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Figs are an absolute Superfood: They are rich in calcium, phosphorus, iron and 11 vitamins - especially in vitamin B1. Effect: figs chase fatigue and listlessness.
We are going raw again - and I mean 100 percent raw ... And how long will it last this time?", my daughter asks me with audible disbelief in her voice. "This time it's different," I say. "Yeah," she says, now already sounding quite ironic and adds that it would be all right anyway, as long as I would bring lots of salad on the lunch-table.
Let me tell you today, what we do differently this time. About 1 year ago we were all amazed about how much more energy we had gained through the raw food diet - but after a couple of weeks we partially fell back into old habits. The reason: The whole snipping and cutting and procurement of the huge mountains of fruits and vegetables had wearied us. I tried so many different dishes and recipes at this time, because I was afraid of not getting saturated. How should I go on without bread and potatoes ?? Without the frequent migraine attacks, I would probably still think that way ... What I most of all needed when I started with raw food was motivation!! All my friends shook their heads over my plan to try to get into the raw food, so I searched and found some inspirations on the internet. In a Video for raw food beginners I got the tip that one should only buy home as many different foods as possible to get satisfied with the diet. So I rasped, snipped and mixed and bought mountains of fresh vegetables and fruits. This tasted better than expected, but it was not only exhausting, but very expensive. At some point I had the feeling that I was only working for the food, because it took me a lot of time. This intensive study of raw food was maybe the original inspiration for starting my food blog. Well anyway, I have discovered now, that raw food is not necessarily more expensive and that you don’t need to create any fancy dishes or must obtain mountains of different foods in order to hold out.
This time I need only 10 minutes to get food on the table . The last purchase in the supermarket was even a lot cheaper than usual. I asked myself how this could be – and returned directly the answer. Today my addiction to potato, sugar, rice, pasta, bread is no longer as strong as it was a year ago. I can enjoy a plate of grated beets with horseradish, lemon and oil to eat as a main dish. Of course, I still like something sweet now and then and I use to celebrate this as a culinary highlight. The fig chocolate mousse cuts definitely are such a highlight. The original recipe of course contains eggs and dairy products - but I find my raw vegan variant tastes just super intense. So whenever I get the feeling, that I’m not getting enough, then I need some superfood to cheer up again. And the figs have it all – with many vitamins and minerals, they are a real pick-me, are carminative and counteract stress.
Will I get “fully raw” now for the rest of my life? I don’t know - but I do know now more than ever, why I started to concern myself with it. The 100-percent-phases are important, because each time you take a further step away from addiction to unhealthy food and instead begin to truly (!) enjoy food and feeling energetic. Wish you good luck in any case, if you want to "cook" my raw figs cake!
Yours, Petra Elisabeth
Figs and Chocolate Mousse Cuts (Raw Version)
Inspired by: Fratz & Co
- 200 grams of dried figs - finely minced
- 50 grams of almonds, grated (alternatively: rests from making almond milk)
- 1 orange peel, finely grated (alternatively: dried orange peel, store bought)
Chocolate Mousse Filling (half light, half dark):
- 3 cups cashews, 2 hours soaked in water and strained
- 2/3 cup coconut oil (melted)
- 1/2 cup agave nectar (alternatively maple syrup)
- Vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup lemon
- Pinch of salt
Additive for the dark mousse:
¼ cup dark cocoa powder (unsweetened)
- ¼ cup agave syrup (alternatively maple syrup)
- ¼ cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
- ¼ cup coconut oil (melted)
- Vanilla extract or vanilla powder
- Pinch of salt
- fresh mint branches
- fresh figs
SUPERFOOD FIGS: They are rich in calcium, phosphorus, iron and 11 vitamins - especially in vitamin B1. Effect: figs chase fatigue and listlessness.
Mix the dried figs in a food processor or a good blender, then make a dough together with remaining ingredients and press it into a Tupperware or a similar dish. For the chocolate mousse mix the soaked cashews with coconut oil, vanilla, lemon, salt and agave syrup in the blender. Spread half of this mixture into a separate bowl and mix with the cocoa powder. Spread the bright mass on the cake base and put the whole in the freezer for about an hour, then go on and distributes the dark chocolate mass on the solidified white mass and put it all again for two hours in the freezer until the upper mass has solidified. Put together the ingredients for the glaze and mix it until it gets smooth and pour it over the solidified cake. Garnish with freshly cut figs and mint branches. The cake can be kept in the fridge for 2-3 days and up to 2-3 weeks in the freezer.