RAW : Flourless Chocolate Cake & Vanilla Crème Sauce & Frozen Feet

My feet are in a 5-gallon tub of ice water (okay, my right foot up to the metatarsal arch, my left foot is trying its best, but the toes are but kissing the surface of the water). I just got back from some intense speedwork and have been really dealing with some ouchies, and so, it’s time to get tough with the pain (wasn’t that from a pain-reliever ad way back? could just be hallucinating from agony, R foot is now numb past arch, L foot has all toes in…). Rather than suffer alone, I thought I may be able to help divert my attention from the cold and hang out with my fellow Vegan friends. Thank you for being here for me!

Now, I could snap a picture of my incredibly scary-looking (purple) feet, but why would I do that when you can look at that delicious raw cake up there? I guess I should say *was* delicious, because it dissappeared like the sensation in my R foot just did! Ha!

I thought that disguising my attempts at nudging Mr. Fish gently towards better appreciating the delicious goodness of raw foods would be helpful. What better disguise than cake? My efforts, however, were in vein, because after looking at me rather sceptically and barely trying a nibble, he smiled apologetically and said, “I’m sorry, but it’s just too weird.” He also says that about me when he sees me doing things like icing my feet… hey, maybe I am just too weird?

The Guppy ate all the cashew cream and strawberries on her piece, but wouldn’t even taste the cake, and this surprised me because it smelled of vanilla and carob. Sigh. What I was able to do, however, was to whiz a banana with some of the cream and she devoured that.

What this all means my dear V friends is that the Shellyfish ate the entire 4-serving raw cake. Not in one sitting though- in about 24-hours. It was a great pre-run snack, and I also had it for lunch with a green salad, had a slice with some banana with the Guppy for our snack (again, she did the banana-crème thing)… So perhaps not a winner in my family’s book, but I thought this little gem of a raw cake ruled! Thick and moist, reminded me a bit of a sort of vegan-walnut fudge.

Flourless Chocolate Cake from Raw Food Made Easy by Jennifer Cornbleet:

  • 1 1/2 cups raw walnuts, unsoaked
  • Dash salt
  • 10 pitted dates, unsoaked
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocao or carob powder (I used carob)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (I used 1 teaspoon & 1 teaspoon almond extract, too)
  • 2 teaspoons water
  • raw fruit for garnish

Put the walnuts & salt in your food processor and whirl until finely ground. Add the dates, carob powder, and extracts and process until it begins to get sticky, add the water and process briefly. Dump it out onto a plate and form it into your shape of choice, then off to the fridge for at least 2 hours.

Foot update- left foot no longer in wreched pain & in up to arch- hourrah!

Now for the Vanilla Crème Sauce, I’m guessing every vegan out there has one recipe or another for their own sauce like this. I don’t really measure mine anymore, but it goes something like this:

  • About two good handfuls of soaked cashews (I soak them over night)
  • 3 tablespoons (or more or less to taste) of rice, maple or agave syrup
  • about 1/3 cup of water
  • 1 or 2 teaspoons of vanilla or almond extract

It all goes into the blender and stays there until smooth. Yum!

Oh thank you my blogosphere buddies. My feet have been iced. I will now shower as to not look quite so scary and smell not so stinky when the Guppy wakes up.

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16 thoughts on “RAW : Flourless Chocolate Cake & Vanilla Crème Sauce & Frozen Feet

  1. My boyfriend has decided to go raw-vegan, and to support him I made this as a “welcome home surprise”. As someone who has rarely/never ventured into this food arena, I have to say, THIS IS AN AWESOME RECIPE! :-) Super easy and delicioso.

    Thanks!

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  5. You’re so sweet :o). I always love reading your comments on my blog. And I think I am going to force my family to call me by my new nickname… Hmmm, I think my sister will probably refuse. Perhaps a vegan chocolate-chip cookie could change her mind? ;o)

  6. That cake looks awesome, mmmm dates, yummy – I love raw food. I also love to run – hope your feet feel better soon :)

  7. Aww I love the creative nickname you gave me—Special K :o). Not that I’ve ever tried the cereal… but my sister and mom quite like it!

    I am so ashamed to confess this—I don’t think I’ve ever tried beets! You’ve given me next week’s challenge food for sure.

    I am so sorry your feet turned purple… but I am even sorrier you didn’t post a picture, since you know how much I love everything purple (well, maybe not frozen purple feet). All right, I will admit that I’m sure the raw cake looks much better!

  8. your poor feet! be careful…:(
    and I totally got reminded of an ad too when you said tough with the pain or something like that. we watch too much tv?

  9. Shelly – I’m so sorry your feet are aching so much. I hope they get over your speed work soon.

    I’m not sure what it is, but my family isn’t all that keen on raw foods either. Although I do have to admit that many of the things we have tried always seem to taste like figs or dates…no real variation in flavor. I’ll just have to keep trying and make some of my own.

    This is a beautiful cake Shel. You did a wonderful job on it.

    Natalie @ Gluten a Go Go

  10. I loved this story! I could just picture Mr. Fish’s face! But I’m sorry to hear about your feet ouchies… Grrr! If only our bodies would co-operate better. Don’t these silly feet understand we’re trying to do something GOOD for ourselves when we go running?

    Anyway, I think the cake looks fabulous! (And much healthier than the sugary fatty baked version I just posted :-)

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