It’s been a while between guest blog posts – in fact, I have shared only one so far! If
you missed Guest Post 1, check out Marion’s fabulous post on the green smoothie.
My second guest post comes from my Mum, who has just published her first cookbook 🙂
I hope you enjoy her recipe for Pure Decadence, a carob pie which is an excellent alternative to my raw chocolate cheesecake for those who do not to eat raw cacao.
Pure Decadence, by guest blogger Aileen Sforcina
Hi! I’m Aileen, Hannah’s Mum. I work as a part-time Thermomix Consultant and voluntary lifestyle educator with Don, my husband and Hannah’s Dad.
Don and I are big advocates of the use of fresh unprocessed plant foods for optimum health and recommend that food choices include a wide range of colours. Raw is always best and green is the most important of all the colours. For optimum health and vitality we all need to eat more greens and drink more water.
Sixteen years ago, when we first changed to a total vegetarian diet, I thought a diet that included no animal products would be restrictive and somewhat boring but we have discovered quite the opposite. Our food horizons have actually expanded and exploded. The bonuses are great health and vitality.
Over the years I have developed a number of recipes to add variety and interest to our meals and I have shared these recipes at our seminars and cooking classes. I have often been asked: “when are you going to write a recipe book?” That book, entitled Rainbow Recipes, has finally been completed.
The ingredients used in Rainbow Recipes are unprocessed fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts , seeds and legumes.
Rainbow Recipes includes two methods for each recipe: the Conventional Method and also the Thermomix Method.
Pure Decadence is a recipe I developed recently and is included in Rainbow Recipes. It is creamy, delicious, nutrient dense, totally RAW and sooooo good. Unlike a lot of carob recipes, this one tastes like chocolate. My friends are raving about it – even the non-vegetarians. I hope you enjoy it too.
Unlike cacao, carob contains no theobromine. It has excellent nutritional value and contains up to 80% protein, magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, manganese, barium, copper, nickel and vitamins A, B, B2, B3, and D. It also has medicinal uses, including the treatment of coughs and diarrhoea.
Recipe #105: Pure Decadence.
You will need — for the crust:
► 1 cup pitted dates
► ½ cup almonds
► ½ cup pepitas [pumpkin seeds]
► ½ cup sunflower seeds
► 1 tbsp coconut oil
Place all ingredients into food processor or Thermomix and mix until the desired texture is achieved (for Thermomix users, speed 4-6 for 10-15 seconds will result in a nutty crust. To achieve a crust with a smoother texture process on speed 9 for 20 seconds). Remove mixture from Thermomix bowl or food processor and press into a pie flan. Set aside in fridge to chill.
You will need — for the filling:
► 2 large avocadoes
► 3 tbsp carob powder
► 2 tbsp coconut oil
► agave syrup to taste
Place all filling ingredients into food processor or Thermomix and mix together until smooth and creamy (Thermomix speed 4 for 20-30 seconds). Adjust to taste by adding more or less carob powder and agave syrup. Pour into prepared pie crust and sprinkle with ground walnuts or desiccated coconut. Chill before serving.
About the book. Rainbow Recipes is due for release on 1 October 2010 and will retail for $35 plus postage & handling. You can enquire or purchase a copy by emailing Aileen direct via email@example.com.