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Raw Apple Walnut Cake with a Coconut Caramel Sauce

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Hello, my favorite foodie friends. I can no longer put off the post of this incredible edible dessert/breakfast. It was seriously an experience to remember. And since its been a week now, and I hardly ever make the same thing twice, I’m afraid I’ll forget. Although that goes without saying that this absolutely indefinitely MUST be made not only twice, but every single year, around this time, possibly every week. 

But before I go on, I feel like I should apologize for my silly inconsistencies . We have moved yet again. In case you don’t know what’s going on with that; we sold our home in 24 hours this past summer and hit the road in search of a new town to live. We thought we’d settle closer to the sea, since that is where my heart has always been. But after heading to the heart of the hill country, I have changed my mind. I sit here now, at 7:30 AM and watch as I look from screen to sky the magenta hue of an orange purpley pink is making its way over the oak and pecan trees that line the landscape’s horizon. How could I not? If you could only see this place. I’ve always been a chaser of beauty  and believe that when beauty fills the senses it adds positivity, hope and encouragement to life in every way. God is beauty, my friends. Find Him in all the small things and life will be full of light, wherever you are.

Okay, sermon over. Foodie talk commence. Oh, but wait. before I became distracted by the sunrise, I meant to say- here in this new place, the Internet is extremely slow, so until our final plot is bought and our ‘forever’ home is secure, I’m not sure these posts will be extremely consistent..for as long as Spring 2016 or even next Christmas…oh dear. I really hope it’s not that long,  but I will  do my best to get on here at least weekly or bi-weekly and give you something new. Even if I have to thumb type on the phone, which I find maddening and a tiny bit frustrating. But since our little recipe journal is filling up quickly it would be such a waste to not share.   And this raw apple walnut cake with the coconut caramel sauce (which I found after googling vegan caramel and found on a blog called “My Fussy Eater.com”)..is. To die for. No joke. Each bite was like it was asking me to marry it. The husband was jealous, but he fell in love with it too, and even had a second peice. And to tell you the whole truth and nothing but the truth, he’s not the biggest fan of my sometimes raw vegan / mostly vegetarian ways. Poor thing..but, autumn calls for chilis and pasture raised meaty stews, so don’t worry. There’s hope for him yet. Or should I say me. 😉

Okay, y’all. Here’s the recipe. 

For the cake:

  1. 1 C walnuts
  2. 1/4 C pumpkin seeds
  3. 1/4 C almonds
  4. 1 C pitted dates ( I mean the ones you have to pit yourself- they have all the moisture) 
  5. 1 tsp cardamom
  6. 1 tsp cinnamon
  7. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  8. 1 C dried apples (no sugar or preservatives added) 
  9. a pinch of sea salt

Using a  food processor add the pumpkin seeds and almonds and pulse into a flour. Then add the walnuts and pulse into crumbs. *Walnuts have a lot of oil and will easily turn to butter so just pulse to crumbs and no more. Then add the pitted dates, cardamom, cinnamon, vanilla and apples. Pulse until mixture begins to stick together. Remove mixture in a pile onto a plate and form a cake with your hands. There will be a lot of pinching, pressing and working with your most prized kitchen tools required. (Hands, yes) once you’ve formed your masterpiece , place it in the freezer to firm up a bit and get to work on the sauce. 

When I found the sauce through Google on the adorable blog, once again, called ‘My Fussy Eaters.com’, I was so happy to see it was as easy as adding coconut milk to that sticky coconut sugar cinnamon sauce I’ve been making for years now. You know the one that uses coconut sugar, water and cinnamon boiled together to create a sticky candy like iced topping thing? Yes! 

In case you forgot, here’s how to get it done. 

For the sauce: 

  1. 1/4 C filtered water
  2. 1/4 C coconut sugar
  3. a couple tsp cinnamon
  4. 1/4 C coconut cream (full fat coconut milk- only the fatty part that sits on top of the can.)
  5. a pinch of sea salt
  6. 1 tsp vanilla extract

Whisk water, sugar and cinnamon together over medium heat. Bring to a boil and let it thicken while whisking nonstop. Sing or something while you do it, it’ll be more fun. Once it begins to get pretty thick add the coconut cream just a little at a time whisking contantly until they all become one. It should look like caramel now and it will thicken more when cool so be careful not to make taffy. Remove from heat and add a pinch of salt and the vanilla extract. Whisk them quickly in. Remove the cake from the freezer and top with thinly sliced apples- we used fresh green ones. Then pour the caramel on top and get ready to fill your mouth with the best caramel apple experience, ever. It’ll be like you’re at a carnival or something. All smiley and excited. It’s that kind of whoa. Be ready. 

Raw Apple Walnut Cake with Coconut Caramel Sauce
A healthy alternative to a favorite fall dessert.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 C Pumpkin seeds
  2. 1/2 C Almonds
  3. 1 C Walnuts
  4. 1 C pitted dates
  5. 1 C dried apples
  6. 1 tsp cardamom
  7. 1 tsp cinnamon
  8. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  9. a pinch of sea salt
Instructions
  1. In a food processor pulse almonds and pumpkin seeds into a flour. Add Walnuts and pulse into crumbs. Add pitted dates, spices, apples, vanilla and sea salt. Pulse until the mixture comes together and sticks to the pinch. Transfer to a cake plate and form into round cake with your hands. Freeze and make the sauce.
  2. For the sauce: Boil water, coconut sugar 1/4 C each and a couple tsp of cinnamon. Whisk constantly over medium heat until thickened. Slowly add the fatty part of coconut milk 1/4 C to the sugar and water mixture. Whisk until they all become thick and one. Remove from heat and add a pinch of sea salt and 1 tsp vanilla extract.
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  • Such a beautiful dessert!! And I love hearing what’s going on with your land journey/dream! The spot you’ve landed sounds beautiful & perfect for you guys! Prayers as you set up home & all that entails!ReplyCancel

    • You’re so sweet to follow along, my sweet friend. :) Your comments and support means so much to me! This has been a wild adventure for sure, I am beyond grateful to feel at ‘home’ again and look forward to sharing more happy news. We continue to pray for everything to come together! I hope you have a happy Wednesday! All the love.ReplyCancel

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