Why Desserts?

BECAUSE THEY ARE AWESOME

When I started my blog a year ago, my intention was to make people believe desserts are harmless, and I tried to do so by using plant based and vegan ingredients. I thought if I veganified a chocolate cake, more people would be willing to eating it. I thought I would never have to see someone cut a teeny tiny slice or worse, hear someone say "I want to but I shouldn't." 

Guess what? It didn't work. It didn't matter that I didn't use butter, milk, white sugar or eggs. It didn't matter that I my recipes had heaps of fresh fruit and vegetables. It didn't matter what was inside, because we are scared of the word "dessert". 

I've learned that the problem were not the ingredients but our relationship with food. Apparently dessert is naughty, dirty and evil. 

DESSERT IS NOT A BAD WORD.

Fuck is a bad word. Bitch is a bad word. Asshole, cunt, dickface, motherfucker and cocksucker as well. Dessert is not. Neither is cookie, cake, ice cream or brownie. So why do we treat these words as if they were? 

What the heck does "clean food" or "real food" imply? That there is "dirty food" and "fake food"?  

Who are we deceiving with a "cheat day"?  Don't even get me started with "guilt free" food.

Food is nourishment, and there is nothing dirty, bad, fake or guilty about that. 

This language and these behaviors do not represent a positive and healthy relationship with food. There is nothing morally good or bad about food. And the food you eat doesn't dictate who you are. Food can never define you as a dirty, bad, fake or sinful person. You are not less valuable, beautiful or worthy of love and life based on the foods you choose to eat. You are so much more than food! 

If any person or diet tries tells you otherwise, don't let them. Tell them to fuck off. And them again on my behalf.

WHY DO I WRITE ABOUT AND MAKE DESSERTS

I believe in the power of listening to your body and eating whatever it is that makes you feel good physically and mentally. For many of us, including myself, that means indulging in something sweet. That's not to say I eat tripe layered chocolate cake for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I believe in balance and honoring our cravings because it fosters a healthy and positive relationship with food and with ourselves - and that's why I write about and make desserts! 

If we change our relationship with food in our minds naturally we'll change the way we eat. We'll eat foods because we want to and because it makes us feel strongly and great, not because some diet told us to in order to fit into some jeans.

Going forward I'm making an oath to my self right here right now to not just share recipes but also share food and body positively. I'm still learning but I feel to strong about it, and I think so many of us identify with this way of positive thinking. So let's embrace it!

Fuck Bitches Get Money

When I was 19 years old, I invited all my single girlfriends to make this giant cookie on Valentine's day. We made it and ate it together (with wine of course) and no one complained about calories! Actually no one complained about anything! Looking back, I remember it being a totally happy night with awesome ladies, a big yummy cookie and lots of swearing.

So I want to do the same with you! Every Friday until November I'm going to make and share pictures of giant cookies, cakes and brownies with actual bad words on them. I'll only share these pictures through my newsletter, so sign up to get them!

Raw Coconut and Banana Cupcake

SIMPLY RAW VEGAN

Vegan Carrot Cake

Versión Española Aquí

I first discovered veganism five years ago when I was searching for dairy-free cake recipes on Google. One of the search results read the words “Lavender and Lemon Cheesecake” and “Raw Vegan” in one line, and I thought “how the f@$% is that possible?”.

My curiosity took me to Emily Von Euw’s blog, This Rawsome Vegan Life, and I am so glad it did. A lot has changed on Emily’s blog but one thing is consistent – creative, original and ultra vegan recipes that will leave you asking the same question I first did. And I personally hope that one day one person will find my blog and ask “how the f@$% did she make that happen? How did she make something look so good, taste so good and be so healthy?”

On that day, I spent hours reading every thing she had written since her first post and I still don’t understand why she called that dish a “cheesecake” instead of a cake or tart. 

I decided to mimic the same concept but call it a raw cupcake and simplify the recipe (in my opinion, Emily tends to use more ingredients than necessary). Without further a due, I present to you dairy-free and super easy to make Coconut and Banana Raw Cupcakes.

RAW COCONUT AND BANANA CUPCAKES

By Daniela Pimentel Furtado, Dulce y Natural

Total Time: 1 day

Makes: 8 cupcakes

Ingredients

    Base

  • 125 grams raisins
  • 100 grams cashews
  • Filling

  • 1 ½ soft bananas
  • 100 grams cashews
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil

Instructions

    Soak all the cashews in water for 12-24 hours. Drain the water and pulverize 100 grams of the cashews into a flour (for the filling) and the lightly pulverize the other 100 grams into small chunks (for the base).

    First the base. Add the raisins to food processor and mix until you have a sticky mixture. In a bowl, mix the chunks of cashews and the raisins together. Set the mixture into a mould, adding only a tablespoon to each cupcake mould. Press firmly to make a flat base. Freeze.

    Meanwhile the base is freezing, make the filling. Simply add all the ingredients into a food processor then pour into the moulds.

    Freeze the cupcakes for 2-4 hours.