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STRAWBERRY CHEESECAKE FOR TWO (v+r)

Strawberry Cheesecake

Because on Valentine’s Day we should all eat our weight in chocolate right? Wrong… This Raw, Gluten-Free and Vegan “cheesecake” is not only low-fat, healthy and high in fiber, but very simple to make for your loved ones. Sit back, relax and take a bite into this strawberry cheesecake heaven. Maybe with a glass or Cabernet would be nice after you’ve recovered from swooning over Mr. Gray šŸ˜‰

Strawberry Cheesecake

Strawberry Cheesecake

Strawberry Cheesecake

Crust Ingredients:
1/2 cup raw almonds
1/4 tsp salt
6 Medjool dates, pitted+1 tbsp date water
1/4 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened

Steps:
Soak dates in warm water for about 5 minutes. In a food processor, pulse almonds until crumbly and slightly flour like. Add salt, soft dates and coconut and pulse until well incorporated. Mixture should be sticky. Add 1 tbsp reserved date water to help loosen mixture.

Firmly press down crust mixture onto the bottom of a mini spring pan to form a crust.

Cheesecake Filling:
1 cup raw cashews , soaked overnight
1 tbsp agave
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
3-4 fresh strawberries

In a clean food processor or blender, mix ingredients until smooth and fluffy. Add more strawberries as needed for flavor or color preference. PourĀ  mixture over crust and freeze for about 2-3 hours. Leave out at room temperature before serving. Best served chilled.

Enjoy!
xoxo Sarah

 

 

FRENCH TOAST STACK WITH CHOCOLATE COVERED STRAWBERRIES

French Toast Stack with chocolate covered strawberries

Why brunch on Sundays when you can have a stack of gooey goodness anytime, any day? My favorite brunch or breakfast food are obviously pancakes, but on those days when I want something hearty and satisfying, I’m on my way to the kitchen to whip this bad boy up!

Nothing screams more Valentine’s Day than chocolate, strawberries and most importantly strawberries covered in chocolate. Surprise your loved ones for a Valentine’s breakfast, lunch (or dinner) in bed with this slightly sweet, salty, and delectable treat and they are sure to fall in love with you all over again, or might just fall in love with this vegan french toast.

French Toast Stack with chocolate covered strawberries

French Toast Stack with chocolate covered strawberries

French Toast Stack with chocolate covered strawberries

French Toast Stack with chocolate covered strawberries

Ingredients:
1 ripeĀ  banana, mashed
1 cup soy or almond milk
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp agave
1/4 tsp pure vanilla extract
4 slices sourdough panini bread, whole wheat
5-6 fresh strawberries, sliced
vegan cream cheese (Tofutti), optional for toppings

Steps:
Preheat oven for 350 degrees. Slice bread in half and bake for about 5-6 minutes until slightly crispy. (you may skip this step if the bread is a day old)
Preheat non stick pan or griddle on medium-high heat. In a large bowl, whisk mashed bananas, milk, cinnamon, agave, andĀ  vanilla extract. Lightly grease pan with cooking spray or a little butter. Dip each bread into wet mixture to lightly soak. Cook until both sides are golden brown and crispy.

Layer each piece of french toast with fresh strawberry slices, dark milk chocolate sauce* and Tofutti cream cheese (optional). Best layered right after each cooked french toast to help melt chocolate sauce and cream cheese while it’s hot.

*Dark Milk Chocolate Sauce:
1.5 oz (1 bark) dark chocolate (70% or higher), roughly chopped
2 tbsp soy or almond milk

Steps:
Melt chocolate on a double boiler until smooth. Remove from heat and add milk and stir until smooth and shiny. Serve warm

Enjoy!

xoxo Sarah

Cucumbe&Mango salad

Cucumber & Mango salad

Summer came a few months early and this side dish proves it! This salad is not only simple and quick to make, but considered a great meal if you’re on an all raw food diet.

This sweet, spicy, and citrusy goodness is the perfect combo to serve with any main dish, if you’re planning to have a home cooked meal for Valentines Day this week. Who needs boxes of processed chocolate when you can eat this healthy delish concoction?

Make your dish that much more special by cutting a heart shape from a piece of cucumber and dressing your plate with them.

Cucumber & mango salad Cucumber & Mango salad
Cucumber & Mango salad

Ingredients:
1 large ripe mango
1 large cucumber, julienne
juice of half a lemon
handful cilantro, chopped
1 tsp ground coriander
1 small jalapeno , minced
salt and pepper to taste

Steps:

Cut the mango into chunks. Trick is to cut the 2 “cheeks” of the mango and cut parallel slices, not all the way through the skin. Cut another set of slices diagonally forming a checker pattern. Scoop out with a spoon and boom magic.

Combine mango and cucmbers in a bowl. Add lemon juice, coriander, jalapenos and lightly toss. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Let the mixture sit and naturally marinate until ready to serve and eat.

*Serve on a warm bed of lightly toasted pita pockets as a refreshing appetizer dish!

Cucumber & Mango salad

Enjoy and hope everyone has an amazing Valentines Day!
XOXO Sarah