I don’t like to give my kids raw chocolate very much as it is a stimulant, and they have enough natural energy beans for me.
This is good as any chocolate cake—you will not know the difference!
It tastes delicious and is easy to prepare. I made it regularly when I was pregnant with my twins. It gave me the energy to go babysitting for other kids in the evening after a day of teaching Yoga. I sometimes craved a piece of it when pregnant.
Now my twins are nearly five, writing this recipe up still makes my mouth water!
I believe avocados to be one of those foods that look like the body part they are good for (like walnuts and coconuts). When you slice avocados long-ways in half, they resemble a pregnant woman carrying a baby in-utero.
Avocados are packed full of folate, the first vitamin the doctor will recommend if you are looking to get pregnant or discover you are pregnant. They also contain tons of vitamins like vitamin E, K, C, B5 & 6. Some people find that eating avocados has helped prevent and cure nausea, probably because of the amount of B6 in them.
Avocados also help your body to better absorb the nutrients from fat-soluble fiber sources like vegetables. It used to be common to worry about the fat content in avocados, but avocados have high amounts of monounsaturated fat, the “good fat.”
If you’re dealing with leg cramps during pregnancy, avocado can help you straighten them out. They have more potassium than a banana, and potassium levels (along with calcium) can help ease cramping.
Avocados are also super-foods for children, for many of the same reasons.
As there is no cooking involved in any of my dessert recipes and they taste as good as cooked versions, I believe it is an easy way to get nutrients close to their natural state. One of the easiest ways to approach a raw lifestyle is to commit to only consuming raw desserts that contain only healthful ingredients.
I use raw carob powder, which is quite as it tastes better than the darker cooked powder that I have seen in supermarkets.
*This version is not vegan as it contains honey, but this could be easily replaced with maple syrup.
Soak 3-4 cups of dates for 15 minutes
Grind up three cups of hazelnuts in food processor until almost powdery
Add eight medjool dates (soaked first for 15 minutes) then remove stones
Add five tablespoons honey
Add one cup raw carob powder
Pinch of Salt
Two teaspoons nutmeg
Two teaspoons cinnamon
(May need a tablespoon or two of the date soak water to get it all going)
Blend all in food processor until doughy
(Form in to pie crust in pie dish)
Carob Mousse Filling:
Two cups of soaked medjool dates (remove pits after soaking)
1-2 tablespoons of vanilla extract (or 1-2 inches of vanilla bean)
Four tablespoons honey
One tablespoon olive oil or flax oil
Blend up in food processor until creamy
Add three avocados
Add one cup of carob powder
Add pinch of salt
Blend all in food processor until moussey.
Author: Hannah Martin
Editor: Renée Picard
Image: Google Images