I was on the phone with my Mom the other day, chatting about life, and she asked me what I was up to. I said I was just pulling some vegan white chocolate and macadamia nut cookies out of the oven. Given the elusive nature of vegan white chocolate, my Mom asked where I had found it. I said “I made it”.
She was shocked. “What do you mean, you made it”.
I was confused by the question, “I melted some raw cacao butter, added ground cashews, some vanilla and agave and let it set in the freezer” (stated with annoyance at the obviousness of this recipe).
“You’re nuts” was the response.
This is not the first time that my sanity has been called into question but the reality is, raw, vegan white chocolate is incredibly easy to make at home. It is not a cheap venture, but less expensive then purchasing pre-made vegan white chocolate (on the rare occasion that you find some). You do need to have raw cacao butter on hand. I expect this is not a pantry staple for many but if you happen to stock it because you enjoy creating raw vegan cheesecakes and other decadent treats (to impress all of those people who think a vegan diet is about deprivation and despair) then this is an excellent way to use up any excess.
With Easter approaching, I’m working on another care package to send down to Orlando and Jeremy specifically requested a batch of these fantastic cookies. Dreena Burton is the most reliable source I have found for amazing vegan baking recipes (although, Ricki Heller continues to impress me). I found the ideal recipe in Dreena’s book, Eat, Drink and Be Vegan to satisfy Jeremy’s cookie craving. Her recipe calls for a short list of natural ingredients and requires just 11 minutes in the oven. On top of making the white chocolate, I did actually have to buy flour and 2 tbsp of organic evaporated cane juice as I don’t typically stock those items in my kitchen (crazy? Maybe!).
Dreena did not let me down. Even though I haven’t been baking traditional treats these days the results were incredible. I know they will provide some joy to a lovely boy in Florida.
What have you made that had others questioning your well-being?
What would you request in a care package?
As a quick update, Tracy received her prize package and reported that she really enjoyed the raw macaroons. She even saved some to celebrate her 30 km run! I am almost finished reading Becoming Raw (it is seriously packed with information). I can’t wait to share what I’ve learned with all of you.
April will be full of nutrition tips, recipe ideas and training updates. I plan to post daily so I hope you’ll all be along for the ride (run and swim).