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Georgie’s Raw No Bake Paleo Christmas Cheesecake

Paleo Christmas Cheesecake

This is a cheesecake like no other. I don’t even know if this kind of thing exists or not.

I was thinking the other day that a lot of people don’t like Christmas pudding and/or cake, or even mince pies but may still like the fruit and boozy flavour and feel like they are missing out. In fact when I was a kid I hated it all, and only just now am I starting to appreciate it. This is a modern spin on the classic Christmas desserts that are part of British tradition – it’s clean, it’s indulgent, it’s rich… it’s everything that Christmas is about but, well, um – more!

I used my own homemade Paleo Candied Mixed Peel in this recipe and it was gorgeous! Nothing more satisfying than making one tiny component of a big dish completely from scratch.

I also used Kraken rum which is just utterly delicious. It’s gluten-free, vegan and distilled from molasses (made from sugar cane) it also totes a whopping amount of spices; cloves, ginger, cinnamon, vanilla and lots more. It is aged for 12-24 months.

I literally cannot escape the kitchen without my better half whispering in my ear to “RELEASE THE KRAKEN” … not much of a whisper really, so uhhh yeah – it is now hidden somewhere!

This won’t weigh you down like most classic Chrimbo desserts but it will pump you full of energy, and sugar… and um rum…

Now I don’t drink, like at all really. Maybe I’ll sit down and have a drink once a year but I’m not too big on alcohol. So much so that I had only one piece of this cheesecake and felt the effects of the alcohol straight away. It was quite embarassing.

You don’t have to use alcohol in this cheesecake at all, in fact if that’s not your thing then simply replace the amount of alcohol with freshly squeezed orange juice instead – it will be equally as nice (if not probably a lot better for you)!

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Makes: 10-12 slices

Preparation Time: 30 minutes (and 1 day soaking time)

Setting Time: 1.5 to 2 hours

Ingredients:

For the base:

100g macadamia nuts
1/2 cup almond flour
1 tsp vanilla essence
2 tbsp coconut sugar
2 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp Himalayan pink salt
1 tbsp almond butter
1 tbsp coconut flour
1 tbsp maple syrup

For the spiced cheesecake filling:

1/2 cup coconut oil
50g cacao butter
1/3 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut sugar
250g/2 cups cashews (soaked overnight or min. 4 hours)
1 tbsp vanilla essence
1/4 tsp vanilla powder
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tbsp mixed spice
1/4 tsp Himalayan pink salt
Juice 1.5 lemons (you can lower the amount of lemon juice if you want a creamier cheesecake)
1 peeled courgette (cubed)

For the Christmas fruit mix:

(Soak all ingredients overnight or for at least 4 hours)

50g sultanas
50g raisins
50g currants
1 tbsp candied mixed peel
Juice of 1 orange
Pulp & zest of 1/2 orange
1/4 tbsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp orange extract
1/2 tsp bitter almond extract
1/4 tbsp mixed spice
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tbsp Kirsch
25ml Kraken rum

Optional decoration: Reserve 3 tbsp of your syrup from making your candied peel to ‘swirl’ through the cheesecake at the end!

Method:

  1.  Firstly combine all of the ingredients for the fruit filling in a medium sized mixing bowl, mix thoroughly, cover with cling film and leave to soak overnight (or for at least 4 hours) so that your fruit soaks up all of the beautiful flavours and well… uh… booze! Make sure you give it a little stir every now and then too!
  2. For the base, combine all of the ingredients and process until a sandy texture (have a nibble, if it reminds you of biscuit crumbs it’s done!).
  3. Line a 9″ springform or loose base tin. Pour in the base mixture and ‘knuckle’ it in until evenly distributed. Place in the freezer until later.
  4. For the spiced cheesecake filling place the coconut oil, cacao butter, maple syrup and coconut sugar over a bain-marie until fully melted. This could take from around 5 to 15 minutes.  You could grate the cacao butter but I think this is equally as time consuming.
  5. Meanwhile, place the rest of the ingredients into the food processor, except for the courgette, and process until smooth.
  6. Remove your cacao butter mix from the bain-marie and combine with the rest of the cheesecake filling.  Process until smooth.
  7. To your white chocolate filling add in your peeled and cubed courgette. Blend until smooth and fluffy.
  8. Now stir in all of your soaked boozy fruit mix until evenly distributed!
  9. Remove your base from the freezer and pour in all of your filling, spreading evenly with a spatula.
  10. If you have saved any of your syrup from making your candied peel then drizzle over the top of the cheesecake in a criss cross pattern and using a small spatula dip in and swirl around the filling. This will give you your marbling effect!
  11. Place your cheesecake into the freezer until set.
  12. Slice and serve!!! Yummy yummy scrummy in your tummy!

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The Raw Chocolate Company – Christmas Raw Chocolate Berries Review

The Raw Chocolate Co. Organic Raw Chocolate Mulberries

Kris at The Raw Chocolate Co. has slowly become my best friend by plying me with copious amounts of raw chocolate. Although, I have to say that anyone can become my friend pretty much instantly if they send me out some chocolate goodies (hint hint), especially raw chocolate. So this time in line with Christmas, Kris sent me out their Organic berry collection, and ooooooh, oh yeah was it good!

Inside my little care package was; The Raw Chocolate Co. Organic Raw Chocolate Raisins, Goji Berries and Mulberries.

The first time I tried raw chocolate was the moment I never turned back, and the very first raw chocolate that I sampled was from The Raw Chocolate Co.

The Raw Chocolate Co. was founded by raw foodie enthusiast Linus Gorpe. Linus became very intrigued with raw cacao and he began to experiment with raw chocolate making. After a lot of ‘lab’ experiments, trial and error and some very happy taste testers, Linus, had become an expert. The company was launched in early 2006.

The one thing that has always attracted me to The Raw Chocolate Co. is it’s values and ethics. Out of all of the raw chocolate companies I have come across this one by far is the most ethical. All of their outer packaging for their chocolate bars is made from recycled paper and printed with vegetable inks, their factory is wind and solar powered (meaning no CO2 emissions) and all of their produce is Fairtrade too. In fact they recently picked up an award for being one of the UK’s most ‘socially responsible businesses’ – not too shabby hey?!

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So what makes their chocolate and the rest of their products so special? I hear you ask.

Good question! Well for a start their ingredients are either raw or cold pressed, organic (well at least all of the ingredients that can be) and they don’t treat any of their cacao produce with chemicals. In fact they often scour the world to find the absolute best ingredients even if it takes them years!

All of their bars and berries are suitable for Vegans, and Paleo followers alike – fab!

I heard that raw chocolate totes some awesome health benefits. Is this true?

Yes. Raw chocolate does indeed boast a whole host of health benefits; it improves digestion, enhances the libido (wit woo – insert winky face here oi oi!), improves cardiovascular function, is packed full of antioxidants that neutralise free radicals, and contains a variety of vitamins and minerals.  So, on that note… let the taste testing commence!

Let’s get down to the nitty gritty, the review!

Welcome to Cinderella’s 3 ugly sisters… Ok they’re not so ugly but as you will probably notice they look like some little organic lifeforms’ miniature brains… Mmmm brains… brains covered in delicious chocolate. Each ugly duckling that I popped into my mouth transformed into a beautiful swan. Each had their own unique quality and made my mouth have a little party – awesome.

All 3 products contain raw cacao mass, coconut palm sugar, virgin cacao butter and cacao powder.

Organic Raw Chocolate Raisins

Raisins, raisins, raisins… I do not like raisins… but luckily I do like chocolate raisins.

These juicy and plump raisins are covered in a dark chocolate (minimum of 74% cacao solids) oh and then dusted in cacao powder just for good measure!

Now, The Raw Chocolate Co. do not do things by halves as you may probably have noticed already. Yes these wonderful folk have consumed many a raisin in their lifetime just in order to find the perfect one to coat with their gorgeous bittersweet chocolate with. They sourced these juicy, plump raisins all the way from Turkey!

Now this is like eating one of the ugly bolshy sisters out of Cinderella crossed over with an ape. It’s the goji berry’s overweight and over indulgent sister – this isn’t a dainty snack, oh no, don’t let it fool you. This is a big bang wallop to your taste buds. The juiciness of these raisins really shocked me and they almost explode in your mouth with a ginormous amount of flavour, it’s crazy.  Seriously. The only problem is that these raisins are so sweet and so loud that it’s hard to be able to appreciate the beautiful chocolate that encases them. I’m not saying that you can’t taste the chocolate – you can. But you do have to do quite a bit of mental digging to latch on to and appreciate it’s beautiful complex flavours. But then again this could be to do with my taste buds not liking raisins so much. Did I enjoy eating these though? Most certainly!

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Would I eat these again? Uhhhhh hello? Are you crazy?! Of course I would, but in moderation for sure as these are the highest in sugars out of all of the berries with 46.8g sugar per 100g.

They are available in the following sizes;

100g resealable foil pouch for £3.29

200g resealable foil pouch for £5.29

Organic Raw Chocolate Goji Berries

So these I thought were going to be my favourite but then I tried the mulberries and they were my favourite. So these are my ummmm 2nd favourite.

The guys at The Raw Chocolate Co. searched for 7 whole years just to find the perfect goji berries! Say whaaaaaaaaaat?! I am starting to think that they are all a little bit bonkers but after eating their goji’s I can see why. They are the biggest, plumpest, chewiest, juiciest, and all round loveliest goji berries ever. I have eaten goji berries that are almost flat and brittle before and that is always a sad experience. But not these yummy bad boys oh no! They sourced these all the way from beautiful China, just in case you were wondering.

Goji berries (also known as ‘Wolf Berries’) were originally used in Chinese medicine but these little fellas have found their way over to the UK due to the huge number of celebrities that are in utter awe of them. They are packed full of antioxidants and the beta-carotene which gives your skin a lovely, radiant glow. They are also are high in fibre, and vitamins E, C, B1 & B2. If you’ve never had goji berrie before they are bitter like a cranberry and have the sweetness of a cherry.

These are the least sweetest out of the berry batch but only because of their beautiful sourness that comes through at the beginning, and the aftertaste is somewhat bittersweet as you can expect from a goji berry. There’s a little bit of seed crunch going on here and there but nothing that takes away from the whole experience. The fruitiness of the goji compliments that signature fruity flavour of all of The Raw Chocolate Co. chocolate. As the chocolate has a minimum of 50% cacao solids it helps to sweeten any bitterness that the goji berries tend to carry with them and so almost goes unnoticed. However the cacao dusting does keep that chocolatey flavour lingering for longer.

I was trying to think of what these remind me of and all I can really think of is that they carry the flavour of a really fruity tasting milky dark chocolate with the texture of well… chocolate raisins. The aftertaste stays for quite a while and is beautiful. Yes I devoured this snack pack in no time whatsoever. Yummy scrummy in my tummy!

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These are perfect sprinkled over your faux porridge in the morning, and also as a post workout recovery snack as they contain 9.9g of protein per 100g.

They are available in the following sizes;

32g snack pack for £1.49

100g resealable foil pouch for £4.49

200g resealable foil pouch for £7.99

Organic Raw Chocolate Mulberries

These little beauties shocked me. These were my favourite out of the whole berry collection. Oh my oh my… I’ll stop blabbering now, wipe away the drool and get my brain back on track.

These gorgeous little white mulberries have been dipped in chocolate and then dusted with cacao powder. They have a minimum of 41% cacao solids so that’s pretty standard milk chocolate. They source their organic white mulberries from Turkey.

Mulberries are high in iron, calcium, riboflavin and vitamins A,C, E & K. They are also high in antioxidants. So like goji berries they are great for your hair, skin and nails and also for cardiovascular health.

These really reminded me of one of my favourite little childhood sweets ‘Poppets‘ – who remembers those? These little bad boys are like eating a silky smooth fruity milk chocolate with a soft toffee chewy centre. I literally think that if you were blind folded you wouldn’t be aware that you were eating berries – magic!

In fact I had never had mulberries before until today that is, but I have always wanted to try them, and I am so glad that I did. There was a tiny bit of crunchiness when you eat them, I take it that these are seeds but it wasn’t unpleasant, it almost reminded me of eating little miniscule rice pops or something like that. I have to admit that I polished off the bag in under a minute and I don’t tend to do this as I like to savour my chocolatey treats. The light dusting of cacao is what makes all of these berries, it takes away from the overpowering sweetness and just adds that tiny little bitterness that enhances both the flavours of the mulberries and the raw chocolate itself. The mulberries themselves taste distinctly caramel like and it is the most bizarre thing that I have ever eaten (but in a nice way) I mean how can a berry taste exactly like a piece of soft chewy caramel?! Splendid! I guess their flavour reminded me quite a bit of the Vanoffe bar that The Raw Chocolate Co. do.

I just want to clarify that although these are chewy like a caramel/toffee they do break apart into fragments rather than staying as one big fat lump – I prefer this because it means I can throw a handful into my mouth and chow down as fast as I like.

And another thing that impressed me – these are the lowest in sugars compared to all of the others with just a 30.4g sugar content per 100g.

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These are soooo going to be making an appearance under my tree this Christmas for sure!

They are available in the following sizes;

32g snack pack for £1.49

100g resealable foil pouch for £3.79

200g resealable foil pouch for £6.29

150g festive gift tube for £6.49

So, overall what did I think? What’s the verdict? Would I purchase any of these products myself?

Yes, yes and yes times infinity!

I don’t think I need to add much else really. I love the ethics and hard work that this company possesses. I  love the overall branding. I love the quality and taste of the products.

I really think that these are the greatest little Christmas snacks that you can indulge in, and well not just for Christmas but the mulberry gift tube just reminds me of something that good old Santa would drop down the chimney! Oh and don’t forget the snack packs to whack in your pocket on your travels or workouts!

So where can you buy myself some of these lovely little treats?

Good question.

Well the first place you can go is directly to The Raw Chocolate Co. themselves. In fact if you live within the UK you can enter in your postcode into the map on their website and it will tell you your nearest stockist. Clever huh? Yup.

Other than that they are available in a lot of online and health food retailers.

You can follow The Raw Chocolate Co. in these places:

Twitter: @TheRawChocCo

Facebook: @therawchocolatecompany

Instagram: @therawchocolatecompany

Pinterest: @therawchocco

Have you had any experience with The Raw Chocolate Co. products before? Please do comment below and share your experience!

Paleo Superfood Pancakes with a Lemon Curd Caramel Sauce… mmmmm

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I absolutely love lemon curd. I decided yesterday morning that I really fancy some but I couldn’t think what I could eat it with considering I haven’t made any of my Paleo bread. Pancakes are always a perfect treat but I like to get in as much nutrition as possible when making them. These lovelies contain, flax, chia, almond flour, coconut flour & even some maca! These are perfect for a pre-workout or post-workout meal as they are packed full of protein, carbohydrates, and some awesome maca fuel. I always find that any kind of citrus helps with rehydration! Perfect!

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Makes: 8 Pancakes

Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

For the superfood pancakes:

1 large banana
1 tsp vanilla extract (optional but delicious)
1 tbsp coconut sugar
1 tbsp maple syrup
4 eggs
1 cup tapioca flour
1 tbsp maca powder
2 tbsp ground flax seed
2 tbsp almond flour
1 tbsp milled chia seeds
1 tbsp coconut flour
1 tbsp baking powder
1/2 tsp bicarbonate if soda
25ml almond milk (or 50:50 coconut milk:water)

1.5 tbsp coconut oil to fry these beauties in!

For the lemon curd caramel:

Juice & zest 1 lemon
50g coconut sugar
25g grass-fed raw unsalted butter
1 free-range egg
1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
2 tbsp coconut milk (or 1 tbsp nut milk)

Roughly chopped roasted almonds (optional topping)

Method:

  1. Mash together your banana, vanilla essence, and coconut sugar in a medium sized mixing bowl.
  2. Whisk in your eggs and maple syrup thoroughly.
  3. Add your maca powder, ground flax, milled chia seeds and flours, mixing until you get a smooth batter.
  4. Add in your baking powder and bicarbonate of soda mixing thoroughly.
  5. Lastly add in your nut milk of choice and whisk until smooth.
  6. Place a medium sized frying pan on a high heat and add your coconut oil.
  7. Once the oil has melted reduce the heat and place 2 generous sized tbsp of the batter into the pan.
  8. Using the back of the spoon shape into a perfect circle!
  9. Once the top of the pancake looks semi firm (should take about 1 minute) flip over and cook for a further minute. The pancake will ‘puff up’ even more and be golden brown when done. If you’re really that sceptical press down with a spatula to make sure that no batter seeps out.
  10. For the lemon curd caramel sauce place all of the ingredients except for the egg & nut milk into a heatproof bowl and place over a bain-marie on a low heat. Whisk infrequently until the mix has melted.
  11. Now whisk your egg and pour into the mix. Whisk frequently to ensure that no lumps are left. Leave to cook for 10 minutes until the sauce is nice and creamy. It should coat the back of a spoon.
  12. Remove from the heat and whisk in your nut milk. Do this gradually as you may require less or more to get to your desired ‘thickness’. This will also depend upon the size of your egg.
  13. Once you have cooked all of your pancakes, stack them high and pour your delicious lemon curd caramel all over mmmmm. You can also top with some roughly chopped roasted nuts. Almonds work really well with this.

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