It was my son’s birthday the other day – he turned 20 – boy does time fly!!!
He usually asks for a Pumpkin Pie for his birthday cake – this year I said I would switch it up some – he resists me a little at this age on eating too healthy but was quite impressed with the Vegan almost Raw Pumpkin Cheesecake – I got two thumbs up from him and his friend!!
Enjoy the fall colors and the Pumpkin Cheesecake!!
Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake
- 1 cup Madjool Dates
- 11/2 cups Almonds (skins on)
- 1 cup Peacans
- 1 tsp Vanilla
Put all ingredients into a food processor and process until crumbly and it’s sticking together somewhat – as when you spread the mixture into the cheescake pan you want it to stick together somewhat. Once done, put mixture into cheescake pan and press down mixture until evenly spread out on the bottom to form the crust.
- 1 15 oz can organic Pumpkin puree
- 13/4 cups raw Cashews
- 1/2 cup Agave
- 1/4 cup Coconut Oil
- 1 tsp Pumpkin Pie spices
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- pinch Himalayan Sea Salt
You will need a very good blender or a Vitamix to thoroughly blend all ingredients together until smooth. If you are using a blender, mix all ingredients together and use small batches to blend until very smooth – no nut chunks.
Pour the mixture on to the crust and spread out evenly. Put this into the freezer and let sit for an hour or two.
- 2 cups raw Cashews
- 4 tbsp Agave
- 1 tsp Vanilla
- 8 oz water
Put the cashews, agave and vanilla in the Vitamix or blender and slowly add water. You may need all the water or a little less. Process until smooth and pourable but not runny. Pour and spread evenly on top of the pumpkin mixture. Keep in freezer for several hours. You can keep it i the fridge but it is much softer. Both are good!!
Wow, it kind of just snuck up on me. I should have known as the days have gotten much shorter, but lately the weather here in Vancouver has been awesome. Most days have been t-shirt weather, until today so I won’t complain!!
I just want to wish all my Canadian friends a wonderful and happy Thanksgiving weekend. I will be spending tomorrow with my kids, before my daughter heads out to Banff to work for the winter – hard to believe but that time has come!
I have much to be thankful for and I hope you do too. Whether you are Canadian or not, I hope you enjoy these easy, raw, vegan recipes, and yes they are gluten free as well and really can be eaten any time not just Thanksgiving. Raw, Vegan Mashed Potatoes, Mushroom Gravy and Sunflower Seed Dressing so you won’t feel like you are missing out. Yes I love cooked mashed potatoes, my mom used to make the best. I try once in awhile and it’s never quite the same but will admit still tasty!!
So enjoy and I hope you incorporate more healthy eating and plant based recipes into your way of eating and living!!
Please feel free to share
With much Gratitude
Raw Mashed Potatoes
- 1 head Cauliflower
- ¼ cup Cashews
- 1 clove Garlic
- ¼ cup Olive Oil
- Salt & Pepper
Grind up Cashews until fine, set aside
Throw into a processor Cauliflower that has been cut up into chunks or big florets, add in garlic (either minced or cut up), salt and pepper to taste and process until fairly smooth.
You may have to scrape sides down a few times.
Add in ground Cashews and process further.
Add Olive oil while the processor is running in a little stream and process until well mixed and light.
Sunflower Seed Dressing
- 1 cup soaked Sunflower seeds drained ( soak for at least an hour up till about 6 hours)
- 11/2 cups Celery chopped
- 1 Onion chopped
- 4 – 6 chopped Mushrooms
- 1/2 cup chopped Parsley
- 1/2 cup chopped Sage (or other herbs)
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- 1 tbsp ground Flax Seed
Grind up soaked Sunflower seeds but to fine – I like to leave coarse pieces
Place remaining ingredients into the processor and process until desired consistency (I like pieces so I do not process until smooth but it’s up to you if you prefer coarse or smooth like stuffing)
Stir in the processed Sunflower seeds and mix well together.
Place in a pie dish or glass dish and place in dehydrator and dehydrate for approximately 8 – 12 hours – depending on your temperature and how dry you like it.
Stir a couple of times as the out will be drier than the inside – kind of like how stuffing usually is, if you prefer a moisture inside, don’t stir J
- 10 medium sized Mushrooms cut up in a bowl
Add in 2 tbsp Braggs and 3 – 4 tbsp Toasted Sesame Oil, sprinkle with Himalayan Salt and mix well together. Let stand for at least an hour, overnight is better.
Once soaked, throw in the mushrooms into the Vitamix, add in
- ½ cup Cashews
- 1 clove Garlic
- 1 tbsp Rice Bran Solubles
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- ½ cup water, but only add half of it
Process until smooth and you will slowly add water from the top until desired consistency, thicker or thinner gravy. You may need to add even a little more water if it’s too thick for you.
This recipe takes a little bit of time to make- but it’s worth it – it’s so tasty and delicious and I don’t eat cereals!! This just keeps your healthy foods recipes tastier! Each time I make it I make a big batch as my kids love it and it will last in a sealed container / jar. I also switched it up a little so it’s never really the same twice. The raw granola recipe can also be a great variety to the raw food recipes for beginners and kids.
- 5 cup Buckwheat Groats –soaked in water for approx 24 hours changing the water at least once, make sure you add about 2 inches more of water over the groats as they will soak some of it up
- ½ cup raw Almonds sliced or chopped – soaked in water for 24 hrs
- 1 cup raw Pumpkin seeds – soaked in water for 24 hrs
- 11/2 cups Raisins – soaked for 24 hrs
Once all is drained, put into a big bowl and stir together.
- 3 tsp Vanilla
- 2 tsp Cinnamon
- ½ cup Agave or Honey
- 3 tbsp Rice Bran Solubles – optional (Purium – slow burning carb that is germinated so nutrient dense and pre-digested)
- 1 cup mashed Blueberries (or 1-2 grated Apples or any other fruit of your choice)
Spread out on dehydrator sheets on the plain screens
Dehydrate for 12 – 24 hours (depending on dehydrator, thickness of the cereal and how crunchy you like it)
Once done add in some of your favourite things like shredded Coconut, Hemp seed (I add that in when I eat it as I keep mine in the fridge) or anything else that you like.
Great topped with mixed fruit and Cashew Whip or just add in Almond Mylk.
You are probably familiar with the Standard American Diet (SAD) or one or possibly many of the several hundred diets. Have you ever stopped and asked yourself or wonder why there are so many of them? The word alone should scare you off, lol.
What I am talking about for healthy eating is a lifestyle – it doesn’t have a stop and start date, it doesn’t consist of only a couple of foods, healthy products or eating a ton of a protein or carbs or counting how many calories or carbs or anything like that, it’s about real, whole foods, healthy foods – unprocessed, variety, tasty and nutritious.
A lot of people want to start eating better, but it may be confusing or overwhelming these days on really where to begin or what to believe. There are so many labels and choices that it seems the in thing to either be a ‘foodie’ or have some sort of label being raw, vegan, gluten free or…what about just plain healthy, natural, real food eating??
Who cares really?The best line I heard when someone asked if they were 100% raw – she replied “I’m a 100% raw except when I’m not”!
We really aren’t taught the truth about food and people are led to think that it is more convenient and healthy to eat what companies are telling us is ‘food’. Convenient, maybe, but it is not going to be the healthy choice in most cases. The best line I have heard recently is – “if it’s made in a plant – don’t eat it and if it come from a plant -eat it’!! Pretty simple isn’t it?
There are approximately 180 000 species in the world and only 1 eats a processed cooked diet, the rest eat a natural raw diet yet raw and natural is consider radical and by some even not normal or unhealthy…
We have been programmed for example – fast food is considered at the drive thru or fast ‘ fake’ food as it’s well fast fake food. What about a bunch of cherry tomatoes, some kalamata olives, an avocado and some cucumber – now isn’t that fast food, I mean no preparing or cooking? See how we are easily programmed and not always for the best?
Even the so-called ‘Enriched’ foods are not natural. They are still man made and synthetic, you are better off with the real deal. Think about it, why would you need to enrich your food with the nutrients that were leached out of it when it was processed in the first place? If you only took your food in its real state, there will be no need to enrich anything or read labels for that matter.
There is also more to healthy eating than following a set of rules. In fact, I think that there should be no rules other than following what is good for you. The trouble with things like SAD is that when we perceive that the advice we get is handed out by someone or some group we consider as experts, we tend to suspend our own judgment. That should never be the case.
What you should do instead is to listen to your body. Keep yourself as subjective as possible. Do what is best for yourself. The more real and natural you eat, the cleaner you are and the easier it gets and the better you feel. Adhering to certain guidelines can be very stressful and it creates unnecessary pressure ourselves. Instead of worrying over not being able to meet certain standards in a meal plan, focus on getting real foods into your body, loving your body, appreciating the food and energy it is bringing to your body and eat with out distractions like tv, computers, being on the phone, having arguments etc.
Go organic and raw whenever possible. Do your best to get the best quality foods that you can get – this includes your water and even spices and herbs and of course superfoods!.
Healthy eating is going to vary from one person to another to some degree. I believe there is no one perfect way to eat that fits everyone – but since the rise of processed foods and fast foods so has obesity, diabetes, heart disease etc grown. Make your diet as healthy, real and natural as possible. Do what works for you. Doing that is going to give the body more of the right nutrition, enzymes, real vitamins and minerals and you will feel the difference. And avoid GMO’s as much as possible.
Healthy eating does not have to be hard, confusing, boring or time consuming but it will take you making some changes and working towards a new way of eating – but aren’t you worth that? I think so!
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