake

Raw Vegan Blueberry Cheesecake

I LOVE blueberries! Absolutely love them. It is my favourite fruit and berry and no other fruit comes even close. Isnt it also the most beautiful fruit to photograph?

Just as well it is so so good for you, full of antioxidants and vitamins it should be classified as a superfood! maybe it is HAHA.

Do you actually know how to find out if a fruit has loads of antioxidants? I’m sure you do but here’s what I learned.

Cut it open and leave for a few minutes, maybe half hour or so. If it turns brown like an apple pear or banana, well tough luck hardly any antioxidants, because its oxidation that makes our fruit brown. So what antioxidants do is fight that oxidation. In fact when we get old we get age spots. Guess what that is? Yupp oxidation. So all those yummy berries that don’t change colour are full of those oxidation fighting antioxidants.

Learned something new? I did.

Anyway back to blueberries. As I said I love them and there was a time when I used to eat at least two punnets a day, which was very expensive. My kiddos have blueberries every day with their breakfast. And now I grow my own, but here in Ireland they take forever to ripen. Ours are still green.

So why did it take me so long then to make a blueberry cheesecake? I don’t know maybe because I do enjoy them so much that I thought it might be a waste. But fear not, it wasn’t. I actually think this is my best cheesecake yet. (Sorry not that many recipes here but you’ll see on my Instagram account that I tried out a few.

The review I got today when I brought this cake into work were great, everyone loved it.

But a little warning the biscuit base is made of bought vegan choc chip cookies so is not sugar free. Of course you can replace those biccies with a healthier alternative.

For now enjoy and as always let me know what you think.

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Raw Vegan Blueberry Cheesecake
Prep Time 10
Passive Time 3 hours
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Prep Time 10
Passive Time 3 hours
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  1. Place the first 4 ingredients into a food processor and blend several times until very smooth.
  2. While the filling is blending, mix the crushed biscuits with the melted coconut oil and fill the bottom of a 3 inch cake ring with the base
  3. Now pour the filling on top and smooth out. You will have a bit of the filling mixture left but you can use it to top the cake later
  4. Freeze for about 3 hours
  5. when ready to eat defrost for about two hours but not any longer because it will start to lose its shape
  6. Top with leftover filling (maybe in swirls) and Enjoy
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Rhubarb Raspberry Semifredo

Rhubarb Raspberry Semifredo

Since going vegan a bit over a year ago I gradually started becoming very conscious of obviously not only animal ingredients in food but also sugar. I was always a sugar junky and because of that I was making sure that my children get very little sugar (it is hard with all the rubbish marketed especially for children and loaded with sugar).

I do give them refined sugar free and vegan treats often and although I sometimes make sugary treats I don’t like giving it to them.

For this reason I first wasn’t a fan of this rhubarb  semifredo and even when I eat it now I do taste all the sugar that is in it and I am not happy. Maybe I should relax a bit and maybe I should just enjoy it and let my kiddies enjoy it without obsessing too much about the sugar content.

Anyway  if you are not opposed to refined sugar and if you love rhubarb, like I do and I know a lot more people who hate it, the you will love this refreshing tangy and spicy dessert.

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Rhubarb Raspberry Semifredo
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Prep Time 20 minutes
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  1. Line a 450g loaf tin with parchment paper. Put the chopped rhubarb in saucepan with the caster sugar some of the chopped candied ginger and 2 tbsp water. Heat gently until the sugar has dissolved, then simmer for 5-10 mins or until the rhubarb is soft but still firm. Leave to cool
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the aquafaba wth an electric hand whisk until stiff, then set aside. In another bowl, whisk the coconut milk until fluffy. Fold the aquafaba gently into the coconut cream until well combined.
  3. Spoon a third of the cream into the tin and freeze for 20-30 mins or until just set (refrigerate the rest). Take the tin out of the freezer and pour in half of the rhubarb and raspberries on top of the cream. Reserve a little of the cooked rhubarb for decorating later, if you like. Top with another third of the cream freeze for another 30 mins. Once this layer has set, add the remaining rhubarb, raspberries followed by a last layer of cream. Cover with cling film and put it back in the freezer for 2 hours
  4. Decorate with raspberries rhubarb and candied ginger
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Valentines Day – Just my humble opinion

Valentines Day – Just my humble opinion

Just my humble opinion…
So today is Valentine’s Day and I am not sure how I feel about that. I see all these beautify photos on Instagram of heart-shaped dishes from cookies to pancakes to full sized cakes and so many many other lovely treats. To be honest I love the look of all of them and the creativity and thought behind them.
And I just love the colour pink so anything pink I see (or maybe most pink things) I love.

When you go out to the shops today you see all these men rushing around buying roses and chocolates. And I can’t help but thinking isn’t this all a bit silly?

Is it because we never do anything like that (my other half and me), I don’t get flowers or chocolates and we don’t go out for a romantic dinners on Valentine’s Day.
But honestly who does?

I think if I came home with some pink cake or chocolates I’d be getting very highly raised eyebrows.

I remember the only time I got a present (roses a big teddy and chocolates) on Valentine’s Day was the very first year I was going out with my significant other, and I think the pressure of it all got to him.

Breakfast Bowl

On the other hand, my little James came home yesterday with a handmade Valentines Card for his dad, brother and mum and I thought that was so cute. They made them in school yesterday and now it’s on my kitchen press.

The girls in the office had the idea of making our own cards this year, too. And so we did.

But is anybody really taking today seriously. Are there people out there who would spend a fortune going out for dinner and buying expensive presents? I am sure there are, otherwise restaurants wouldn’t be fully booked tonight and the guys would be running around buying all that stuff.

Anyway Ill be off to Instagram now looking at all the pink heart shaped food and maybe next year, if I don’t forget Ill create something myself and post the recipe her. Until then you have my delicious pink breakfast bowl to look at which I made today and it coincided with the pinkest day of the year. HAHA

Pink Valentines Breakfast
Avocado pumpkin seed cakelets

Avocado pumpkin seed cakelets

My little monkey Alex is turning 2 next week and I have promised him and his older brother a green monster cake for the party. So I really needed to create something green. You might say why not use food colouring? Nope not me…I refuse to use food colouring and I don’t want any refined sugar in it.

I’m not a health freak and when it come to myself, I often, I try not to, indulge in sugary treats..But for my monkeys I want to reduce their sugar intake as much as possible, because frankly they just go MAD on it.

So off I went trying to come up with nice recipes and I remembered I made a cake once using a recipe from the lovely Audrey www.unconventionalbaker.com, that consisted only of a couple of ingredients. Because I’m really bad at following recipes and because most of the time I don’t have the ingredients at hand and also want to try something once it pops into my head, I adapted it.

When I was finished I was left with these beautiful cakelets (is that even a word?). They were only a trial so I didn’t decorate them to be monsters but beautiful girly cakelets with dried roses.

Having decorated them I really wanted to see what the guys think. There is no point asking my lovely Alex because he eats everything but James is the fussbob, the one that represents all kids and their weird tastes.

So I got my little guy and said “Ive got a lovely treat for you babs, let me know what you think.” He ate some and said, “its lovely mama but I don’t like the bottom bit (which is the crust). Ill eat just the top bit if that’s ok and you can have the bottom”. Fine with me. Two seconds later…”actually mama I don’t like the top bit either its too cold and its avocado.

Whats wrong with avocado? He loves avocado and eats it all the time mixed with banana.

Anyway, so here we are if he doesn’t like it, none of the kids at the party will like it. I guess that means more recipe testing.

But if you want the recipe, here it comes:

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