Wednesday, December 30, 2009

raw christmas treats

For Christmas this year, I decided to make the majority of my gifts. I've never been much of a shopper to begin with, and I find that the stress/anxiety level of consumerism during the holidays is no fun! :-) Combining my interest in making gifts with raw food treats was such a fun experience, and I'd like to share some of my creations with you.

This was my first time attempting to make raw chocolates. I used the raw chocolate/cacao powder I received for my birthday, and followed a few recipes as guidelines. Since I only had coconut oil on hand, I looked to Ani Phyo's recipe for Liquid Chocolate (from Ani's Raw Food Desserts), but found that it was much too rich with little to no sweetness.

Trust Carmella to save the day! Seriously, any time I am in a raw food dilemna, Carmella's blog seems to have the answer. For most of my chocolate, I followed her recipe for Chocolate Coating (which is delicious!). By the way, Carmella's posts on Chocolate are an absolute trove of information for making raw chocolate - check out
For the Love of Chocolate and All Things Chocolate for more information. Here are some of my raw chocolate endeavours:

Chocolate Truffles
(recipe derived from Rawmazing)

1 c cashews (soaked three hours)

1/3 c agave

1 c shredded, unsweetened coconut

1/2 cup hazelnuts (soaked three hours)
1/2 tsp. peppermint extract

These truffles were such a hit, even moreso when I paired them in beautiful white gift boxes with some coconut macaroons. I renamed mine after the Christmas tree/tannenbaum shapes they seemed to take:


White Tannenbaum Coconut Macaroons
(recipe derived from The Happy Raw Kitchen)

2 cups dried shredded coconut
½ cup cashews
3 tablespoons agave
¼ cup coconut oil
1 teaspoon chai spice mix*
additional coconut to garnish macaroons


* Vanilla Chai Sugar

1 tablespoon sweetener of choice
(I used raw can sugar - fair trade!)
½ inch vanilla bean, pod and seeds
6 -8 cardamom pods, seeds only, hull removed
2 points of star anise, pod and seeds
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
1/8 tsp ground cloves, or 2 whole
12 coriander seeds
4 allspice berries
2 white peppercorns
few grinds of nutmeg

a delightful little gift box of raw Christmas treats

For my next post, I will share my experiments with chocolate molds as well as my lemon-coconut bars! Also, I will give an overview of my first raw christmas! :-) Stay tuned!

11 comments:

HippieMom said...

This all looks absolutely delicious. What a wonderful gift to receive..unbaked chocolate love..Miam!Miam!

Pam said...

Looks so cute and yummy!

Enjoy!

Joanna Steven said...

Oooh I haven't made those yet... but they look SO good! Mmm delicious :) Thank you for sharing the recipe again!

barefoot_and_frolicking said...

Hey ladies,

Thank you for the kind comments! I should rename the post 'unbaked chocolate love' ;-) More to come soon!

Michal said...

These look so good :) I bet you could add the vanilla chai sugar to all sorts of things!

Fayinagirl (means Free One) said...

Yummy! I need someone like you to come to my potluck for New Year's eve. ;-)

evergreen said...

What a wonderful post! Everything looks beautiful:)

Thanks for the link to my blog:) I am so happy you made the macaroons, and I love the Tannenbaum spin:)

barefoot_and_frolicking said...

Hey Fayinagirl - thanks for the invite ;-) I would if I could, whipping up raw treats is my favorite thing to do!

evergreen - thank YOU for the fabulous recipes! They were such a hit with my family and friends. Wonderful :-)

barefoot_and_frolicking said...

Michal,

You definitely can use the chai sugar for other things. My mom used some on her cappuccino :-)

Raw Goddess said...

Marlie you rawk!!! Your choccies look fab, looking forward to your other goodies!

barefoot_and_frolicking said...

Thanks Heather!!! You are so kind. Best wishes for your New Years juice fast! I need some of your willpower:-)

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