Friday, April 19, 2013

Raw Chocolate Vanilla Cupcakes

With the decision to entirely change my lifestyle and become a raw vegan I came across one problem - I love sweets! Yes of course, there are beautiful rich fruit salads full of juicy tastes that serve me often as main dish. But I also always loved baking and making homemade desserts for special occasions. So one day me and my boyfriend decided to try to make some delicious cupcakes. This was one year ago and we still remember the tasty experience of chocolate pastry toped with vanilla creme and fresh fruits.

This recipe will always remind me of my first steps in the world of raw veganism and my path to overcome my health problems. I suffered of chronic pancreatitis probably since I was a baby. This health disorder gradually worsened and I finally decided to stop taking my medications that never really helped me, and try the power of raw food that everybody talks about.

When we were creating these cupcakes I got one of my pancreatic seizures and instead of finishing and enjoying them I spent the evening in bed with severe cramps and pain in my body. I was so disappointed and angry that I could not finish the dessert. I got often angry when I realised that my health problems have power over me.

But my loving boyfriend didn't leave the kitchen. He finished the cupcakes, decorated them, took a picture of them, placed the cupcakes in fridge and spent rest of the evening comforting me in my sickness. Next day when I felt like I could eat something, we enjoyed the delicious dessert together. It was wonderfully sweet and full of flavours!

Raw Chocolate Vanilla Cupcakes

makes about 20 cupcakes

1 cup shredded coconut meat (or pulp from coconut milk)
2 cups dates
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
1/2 tsp pure vanilla powder (or 1/2 vanilla bean)
About 20 - 30 paper cupcake forms

Vanilla creme
1 cup ripe banana
1 cup cashew soaked overnight
1/2 tsp pure vanilla powder (or 1/2 vanilla bean)

1/2 cup chopped kiwi
1/2 cup berries (blueberries, raspberries and blackberries)

To make the dough: Place all the ingredients in the food processor and process until it becomes a sticky mass. Fill half of a paper form with the mass and place aside. Fill rest of the paper forms the same way.

To make the creme: Place all the ingredients in the food processor and process until smooth. Top the cupcakes with the creme.

Assembly: Fill half of the paper forms with the mass and top them with vanilla creme and fruits. You can keep the cupcakes in fridge for about an hour or simply serve and enjoy!

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