2013. It’s that time of year when I’m looking back on all that has happened. 12 months ago today it was predicted the world was going to end! A year ago today, I was beginning preparations for a Christmas feast. I thought you may like a little reminder….
2 – make the pastry. I love this ratio of flours for the pastry but you can just use a premixed gluten free flour if you so wish, or experiment with your own.
1/2 cup sorghum flour
1/4 cup chickpea/garbanzo flour
1/4 cup almond flour
1/4 cup coconut flour
1 flax ‘egg’ (1 Tbs flax meal with 1 Tbs water)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 – 1/2 cup water or unsweetened almond milk
almond milk (or any vegan milk) for brushing
mix into a bowl to form a slightly wet dough. Pop in fridge to chill for min 30mins. Whilst the pastry is chilling lets make the stuffing. It is delicious in it’s raw state but try not to eat it or there won’t be enough for the pie.
3 – make the Chestnut Stuffing
1/2 cup dried mushrooms soaked in 1 cup water
1/2 vegan, yeast-free stock cube
1 tbs arrow root
a few good splashes of tamari
Gently simmer the wine until it is reduced by half.
Oh my gosh, aren’t they adorable. They magically came to life when I popped their little flax seed eyes on their faces. Oh oh oh…I LOVE them. They are super easy to make. I was at a rather spectacular raw food potluck in Brighton the other day and a woman with a flash of flame-red hair, called Esmerelda had made them. So delightful. Great for your children to make and healthy too!
Xmas Strawberry Santa
For the RAW CREAM
1 cup raw cashews – soaked for at least 30mins, or better overnight (if you don’t have a high speed blender it helps them to cream better).
2 Tbs xylitol (ground to a powder in coffee grinder)
2 Tbs coconut oil melted
2 tbs lemon juice
Mix in a blender or food processor until smooth and whippy. Refrigerate to help stiffen.
Enjoy creating your little Santas!
How about rounding it all off (if you have any room left) with a Raw Peppermint Thin…
raw peppermint thins
makes 8 (or so).
1 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes or desiccated coconut ground to a meal
1/4 cup almond flour
1/4 cup coconut flour (if you don’t have then use 1/2 cup almond flour)
1/4 cup yacon syrup or agave (yacon is healthier and easier on blood sugar)
2 Tbs coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla powder
1 tsp good quality peppermint oil (without unnecessary additives)
2 pinches pink salt
1/2 cup carob or cacao powder
*opt..2 tbs roasted chicory coffee (tastes amazing and great for digestion and blood sugar balance) or 1/2 tsp coffee powder)..enchances flavour
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
*optional – 1 tsp sunflower lecithin emulsifyer