Cheesecake a la raw!

October 12, 2009

After a whole week of suspense, I finally discovered what my friend Jovan was planning for my birthday.  We would spend Friday afternoon making raw cheesecake. I guess we can call this an introduction to the world of raw desserts as I had never actually tried raw cheesecake.

What a blessing for someone who is converting to an all raw diet!

Karinas_b_day_cake

File under delicious!

Photo by Jovan Jimenez.

We prepped by soaking raw walnuts and blending them with ingredients such as raw cacao, raw maca and dates to make a nutty paste that would become the crust. But first I tried my hand at putting a thin layer of coconut oil over the pan to prevent the cake from sticking.

Photo provided by Jovan Jimenez.

Photo by Jovan Jimenez.

Ready for the filling.

Making the crust was actually fun even though Jovan was a critic of my technique. But it turned out great. After I had formed the crust, I decided it was time to get ready for the party. Jovan completed the filling and created that beautiful swirl design.

filling2

make it swirl

I had an awesome weekend with friends including a few who I had not seen in almost 10 years. I spent a few hours at Vegan Mania and also was blessed to go to dinner at Karyn’s Cooked. I wrapped up the weekend Sunday evening by dressing in the most comfortable outfit and dipping into this delicious cake and spending time with Jovan and Kate.

Mangia la Cheesecake!!!

Mangia la Cheesecake!!!

On a final note: I thought I would include photos of other variations of raw cheesecake. Enjoy the view!

Raw Cacao Cheesecake!

Raw Cacao Cheesecake!

Raw Cheesecake extraordinaire!

Raw Cheesecake extraordinaire!

All photos provided by Jovan Jimenez. www.RejuvenatingFoods.com

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This is short and sweet!

October 3, 2009

After my run this morning, I made the most delicious fruit salad and I thought I would share. Here’s my ingredients. 1 banana sliced, 1 pear peeled and chopped, 1/2 cup strawberries, a handful of raspberries, 2tbs wheatgerm, and topped with raw agave to taste.

How can you resist?

How can you resist?