June 15, 2014

Cook with me: Banana Strawberry Chocolate Cake (raw, vegan, dairy-free)

Hello everyone,

I'm finally back with a new post. For this special occasion, I'd like to share with you a recipe that I came across within the past days. Get excited for the Banana Strawberry Chocolate Cake! It is raw, vegan, dairy-free and it tastes deliciously! 

This was my first time making a raw cake and it definitely won't be the last one. I never imagined a raw cake being so tasty. The ingredients couldn't be more healthy - it is a perfect dessert for everyone who eats clean (including myself).

Recipe (adapted from Malinca.si):

Base (1st layer):
100 g mixed nuts (walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts)
100 g oats
50 g coconut flour
50 g coconut palm sugar
200 g medjool dates, pitted
2 tablespoons coconut oil (not melted)

Filling (2nd layer):
250 g strawberries, chopped
3 bananas, chopped

Chocolate cream (3rd layer):
150 g medjool dates, pitted
1/2 cup water
50 g raw cocoa powder
2 tablespoons coconut oil (not melted)

1. For the base, mix all ingredients in a food processor into a dough and press it firmly into a cake tin.
2. Add the chopped bananas and strawberries on top of the dough. 
3. For the chocolate cream, mix the dates in a food processor until you don't get a lump. Next, add water to get a thick, creamy consistency. The last step is to add cocoa powder and coconut oil to the mixture. Then, put the cream over the fruit layer.
4. Let the cake cool down in the fridge for about 2-3 hours before serving.

I bet everyone can master this recipe (cooking-dummies included!). It takes less than an hour to make. Will you give it a try?

I have a lot more healthy recipes on my menu to share with you since I've been into clean eating for almost a year now. Healthy food has become an important part of my lifestyle besides regular exercise. So, for the future posts expect even more healthy and easy food recipes! For more food inspiration, you are invited to follow my Instagram account (@crayonsandbeads). Now I'm off to studying Internal medicine and Surgery, finals are coming too quickly!

Until then,