RAW FOOD CLASSES IN NANAIMO

by diana on February 16, 2010

in All the other good stuff

RAW DESSERTS

On Saturday, February 13th I held a Raw Healthy Dessert Class here in Nanaimo, BC. It was the first full hands-on class I have done. Usually I have things prepared before. Seven fabulous women attended and got down and dirty!

It was messy and a litle crazy but fun! I had good intentions of getting pictures but I was so busy helping to prepare the ingredients and my hands were a little messy so I wasn’t able to use my camera. Too bad because there would have been some great pictures!

I had taken pictures of some of the food we prepared that day when I had prepared these before so I included them below:


Blueberry Cheesecake & Chocolate Pecan Pie

The idea behind this hands-on class was that anyone can prepare healthy, nutritious raw snacks. Raw desserts are creative and fun. They allow you to be inventive and challenge you to come up with your own recipes or variations of ones you find.

Blueberry Cheesecake:
Crust: Cashews, dates, coconut, vanilla, cinnamon
Filling: Cashews, honey, coconut oil, lemon juice, vanilla and himalyan salt.
Topping: Blueberries and soaked dates

Chocolate Pecan Pie:
Crust: Pecans, dates, cinnamon, coconut
Filling: Avocado, cacao powder, coconut oil, vanilla, himalyan salt

At this session we played with the following nutritous ingredients:
Nuts (various kinds), dried cranberries, dried cherries, dried apricots, raisins, dates, cranberries, cacao powder, cacao nibs, coconut, coconut oil, agave, honey, avocados, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and goji berries.

We also made various truffles, thumbprint cookies (pics below), coconut macaroons and brazil nut bars.

Brazil Nut Bars & Spicy Seedy Truffles & Thumbprint Cookies

Brazil Nut Bars
A chance to be creative! I gave everyone the basic mix of brazil nuts and dates (the dough) and they added their own ingredients out of the many I listed above. That way they could use what they like and they could be creative.

Spicy Seedy Truffles & Thumbprint Cookies
Included: Sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, various spices, raisins, dates, ginger and cranberries. We made these into truffles and thumbprint cookies – so good!! Nut free!

I had a lot of soaked nuts left over so I made a couple of really good snacks that I am eating right now as I write this blog. I will put those in my next post.

What I love about raw food is that you don’t really need a recipe once you get the hang of preparing the food. The ingredients are quite basic and with practice and trial and error – you learn to put the basic ingredients together, with some flavours (spices and herbs, etc) to make some incredible tasty food and treats.

GOTTA LOVE IT!

STAY HEALTHY & HAPPY!

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