Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Jellies for our Vegan Children & lots of Treats for Young & Old!

Jellied Fruit 

I remember as a child loving jellied fruit and as gelatin is made from animal hoofs, I have had to rethink for my grand children. This is a great vegan way to make jellied fruit. It works differently with different fruit and juices. I use agar agar, a powder that can be purchased from the Health Food Shop, as a substitute for gelatin but I have found that it does not set well with mangoes, papaya, kiwi, or pineapple.
This recipe is not strictly Raw.

20 ozs  fresh apple or other juice
2 teaspoons powdered agar agar ( this can vary a little depending on juice of the fruit used)
Juice of ½ lemon
2  Tablespoons  honey or other sweetener
1  cup fruit, cut into chunks (my favorites are berries or banana)

Dissolve the agar in apple juice by bringing the apple juice to the boil in a small saucepan. Stir in the agar agar and reduce the heat to a simmer for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring well so that the agar doesn’t stick on the bottom of the pan.
Add the lemon juice and honey and cook another minute. Remove from heat, add your fruit of choice & pour into a mould. Chill until set
When I serve this, I sometimes add a swirl of cashew cream on top...Yum! 


                                                       ( Fruity Selections.... internet photo)

 Fruity & Veggie Ice blocks for our children
The other day I blended up some mixed berries with a little honey & froze the mix in some ice block moulds; if you do not have any moulds, a cup or glass can be used, even paper cups can be used, & once it is almost frozen, add a wooden popsicle stick that you can buy at a craft shop.
As you can see from the above photo (Oh I must start taking my own photos!) any fruits in season can be used & if very sweet, leave out the honey!
Un- mould by simply popping in some hot water for a few seconds; if using paper cups, peel off the paper at this point.
My grand children find these a real treat on a summery afternoon

I have also found a green smoothie mix or a veggie juice can be used in the same way, children think these icy cold treats are wonderful! And...so healthy.

Fruity Ice Creams
These can be easily made by feeding some frozen fruit through a Champion Juicer; frozen bananas or berries are particularly successful;some raw chocolate or chocy nibs sprinkled over the ice cream with some chopped nuts brings lots of oohs & ahhs from "little people" & only takes minutes to make up !

Choc Chip Ice Cream involves a little more preparation but is truly delicious.
2 avocados
1/3 cup of strained almond milk
3 Tabs honey
2 Tabs coconut oil
1/2 Tea peppermint essence
Blend together, fold in some choc nibs & freeze in moulds.

Apple Sorbet
Another frozen delight is to
Blend very well
1/2 dozen Organic Granny Smith Apples leaving the skin on
Add the juice of 1 1/2 lemons with 2 Tabs honey
1/2 Tea cinnamon
Freeze into ice block moulds, these white flecked green blocks are very tasty & refreshing

Frozen Nut Yogurt with Raspberries
Pour very hot water over 1 cup almonds, remove the skins & soak almonds for 24 hrs
Blend the almonds with 2 cups of water (or can use coconut water, this is very nice)
Add 1 Tab honey & 3 capsules of probiotic powder
Cover & leave in a warm room for 9-12 hours.
Fold some frozen raspberries into the mix & freeze in ice block moulds......Yum!

Finally an easy one for the very busy Mum
Peel some bananas, place a popsicle stick into the fruit & sprinkle some lemon juice over the top half to prevent it browning; dip the bottom 1/2 in a raw chocolate sauce coating it well
(there is a recipe for raw chocolate sauce on my blog)
Place these on some parchment paper & freeze for a quick snack after school.

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