Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Raw Triple Layer Cheesecake and Chocolate Mousse Pie


I'm back.



It has been a while since I last posted, and if you don't want to read a clumsy preamble about my personal life, feel free to scroll straight down to the recipe. Go on, I'll never know.

I've had some pretty major life changes occur over the last few months, and things have been internally and externally extremely unstable for me. I feel as though I've spent recent months gnawing on imaginary tethers before I finally turned the lights on and realised I was, in fact, free this entire time. Life is interesting. And beautiful. And surprising.

Although I always make a big effort to continue to nurture myself and eat well; making beautiful, home-cooked meals did fall by the wayside somewhat in recent times due to my being so unsettled. Recently I have been making absolute basics most of the time and did not create anything worthy of a Famished Fox post!

Now I am settled in my new home in Bondi Beach, living with an absolutely gorgeous flatmate who I met studying Naturopathy. We both like to cook deliciously healthy meals, frolic gracelessly in the sea, train hard, drink wine by the bucket, and make fun of silly boys. We're a good match.

Through all of the recent tumult, I have really had my eyes opened to the quality and beauty of the people around me and I am wholly and joyfully grateful for the amazing support network I have. I must be the luckiest woman alive. So, I decided to get (raw) cooking and make my famous Raw Triple Layer Cheesecake and Chocolate Mousse Pie for some very deserving friends. Heather. Fereen. Sean. Kylie. Eat the food, y'all. You've earned it.

Now back to the pie... this pie is legitimately ridiculous.

I have never made this dessert for someone who didn't love it. This list includes teenagers, little kids, stubborn parents, and health-suspicious friends. This recipe is a FF original and is jam-packed with antioxidants, good fatty acids, protein, enzymes, minerals, and a good range of both water and fat soluble vitamins.

This recipe makes two full-sized pies plus a teensy single serve pie in a jar, which I made for my friend, training buddy, and collaborator Sean over at The Movement Guide. Sean and I have some very exciting news to share with all y'all soon, but you'll have to wait until my next post to find out exactly what that is ;)

Anyway, enough chatter, let me give you what you came for:

Raw Triple Layer Cheesecake and Chocolate Mousse Pie:


Base:
2 cups activated almonds
8 - 10 juicy medjool dates
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1-2 Tbs of rose buds/petals

Cashew Cheesecake Centre:
2 cups raw cashews (soaked for minimum 4-6 hours)
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 tsp Loving Earth Vanilla Bean Powder
1/4 cup coconut syrup
Up to 1/4 cup water (just enough to loosen the mixture so it blends smoothly)

Chocolate Mousse:
5 large ripe avocados
1/2-3/4 cup raw cacao, depending on how chocolatey you like it
1 tsp cinnamon
1-2 Tbs orange zest
1 tsp Loving Earth Vanilla Bean Powder
1/2 cup coconut syrup or raw honey (I used a combination of both, but keep the honey out if you'd like to keep this dessert vegan)
3-4 Tbs coconut oil

Decorate with:
Fresh or frozen berries (I used raspberries)
Cacao nibs
Desiccated coconut
Orange zest
The tears of angels who cannot eat this because they are angels

Method:
Blend all of the ingredients for the base in a food processor until it just starts to come together but still has some texture to it, and then press into the base of the pie tins and jars. Blend all of the ingredients for the cashew cheesecake layer and layer over the almond base. Refrigerate or freeze while you process the ingredients for the mousse so that it is more firm and easier to layer the mousse on top of the cheesecake layer. Decorate at will, and eat the whole thing in like, 12 hours. That's what we all did.



Stay tuned for some exciting news, foxes. It feels good to be back.

FF xx