Berry Smoothie

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Smoothies are a truly easy way to enjoy all the goodness the berries have to offer. You simply need to throw them into a food processor and blend for a while to achieve gorgeous and delicious results. Today, I started off my smoothie season with this amazing red smoothie. Besides the berries I used some red tea that I brewed from hibiscus. The tea gives the smoothie some volume and lightness as blended berries could be quite thick without liquid.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 handfuls of strawberries
  • a handful of black currants
  • a handful of raspberries
  • 1 banana
  • a large cup of hibiscus tea
  • 1 tbsp of honey

Just blend it all together in a food processor. I added a spoonful of honey, so it would not be too sour. The banana is crucial for adding some creaminess, but it won’t affect the taste. I got about 0.75 litres of juicy smoothies, enough for 3 people.

Acroyoga Christmas cake – raw coconut-pumpkin cake with gingerbread cream

This cake is quite rich, even though it is raw and mainly made of pumpkin. It’s the coconut fat and the heaps of coconut flakes that make it so rich and nourishing. Because I first made it for my fellow acroyogis. For people who spend lots of energy in one workout. And the workouts look something like the things they do in the following video.

Ingredients

Base:

  • 100 g raisins
  • 50 g coconut fat
  • 100 g almonds
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder

Filling:

  • 350 g peeled pumpkin
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 150 g coconut flakes
  • 100 g coconut fat
  • 15 dried apricots
  • 2 tbsp¬†honey, if necessary (if not sweet enough)

Cream:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • ground cinnamon, ginger, glove

1 persimmon for decorating

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Preparation

For the base, grind almonds in a food processor or coffee grinder until it looks like fine flour. You could also use ready-made almond meal from the store. The meal should start sticking together a bit (the fats inside the almonds are released due to grinding). Add soaked and drained raisins and process until the raisins are crushed and you have a smooth, consistent mass. Melt coconut fat and add to the base ingredients, add cocoa powder as well and mix. Put into a baking tray (I have a round one), lined with clingfilm or baking paper. Put into the fridge for a while.

For the filling, cut the pumpkin into smaller pieces, so it would be easier to crush in the food processor. Puree the vegetable chunks, add banana and soaked and drained apricots and process until you get a smooth mass. Melt the coconut fat and add to the mix among with coconut flakes. If you wish, you can grind the coconut flakes, so they become more like coconut flour. Taste. If the filling is not sweet enough, add some honey or pureed dried fruit. Pour the filling onto the base, allow to rest in the fridge.

Filling material

Filling material

For the cream, combine in a food processor the filling ingredients. The amounts of spices depend on your taste and whether you are into spicy food. Cover the cake with cream. Cut the persimmon into slices and decorate the cake. Put into fridge for several hours before serving.

 

Banana-squash ice cream with chocolate chips

Frozen bananas spell ice cream. One ingredient, one food processor, it is as easy as that. Creamy and sweet. Bananas just got a whole new meaning. Still, it is great to add some other ingredients as well. To mix things up a little. Try squash, for instance. It’s also sweet and adds volume to your ice cream. Also, it is low in calories and helps to balance the bananas – they are not very calorie-dense if you compare with sugar, but do provide lots of carbohydrates compared to¬†vegetables.

Ingredients

  • 3 diced and frozen bananas
  • 150 grams of squash
  • 3 tbsp of cocoa powder
  • chocolate chips (best if you made the chocolate yourself)

How to prepare?
Cut the squash into smaller pieces and put into food processor with frozen bananas. Combine until smooth and creamy. Add cocoa powder. The more, the darker the chocolate. Bananas are sweet, so usually you don’t need any more sweeteners, but you can add pureed dates or honey if you wish. Cut your chocolate into smaller pieces and mix into the ice cream.

Wait for it … beetroot-chocolate ice cream!

Some things are worth waiting. Some minutes are worth spending on preparing your own chocolate and chopping bananas. Some hours are worth waiting for the chocolate to set in the fridge. Some things need more planning than others, but they are definitely worth it. Just like this ice cream I’ve been devouring. No sugar, yet sweet. I used a simple trick that raw food lovers taught me: frozen bananas make the best ice cream! They act as the starting point for any kind of cold delight you can think of. They provide the required creaminess and often people don’t even realise they are eating bananas.

Ingredients for the chocolate

  • coconut oil
  • cocoa powder
  • some honey

Making the chocolate is easy. You melt the coconut oil over a pot of hot water, then add the cocoa powder (the more, the darker the chocolate) and some honey. As this chocolate is for the ice cream, honey will do here. If you wanted for this to be more consistent, use raisins. I will write more about chocolate making later. I am lucky to have chocolate moulds made of silicone, but you could also pour the mixture onto a baking sheet (make sure it’s on some kind of plate withe edges, so it wouldn’t drip over the edge) or into a plastic lunch box (my friend does this). Let the chocolate to set in the fridge. Shouldn’t take more than an hour.

For the ice cream:

  • 2 frozen bananas
  • 100 grams steamed and grated beetroot (or cook it yourself)
  • 3 tbsp of cocoa powder (or more if you are a fan of extra dark chocolate)

It’s great to have chunks of frozen banana waiting in your fridge, should you suddenly have a craving for ice cream. Buy a bunch of ripe bananas, cut into pieces and store in plastic boxes, waiting to become delicious desserts. Puree the bananas in food processor with beetroot, add cocoa powder. You may try with raw beetroot as well. Both banana and beetroot are naturally sweet, so you don’t need any additional sweetener here. Cut you chocolate into nice little pieces or grate and add to the ice cream.