Raw Macaroons, New Giveaway, Orange Goji Cheesecake, 3 Calgary Workshops
Hi friends, I hope you had a great weekend! Today I have several new things to share with you including a NEW GIVEAWAY (this time open to Canada AND the USA), some Spring recipes and info on my 3 different workshops in Calgary next month. Thanks to everyone who entered the Planet Hemp bundle giveaway. Congrats Jordann Catherine, the company will be sending your prize out soon. I know I've said it before but I always love reading your entry answers and this time two people said how they like to use hemp oil is a moisturizer. I had never thought of that!! Coconut oil yes, but I haven't thought of using hemp oil! Very good idea.
Spring is here!
The cherry blossoms are out on the trees and the weather is warming up (around 10C - 50F). With Easter just around the corner its time for some tasty treats.
I'm a HUGE fan of Koukla Delights - organic, raw, vegan, gluten free, paleo, soy free macaroons in 5 different flavors: vanilla, chocolate, matcha, matcha chip, and granola cookies. I discovered them last year at Home Sense here in Victoria. They're delicious, not too sweet, super portable (hello, travel snacks), and there's a flavor for everyone (the vanilla and chocolate are my faves). I especially love that they're made with simple whole food ingredients and they're sweetened with maple syrup.
I've partnered with Koukla to bring you a fabulous Easter GIVEAWAY that is open to Canada and the USA. Woo hoo! One of you, my friends, will get to enjoy this generous gift of 5 bags of their macaroons (in each flavor) along with 3 mini snack packs (which have 2 macaroons in each one - perfect for throwing into your purse for a quick snack on the run).
The chef in me got creative with the macaroons and I had a fun time dressing them up. Yes, for fun - this is the kind of thing I like to do - BUT it sure came in handy for the potluck dinner party I went to on Saturday evening.
It's a great way to impress friends and bring a healthy and tasty dessert without doing much work (hehe, very sneaky).
I almost let everyone think they were entirely my creations - but I let the cat out of the bag and told them what I had done and how I couldn't take all the credit for making dessert. They were impressed and all the treats got devoured.
All you need is:
- some melted chocolate of your choice
- toppings of your choice such as: goji berries, seeds, shredded coconut, coconut flakes, cacao nibs, mulberries.
I created a Chocolate Coconut Macaroon...
using the coconut drizzle that I used on my hemp bars HERE. I spooned the coconut drizzle over the top of the chocolate macaroon and then sprinkled crushed cacao nibs on top (ground briefly in a coffee grinder). Into the fridge for the coconut to harden and voila!
I created the Vanilla Chocolate Macaroon...
by simply drizzling melted chocolate over the top of the vanilla macaroon and sprinkled just a little bit of shredded coconut on them.
I made the Chocolate Matcha Macaroon...
By dunking the whole matcha macaroon into melted chocolate. I garnished with a few goji berries.
I dressed up the Granola Cookies...
With a drizzle of chocolate and a few crunchy pumpkin seeds on top.
And I made Chocolate Matcha Macaroons...
By dipping just the tops into melted chocolate. I garnished with crushed cacao nibs.
In celebration of Spring and Easter,
lets get this giveaway party started, shall we?!
How To Enter:
- Answer in the comment section below: Have you ever made macaroons? What is your favourite flavor? (My all time favourite is a mint chip macaroon).
- For a bonus entry: "Like" Sweetly Raw on facebook (leave a comment HERE saying "Liked SRD")
- For a second bonus entry: "Like" Koukla Delights on facebook.
You must be a resident of Canada or the USA to enter. A random winner will be chosen on Sunday April 2. The winner will have 24 hours to reply to my email with their mailing address or a new winner will be selected.
Best of luck guys!
Note: This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to the winner, Kim Copithorne!
For those of you in Calgary, I've got 3 different workshops coming up next month! If you live in the area, I hope you'll join us.
On Sunday April 23, I'll be teaching a class that includes dinner at Wild and Raw. Space is limited. Call or visit the shop to register.
On Saturday April 29th I'll be co-hosting a half day workshop with holistic nutritionist, Amber Romaniuk.
A little something exciting. 2 of my recipes were featured in the current issue of Flourish Magazine, by New Roots Herbal. This is a FREE magazine that you can pick up at health food stores, so check it out :))
They featured my recipe for Matcha Power Balls.
And my recipe for Mini Lemon Goji Berry Cheesecakes.
I thought I'd share the recipe here with you today!
Mini Raw Vegan Lemon Goji Berry Cheesecakes
1/2 cup almonds
1/3 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup dried mulberries
2 tablespoons raisins
1 1/2 teaspoons water
Grind the almonds into flour in a food processor. Add the coconut, mulberries, and raisins. Grind until the raisins are completely broken down (this will take a minute or two). Add the water last and pulse to combine. Press the crust into 4-5 mini silicone muffin pans (or mini cheesecake pans) and set aside.
1 cup cashews
1/2 cup + 3 tablespoons lemon juice
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1/3 cup goji berries
Blend the cashews, lemon juice, coconut sugar, and vanilla until smooth in a blender. Add the coconut oil and blend to incorporate. Add the goji berries and blend briefly until they begin to break down but keep some texture and see bits of the goji berries. Spread the filling over the crusts (as I said above, there will be more crust than filling). Chill in the freezer for 8-12 hours. Peel away the silicone moulds and transfer to the fridge for at least 6 hours.
1 1/4 cup diced strawberries
2 pitted dates, chopped
1/4 cup goji berries
Blend the strawberries and dates in a food processor or blender until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and fold in the goji berries. Set aside for at least 20 minutes. The berries will soften. Spoon over the cheesecakes before eating.