4 Simple Vegan Summer Desserts (That Don’t Suck).

Via on Jun 20, 2013

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Summer is nearly upon us, and as these days grow longer and on into those much muggier nights – ‘refreshed’ will take on an entirely new meaning for all.

Tomorrow morning marks the Summer Solstice, and what better way to celebrate than with a few brilliantly refreshing vegan ‘keep cool’ summer recipes (that don’t suck)?

I do hope that you’ll enjoy.

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1. Banana Mango Ice Cream in Chocolate Cups 

For the ice cream:

4 frozen bananas
1/2 cup chopped frozen mango
1/4 tsp ground vanilla bean

For the raw chocolate cups:

2/3 cup raw cacao paste
4 tbsp agave nectar
pinch of salt
8 tinfoil muffin cups

fresh cherries

In a high speed blender or food processor, blend the frozen fruit until smooth and whipped. Serve immediately. If serving in cacao cups, make them before hand.

For the cacao cups, melt the raw cacao in a double boiler and mix with the agave nectar and salt. Brush the mixture into the muffin cups, and place in your refrigerator until firm.

Pipe ice cream in the cups using a pastry bag and top with fresh cherries to serve!

Delicious!

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2. Almost Raw Vegan Cheesecake.

For the crust:

2 cups almonds
1 cup dried Medjool dates

For the filling:

3 1/2 cups raw cashews -soaked for at least one hour
3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup agave *
1 cup organic, unrefined coconut oil- liquefied (see below)
1/2 cup water
1 vanilla bean or 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon celtic sea salt

For the sauce:

Handful of fresh blackberries
4 large dried Medjool dates
2 hefty squirts agave

To melt coconut oil, if solid:

Measure out 1 cup of solid coconut oil and place in shallow bowl of warm water.  As it softens, stir.  Replace the water in the shallow bowl with fresh warm water and repeat until all is melted.  I needed to change the water about 4 times to make it reach a fully liquid state.

To make crust:

Blend almonds and dates in  a food processor until finely chopped.  Press mixture very compactly into the bottom of a spring-form pan.  I used the bottom of a glass to press the crust down, and it worked perfectly.

To make filling:

Take all filling ingredients and blend in food processor until smooth.  Just let it go for a few minutes…. the texture should be nice and creamy.

To assemble:

Pour filling on top of crust and spread out until smooth.  Cover with foil and freeze overnight. The freezing process will re-harden the coconut oil and  set up the cake.  After it is frozen you can refrigerate and it will be ready to serve after about one hour.  Even though you have to freeze this cake to set it up, it is not a frozen cake… once refrigerated, it takes on an extremely similar texture to a regular ol’ cheesecake.

To make topping:

Blend berries, dates and agave together in a food processor. Simple, no?

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3. Apple & Plum Crumble.

Ingredients:

2 large cooking apples
6 large plums
2 tbs raw sugar (agave would work well too)
pinch of Cinnamon
zest of 1 lemon
1 1/2 cups +1 tbsp wholewheat (wholemeal) flour
1/3 cup hardened coconut oil (place in fridge for a few hours if liquefied)
1/2 cup raw sugar
3/4 cup oats

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350F.

Mix the sugar, flour and coconut oil to make a crumbly mix. Add the oats and place in the refrigerator.

Peel and chop the fruit (Leave the skins on the plums to maintain a nice color. Also, cooking them can make  them soft and barely noticeable).
Place fruit in a saucepan with the sugar, cinnamon and lemon zest.
Simmer on low heat until the fruit is soft.

Place in a 9×9″ oven-safe dish and sprinkle with the crumble topping.

Bake for about 25 minutes, or until the top has browned .

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4. Iced Mocha Green Machine

Ingredients:

1 cup coffee, room temperature
1/4 cup almond milk
1 small handful spinach
2 tbsp cocoa powder
3 large Medjool dates, pitted (or sweetener of choice)
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
10 large ice cubes

Directions:

Blend, gulp and go.

And, here’s to keeping our cool through those dog days of summer!

Namaste, and much love this day.

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About Tara Lemieux

Tara Lemieux is a mindful wanderer, and faithful stargazer. Although she often appears to be listening with great care, rest assured she is most certainly forever lost in thought. She is an ardent explorer and lover of finding things previously undiscovered or at the very least mostly not-uncovered. When she’s not writing, you can find her walking in the woods and sometimes changing the way we look at things, one simple moment at a time. If after all of this, you still wish to seek Tara out, you can contact her at www.taralemieux.com, OR read her SUPER-AMAZING DAILY blog or, take one second to "LIKE" her on Facebook at Tara's Facebook Page. Or email her directly at tara@taralemieux.com. All roads will lead to one home, and rest assured she (and Nudnick, the wonder dog) would LOVE to hear from you.

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6 Responses to “4 Simple Vegan Summer Desserts (That Don’t Suck).”

  1. Fantastic! I'm planning to try out all of them in the following weeks. Thanks!

  2. matt says:

    I just don't like dates in the blender. They don't blend well and wind up in chunks at the bottom of the glass. Perhaps it's my blender but it doesn't have a problem with anything else even blending granola.

    • Tara Lemieux Tara Lemieux says:

      Matt ~ I have a Blendtec Blender and love it. It's a little cheaper than the VitaMix, and QVC usually has it on sale at different points throughout the year. You really do need a higher power blender, though…you can also try to break them up first in a food processor.

  3. pixiemom says:

    Seems odd that you would find it necessary to say that they "don't suck." Vegan desserts are among some of the most delicious treats I have ever tried – indistinguishable from others except for the fact that they exceed expectation… And most of all they don't harm others for the sake of human pleasure!

    • Tara Lemieux Tara Lemieux says:

      pixiemom – it's tongue in cheek. I am also a vegan and LOVE my vegan desserts…in many ways, they are far superior to traditional recipes. The title was more of a poke towards those who are not as willing to believe this as you or I.

      must love and namaste ~ Tara

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