Did You Know?

Did you know??
Although using avocados and bananas are all the buzz now to get soft and shiny hair, all it will get you is a messy kitchen and bathroom. These products are great to help your hair for one day, but the proteins in them are way too big for your hair to absorb. And unless you are going to use them each day (yikes!), then you should head to a beauty supply store and check out some Vegan products that use "hydrolyzed" proteins - proteins from avocados and bananas that actually are small enough to help your hair.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Fresh Fig and Coconut Cashew Creme


Figs are back in season,so what better way to announce it than to post a delicious recipe for a vegan fig dessert?  Not only is it vegan, but it's almost raw!  We managed to make it a weekend breakfast treat with some coffee, which combined to make a fantastic Saturday morning.  If you skim down and look at the nutritional facts, the numbers might scare you--but remember these are good fats from the cashews.  Here you go:

1 1/2 cups raw, unsalted cashews
3/4 cup water
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tspn salt
1/3 cup agave syrup
1 tbsp coconut oil
1/2 tsp cocoa powder
8 fresh figs, cut in half
1/3 cup unsweetened, large coconut shreds, lightly toasted

Cover cashews in water and soak for at least 6 hours (but no more than 48).  When you're about to make this dessert, strain the cashews and preheat the oven at 350.

In a blender place cashews, 3/4 cup water, vanilla, salt, agave and coconut oil. Blend and pulse until completely smooth. Taste and add more sweetness or salt, if desired. Set aside.

After the cashew creme tastes how you'd like, slice figs and toast coconut shreds in a medium, un–greased pan for about 2 minutes, until coconut is slightly brown and fragrant and the figs are warm.

When serving, spread cashew cream onto the plate and arrange the figs on top.  Enjoy!

Caloric Info
Servings 6
Total Fat: 23.7 grams
Sat Fat: 9.6 grams
Polyunsat. Fat 2.7 grams
Monosat. Fat: 9.5 grams
Cholesterol: 0 grams
Sodium: 106.3 mg
Potassium: 272.1 mg
Carbs: 25.0 grams
Dietary Fiber: 3.4 grams
Sugar: 12.6 grams
Protein: 6.2 grams

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