This raw banana split is gonna put Dairy Queen out of business! #FoodPorn
Archive | Vegan Snacks
Saturday’s Snack – Raw Vegan Raspberry Cheesecake
Ok, I stole this recipe from http://veganinthekitchen.com. Please check out their informative and amazing site for more raw and vegan recipes.
I’m normally not a fan of cheesecake myself. I think the idea of cheese in cake is pretty gross. And that goes for cream cheese as well. Yuck!
However, this cheesecake was so amazing I ate the entire thing in less than 2 days. I couldn’t help myself. It was soooooo good.
So, I figured I’d upload the recipe for those of you who may want to try to make it yourselves. I promise you, it will blow your mind!
For the Crust:
2 cups raw macadamia nuts
1/2 cup dates, pitted (medjools)
1/4 cup dried coconut
For the Cheese:
3 cups chopped cashews, soaked for at least 1 hour
3/4 cup lemon juice
3/4 cup agave nectar
3/4 cup coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon celtic sea salt (optional)
For the Raspberry Sauce:
1 bag frozen raspberries (or whatever berries you prefer)
1/2 cup dates
1. To make the crust, process the macadamia nuts and dates in the food processor. Sprinkle dried coconut onto the bottom of an 8 or 9 inch spring form pan. Press crust onto the coconut. This will prevent it from sticking.
2. To make the cheese, blend the cashews, lemon, agave, gently warmed coconut oil (do not use microwave), vanilla, sea salt (if using), and 1/2 cup water. Blend until smooth and adjust to taste.?? Pour the mixture onto the crust. Remove air bubbles by tapping the pan on a table.?? Place into the freezer until firm and then top with Raspberry Sauce.
3. Remove the whole cake from the pan while frozen, and place onto a serving platter. Defrost in the refrigerator.
Saturday’s Snack – Screen Door
So I had been on a pretty strict vegetarian diet for the last 18 days, but that came to a screeching halt when my mom prepared a early Christmas dinner last night. Not wanting to let her hard work and effort go to waste, I gobbled up the tasty turkey (pun sort of intended).
I’m currently in Portland Oregon and decided to jump onto Yelp to see what new restaurants have popped up that I may not be aware of. Holy smokes! Portland is a Mecca when it comes to culinary enjoyment. There seemed to be dozens of great restaurants that I’ve never tried before.
One of those restaurants that appeared at the top of the search results was “Screen Door“. Here’s a snippet from their website…
“Screen Door presents a celebration of southern cuisine as experienced by us as southern natives from the quintessential hearty fare to the everyday foods gathered fresh from the garden. Central to our concept is making use of the similar rich bounty of local fresh produce found here in the northwest that we often took for granted growing up in the south.
At Screen Door we serve local and organic produce and meats everyday. Screen Door is a part of maintaining the connection between farm and plate and simultaneously presenting a revival of regional American cuisine through the historical methodologies and preparations found in the south.
Screen Door’s menu is a survey of the south, from South Carolina Lowcountry cuisine to soul food and Cajun one-pot cookery to the refined Creole and French preparations found in New Orleans. We explore all methodologies and preparations from the historical to the modern, from the rudimentary to the refined, from the low-brow to the high-brow, cutting across class distinctions to get at the heart of the matter, the food.”
After checking out some of the whopping 697 reviews on Yelp, I decided we would check it out since it received 4 1/2 out of 5 stars. That’s a lot of stars after nearly 700 reviews. Surely, this place had to be good after that much positive feedback.
So, we arrived at 5:15 and there was a line all the way around the block eagerly awaiting them to open the doors at 5:30. Since it was freeze balls cold outside, my mother, father and I remained in the car and listened to some Jimmy Buffet on the Margaritaville station on satellite radio. 5:30 finally came and we noticed the line had doubled from the previous size.
Geez, this place is popular. Not wanting my mom to have to wait in the cold we decided to go elsewhere. But I have to admit, I’m super eager to find out what all the buzz is about. It’s must be incredible. 697 Yelp reviews can’t be wrong.
Therefore, I will return at some point. I’m sorry that the first edition of Saturday’s Snack doesn’t actually review a snack. Oops. This is the first time I’ve ever blogged about a place I never actually got a chance to eat at. But I’m confident this place Screen Door is worth checking out. So, like Arnold… “I’ll Be Back”!
You can find Screen Door at…
2337 E Burnside St
Portland, OR 97214