Monday, January 26, 2015

Magic Pina Colada Tofu Slice - Raw, Vegan and Grain Free

I sprinkled some candied coconut on top. Oh. Yeah!

I had to put "magic" in the name of this recipe because I am still amazed by how tofu can be made to replace "cheese" in recipes. And its super low calorie (if you care). Before I had to give up dairy, cheesecake was one of my all-time favorite desserts. So I missed cheesecake. And I wanted a Pina Colada slice at Christmas-time. I had originally also given up soy. But I find that I can handle it in moderation and I stick with the organic, Non-GMO variety. For this dessert you need to buy the Silken tofu (I used firm which they were selling at Costco - not sure if its still there but you can get it at any grocery store). 

Anyway, I got my Pina Colada slice. Did. I. Ever. I made it three times in December. 

This recipe is super simple. The hardest part is letting it sit in the fridge for long enough to completely cool and set. And its actually got a fair bit of it makes a pretty good afternoon snack too. I think you could easily convince yourself to eat it for breakfast. Not that I would ever do that;)

Pina Colada Slice - Raw Vegan and Grain free Pineapple tofu Magic

by MamaChanty
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0
Keywords: raw dessert candida-diet friendly low-carb vegan gluten-free coconut silkken tofu pineapple
Ingredients (8 x 8 pan)
    • 1 Tbsp Truvia or sweetener of choice
    • 1/4 cup oil (I actually used 2 Tbsp coconut oil and 2 Tbsp Earth Balance)
    • 3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (ground in coffee grinder)
    • 1/4 cup almond flour (or almond meal)
    • 2 Tbsp ground golden flax
    • 2 Tbsp arrowroot starch
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
    • pinch fine sea salt
    "Cheesecake" Layer
    • 1 package firm Silken tofu
    • 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
    • 2 Tbsp honey
    • 1 Tbsp Truvia or sweetener of choice
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 tin (14 oz) crushed pineapple, in juice
    • 2 Tbsp organic gelatin
    • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
    To make the base, combine all ingredients together. Mix until fully blended. Pack down into an 8 x 8 pan. I use a piece of parchment and the palm of my hand to pack it down rather than trying to do it with a spoon.
    For the creamy layer/topping. Blend the Silken tofu first until it is creamy and smooth.
    Drain the juice from the crushed pineapple into a saucepan. Heat the juice over medium heat until just boiling. Turn off heat. Sprinkle with gelatin and let sit for one minute. Use a whisk and vigorously whisk the mixture until all the gelatin has dissolved. Add tofu, coconut, honey, Truvia, and drained crushed pineapple. Thoroughly mix together.
    Pour the creamy topping onto the base.
    Refrigerate overnight or for at least 8 hours before serving to ensure it is fully set. That's the tough part.
    Keep refrigerated until serving.
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    Friday, January 9, 2015

    FItness Friday - Fun for the Whole Family

    She is obsessed with going this one now..........................
    Some of you might know that I'm going through a bit of a YOGA phase. Addicted.

    I have an intense personality. And I constantly need new interests and challenges.

    So although I am LOVING yoga so much that I wanna swear this is it. I found my exercise soul-mate. I'm done searching. This. Is. It.

    I really don't know. I kind of felt that way about Zumba two years ago. And then biking. And then HIIT. And now yoga. But damn do I love it. Really really love it.

    I guess the point is that you need to keep searching for things you love doing to keep exercise a mainstay in your life. Don't try to force yourself to do something you no longer enjoy. Don't feel bad when you walk away from an activity. As long as you are walking towards something else. And there are so many things out there to try. Oh - if only I had more time.

    Although I am LOVING my yoga classes (I do all kinds from restorative/gentle to Ashtanga/Vinyasa Flow/Power), I guess I started to get a bit itchy to try something new.

    So yesterday I went completely out of my comfort zone and dropped in for an AcroYoga class.............OH. WHAT. FUN. Taking turns flying and being flown in the air by complete strangers. What an experience. Bucket list - check!

    And tonight the kids and I did AcroYoga all night. Now my 5-year-old is completely addicted too. Her last words before bedtime were "Please mama, one more yoga".

    So I'm challenging all of you, if you are bored with your usual routine or just don't have a routine, go find something fun to do.

    I need someone to do this with me............hubby is athletically gifted by flexibility challenged. 
    Now I have a partner to help me work on my scorpion. Much better company than the wall.

    A family affair. Still need to figure out how the little one can get involved in this pose. So far he just likes to stomp or sit on my face.