vegan, lenten, gluten free, paleo snack time

Last Thursday, A hosted yet another dinner party. We had many diets to think about. One of us vegan. One gluten free. One paleo. All Lenten. I thought if we did raw food, that would cut out the problem of grains, beans & legumes. Vegan seems easy after that! Of course I forgot to bring my camera, but A loaned me her phone so I could get a few shots.

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I tried making raw banana cookies by processing about a dozen pitted dates with a banana, 1 cup of soaked & drained cashews and…

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when it didn’t seem to be getting thick enough, a couple handfuls of walnuts I didn’t have time to soak since I didn’t know I would need them. Oops.

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It looked, smelled, and tasted pretty good. I patted the “dough” into cookies and put them in the freezer to set for an hour or so. However…while carrying them up to A’s apartment in a bag, the plate tipped sideways and all the cookies were completely flattened. They did not firm up at all. More on that later.

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I also decided to try a mock vegan tuna (or tu-no?) salad, inspired by This Post from Abena EATS. Of course once I got started, I realized I didn’t have the main ingredient – NORI. I had kelp powder, so I made a dressing using another cup of soaked & drained cashews, lemon juice, garlic & kelp powder. The dressing was fabulous, although not quite as fishy as I’d hoped.

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The salad was made of avocado and cucumber.

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With the dressing on top…

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and all mixed in and ready to go.

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Okay, but this is something really amazing. A raw, vegan cheesecake. This is the third dish made with cashews, and definitely the best of all – it actually tasted just the way I remember cheesecake tasting. The texture was great. The crust is made of nuts and dates.

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A also made a blueberry sauce to go with it. Fantastic!

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Another friend brought fresh fruit: strawberries, mango & pineapple. These were great with the raw cheesecake.
Aaaand, yet another friend brought fresh veggies to dip in a peanut sauce.

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And in the little yellow bowl are my cookies. I scraped them off the plate and we had raw banana bread cookie dough.

My Tete always tells me I am very brave for trying a new recipe for the first time when I’m serving it to other people. I don’t know if I’m brave or just stupid, but it’s fun to experiment! It also tasted pretty good, it just wasn’t how I planned. I’m going to try both of my recipes again, and I think I’ll have to try the cheesecake, too.

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