Surround yourself with inspiration. I've chosen to do that in the form of attending raw potlucks, trying tons of new recipes, and staying prepared by bringing plenty of raw stuff to work with me. If I don't give myself a reason to go off raw, I won't. And some of the things I've been making have made me giddy with food lust.
This past weekend I hosted a raw potluck at my house. If you aren't already on meetup.com, try it out. You could find a raw group in your area that you didn't even know about. Potlucks are great. You can meet new friends, try new dishes, and spend time with some very wonderful people who are all in the same raw boat. The conversations seem a lot more open, deep and lively than any I've had at parties with cooked food and tons of booze.
Beyond the beauty of hanging with raw peeps, I have to do some blog braggin. I created a dessert that is the most amazing one I've made yet. Honestly, I want to marry me. And though I tend to make food in a very Zen way--not measuring, just going by taste, texture and visual--I'm going to attempt to recreate the recipe for you. Just remember to keep tasting what you're making. That's the best way to make good food. And to get chocolate all over your face like a kid.
Victoria's Chocogasm Pie
I used the same crust from my banana/coconut cream pie. See post. However, you can sub any nuts you prefer. I think hazelnuts and chocolate are an ideal match. I also made the crust have a bit of salty tang to really complement the dark cacao. For this recipe, I put the crust in a large springform pan, just on the bottom, not rising up on the sides.
First Layer That's right. This pie has layers.
- Meat of 3-4 young coconuts. Reserve coconut water
- 2 cups of cashews, soaked overnight and rinsed
- 1 heaping Tbsp of maca
- 3 Tbsp of raw cacao powder-add more to taste
- 1/4 cup agave-again, add more to taste
- 1 tsp lecithin granules
- sea salt to taste
- 2 Tbsp coconut oil
Add the remaining ingredients. Keep tasting. The pie should have a dark, chocolatey taste that makes you want to stick your head in the bowl and eat it all.
Pour the layer into your springform pan. If you don't have one, you can just use a regular pie pan. Put into the freezer.
- 1/2 or 1 cup raw almond butter, depending on how thick you want this to be
- 3 Tbsp coconut oil
- 2 or 3 Tbsp raw cacao powder to taste
- agave to taste
- sea salt to taste
Blend ingredients thoroughly in the food processor, until mix achieves a consistency like dark chocolate icing. This is a ganache kinda deal, but not. It's a Ganot.
Set mixture in the fridge for a bit if it's not thick enough, or just add more almond butter.
Pour mixture onto first layer. I waited until the first layer was really set well. Spread evenly, return to freezer.
- Meat of two coconuts; I opened quite a few and used the more pudding-like meat for this.
- Agave to taste
- Vanilla to taste
- 1/2 tsp Arrowroot powder (If you don't have this, don't sweat it. You can add some thickness with coconut oil)
Top off pie with sprinkle of cacao nibs.
It seems like a lot of work, but in reality, I made this pie in under an hour.
PS: With all of that leftover coconut water, I strained it, put it in a big pitcher, and put in frozen strawberries as ice cubes. Fantastic drink that everyone was diggin on. :)