When we think of comforting winter foods, sweet potatoes are always high on the list, as they are inexpensive, readily available, and delicious! Sweet potatoes are a good source of magnesium, which is the relaxation and anti-stress mineral…something we can all use during the holidays. The crust for this sweet potato pie could easily be used for other pie recipes.
What could be better than pumpkin pie at the holidays? Raw Pumpkin Cheesecake of course!
We made this for our raw Thanksgiving meal and everyone voted this the best cheesecake yet. We expect you and your dinner guests will agree.
Raw Pumpkin Cheesecake
3 Cups Walnuts (soaked and re-dehydrated is best)
3/4 Cup Medjool Dates (pitted)
¼ tsp Sun Fire Salt
1 tsp Ground Vanilla Bean
Make the crust by grinding the nuts in a food processor and pulsing until you have small crumbles. Add the salt, vanilla and dates (a few at a time) and process until a dough begins to form. Spread the crust over the bottom of a spring form pan and press it into the pan.
While playing around in the kitchen, I created this recipe on a whim. I decided to blend 3 cups of goji berries in my Vitamix with the intention of making a powder-like substance. But instead, it turned into a pliable-dough-like treat. So I rolled them into little balls, and refrigerated them. That’s when I got the idea to coat them with chocolate! This raw dessert recipe very much reminds me of cherry-filled chocolate candies. Only unlike those cherry treats, goji berries have anti-aging properties, detoxify the body, they protect your adrenal organs, and balance the immune system.
- 3 cups of Goji Berries
- 1 cup of Soaked Currants (or raisins)
- 1 cup of Cacao Nibs
- 1 teapoons of Ground Vanilla Powder
- 2 tablespoons of Vanilla Agave Nectar
- Coconut Flakes
Blend the currants, cacao nibs, ground vanilla powder, and vanilla agave nectar in a high powdered blender. Pour contents in a bowl, and dip the entire goji berry ball in the sauce. Place the chocolate covered goji ball on a flat plate or pan, ready to refrigerate once they are all dipped. After 3 hours, the balls should be ready to roll in coconut flakes. Enjoy right away, or refrigerate longer. Happy Uncooking!
Crêpes are a versatile food that can be used as a sweet or savory dish, depending on the fillings. I was inspired to create this dish after craving pancakes. In true Loving Superfoods fashion, these crepes are loaded with nutrients, and low in calories. Maca and Lucuma Powder are the two high quality superfoods in this delicious recipe. If you find yourself overcome with anxiety, stress, depression or mood swings, Maca may help alleviate these symptoms. In addition to satisfying your sweet tooth, Lucuma is gluten-free and a source of antioxidants, fiber, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals necessary for bodily functions and of benefit to the immune system.
- 2 or 3 Ripe Bananas
- 3 tablespoons of Flax Seeds
- 1 teaspoon of Maca
- 1 cup of Soaked Walnuts
- a dash of Nutmeg
- 2 teaspoons of Lucuma Powder
- a dash of Cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon of Ground Vanilla Powder
What do you do with a bunch of ripe bananas on hand, and a sweet tooth? Make Banana Cream Pie, of course! But there’s an upgraded version of your favorite banana cream pie, and this version incorporates nutritious super foods!
Maca is the star super food ingredient in this recipe, which acts as an emulsifier and helps draw fats (bananas) and oils (coconut oil) together with sugars.
Maca also increases energy, stamina, oxygen in the blood, and physical strength. Additionally, it enhances our mood by increasing neurotransmitter production. I was able to cut 8 big slices using a 9 inch round pan.
My friend Nandish made these buckwheat granola bars off of someone else’s recipe (thank you smallfootprintfamily), so really they’ve been upgraded twice.
You could make these as a raw granola cereal, but frankly I prefer to have a portable bar that travels well and is packed full of nutrients. This is a very flexible recipe for what nuts, seeds, fruit, berries, herbs, spices and superfood powders you happen to have on hand. As long as you have some buckwheat groats as a base, it’ll turn out nice and crunchy. Here are a couple of variations on the recipe to get you started: