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A Raw, Vegan, Gluten- and Guilt-Free Dessert in 10 Minutes

This is probably the most “demanded” of my demo dishes, along with Portobello Pesto Pizza.  Easy-to-prepare and universally appealing, you can make this gem into any shape you desire, including brownies, truffle balls (which are lovely rolled in coconut flakes) or in the cake shape that I usually create, using a dinner plate as you’ll see me do in the video below.

Raspberries are a popular pairing with chocolate; you can use fresh raspberries, but why not amp up the nutrition with a homemade “jelly” that uses a marvelous superfood — chia seeds.  You can usually buy these now in the bulk section of your local health food store as they’ve become much more popular and identifiable.

A staple food of the Mayan and Aztec empires, these tiny black seeds resemble poppyseeds (they also come in a white variety) and have more protein than flaxseeds  or soybeans,. Chia seeds are a superior source of amino acids, fiber and antioxidants. A few teaspoons of chia gel with the main meal of the day will slow down sugar  absorption, making this Superfood highly recommended for diabetics.    They are also one of the best sources of Omega 3’s on the planet!..

Due to their hydrophilic structure chia seeds absorb 20 times their weight, expanding in liquid,and forming a gelatinous texture that can be easily added to smoothies and salad dressings; these amazing seeds make a delectable “tapioca” pudding when added to nut milk.

MAKE IT PATRIOTIC RED, WHITE AND BLUE:  If you want to dress this cake up for 4th of July you can add on some blue and white along with the red raspberry coulis.  As you see me make this cake in the video clip below, I make it with a Vanilla Cashew Creme pudding. You can also use some vegan Ricemallow Creme (made by Suzanne’s, it’s one of my favorite Raw Fusion pantry items.)   Then decorate with blueberries.

LJ’s Flourless Chocolate Cake with Raspberry Coulis

Serves 8

Cake

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ cup walnuts
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 10-12 medjool dates
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup cacao powder (unsweetened)
  • 2 TB. coconut oil
  • 2 TB. maple syrup (can replace with agave, honey, or coconut nectar)
  • 2 TB. water

Directions: Place walnuts and salt in food processor and process until finely ground. Add dates, vanilla, cacao, coconut oil and maple syrup and process until mixture sticks together. Add 2 tbs. water and pulse for a moment. Form into a circular cake, about 6″ diameter on a serving plate. A small slice of this rich cake goes a long way!
Options: Garnish with mint leaves or fresh berries

Raspberry Coulis

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of frozen raspberries, defrosted (or can use a pint or two of fresh raspberries)
  • 2 TB. agave, honey or coconut nectar
  • 4 TB. chia seeds
  • Extra berries for garnish along with mint leaves

Directions: Place raspberries in blender and blend until fairly smooth.  Place in bowl and stir in sweetener (add more if you prefer it sweeter)  Add chia seeds and stir well.  You should stir every 5-10 minutes for about 30 minutes – It should thicken into a jam consistency.  (add more chia seeds if needed)

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Watch Dr. LJ make this cake on NBC’s Daytime Show:

LindaJoy Rose (Academy Founder and Natural Wellness Expert)

LindaJoy Rose, PhD is a therapist, author, professional speaker, international trainer, and healthy living expert with over 25 years of experience. As the former Director of International Development for the American Board of Hypnotherapy, she is a pioneer in the field of subconscious dynamics and clinical hypnotherapy, implementing training and certification in many countries across Europe, Latin America and Asia.

Dr. LJ has appeared numerous times as the Healthy Living expert with the Tampa NBC affiliate and syndicated Daytime TV show, local media coverage, and over 100 videos on the super-information site, eHow.com.

She is the author of eight books, including Your Mind: The Owner’s Manual and Raw Fusion Living: Recipes for Health Eating, Natural Weight Loss and Anti-Aging, and contributes regularly to the popular worldwide news service, The Huffington Post.

With a grant from the Astra-Zeneca Foundation, Rose successfully launched a healthy lifestyle retraining program at one of the nation’s largest and most respected clinics. Having overcome a debilitating auto-immune disorder through lifestyle changes and self-care, she subsequently developed a practical and delicious eating philosophy and teaches popular classes with food demonstrations, world-wide.

In 2013, she launched the online and onsite Natural Wellness Academy with certifications in Holistic Health and Life Coaching and Clinical Hypnotherapy and with students and graduates in almost 20 countries.

The daughter of two Holocaust survivors, Dr. Rose is also a volunteer docent at the Florida Holocaust Museum and resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband and 4 furry companions.

"From training therapists internationally in the fields of psychology and hypnotherapy to being an online mentor for two West Coast Universities, to founding the Natural Wellness Academy, teaching has always been my passion, I enjoy nothing more than informing and inspiring prospective coaches and therapists."

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