Raw Easter Cake Pops + vanilla the vamp

Posted by: on Mar 30, 2013 | 21 Comments

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I´m at my parents and the house is buzzing with activity and preparations for the Easter celebration/activities of today. Making birdhouses in the garden, paint eggs from our chickens, drink tea to keep warm since it’s still snowing (!), laugh, talk and eat amazing food is what’s on the schedule. Uber religious? Not really. Fun and full of life? You bet! For me and my older sister Easter was always about running around bright and early in the garden dressed in our pajamas looking for our Easter eggs filled with sweets. The Easter bunny did a good job every time so thanks.. ehrm, mom. The tradition still lives on as we now have much younger siblings but now I get to fill the hands of my family with raw food treats – fun times! In fact, one of the first ever raw truffles I made was at Easter and quite frankly they were a disaster. Luckily worlds away from these gorgeous color-bombs!

Even if the cake pops in the pictures could fool any hard core creative 3 year old, these are not balls of ”Play-Doh” so no worries, you can eat them without putting your life at risk. And hey, check out the list of ingredients! No ridiculous chemical laden sugar colors as far as the eye can see plus they are so easy to whip up I’m almost ashamed to admit it. Sensational Easter treats for everyone!

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Fun & Fabulous Facts

Tiny, fragile and extremely delicate – Vanilla is pretty far from vulgar but still, isn’t it quite the little vamp? Vanilla is rather seductive and can easily sweep us off our feet. It’s a carrier of so much goodness and I’d say this recipe is a keeper simply because of it. But who and what is Vanilla the vamp aside from from utterly delicious? Any health benefits? Well, I thought you’d never ask! Vanilla beans has been used for hundreds and thousands of years as a natural medicine to treat nausea, relieve stress and give the love life a little kick. It was the Totonac indians of Mexico who started cultivating vanilla (which is the fruit of the climbing orchid Vanilla plan folia) to use it in rituals and as perfume. First later it became the loved flavoring agent we know of today.

One of the most interesting things I found while researching is that vanilla is commonly used to regulate hormones and balance an irregular menstrual cycle. That is quite powerful stuff to say the least. Some also use the vanilla bean because of it’s antiseptic, anti- inflammatory and pain-relieving properties for example on blemishes, in warm (almond) milk and hot baths. I say it’s time we start widening our vanilla scented horizons, don’t you?

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Raw Easter Cake Pops

We’ve already made it clear these cake pops are not made of Play-doh, instead we use a very simple raw food base and play around with the bouncing natural colors of wheat grass, turmeric and beet. Go crazy and find your own favorite color and taste, what about lavender/liquorice or a total chocolate covered craze?

Makes around 25 cake pops

Base
1  1/4 cup natural cashews
1 cup yellow raisins
4 tbsp cacao butter, melted (coconut oil works fine)
1 tbsp firm raw honey
a pinch of good quality salt
1/2 tsp pure vanilla (ground)

1. Soak the cashews for at least 5 hours or overnight, rinse well.
2. Add the cashews to a food processor and blend until a butter is formed, add the rest of the ingredients and blend until fully combined.
3. Divide cashew dough in 3, add the coloring and flavoring ingredients, decorate, put on sticks and let sit in the freezer up until 10 minutes before serving.

Red cake pops
2-3 tsp juice of beet root (Tip! Peel, grate and squeeze)
3 tbsp dry goji berries, ground – for decoration

Yellow cake pops
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 lemon, zest and juice
3 tbsp bee pollen – for decoration

Green cake pops
1/2 tsp wheat grass powder
10 mint leaves, finely chopped
5 mint leaves, finely chopped – for decoration

 

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So now we can all get on a happy Easter high without the insane blood sugar lows that follow truckloads of chocolate (all while we paint the world with natural colors). Ohhh, and why don’t you share your fave cake pop flavor in the comments below?!

Have a happy full-of-life´n love Easter.

°°Elenore°°

 

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21 Comments

  1. Erica
    30 mars, 2013

    I love this idea! I’ve thought about trying it with dried fruit as the outer coating for a bit of crunch.

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  2. Rebecca Jane
    30 mars, 2013

    Owww these look beautiful. I think i would go with fresh blueberry pulp and lavender! I’ve just made your and Sarah’s Raw Chocolate bars for my momma- Orange zest & Bee Pollen and Sea Salted Nut! Thank you.

    Have a wonderful and happy easter xxx

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    • ElenoreEarth
      2 april, 2013

      Oh my gosh! That chocolate sounds too good to be true! Wow! It´s a brilliant recipe to play around with for sure! Have a beautiful day <3

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  3. C
    31 mars, 2013

    Love vanilla!! It’s always awesome when a recipe is perfect first try isn’t it? These are gorgeous and fun.

    Is 1 1/4 dl equivalent to about 1/2 cup?

    May your Easter be magical!

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    • ElenoreEarth
      2 april, 2013

      Oh shoot! It’s supposed to actually be 1 1/4 CUP (not dl..sorry!!!)

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  4. Laura
    31 mars, 2013

    Elenore, you are a creative dessert genius. I want 6 of these right now. That cashew and cacao butter base sounds AMAZING. Also, anything with pure and beautiful vanilla bean has me hooked right away. One of my very favourite things. Hope you’re having lovely Easter fun times with your family, sweet lady!

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    • ElenoreEarth
      2 april, 2013

      Lauraaaa! You are the.sweetest.ever! Wish I could hug you right about now! I hope you had a really beautiful weekend aswell and that your garden is starting to get greener and greener each and every day <3 and hey.. YOU are an effing genius too!

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  5. cv
    31 mars, 2013

    Could you translate ”1 1/4 dl” cashews for me please? Thanks so much from a reader in the U.S.! These look scrumptious!

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    • ElenoreEarth
      2 april, 2013

      My mistake – sorry! It’s actually supposed to be 1 1/4 CUP and not dl. My apologies! Have fun w the recipe!

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  6. Thess
    2 april, 2013

    Oh, these looks divine!! I love everything about this recipe, the colors and the ingredients are so seductive. So interesting to read about the vanilla as well, I love it when reading about the amazing health benefits of the food I eat. Somehow I think the thought of it being healthy, makes it even healthier :D Beautiful family traditions as well!

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    • ElenoreEarth
      2 april, 2013

      I think you are so very right, Thess! We change a great deal with our thoughts.

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  7. Miss Vite
    2 april, 2013

    the CUTEST cake pops I have ever seen!! …not to mention how delicious they must be! :) *

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  8. Meg
    3 april, 2013

    I LOVE these Elenore!! I am absolutely going to make them with my little girl tomorrow! Hope you are feeling fabulous!x

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  9. Amy Jo - Pure and Simple
    3 april, 2013

    Fun, healthy and beautiful. Wonderful idea!

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  11. vintervind
    5 april, 2013

    Åh, de ser fantastiska ut! Jag har aldrig ätit cake pops, nu måste jag definitivt prova att baka egna!

    Jag har ett önskemål – skulle inte du kunna skriva ett inlägg om kost i relation till din graviditet? Vad har du förändrat? Tagit bort, lagt till etc? Äter du tillskott, i så fall vad för några? Skulle bli så himla glad om du ville göra det.

    Älskar dina underbara recept och din instagram, du gör mig glad vackra människa!

    //vintervind

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    • ElenoreEarth
      6 april, 2013

      Hej Jenny! Hoppas att du får tillfälle att prova cake popsen, de är en riktig glädjekick;)
      Jag har också det inlägget i åtanke men tänkte vänta till lite längre in i graviditeted alt efteråt då jag har hela storyn. Men ja, det behövs verkligen
      mer ärlighet och upplysning kring detta, det fattas. Kram, varm kram!

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  13. hanna
    20 april, 2013

    Just discovered your site and these, naturally, caught my eye! I LOVE the idea of liquorice. What would you recommend as a vegan alternative to set honey? Maple syrup would add too much liquid I imagine – maybe coconut sugar and then a little water?
    Thanks for all that you do!

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