Juicy July

Welcome to Juicy July!

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If you follow our Facebook group page, Raw Fusion Reset, you know that each month since Mattie and I started the group, we have been doing month long challenges to help people along with their raw food journey. The first month, May, we worked on increasing the amount of raw foods in our daily diets. The second month, June, we focused on reducing the fat in our high-raw vegan diets. And this month, July, we’re encouraging everyone to add at least one juice (or smoothie if you don’t juice) to their daily diet – either as added nutrition or a meal replacement. (Don’t skimp on those ounces/liters if you’re replacing a meal!) July is the perfect time to take advantage of abundant summer produce (except for our southern hemisphere friends – sorry) and stock up while prices are good and fruits and veggies are at their peak of ripeness.

As the month progresses, I’ll be sharing some of my favorite juice recipes (Yes, I finally have some favorites!) and a few juicing books/program reviews for those of you who like a little more structure with your juicing.

Happy Juicing!

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Low Fat Raw Vegan Strawberry Cake

Ok. This isn’t really a cake. But is is low fat. And it is vegan. And it does contain strawberries. Lots of strawberries. Yum!

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Low-Fat Raw Vegan Strawberry Cake

1 c (heaping) dried dates, pitted

1 c (heaping) dried figs, stemmed

1 1/2 quarts (about 3 cups) sliced strawberries

1/2 lemon, juiced

1/4 c coconut/palm sugar (optional)

Prep dates by removing  pits, if needed. Prep figs by removing stems. Roughly chop both and place into a food processor. Add juice of half a lemon. Process until pasty. (Mix may begin to form a ball; that’s ok!) Remove date/fig mix from processor and press into a small cake, brownie or pie pan. (Two mini tart pans would probably work too.)

Prep strawberries by washing and stemming all of them. Slice about half of the strawberries into thin slices and place them in a bowl. Top the sliced berries with coconut sugar (or other sweetener), if using. Set aside and allow to macerate for at least 30 minutes. Place the remaining berries in a food processor and pulse until berries become a chunky paste. 

Place processed berries on top of date/fig mix in pan. Refrigerate while remaining berries are macerating – about 30 minutes. Remove from refrigerator and top with sliced berries. Return to refrigerator overnight for a more ‘cake’ like texture.

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Notes:

  • This dessert is surprisingly cake like after it sits overnight in the fridge. If you want to cut and serve as a cake, consider doubling the amount of dates/figs.
  • If adding fat is an option, process some shredded coconut or almonds/almond meal with the dates/figs. This will also make the base layer more cake like, and it will allow for cutting and removal of cake pieces from the pan.
  • For a more gel-like middle layer, add chia seeds to the processed berries.
  • My strawberries were very sour. (Strawberry season hasn’t hit my part of the country yet.) If yours are too, you may want to add sweetener to the processed berries as well. Remember, however, the sugar from the macerated berries on top will soak through to the processed layer as the cake sits.
  • For a sugar free cake, use a non-nutritive sweetener like stevia to macerate the berries.
  • If strawberries aren’t your thing, try a different berry or fruit. Blueberries naturally have an abundance of fruit pectin and will naturally gel on their own after they’re processed. If you make a blueberry cake, expect the middle layer to be much more gel-like than the strawberry cake. (Cherries would also make a delicious cake!)

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I love this recipe because it’s 80-10-10 friendly, and it fit nicely into my month of raw challenge. If you’re interested in incorporating more raw foods into your diet, join us for the Raw Fusion Challenge on Facebook. Everyone is welcome, regardless of your dietary choices, but the focus of the group is high-raw vegan.

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We started the group to help you (and us!) get back on track with your healthy eating plan – just in time for summer 😉

While the group’s focus is raw veganism, everyone is welcomed. Some of us, myself included, are planning a 30 day, 100% challenge, and others are just there for ideas on how to add more raw foods into their lives.

The Raw Fusion Reset officially begins Monday, May 6, but we’re already gearing up for a healthy, happy, and raw-food packed month by posting shopping ideas, uncooking and juicing ideas, recipes, and tips, and a whole lot more!

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