Raw Fig, Cherry, Lavender and Honey Cake

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Two of my favourite foods are in season at moment – cherries and figs. I found a gorgeous bunch of deep violet lavender at the markets last weekend so was inspired to add a bit to this cake. This is a colourful and tasty festive treat, and using a little coconut meat in the recipe in place of some of the cashews makes it a bit lighter also. It is also without a doubt, my most popular recipe on this website, and I’ve seen many re-creations of it – so if you have a Sunday afternoon free for some un-baking, please try it and send me in your pic! 

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Cherries

Share similar qualities with other berries – they have flavonoids called anthocyanidins that give them their beautiful deep bluey red colour. This makes them a strong anti-inflammatory agent and can even block the sensations of pain in the body much like ibuprofen can. They also are a natural source of the hormone melatonin – which is normally produced by the pineal gland and helps us settle and sleep at night.

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Figs

One of the most ancient of fruits – figs were originally grown in Egypt, before they arrived in Greece. Nutritionally, they are rich in minerals and fibre. A rich source of potassium, they help to control blood pressure. Of all the fruits, they are one of the most alkaline, contributing to a balanced pH level within the body. 

Fun fact – according to the Doctrine of Signatures (an ancient theory whereby whole foods were seen to have a unique pattern or form that represents an organ in the body, lending clues as to its nutritional healing potential), figs are full of seeds and hang in pairs when they grow – therefore making them a great food choice for male fertility.

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Raw Fig, Cherry, Lavender and Honey Cake

RAW • DAIRY FREE • GLUTEN FREE • REFINED SUGAR FREE 

| fills a 7½ or 8 inch cake pan |

Base:

  • 2 cups macadamia nuts
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • ¼ cup date paste
  • 2 pinches Himalayan rock salt
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla paste

Filling:

  • 1½ cups cashews, soaked overnight
  • 1½ cups young coconut meat (this will be about two coconut’s worth)
  • ¾ cup nut milk
  • ½ cup raw honey (vegan alternative: ½ cup brown rice syrup / pure maple syrup)
  • ½ cup coconut oil
  • Juice of one lemon (or ¼ cup)
  • 1 tablespoon organic dried lavender
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla paste
  • 2 pinches Himalayan rock salt
  • 2 tablespoons psyllium husk*
  • Additional water to assist the blending if needed (perhaps a few tablespoons)
  • 1 cup red cherries, pitted
  • 3 large plump, fresh figs

*Psyllium husk is the husk of a seed and is an insoluble fibre. In liquid, it becomes gelatinous and swells, and acts a binder in the cake. If you cannot find any, you can simply either use a couple of tablespoons of lecithin or extra coconut oil.

Method:

BASE:

  1. Process everything till a nice dough forms.
  2. Pat firmly into the base of a 7½ inch cake pan lined with baking paper.
  3. Set aside while you make the filling.

FILLING:

  1. Blend the cashews, coconut meat, milk, honey, coconut oil, lemon juice, lavender , salt and vanilla paste till smooth. You may like to do this in two batches, for ease of blending.
  2. Now add the psyllium husk and blend again. Transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  3. In a food processor, quickly blitz the cherries and figs, then fold this through the rest of the filling.
  4. Pour the filling over the base of the cake and set in the freezer.
  5. Transfer to the fridge to soften a little before serving.

 

 

Raw Fig, Cherry and Lavender Cake

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Reference:
Murray, M., Pizzorno, J., & Pizzorno, L. (2005). The encyclopedia of healing foods. New York: Atria Books

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lauren Glucina is a Naturopath, Medical Herbalist, and passionate expert on plant-based whole foods. Lauren has also formally trained as a Raw Foods Chef and has a soft spot for raw treats. 

She is currently completing her last year toward an Ad. Dip. Nutritional Medicine (graduating 2016).

  • Shelbi Bennett

    could I use shredded coconut to replace the coconut meat called for? I already went to the grocery store for all the stuff, and no one in town carries that! helpp please