Raw vegan Christmas cake

Raw vegan Christmas cake Thrive Health & Nutrition Magazine

A delicious, raw, vegan Christmas cake, made with pecans, pistachios and coconut sugar.

(makes 1 delicious cake)

100g walnuts
100g pecans
100g pistachios
100g raisins
100g dried cranberries (naturally sweetened)
5tbsp coconut sugar
4tbsp coconut oil
2 tsp mixed spice
1 tbsp flax seed (grind beforehand)
100g lucuma (can use carob powder
zest of 2 unwaxed lemons (if waxed, soak in
hot water for 1 hour to remove wax)
zest 2 medium oranges
juice of half orange (half a cup)

Marzipan Layer
200g ground almonds
1tsp turmeric (use more to colour)
1tbsp almond essence
7 tbsp cacao butter (gently melted)
5 tbsp raw honey or maple syrup

Icing Layer
200g desiccated unsweetened coconut
(or coconut manna)
100g xylitol
5tbsp cacao butter (gently melted)

How to make it:
The cake
Whizz all dry ingredients in a food processor until fine and crumbly. Transfer into a bowl and add the zest, the juice and the coconut oil. Mix until you achieve a sticky mass. If you would like one big cake then spoon all the ingredients into a silicone mould approx 10 inches across. Press down firmly. If you would like smaller cakes, simply divide the mixture between the different moulds. Place into the freezer until firm.

Marzipan Layer
In a large bowl, mix all ingredients thoroughly until you achieve a pliable marzipan dough. Take out the cake from the freezer and turn out of its mould. Cover the cake by hand with the marzipan and place back into the freezer. Process the ingredients in the food processor until you achieve a smooth an icing as possible.

Icing Layer
Take the cake out of the freezer and mould the icing around the cake. Decorate with pistachios, cranberries and ribbons or a sprig of holly. This cake requires no baking and actually tastes like Christmas Cake!

Big thanks to Victoria at www.mamababado.com for this amazing Christmas cake recipe. Find more at www.mamababado.com