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.

 

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Almond cookies with poppy seeds and chocolate chips

A simple treat made from almond meal that you could easily prepare yourself if you have some patience to grind the almonds. These cookies pack quite a lot of proteins and fats, but the dates also add some carbohydrates besides their magical sweetening abilities. Use good quality dark chocolate, best if you make it yourself!

Ingredients:

  • 100 grams of butter or coconut oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 300 ml almond meal
  • 1 tbsp poppy seeds
  • 100 grams dates
  • 30 grams chocolate chips

Preparation

Melt the butter or coconut oil and at the same time whisk the eggs in a bowl. Combine and add almond meal and poppy seeds. To get all the sweetness out of the dates mash them in a food processor. I used to have a jar with pureed dates in the fridge, perfect for such occasions! Add the pureed dates as well as chocolate chips to the mixture and combine well. Heat your oven to 175 degrees C. Put heaps of the mixture onto a baking tray lined with a baking sheet (or a silicon mat in my case). Pat them with your hand to make them flatter. Cook for about 25 minutes. Nice cookies with little poppy seeds cracking in your mouth and chocolate melting at the same time. Mmm….

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.