5 Nov 2013

PUMPKIN CASHEW CREAM CAKE with CHOCOLATE SAUCE


I had an extra sugar pumpkin in the kitchen since I only needed one for my raw pumpkin pie, so I figured I'd make it into a cheesecake-type thing. This isn't really like a cheesecake at all, but it gives you an idea of what to expect: a creamy, sweet, slightly tangy slice of heaven. The difference is, this recipe contains no dairy, gluten, eggs, or refined ingredients! Just whole, healthy foods to keep you living long and laughing... luciously? 


According to family and friends, my last pumpkin pie recipe was "outstanding" and I think this one is on the same level of mind-blowingness (I make up words, you just gotta deal). Because it is raw, you get the full flavour of the whole, fresh pumpkin, not a diluted version from a can. It's kind of like a pumpkin smoothie in the form of a cake. If that's unappealing to you, pretend you didn't read it. Just know: this recipe is a winner for all pumpkin lovers out there. 


The weather here in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada is not so hot today... literally. It's a tad chilly and more than a tad rainy (but what is a tad, anyway?) It's been pouring since yesterday evening. Fortunately, I've got a big ole cozy house to stay warm in, so I actually love this Autumn weather. It gives me a much-needed reason to stay inside and get caught up on my emails and school work. I am also spending a fair amount of time downloading recommended music today. Everything from Bjork to Curtis Mayfield to Big Boi: it is now in my eclectically-driven audio library. 


I am so excited to listen to all these new albums in their entirety! I'm making new friends who share the opinion that albums should be listened to in a social setting, and with full respect and attention given... meaning no distractions: lights out, everyone lying on the floor or in bed or whatever suits ya. It seems people my age take for granted the technological advances in the past few decades that make it possible to pick and choose single songs, and skip through them with a mere click on the iPod. The only way you used to be ABLE to listen to music was by buying the physical record and listening to the whole album; I think there is so much timeless value in that. 


I believe music should MOVE you, emotionally, physically, mentally. I want to nurture my spirituality, personal and universal identity, and humanity when I listen to a good album. Also, any way you can allow yourself to let loose and give into your animal nature (ex. flailing at the club or doing much the same thing in a tribal drum circle in the forest) is healthy and therapeutic! I'm in!

*Now get back on topic, Emily*... you came here for pumpkin cream cake! And pumpkin cream cake you will get. This recipe is delicious, nutritious and fergilicious. Well, not really the last one but I like to rhyme. Get the recipe by clicking here.

19 comments:

  1. Oh man.... I have no words. You are one of the most amazing people on this earth.
    This cake looks as delicious as it is gorgeous.
    Pinning!!

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  2. I have never paired them before but pumpkin would go so well with cashews! They both have that sweet/savoury/nutty thing going on!

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  3. This looks absolutely yummy!

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  4. "If that's unappealing to you, pretend you didn't read it." Proper laugh out loud funny, golden.

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  5. OMG. I am completely in love with this recipe. Need to make this ASAP. And with the chocolate drizzled on top... Ahhh!! Droooling.

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  6. THIS IS SO PRETTY, CAN I HAVE SOME, K THANKS XOXO

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    1. Click the link in the end of the post :)

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  8. ah lucky you with the weather! we've got about a foot of snow here in Cranbrook! not that i mind it, but i do prefer the sun and rain and NOT snow. . =)

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  9. Looks good! What is coconut nectar though? Is it coconut water? I've not seen anything labeled as coconut nectar here in Sweden but I have a whole coconut ready to use... :)

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    1. It's a sweetener derived from coconut, NOT coconut water :) Kind of like agave syrup but better. You can use whatever sweetener you want though!

      Em

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  10. Ah! I love reading your blog. All your healthy, beautiful, delicious food and exquisite photography are such an inspiration! Even when going through tough times, it seems like you're such an optimist. Just wanted to express my appreciation for your blog. :)

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  11. Oh man this looks amazing. I'm such a sucker for pumpkin pie and this is a serious step up - especially since my roommates are vegan and have never tried pumpkin pie before. Putting on the to-do list...NOW! But, one gal's opinion: the cake looks delicious and your photography is gorgeous! But maybe consider less as more at these sizes? I'm not sure there's a need to include so many shots of the same staging - as a new reader, I thought my browser was malfunctioning and repeating photos over and over.

    Subscribing now. Can't wait to see the next fall recipes :)

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  12. Hey, just found your blog - can't wait to try out some of these recipes. Quick question... What would you recommend as a substitue for the recipes involving cashew cream or cashew cheese? I'm allergic to nuts. Cheers!

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    1. Young coconut meat :) Or a blend of dates and coco oil. You could also try hemp seeds.

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  13. Hey Emily, the link doesn't seem to work anymore :(

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  14. @Loïse - here it is! http://www.onegreenplanet.org/plant-based-recipes/pumpkin-cashew-cream-cake-with-chocolate-sauce-raw-vegan/

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Feel free to comment below, I love hearing your thoughts! xo, Em