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Valentine's Day Sweetness!


Happy Valentines Day! Wishing everyone love, joy, peace, health and a little sweetness! Here's a few recipes for some sweet treats. They are my adaptaions from the AMAZING raw dessert book Sweet Gratitude by Matthew Rogers and Tiziana Alipo Tamborra of Cafe Gratitude. 

Two years ago I was so blessed and lucky to have had an all day, private, raw dessert "in home" class with Sergei Anisimov, one of Cafe Gratitudes dessert chefs and raw chocolatiers! What an amazing day that was! 

If you love raw desserts like I do, this is a must have book! It is filled with every kind of scrumptious treat you could ever imagine! http://www.cafegratitudestore.com/sweetgratitude.html 


Strawberry Cheese Cake

Pecan Crust

  • 1 1/2 cups pecans
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • 1/8 cup date or raisin paste
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • pinch salt

Process all ingredients in a processor till crumbly. Press into a spring form pan.

Strawberry Filling


  • 2 1/2 cups cashews, soaked 20 minutes
  • 4 cups strawberries,  blackberries or raspberries
  • 1/2 cup coconut butter
  • 3/4 cup coconut or almond milk
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons lecithin
  • 1 cup coconut oil

Blend in a high speed blender till smooth and creamy. Pour into crust pan. Place in the freezer for several hours until firm. To serve, remove from pan and let thaw for 1/2 hour or so. Drizzle with Chocolate Sauce and garnish with berries and a mint leaf. 

Chocolate Sauce


  • 1 cup almond or coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup coconut syrup, agave or honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut butter
  • 1/4 cup vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup date or raisin paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Blend in a high speed blender until very smooth. 

Chocolate Ice Cream


  • 1 1/2 cup almond, pecan or coconut milk
  • 1 cup cashews, soaked 20 minutes
  • 1/2 cup date or raisin paste
  • 1/4 cup cacao powder
  • 1/4 cup coconut butter
  • 3 tablespoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons lecithin 
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth and creamy. Pour into an ice cream maker and follow directions. Add 1/4 cup of walnuts or cacao nibs if desired. 


Have a beautiful Valentines Day!

In Love and Health, Lori Clayton, LMT, CHHC