Thursday, 16 January 2014

RAW VEGAN TIRAMISU with VANILLA CREAM & COFFEE LADYFINGERS


You guys have been asking for this recipe for a looong time now. Apologies for not making it sooner. But now that it's here - let's all take a moment to dance and sing about the wonders of the earth. In what other world can we create a luscious, creamy, sweet dessert entirely from raw nuts and fruits that looks and tastes THIS good? This is it, folks - welcome to the best place ever. On that note, since our spherical abode IS so welcoming to us, maybe we should return the favour? Let's not leave our garbage lying around, let's not pollute the water, let's not steal milk from baby cows, let's not mess with nature (yes, I'm talking about GMOs) and let's not eat our animal friends!? 

None of that is necessary. This recipe, however, is a mandatory task. By that I DO mean the planet will implode if you don't make it and enjoy the heck out of its healthy, sexy flavour. ASAP. 


I am very pleased with how this recipe turned out. I wasn't sure I'd be able to recreate the classic dessert that became such a celeb in the 50's (?), but I did! I think this would probably taste equally mind-blowing if you used macadamias instead of pine nuts. Jus' sayin'. I used cold-pressed coffee for the ladyfingers and the combo of the coffee plus sweet vanilla cream plus cacao powder on the top is pure bliss, let me tell ya. Actually, don't listen to me. See for yourself... with your taste buds... 

"Taste buds don't have eyes, Emily, so they can't see. What are you even talking about..." 

Dammit. 


New train of thought: as far as my personal life is concerned - things are on the up and up! The past week I have been busy working on my second book (pre-order my other one here), reestablishing old friendships, thinking hard in my university lecture halls, cuddling with my current beau, and maintaining my "healthy" addiction to my record player and collection. Anybody dig Carpenters? I cannot get enough of them right now. Also 2Pac. Gotta love the Pac... and what the HECK!? The album Surf's Up by The Beach Boys is insane. 

"Okay, that's enough rambling from the likes of you, Em... just give us the recipe."

Hmph. 


RAW VEGAN TIRAMISU with VANILLA CREAM & COFFEE LADYFINGERS

Crust:
1 cup oats or walnuts
1 cup raisins
2 tablespoons cold-pressed coffee*

Ladyfingers:
1 cup oats
1 cup dates
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons cold-pressed coffee*

Vanilla cream:
2 cups pine nuts or macadamia nuts 
2 cups water, as needed
1/4 cup liquid coconut oil
3 tablespoons coconut nectar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 teaspoons soy lecithin (optional, but recommended to thicken the mixture)

To make the crust: process the oats or walnuts into flour in a food processor. Add the raisins and coffee and process until it forms a ball. Press evenly into the bottom of a lined bread pan. Set in the fridge.

To make the ladyfingers: process the oats into flour in a food processor then combine the rest of the ingredients in a food processor until they begin to stick together. Form into rectangular cookies (ladyfingers) that will fit into your baking pan. Dehydrate for 1-2 hours on each side, or use your oven at its lowest temperature.

To make the vanilla cream: blend all the ingredients until smooth and thick, like pudding, adding liquid as needed. Spread half this mixture onto your crust, then place your lady fingers close beside each other on top of the vanilla cream. Carefully spread on the rest of the vanilla cream and set in the fridge or freezer for at least 24 hours. 

When ready to serve: gently take the tiramisu out of the pan, dust with cacao powder, and slice into squares with a sharp knife.

*Steep roasted coffee beans in water overnight, strain and use the liquid.


70 comments:

  1. You're genius is outstanding. Thank you so much for your blog and your amazing recipes.

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  2. Tiny big confused.. oat flour or walnut flour made in processor on first step? ingredients say oat. instructions walnuts... just asking. Otherwise mouth wateringly awesome!

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    1. I know, sorry about that! Either oats or walnuts are fine, I have fixed the recipe now :)

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  3. Love, Love Love!!! This is so beautiful and I am sure it is so good :)!

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  4. love your taste in food and music.

    your tiramisu looks insane!

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  5. Emily, this looks so amazing! You have truly outdone yourself this time <3

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  6. I can't even handle how yummy this looks!

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  7. "Process the walnuts into a flour . . ."
    Walnuts of oats emily ? (: hehe yummy
    Ooh and do you recon you could use cashew instead of pine/macadamia nuts ? And maple/agave instead of the coconut nectar ?
    Yummmmmmmmy em !!! (:

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    1. Fixed :} and yep those are fine ideas!

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  8. What a spectacular recipe! I'm extra excited to see that it doesn't have cashews because I'm allergic. I think I'll make this for my birthday that's coming up. You are so crazy talented!!

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    1. Yay! And just so you know, with all my recipes that ask for cashews, you can use pine nuts or macadamia nuts instead :)

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  9. You are a magnificent unicorn of wonder. I am literally SO JAZZED about this recipe that I'm going to make it for my next big event. (Whenever that is...probably when I graduate in April. Haha. But THIS IS AWESOME.)

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  10. Oh my goodness! I may have to break my no coffee streak for this. It looks to die for!

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    1. try to you coffee substitutes such as Cafix, Roma or may be even Teechino will work. Making our now, using Cafix instead.

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  11. Oh. My. Goodness. Get in my belly!

    You seem so busy, how on Earth do you have time to keep up with academic work?

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  12. Can you sub the coconut oil for something that's not oil? Like banana or applesauce & could i sub the raisins with dates? Btw it's look amazing, i'm so going to try it out soon.

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    1. You could try using irish moss gelled with water, or young coconut meat...

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  14. I literally scoured for a raw vegan tiramisu recipe but to no avail. You have made my dreams come true!
    Best wishes, Fellow food porn addict

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  15. What can I use instead of soy lecithin

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    1. You can just leave it out, but then I'd recommend storing the recipe in the freeze and letting it thaw when you want to eat it.

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  16. OMG this looks amazinggg. Can you tell me what camera/lens you use? Serious food porn right here. So beautiful!

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    1. I have a Canon T2i with the standard lens. Thank you!

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  17. Elizabeth~Hippy mom, I like this recipe except Im allergic to coffee ,or highly ,highly sensitive to it, so maybe instead of coffee I could brew some cacao beans and use this instead. Hope all is well you Emily and cool recipe. Im going to make your reeses pie later, I have a case of tofu and maybe some crispy tofu strips with some goddess dressing... Have a peaceful day!

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    1. ok just made your reeses pie doubled the tofu and added coconut milk to make it creamy waiting for it to set. Thanks for the recipe even my husband love its and the kids.

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  18. Oh wow! That looks incredible. You have a gift, Emily and I'm glad you share it with all of us!

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  19. Never stop blogging because we'll tira-miss-u. Seriously. You are a green goddess!

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  20. you rock and i love you! your creations are magical!!!

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  21. Wowza. You've really done it :P

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  22. It looks absolutely delicious! I have to try this :)

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  23. Are the oats whole raw oat groats?

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  24. Hi Emily,
    I love your blog and recipes, this one looks amazing :)
    I also have the same doubt as Sarah, can I use another type of oats or should I use raw oats?
    Thanks!

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    1. You can use rolled oats if you like! It's really up to you. You just need a dry ingredient to make the "flour".

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  25. This looks amazing. Beautiful photos! We can't wait to try it. We are going to do one raw vegan day a week on our blog and see how it goes. Your site is our inspiration for all things raw.
    Linda and Alex,
    www.veganosity.com

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  26. I'm going to make this....soon!!

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  27. omg. stop. This looks amazing and delicious. I've been wanting to make a tiramisu for awhile but I've never actually had tiramisu .. this, however just might convince me to get in on that :)

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  28. Your blessing it! As always!!!
    Q- how much coffee to steep, & in how much water?
    Also, any replacement for the soy?

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    1. Oh I used about 1 tablespoon of coffee in maybe 1 cup of water. And you can just leave the soy out and keep the tiramisu in the freezer until you want it (then let it thaw). <3

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  29. This looks sooooo goood! I was just wondering, should we soak the nuts or no?

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    1. It's up to you, but if you do, make sure you dehydrate them so the texture is dry.

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  30. hmm sorry but this does not look like your recipe. i have to cry foul play here especially since you show no photos of the process itself. did you buy these?? they look store bought.

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  31. Would it be possible to substitute the coconut nectar with something else? (possibly agave?) Would this have a big effect on the flavor?

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  32. Also, do you prefer refined or unrefined coconut oil for this recipe????

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  33. Unrefined, always :) I used cold pressed extra virgin coco oil. And agave would be totally fine - it's all about what works for you.
    x

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  34. omg Em. soz - 2nd comment for the day but... so so great. My fave dessert. Not sure when I'll get the time to make it, but I have to echo everyone else's observations - hard to believe you've got no training!!! great great job.. and of course thank you again for sharing!!!

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  35. this looks amazing! you are so talented, and i'm so grateful that these recipes are here for free for the world to dabble with.

    question: do you soak your pine nuts? i have read conflicting advice on what's best for prepping these pricey little wonders.

    thank you for all you do! xo

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    1. You can if you like, but I'm lazy sometimes so I did not. THANK UUUU <3

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  36. This looks insanely good! Is the lecithin you use liquid or granules?? Thanks!

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  37. I made this for guests and it turned out marvelous! I used 1/2 and 1/2 of the oats and nuts. I made the coffee in my toddy cold brew maker. This was amazing, I can't thank you enough for this delicious recipe. I used the pine nuts, I did not soak them, just put all of the Vanilla cream ingredients into he vita-mix and blended. I used the soy granules.

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  38. Hi, how is this cold pressed coffee????????

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  39. Barbara, cold brewed coffee is wonderful. Here is a quote from the Toddy cold brew website, Deceptively simple, cold water brewing extracts the delicious flavor compounds (and some of the caffeine) from coffee beans, but leaves behind myriad bitter oils and biting fatty acids, including undesirable elements such as ketons, esters and amids.
    Check it out, http://toddycafe.com/cold-brew/why-toddy-cold-brew
    Enjoy!
    Try this Tiramisu, it's divine! You will not be disappointed.

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  40. I'm brazilian and I think coffee in this way doesn't exist here. Do you think can I use the extract of green coffee? And instead of the soy laticine can I use Agar Agar?

    Thank you for the answer Michelle.

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  41. I'm brazilian and I think coffee in this way doesn't exist here. Do you think can I use the extract of green coffee? And instead of the soy laticine can I use Agar Agar?

    Thank you for the answer Michelle.

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  42. I can't wait to make this!!

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  43. This looks amazing and I can't wait to make it! What size baking pan did you use?

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  44. Hi there emily!!! Love your post!!! 2 questions; first besides thickening is there any other reason you use soy lecithin?? Second would I be able to use xantham or guar gum in this recipe in substitute of the soy lecithin?? Any knowledge with the matter would be great!!!

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  45. @Tracee - nope thickening was the only reason. And yeah either of those should work!

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  46. Hi emily! I really enjoyed this amazing tiramisu and even my non raw or vegan or whatever- eating dad liked it!! Thank you for sharing your (r)a(w)mazing recipes!! Xx

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  47. I wanted to ask you how much time do I bake it in the oven? I bake the ladyfingers at 100 degrees (celsius)

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  48. @Kalina Magurewa - an hour or two? You should keep checking on them until they are the texture you want.

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  49. Made these vegan tiramisu last night and they are divine! Even my mom who hates tiramisu loved them!

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  50. Holy crap... I just googled "vegan tiramisu" and this came up, and my first thought was "how could you have a *raw* tiramisu?" but of course you would pull this off AMAZINGLY. Drooling over those pictures. It sounds very rich and creamy, every bit as good as the traditional kind :) Might have to make it soon...

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  51. Sounds divine. Do you think dandelion coffee would work? Also, are the ladyfingers just dotted randomly or as thick layer?

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