Eat local! The inspiration for this recipe was the bushes in my family's front yard. They are of the blueberry variety, in case ya didn't catch that. I have shared this truth before but I will say it again now: I live for the blueberries in our yard. All year I patiently wait for them to flower, bloom, grow and ripen, salivating at the memories of their sweet, unique flavours and juicy insides. Finally, when the time is right - I strike. For those delicious 3 months every 365 days, I turn into a herbivorous beast. The neighbours have seen me at all hours grabbing every little blue jewel I see and greedily stuffing it in my mouth. My family knows that if they want any they need to pick them when I am not around and hide them away from my sight... otherwise they will be stolen and inhaled... by me.
What I am trying to say is that I love blueberries. Probably too much (NO THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS LOVING FRUIT TOO MUCH OKAY).
Another thing I love - and I know that you all love - is cake. Raw, vegan cake. Make it creamy and fill it with fresh, organic, local fruit? Life is good. This cake is good. We're all sexy people. This song exists. What is there to complain about? Can I complain about my life being too blessed? (Technically-speaking, yes, but I'm not THAT lame). Oh my god I just remembered that I have a jar of Nutiva coconut butter in the kitchen... I could eat that stuff with a spoon. Wait a sec - I already did that yesterday. This post having a specific theme? Forget it. It's not happening. What is happening? Me sitting at my computer trying to concentrate on writing a decent blog post for you guys - it's not happening - but being distracted by the house music and disco playlist I have bumping... and refusing to turn it off because it's too groovy. Fun fact: I watched Saturday Night Fever a few nights ago and it was too funny. The SHOES people wore! Honestly, John Travolta in 2 inch wooden platforms. I have the soundtrack to that movie on vinyl. Bee Gees, anyone? I love seeing movies from past decades and trying to get into the headspace folks were in when the movie was new in their time. It blows my mind every time I consider how much we are shaped by the current culture, yet culture is so fluid! I look forward to the future when the cultural norm will be to live environmentally-friendly and cruelty-free.
Yes, I did just promote a vegan message via a disco movie.
BLUEBERRY VANILLA CREME CAKE
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup dates
2 cups cashews (preferably soaked in water for 4 hours or so)
1 teaspoon vanilla powder
Juice from 1/2 lemon
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup coconut oil
1 cup water
2 cups blueberries
To make the crust: process the oats into flour in a blender or food processor. If using a food processor, add the dates and process until it all begins to stick together. If using a blender, dump the flour into a bowl and add the dates, mashing everything together with your hands until it begins to stick together. You really gotta get in there. Press the "dough" into the bottom of a springform pan or adjustable pan (mine was approximately 7 inches). Put in the fridge.
To make the creme: blend everything together - except the blueberries - until smooth and creamy; like thick yogurt. Pour half of this mixture onto your crust, then sprinkle on 1 cup of blueberries. Add the remaining blueberries to the mixture still in your blender, and blend until smooth. Pour this on top of your first layer and blueberries. Put in the fridge overnight, then decorate with whatever you like, slice, and enjoy! This can go in the freezer too.
Note: If you wanna make this lower fat, use less coconut oil and then add dates instead.
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