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Raw Maple Pecan Tarts

 Raw desserts are so fun to play with! I just couldn't help adding a little fall spice to this Raw Maple Pecan tart. I will definitely be making this again around Thanksgiving. The cinnamon and maple give it just the right delicious blend.
 I made this into 3 separate tarts, but you could also make it into one smaller pie.

For the Crust:
1 C Walnuts
5 Medjool dates, pitted
1 T Pure Maple Syrup
Dash of Sea Salt
Dash of Cinnamon (about 1/8 tsp)

Blend together until the mixture starts to stick together.
Split into thirds and transfer to 3 tart dishes. With your fingers push the crust out evenly on the bottom of the dishes.

Maple Pecan Pie Filling
1 C Pecans
10 Medjool dates, soaked in 2/3 C Water- at least 10 minutes or until it softens the dates
1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla
3 T Pure Maple Syrup
Dash of Cinnamon

Blend all the pie filling ingredients together, including date water, until it is mostly smooth. (There may be little Date and Pecan pieces.)
Scoop out and fill tart shells, spreading the filling out evenly.
Top with extra Pecans and freeze until ready to eat or a few hours until it sticks together.
It will not get solid, but cold enough to stay together.
Enjoy this wonderful freezer treat!

Raw Ice Cream Cake

I have had a Yo-Nanas maker for almost a year now and we make fresh fruit ice-cream with it at least every month. Well, last week for family night my 2 year old was in charge of picking a treat and he wanted yo-nanas. As the beautiful banana ice cream was coming out I started thinking of how I could make a delicious raw ice cream cake. So the ideas began....
 The other night at 10:30p.m.:) Not usually when I like to experiment, but oh were we all happy that I did when we tasted all the creamy, chocolatey, banana goodness last night!
~I am sure you can use a food processor or blender to make the ice cream, but I used my yo-nanas maker.

You need:
Yo-nanas maker
A spring form pan
A High Speed Blender
A Freezer
A Batch of Raw Chocolate Sauce

The Crust and middle cake layer
1 C Walnuts
1 T Cocoa Powder
5 Medjool Dates
a dash of sea salt

Put all ingredients in the blender and pulse until you have a crumbly mixture, but not oily.
~Make this twice, separately. One for the crust and one for the middle layer.
 If you do too much at a time the oils seem to release faster and you don't get the "cakey" texture you want.

Take one batch and press down into the spring form pan. Set the other aside in a bowl for later use.

For the Raw Ice Creams
 6 Frozen Bananas, thawed about 5 minutes
1 tsp Vanilla
1/4 C Agave
1 T Cacao Nibs
Raw dried Gogi Berries (opt)
1/4 C Raw Chocolate Sauce

1. Push the bananas through the Yo-nanas maker one at a time until you you have a big bowl of raw ice cream. Stir in vanilla and agave. Put half of the batch in another bowl and stir in cacao nibs.

2. Add Raw Chocolate Sauce to the mixture you have and stir until you have raw chocolate ice cream.
Scoop this onto your crust and spread around until even.

3. Get your other bowl of "cake" mix and crumble evenly over the ice cream.
Drizzle with raw chocolate sauce.

4. Spread your cacao-chip ice cream over the cake layer.

5. Top with drizzles of Raw chocolate sauce, cacao nibs, and dried gogi berries.

6. Freeze until ready to eat, at least a half hour to let things set together.

Raw Broccoli Cabbage Salad

 I know when I am in an ALL raw foods stage because I think of idea after idea of different foods and combinations of foods, not to mention how amazing I feel! Energy, motivation, happiness, confidence...ok I won't bore you.
 Well, in the past 24 hours inspiration hit more than once, so you are in luck and get to try my new creations. I love when this happens because something yummy always comes out of it.
 This salad tasted cheesy to me so I was going to call it a Raw Cheesy Broccoli Cabbage Salad, but it was too long, plus my husband said to him it was almost a peanut sauce taste. So you can try it yourself and see what you think, for me I'll go with cheesy:)
 It was tasty and SO simple  to put together and great as a side salad for 4 or double or triple to make it the main dish, I know I will next time!

1 C Purple Cabbage, chopped
1 C Green Cabbage (for variety), chopped
1 C Broccoli, finely chopped
Put in a bowl and add:
1 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 T Nutritional Yeast (this gives it the flavor you want!)
1/4 tsp Sea Salt
1/8 C Crushed Walnuts
Toss together and Enjoy your super fast and healthy dinner!