Saturday, March 17, 2012

Raw Birthday Pies and No-Bake Munchies

Healthier, Chocolate-topped No-bake Munchies

When you want to eat healthy—no white sugar with a heaping helping of enzymes in your food, what do you make for birthdays? What do you make for special occasion treats or for when company comes?

We had a tradition of making Birthday Pies for many years, after the standard box-mix cake and sugary icing got too boring. Most often it was an ice cream pie with fruit and a cookie crust with homemade whipped cream for the topping and some chocolate candy decorations on top.

So, what raw pies did I make for Jeremie's birthday this year? Blueberry Cheesecake and Apple Pie . . . delicious! We did not miss the sugary cakes or pies from year's past.

This Non-dairy Blueberry Cheesecake recipe is one I mentioned in a previous post and made in our raw foods prep class. This time I made my own. We ate half over the course of a week, and I cut the other half into small wedges that I froze, for a nice little treat when we want it! 

 First, I made the nut crusts.

Soaked cashews, blueberries and other ingredients are ready to blend. 
Be careful—it's thick!

Raw Blueberry Cheesecake—a rich birthday treat!

Here's a raw version of Mom's Famous Apple Pie that really delights the taste buds. This Raw Apple Pie recipe is similar to mine, though I left chunky sliced apples to mix into the main apple mixture base. Yum.

Raw Apple Pie

For many years I used to make a No-Bake Munchie recipe that had a base of butter, honey and peanut butter that was heated on the stove, then you added in oats, seeds, nuts, dried fruit, cereal, and carob or chocolate powder or whatever you wanted. Well, now I don't eat butter, or peanut butter but I do miss those munchies. So I made a new-fangled, little healthier version today that I can eat . . .

No-Bake Chocolate-Topped Munchies!

Mixing the Munchie batter

For the basic recipe I added the following to 3 cups of oats and mixed all together:
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup brown rice syrup 
  • 4 tsp raw cacao powder (or carob)
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract 
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut oil 
  • 2-3 Tbs coconut butter 
  • 1 cup almond butter
 Then I added in: a few tablespoons of chia seeds, sunflower seeds, coconut flakes, raisins, and sesame seeds. You have the option to use what you desire or have on hand: nuts, seeds, dried fruit, etc. If it's not wanting to stick together, add a bit more sweetener or coconut oil till it does.

Smooth mixture into a glass dish that has been coated with a little olive oil. Chill, cut, and eat plain or top with chocolate like I did.

Melting 86% dark cacoa chocolate on the stove-top

Pour over the top and refrigerate

Cut and enjoy!

"To insure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life." -William London