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Apple & Walnut Cake with Cinnamon Caramel Frosting (Raw / No Bake)

Autumn has officially arrived! And this is the season where one of my all-time favourite flavour combinations comes into its own. Sweet, warming and comforting, that’s how I would describe apple & cinnamon

I’ll be welcoming in the new season with lots of delicious recipes that showcase this beautiful flavour combo, including old favourites like Apple & Cinnamon Pancakes and Monkey Bread as well as some new tasty discoveries.

One recipe that recently caught my attention was The Rawtarian’s Raw Apple Walnut Cake which featured in the first issue of Vegan Life.

Vegan Life Apple & Walnut Cake Collage

There are so many things I love about raw/no bake cakes. Besides being packed with nutrient-rich ingredients, beautiful flavours and contrasting textures, they’re also incredibly simple to make. I’ve had many baking fails over the years, but I’ve yet to mess up a raw cake. Throw the ingredients in a food processor, pulse, press into a tin and chill. What could possibly go wrong?

Apple & Walnut Cake (Raw / No Bake)

As is the norm with me, I did make a couple of tweaks to the original recipe to suit my personal tastes. The first time I made it, I found that the apple flavour got a little lost, so second time round, I pulsed in the apple at the end to keep it chunkier. This worked a treat and I loved the extra texture dimension of the apple, alongside the nuts and dried fruits. I also subbed some of the raisins with sultanas (I love the apple/sultana combo) and added some ground nutmeg and a pinch of salt. For me, this really helped to make the flavours ‘pop’.

Apple & Walnut Cake (Raw / No Bake)

The original frosting recipe doesn’t call for the cashews to be softened first, but my blender just isn’t capable of blending raw nuts. They just say gritty (which isn’t nice in frosting!) So, instead, I opted to blend the cashews using the method I use for my dairy-free cheesecakes. I also added some cinnamon and coconut sugar, which gave the frosting a deliciously warming, caramel-like flavour. I then sprinkled cinnamon sugar on top for good measure. The coconut sugar drew in moisture from the cake and gave it an unexpected (but pretty) glazed finish.

Apple & Walnut Cake (Raw / No Bake)

This cake has been a huge hit with the family. Even Lil’ L loves it! And this is definitely the kind of cake I’m happy to serve him as an after school treat or dessert 😉 This recipe is a keeper. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

Products used in this recipe
Waitrose LOVE life walnuts
Happiness is Homemade organic raisins and sultanas
Clarks maple syrup
East End desiccated coconut (available in Tesco on the world food aisle)
Aasani cashews (available in Tesco on the world food aisle)
Biona organic coconut sugar
Essential organic virgin coconut oil
Magimix Food Processor

Apple & Walnut Cake

Did you get the first issue of Vegan Life? If so, I’d love to hear if you’ve made any of the recipes yet. I think I’ll try the Khao Suey next. It sounds scrumptious! If you missed Issue 1, it’s currently available to purchase as a back issue from the Vegan Life online shop.

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The Amazing Spiderman, A Birthday Party, the Tour de France & Key Lime Bars

Hi everyone! I hope you’re having a great week 🙂

Still no signs of Summer here in Bath! (Will it ever arrive I wonder?) Last Saturday it rained non stop all day so we decided to go to the cinema and watch the new Spiderman film. It seemed like the perfect way to spend a wet, rainy afternoon and we hadn’t been to the cinema in ages.

 

We all thoroughly enjoyed the film. It’s very different to the previous Spiderman trilogy. The new film seems to be more targeted at teenagers than the previous films but, despite it being a 12A, Lil’ L absolutely loved it and didn’t find it too scary at all.

 On Sunday afternoon the sun made a rare appearance! It was perfect timing as it was our lovely friend Joni’s birthday and she had a little gathering at her house to celebrate.

Me & Joni (pic taken by Lil’ L)

It was so lovely to see Joni and all her family. Lil’ L had a great time playing with Joni’s 3 grandchildren.

Joni & Derek put on an amazing spread of buffet food, including a roasted vegetable dairy-free quiche which I must have a try at re-creating. It was delicious!

During the afternoon we kept popping into the living room to check how Andy Murray was doing in the Wimbledon final. Needless to say he lost, but it was a great match all the same.

In our house, the most popular sporting event of the year is the Tour de France. As well as enjoying the race itself, I love all the spectacular scenery you get to see as they make their way across France. 

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Bradley Wiggins is currently in the yellow jersey and he’s a strong candidate to win overall. If he does win, he’ll be the first Englishman to win the Tour ever! Go Brad!

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So what have I been up to since the weekend? Well, I’m still busy working on the family cook book.  I’m hoping to get all the writing drafted before Lil’ L breaks up from school so I really need to get a move on!

I’ve also been enjoying reading Ani’s Raw Food Desserts which my sister bought me for my birthday and trying out some of Ani’s recipes, as well as my own raw dessert creations.

The first recipe I tried from Ani’s book is one of her signature sweets – the Raw Lime Kream Bars. The ingredients are very similar to those I using for making raw cheesecakes. I quartered the original recipe and made 28 Lime Kream Mini Bars. They are really refreshing, especially if you eat them straight from the freezer. Perfect as an after dinner treat.

After taking this pic, I coated some of the mini bars in raw chocolate. They’re yummy but, for me, the chocolate detracts from the zingy lime flavour. In future, I’ll stick to the original version.

Here’s how I made them:

If you find cashew nuts are a little pricey, check out Indian supermarkets or the Indian aisle in larger supermarkets. Asani’s 750g bag of cashew nuts is currently selling  for £4.99 (66.5p per 100g)  which is half the price of any other brand. I’m definitely going to stock up on my next shop!

Enjoy the rest of your week everyone! I hope the sun is shining wherever you are! 🙂 xx

This time last year…. I’m Running a 10K to Raise Money for Macmillan

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