Chocolate Fudge Covered Superfood Squares, a GIVEAWAY, and TV Appearances
First off, congrats to Kendra Adachi who won the last giveaway for the two dips from Raw Foodz! Today I have an awesome recipe for raw fudge covered superfood squares along with a tasty new giveaway, and updates on cool things that have been happening. I'm writing this from Calgary where I've been for the past several days and will be here for the rest of the week for classes and tv appearances. Earlier this month I went to Vancouver to a health expo called CHFA West where Canadian and American companies come together to feature their latest, greatest products - from natural food products, to supplements, cleaning supplies, and beauty solutions. I tasted and walked away with more samples than I can count!
At the expo I tried some amazing raw vegan snacks and treats from a company called Basic Roots which is actually based out of Calgary, funny enough. I dove into the crunchy "cheese" crackers and smothered them with each of the different fermented cashew cheeses they had. I was immediately impressed. I had a great conversation with the owner, Paula and her son Noah, two very kind people who clearly have a passion for creating and sharing the most delicious and healthy food - much like me! - so we had an instant connection.
The good news is that I have a fabulous giveaway for Basic Roots products. They're all organic, raw, vegan, gluten free, and soy free!
Basic Roots carries a great line of raw vegan products - two kinds of crackers, three fermented cashew cheeses, granola, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, three flavors of "moon" cookies, fig bars, goji berry macaroons, and raspberry buttons. See ingredient lists and nutritional info for each product here.
Besides the fact that all the food is delicious, I like that everything is organic and all the nuts and soaked and dehydrated! It's rare to see a company do this because it takes a lot more time and money. But it makes for a healthier and tastier product. Also, they only use maple syrup, coconut nectar/sugar, dates, and raisins as sweetener. No agave.
If you're a savory snacker, they've got you covered. Their Big "Cheese" Crackers and Tuscan Sun Crackers are great with their 3 fermented cashew cheeses: Smokey Chipotle, Pink Peppercorn, and Herbs de Provence. The crackers are light and crunchy while the cheeses are slightly tangy, sooo creamy, and full of flavor.
If you need a snack on the run, look no further than their Raw Cheese and Cracker snack pack! How genius. I've never seen this before!! The cheese is a container that is built into the lid. It sure has come in handy for me while traveling this week.
For those with a sweet tooth, there are many options! Some items come in packs of six, some in three, and others in packs of two.
The Raspberry Buttons are soft and jammy surrounded by a nutty crust. They're so good!
The Goji Berry Macaroons are so soft and chocolatey with chewy pieces of goji berries throughout. The Moon cookies are great too. They're basically little chewy nutty cookies with creamy fillings. Spinach juice is used to colour the Pistachio Moon while beet powder is used for the Raspberry Moon. There are also Cacao Moons which are decadent and perfect for the chocolate lover.
If you like a tried and true chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin cookie, then this one is for you! Its got the perfect amount of sweetness for my liking, its soft but still chewy and I love the chocolate chunks in it best.
For your breakfast needs, the Apple Cinnamon Granola is fabulous! Its slightly sweet and suuuper crunchy which I like.
2 Winners will each receive an awesome raw snack pack:
-2 bags of raw crackers (1 of each flavor)
-1 bag of granola
-1 pack chocolate chip oatmeal raisin cookies
-1 pack goji chocolate macaroons
NOTE: There will be one winner here on the blog and the other winner on Instagram. (I'll have the instagram post up later today). Yes, you can enter both ways.
This contest is only open to residents of Canada.
- Leave a comment below answering this question: What is your favourite snack?! (Mine is avocado with a sprinkle of salt, eaten right out of the skin, or dark chocolate with nuts).
- For a BONUS entry: "like" Basic Roots on Facebook and then leave a NEW comment saying "liked BR" (if you lump it in with your first comment it doesn't get counted as a second entry because its a random draw so your chances increase when you have a second comment).
- Second BONUS entry: "like" Sweetly Raw on Facebook and leave a NEW comment here saying "liked SRD" (some people are leaving their comment right on facebook but you have to leave it here).
You have until Monday May 1 to enter the giveaway. The winner will be contacted via email and will need to reply within 24 hours in order to claim their prize.
Basic Roots will be at Veg Expo in Vancouver on May 28th so if you're going to the event, be sure to stop by and taste their snacks!
Now onto my recipe for the week! These chewy superfood squares are dipped into chocolate fudge and are SO yummy and satisfying yet they're packed with nutrition. Hurray! I hope you give them a try.
Raw Fudge Covered Superfood Squares
1 cup almonds or cashews
1/3 cup pistachios or pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup dried mulberries
2/3 cup pitted dates, chopped
2 tablespoons lucuma powder
1 1/2 tablespoons maca powder
2 teaspoons mesquite powder
1 teaspoon baobab powder (or do extra maca or omit)
1 tablespoon water
1/4 cup cacao nibs, optional
Grind the nuts (and seeds if using) to crumbs in a food processor. Add all other ingredients except for the water and cacao nibs. Process until the dates break down and the mixture forms a dough. Add the water and cacao nibs. Process briefly just to incorporate. It should hold together easily when pressed, otherwise add another 1/2-1 teaspoon water. Press into 3/4 of an 8x8" pan (or use the whole pan but I wanted them a bit thicker). Chill in the freezer for at least 4 hours and then slice into squares and place back in the freezer while making the chocolate.
Fudgey Chocolate Coating
1/2 cup melted cacao butter
1 cup + 3 tablespoons coconut sugar
1 cup cacao powder
1/3 cup warm water
Blend all ingredients until completely smooth and creamy in a high speed blender. Pour into a bowl set over a pot of hot water just to keep the mixture slightly warm and fluid. Dip each square into the chocolate and transfer it to a parchment paper lined tray. Place into the freezer for up to 20 minutes until it sets. Optional: Sprinkle with lucuma powder before eating.
This morning in Calgary I went on Breakfast Television and made my Raw Chocolate Banana Brownie Parfaits (recipe from my book, Sweetly Raw Desserts). The host ate a parfait after the segment and loved it! You can watch the segment HERE. (Boo hoo I couldn't figure out how to embed it).
And here I am on CTV Live on Friday where I made my Raw Mango Lime Tarts (also from my book).
Last night I taught a class at Wild and Raw and we had a full house! It was so much fun. I taught both sweet and savory and they really enjoyed it.