oday I’m making delicious and healthy mixed berry and coconut raw cake! If you have never tried a raw cake before, prepare to be blown away!
Raw Food Diet
So, what is a raw food diet and why is it gaining popularity in modern times? Well, first let me say that raw food diet involves eating mainly unprocessed whole, plant-based, and preferably organic foods. People who follow the raw food diet believe that eating raw foods can improve their health, well-being, and possibly reduce the risk of illness. Now, who invented raw food diet in the first place, and why? Well, Wikipedia says that thanks to Norman W. Walker, inventor of Norwalk Juicing Press, raw food dieting became immensly popular in the 1970s. You see, raw food advocates claim that heating food above 40°C–48°C (104°F–118°F) starts to degrade and destroy the enzymes in raw food that aid digestion.
So, preparation methods that are suitable for this diet are juicing, raw souping, blending, dehydrating, soaking, fermenting and sprouting. Basically anything that doesn’t require heating is O.K. Raw food diet staples include whole food, most often plant based. It is no surprise that raw foodies are often also vegetarians or vegans. So, the most common ingredients are fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. Soaked or sprouted grains and legumes can also make the cut. Some people include raw eggs, dairy, fish, and meat in their diets. Processed food often contains ingredients linked to poor nutrition, or, even worse – mysterious chemical additives that an average person can’t even pronounce! Yuck! Now, as you already know, in my recipes you will never find anything but good, unharmful and natural ingredients, so the raw food philosophy is quite close to my heart! In fact, I have already created a few raw desserts like , , , or ! Today, I’ll show you how to make one more!
My Mixed Berry and Coconut Raw Cake
For this cake I used mixed berry puree – strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, red currants and black currants. If you don’t have ready made mixed berry puree, you can easily make it yourself. Just blend your favorite berries and run the mixture through a strain to get rid of the seeds! If you have lots of berries you can make a large batch, freeze your puree, and enjoy in your delicious berry cake in the middle of the winter! Awesome, right?
Now, if you have never made raw cake before, there are a couple of things you need to know:
- You will need to soak your cashew nuts and dates in cold water for a couple of hours. You can also leave them overnight in water, but in that case I like to put them in the fridge.
- Make sure that all the ingredients you are blending are at room temperature! If you put frozen berry puree in the blender along with melted coconut oil, the oil will set immediately and you will have a grainy mixture.
- You can swap maple syrup for agave syrup or coconut palm syrup.
- I am using neutral tasting coconut oil for my berry cream, and extra virgin coconut oil for my coconut cream. If you don’t like strong coconut flavor, use neutral tasting oil for both layers.
- I am using room temperature coconut milk from the can that I stirred well before use.
There you are, let’s get to work and make easy, nutritious and delicious mixed berry and coconut raw cake!
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