We all know how amazing a well made raw cheesecake is, but it's quite daunting to make our own sometimes. Our guest recipe this week comes from a very talented nutritionist, blogger and dietician in the making Amanda Whitford, and it is simple and fast to create.  Dairy, refined sugar and gluten free for a decadent yet healthy option to share with good friends, raw vegan desserts are in fact a great chemical free alternative to traditional cheesecakes and ice creams - especially great to share on these warmer evenings.  Base 1 cup ground almonds3/4 cup raw almonds, soaked for an hour3/4 cup dates, soaked and drained1 tablespoon cacao powder1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract Place almond meal nuts and cacao in a food processor and process until combined. Add the other ingredients and blend until the mixture forms a ball. You may need to break this up and re blend if it is not well mixed – depends how good the food processor is. Press this mix into the base of a lined loose bottomed cake tin (I only line the bottom). Filling 3.5 cups soaked raw cashews (at least 4 hours of soaking)3/4 cup cacao powder, or pure cocoa...

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I don't know about you, but I'm still in a bit of shock that we are less than a week out from Christmas and this is the last blog for 2016. To celebrate the new year arriving through here is a wonderfully easy to create vegan treat for your summer.  There are a lot of Christmas themed foodie recipes online right now but I thought I'd take this last recipe for the year back to simple basics. Without spending too much time piecing this together, you'll still have the decadent treat that is a wonderfully creamy slice with the perfect tangy bite. Naturally sweetened with just a small handful of dates, and rich in heart friendly and skin loving fatty acids for your holiday break, make sure to double the recipe and add a batch to your freezer for guests or afternoon snacking.  This recipe is gluten free, refined sugar free, dairy free, vegan goodness. The recipe makes 10 thick slices in a loaf tin. 1/2 cup dates1 cup cashews1.5 cups ground almonds1 tsp psyllium husk1/4 cup coconut oilJuice and rind of one small lemon1 tbl maca powderFew drops of vanilla extract1 cup mixed berries to serveOptional shaved chocolate to serve   ...

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