Do you like a good portmanteau? I do! Banoffee is a combination of the words “banana” and “toffee”. Combine those two items together with a cookie crust and some whipped cream and you have a sweet, no-bake pie that is popular in the U.K.. If you are one of those people that says things like “Ohhh, that is too sweet!”; you are probably going to want to skip banoffee pie. It is a sugar bomb. It’s sugar forward. It’s a celebration of sweetness. You have been warned.
Hooray, it’s cold season! I am sneezing, sniffling and my whole body is sore. The sore body isn’t unusual, I have a syndrome called fibromyalgia that means I’m often sore. The sneezing and sniffling, I attribute to the common cold. No stupid cold is going to keep me from posting to my blog. I decided to turn lemons into lemonade…hot lemonade.
When I heard that Starbucks was releasing their famous Pumpkin Spice Latte early this year. I knew I had to get a jump on the seasonal beverages. I don’t typically buy flavoured lattes because they are typically loaded with stuff I don’t want to drink. Recently, people have been scandalized to find out that the Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks doesn’t actually contain pumpkin. Surprise!
A terrible thing has happened. I have run out of coffee. Don’t cry for me, I have a back-up plan.
You see that kitty cat in the photo above? It’s actually a pencil sharpener. Can you guess where the pencil goes? I’ll give you a hint, it’s tail is raised for a reason. It meows as you sharpen your pencil. What does that have to do with Raw Vegan Raspberry Cheesecake? Absolutely nothing! I just thought I’d share. Now, on to the recipe…
I love smoothies! I’m sure that is obvious since this blog is primarily focused on blender recipes. That being said, I’ve been pretty stingy with the smoothie recipes. It’s not that I’m hoarding them. It’s just that I rarely follow a recipe when it comes to smoothies. I just toss whatever sounds good in to Ye Olde Vitamix and cross my fingers. That is not always the best system. Sometimes you get a blender full of sadness.
I’ve had a few requests on Instagram lately for more vegan desserts. With summer coming, I thought I’d create a new, no-bake recipe. Really, this is borderline raw-vegan. It could be made raw-vegan if you used raw-vegan chocolate.
If you are not Canadian, the name of this recipe might leave you scratching your head. What the heck is a “Nanaimo”? Nanaimo is a city on Vancouver Island. My mom was born there. One of Nanaimo’s greatest claims to fame is the Nanaimo Bar. A traditional Nanaimo Bar is an intensely sweet treat, commonly sold in bakeries and coffee shops. My Nanaimo Bar Pie is an homage, but not a replica of the original recipe. My version has been adapted to be a healthier alternative; it is gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free and primarily raw.
I’ve been experimenting with raw desserts lately. I’m neither a vegan or a raw-foodist, but my oven is broken. Dessert waits for no repairman. Luckily, you can make a lot of great desserts using a Vitamix, Blendtec or even a food processor if that is what you have. I wasn’t planning to make a vegan cheesecake, I was originally aiming for something closer to a lemon tart. We will call this a happy accident. The end result was so rich and creamy, it deserves the illustrious title of “cheesecake”. Although, my omnivorous friends out there are probably crying “blasphemy” as there is not a drop of dairy anywhere in this recipe.