I’ve got to admit, I don’t know much about the raw food movement though it’s hard to ignore amazing photo testimonials and comments like “I went on a raw food diet and lost 100lbs!” or “raw food lowered my cholesterol, and juicing is the answer!”
A raw food diet is basically one that consists of foods that are unprocessed and uncooked, although they can be heated up to only 46 degrees Celsius. (some authors will define raw as “vegan foods”, but I wonder if sashimi counts…c’mon, we live in Vancouver, the sushi here is great!).
While I’m not quite ready to shift my ENTIRE diet over to raw, I have had the pleasure of sampling some amazingly prepared raw food (lasagne, pizza, mmmm) – I’ve been to Gorilla Food (http://gorillafood.com) in downtown Vancouver and Rawthentic Eatery in Qualicum Beach (http://www.rawthenticeatery.com) and definitely enjoyed their eats….in the summer.
Holistic Nutritionist, Cara Roth, has kindly shared one of her favourite recipes that will have you rushing into the kitchen to make, raw food advocate or not. Enjoy!
Cara’s Raw one bite brownies
They are super indulgent and trust me no one will have any idea they are super healthy! I like to make my brownies into balls and roll them in shredded, unsweetened coconut – but you can also press them in a 5″ spring form pan or roll them in any topping you like!
Time: 5-10 minutes plus time to roll them
Makes: about 20 balls, depending on how big you want them
3/4 cup raw walnuts
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
7-8 medjool dates, pitted (have a couple extra on hand)
dash of vanilla or vanilla bean powder
1/4 tsp true cinnamon, optional
shredded coconut, for rolling
1. In a food processor, grind the walnuts to a “flour.” Be careful not to process them for more than 10 seconds or the oils will start to release from the nuts and you will end up with greasy brownies:)
2. Add the rest of the ingredients and process unil the mixture is crumbly, but well incorporated. Press some together with your hands – if it stays in a ball form, great! If not, then simply add 1-2 more dates
3. Form into balls, roll in coconut and voila!
I love to gift these in a clear treat bag with a red ribbon. I’ve gifted these for pretty much every reason under the sun (and for no reason at all). They are also great to have as a snack on your way home or while making dinner to stave off the “I’m-so-hungry-so-I’ll-just-eat- whatever-I-can-grab-the-fastest” state. Lastly, these babies freeze amazingly well and are great to have on hand any time.
Love & Baking,
Cara moved to Vancouver, BC to pursue a degree in Cell Biology & Genetics at the University of British Columbia. During this time, she dove into another passion of hers- baking – and became a Certified Pastry Chef. She started her education in nutrition by becoming a Certified Raw Food Chef and Sports Nutritionist. Ironically, while attending pastry school she was introduced to Holistic Nutrition and knew this was a big part of her path. She completed her Registered Holistic Nutrition designation with Merit with a vision to spread healthy and scrumptious food to the world.
Cara’s passion is teaching and empowering others to make simple changes in their lives that create a huge positive impact. She loves to bake healthy & nutritious desserts that taste better than their conventional counterpart. Her passion in the kitchen is apparent by the enthusiasm she has in sharing simple recipes and teaching others how to cook food that nourishes the body, mind, and soul.
Nicole has worked with one of BC’s leading fitness gyms as a top achiever with several awards in personal training and customer service. She is passionate about motivating, educating and expanding the minds of her clients and students to achieve more than just physical fitness. Nicole draws from her background and varied experiences such as yoga, rock climbing, kickboxing and pilates, to provide fun alternatives to “traditional exercises.”