In the last few months, I have made countless raw desserts. I’ve made raspberry and chocolate, vanilla and caramel. I’ve made layered slices and swirled slices and rocky road and cookie dough.
I’ve made vegan caramel slice, vegan coconut bounty and vegan triple chocolate cheesecake three times over.
I’ve had a few flops, a few fails, a few “oh no this isn’t setting” moments, and heaps and heaps of messes and dishes and blenders to wash.
But I still love it every time.
I still love that satisfaction of pulling a completed dessert out of the freezer, decorating it all pretty and seeing the look on people’s face when you put it down in front of them and tell them it’s vegan and raw, with no refined sugar, no bad for you ingredients, no gluten, or dairy, or processed foods. That look on their face when they taste it and see how good it is and sheepishly look up at you like, “could this be true?” “Is this for real?”
Yes it’s real. It’s real, wholesome, nourishing food that is good for your body, good for your soul and is so satisfying. It is functional: it contains ingredients that help boost your digestion, improve skin, feed your brain and foster a healthy immune system.
Because here’s the thing: if you are following a plant based lifestyle and enjoying it and feeling good about it, the food can’t taste bad. You can’t stick to something that involves boring food that never looks or tastes as good as its meat filled counterpart and that leaves you feeling deprived and craving something else all the time.
I adore veggies and fruit, can’t go a day without kale or a green juice, but I’m no stranger to enjoying a satisfying piece of vegan dessert, or some dairy free nice cream. Those things are so crucial to your success on your health journey.
And so today, where ever you are on your health journey, whether you are just starting or part way there, or have been doing this for years, give yourself the freedom to have a little bit of a sweet, delicious vegan treat. Maybe you make these cheesecakes. Maybe you make these granola bars, or this sticky date pudding. Or maybe you’re only in it for the chocolate and you make this Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie.
Whatever it is, enjoy it. Enjoy the labour of making it, the satisfaction of pouring it into the pan and the excitement of seeing it set and ready. Revel in the beauty of it as you decorate it, the joy as you present it, the smiles as you cut it. And then most of all, savour in the moment as you eat it.
Because life is better with a little treat, a little balance, and a little bit of cheesecake!