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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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Yummy Scrummy Winner… and a Blu Animation!

Hello lovely readers! Hope you all had a fantastic weekend and a great start to the week!

Before I talk about anything else, I better put you out of your misery and announce the winner of the Yummy Scrummy giveaway.

A piece of Yummy Scrummy will be on its way to one lucky winner tomorrow...

To select the winner, I allocated all the commenters a number (except Dan as it didn’t seem to fair to give him the chance to win his own chocolate brownie 😉 ) and then used random.org to generate a number.

I’m excited to say that the lucky winner is…. Ragnhild (Vegan Aphrodite). Congratulations Ragnhild! I’ll be in touch shortly to get your postal address.

Thanks to everyone who took part. I wish I could send you all a Yummy Scrummy! I can’t do that BUT I have got another exciting giveaway planned for next month AND it has a chocolate theme again! I’ll post a note on Facebook/Twitter once I know which week the giveaway will fall in.

Before I sign off tonight, I just wanted to share a surreal moment that I had at the weekend. On Saturday morning, Lil’ L and I went along to the kids club at The Little Theatre Cinema in Bath. The session was described on the billboard as ‘Animation Extravaganza’. Considering the average age of kids at the club is around 5, I imagined that they would be showing a series of short cartoons like Tom & Jerry. I was wrong! Very wrong!

One animation involved a zombie (eyes popping, bits of brain dripping out, blood splattering the pavement) chasing a chicken down a road. Even Lil’ L buried his head into the back of the chair! I sat there in amusement, taking sneaky peaks at the other parents to see the looks on their faces 😉

Whilst still inappropriate for 5 year olds (IMO), the next animation absolutely blew me away. It’s by the graffiti artist Blu and is called ‘Big Bang Big Boom’. It’s described as ‘a short unscientific story about evolution and its consequences’. I found it utterly mesmerizing.

Maybe I’m just ‘not down’ with what 5 year olds are watching these days! 😉

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WIAW – I’ll bring the Korma :)

Happy Wednesday everybody!  Hope it’s been a good one for you!

My Wednesday started much slower than I would have hoped.  It’s been so dark  in the mornings this week that I’m struggling to get out of bed.  While I’ve significantly reduced my coffee drinking in order to kick my caffeine addiction, this was definitely one of the those mornings where I needed to smell the coffee in order to even open my eyes. 😉

I was way too sleepy to take a photo of my coffee, so this one is courtesy of Savit Keawtavee

The coffee was quickly gulped down while I made Lil’ L’s breakfast, got dressed and literally sprinted to school.  This is the third morning on the trot that we’ve only just made it to school before the bell stops ringing.  I MUST do better tomorrow. 🙁  

For those of you who have been following my blog for a while, you’ll know that Wednesday is the day that I join the ‘What I Ate Wednesday’ party hosted by the lovely Jenn @ Peas and Crayons. Not only do I use this event as a way to take stock of my own eating habits, but it’s also a great way to draw inspiration from all the wonderful eats that are on display at the WIAW party. 

I’m really late joining the party today.  Tardiness has been the theme of my day (my mum would say it’s the theme of my life. 😉 ).  Sorry everyone, I promise I’ll try and do better! 

So, here’s what I ate today:

Breakfast
The dark, wet morning definitely called for a warm breakfast.  I opted for a huge bowl of porridge, with chopped goji berries, pecan nuts, and ground flaxseed sprinkled on top, and a drizzling of Sweet Freedom Natural Syrup.

Rather than my usual Flahavans oats, I thought I’d try some of Lil’ L’s Ready Brek.  When I was young I loved eating Ready Brek.  I SO wanted to be the kid on the advert that glows on the way to school.  🙂  On the box, it says it’s ‘Great for Kids’ and, for me, this holds true.  It was way too smooth and creamy for me.  Plus I didn’t feel anywhere near as good as I normally do after breakfast.  I guess some things are best left in your childhood. 😉 

Lunch
I had my lunch back to front today.  The bread hadn’t finished baking by the time I had to dash to school for my meditation class, so I ate my pudding first.  I started with an apple off the tiny tree that grows out of the rockery in our back garden… this apple right here:

This was followed by a piece of cocoa fudge that I made yesterday.  This fudge is SO filling that you only need one little piece to fill you up!

This is my first attempt at making fudge and I packed it with goodness (ground almonds, tahini, raw cocoa powder, hempseed oil, fruit sweetener, and a goji berry on top).  I made up the recipe, using Shazzie’s ‘Little Fudge Cakes’ from her ‘Naked Chocolate’ book and Dr Fuhrmann’s ‘Vanilla Carob Fudge’ for inspiration.  Lil’ L loved it and gave it 5 stars but, for me, the tahini flavour was too over powering.  I’ll try again and post the recipe when I’m 100% happy with it.

When I got back from school, I had a slice of warm home-made bread with Natex low-salt yeast extract slathered on top (for a B12 boost).  (It was delish but I’m afraid there’s no photo; I woofed it down at soon as I got home! 🙂 )

Dinner
Tonight’s dinner was the left-over veggie korma from Monday.  It’s the first time I’ve made korma for Lil’ L and he absolutely loved it!  I basically used a bunch of veggies that I found in the bottom of the fridge.  It turns out that the combination of veggies works really well (IMO), so I’ll definitely use the combo again. 

In the pan went: onions, garlic, korma paste, cumin, red pepper, green pepper, courgette (zucchini) (thanks Ellie!), green beans (thanks Mum!), spinach, carrot, sweet potato, long life extra firm tofu (quorn or TVP would work equally work fine, or even cashews and almonds), some vegetable stock and a sachet of Patak’s coconut cream

While the veggies gently simmered, I boiled some rice.  I’d normally use brown basmati, but I found some old white rice in the pantry that needed using up.  When the veggies were ready, I roughly whizzed them with the hand blender, so that they blended together and made the sauce creamier.  I didn’t blend them to a smooth paste as we like a bit of texture, but I guess a fully blended curry would be great for kids that aren’t keen on veggies.

The korma was totally lush!  I’ve eaten it 3 times this week (twice with rice and once in a tortilla wrap) and I’m still not sick of it!   This dinner is going to be a regular feature in our house from now on. 🙂

Dessert was an apple pudding with an oaty-almond topping.  To save time, I made two puddings and will freeze one for next week.  The apples are home-grown. 🙂  

Right, that’s my eats done.  I’m off to Jenn’s party to see what you’re all eating.  Happy WIAW everyone!

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