Hello whole foodies!

By TONI CHER GERDELAN 24/04/15

Celebrating my birthday 2 days ago was a great opportunity to spoil and nourish myself. This year I had to really dig deep as to what it was i actually wanted to be gifted, and indeed to gift myself. In the past, my birthday princess monster gets really cranky if she doesn’t get cherished and spoiled stupid on her birthday, so this year I put a lot of thought into how i could appease her (and stop her from rearing her scary head, in the process scaring my husband & kids!). I don’t really know where she comes from or how she came to be, but she is REAL! Against her wishes I decided that I needed to take charge of some of the “spoiling” this year, not just relying on my loved ones as usual. Of course they always spoil me, but my birthday princess monster likes to pick holes in how they do it, and she also likes to resist the love they give me on my special day. I know she sounds horrible, and some of you may be judging her now as I out her, I completely understand.

So whilst she told me that I certainly should NOT make my own birthday cake (she whispered that my husband should go source the most gorgeous, raw, vegan birthday cake in all of the land!), I had a little inkling that there was no one better suited to making said cake than ME! And guess what??? It actually worked. The process of deciding on, and making the cake I wanted, really left me feeling cherished in the most delightful of ways. Needless to say my birthday princess monster barely showed up this year. In fact every time i think of that cake I get a little warm glow in my heart.

I know, in theory, that joy is an inside job, but so often we seek it externally. This concept is often a tricky one for me to grasp. Thank you birthday princess monster for inadvertently showing me the way.

And so, I present the perfect antidote! Made (and consumed) with love, mindfulness & gratitude…

RAW TURKISH DELIGHT CHEEZECAKE

Gluten free, Dairy free, Sugar free, Vegan & Paleo-friendly

INGREDIENTS

Base:

8 fresh pitted dates

1 1/2  cup macadamia nuts

1/4 cup raw cacao powder*

pinch of sea salt

4 tbsp coconut oil*

Filling:

2 cups raw cashews, soaked in water for 6-8 hours & rinsed (this process also increases their bio-availibilty by activating them)

1/2 cup coconut butter/paste*

1/3 cup coconut nectar* (more if you like sweeter) or preferred sweetener

1 tsp vanilla powder* (or scrape a vanilla pod)

20 ml pure rose water

1/4 cup fresh lemon juice

2 tbsp lucuma powder*

1/2 pink dragonfruit/pitaya (you could swap for raspberries, fresh or frozen)

1 tsp beetroot powder (optional)

Topping:

1/2 cup  raw cacao powder*

1/2 cup of coconut oil* or 110g cacao butter* (or a combo of both)

pinch of sea salt

1 tsp vanilla powder* (optional)

desired amount of coconut nectar* (this will vary depending on how sweet you like it) or preferred sweetener

OR

alternatively you could melt a bar of Loving Earth creamy coconut mylk chocolate

 

METHOD

• Blitz the macadamias in a food processor until crumbly
• Add the dates, cacao, oil & salt
• Blitz until doughy & sticky
• Press the mixture into the base of your cake tin (I use a springform tin) & freeze until firm
• Blend all filling ingredients until smooth & creamy
• Spread onto base & freeze until firm
• Melt cacao butter or coconut oil in a bowl over low heat
• Whisk in remaining ingredients until smooth
• Once filling is set, pour over topping & chill or freeze again
• Top with fresh pistachios, figs and rose petals to make it extra turkish delightful
• Store in the freezer for up to 6 weeks…if it lasts that long!

 

Serves 12

And when you still have some of these ingredients left over from spoiling yourself rotten, why not make a…

RAW TURKISH DELIGHT SMOOTHIE BOWL!

td bowl

INGREDIENTS

1/2 frozen pink dragonfruit

1 1/2 frozen bananas

1/2 frozen zucchini (you won’t taste this)

1/3 cup pure coconut milk ( or coconut paste* & water)

2 tsp lucuma powder*

1 tsp gubinge powder* (optional)

1 tsp beetroot powder (optional)

1 tsp vanilla powder* (or scrape a vanilla pod)

1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

METHOD

Blend til ice creamy & smooth

Top with love & abandon (I used ingredients to continue the Turkish Delight theme, but you can use whatevs)

* all these products were from Loving Earth. This is not a sponsored post, I just really love their company and what they stand for.

I would love to hear if any of you have a similar princess monster in your lives (please don’t let me be the only one!)

Toni x