RAW VEGAN COCONUT YOGURT OUR JOURNEY TO DESSERTS
In 2014 the year we had our vegan shift in consciousness, which was one of our many evolutions along the way, and during this time we adopted an all raw vegan plant based diet into our lives. We did the vegan raw food diet for for two years before we cracked. It was strict, and the smell of hot, cooked food could put any raw foodie over the edge. From our own personal research and experimentation, we developed our own opinions and theories about the all raw vegan diet, which many people will swear their life on as being the end all be all. Our analysis is it was excellent for incorporating for discovering new ways to prepare food, and we made many delicious, raw plant based cuisine recipes that we would have never discovered, without dabbling in this arena, however the ancient culture of food, and the vast array of plants that must be cooked in order to be edible is scientific and factual. Both raw and cooked foods have their healing properties, and as human beings we all gravitate to delicious food, both raw and cooked, it’s deep within our primordial DNA.
We feel it is most beneficial to have a balance of both raw and cooked foods for optimal health, and with the superfood craze of raw plant powders, you can find nutrition everywhere, even if you are not biting into a stick of celery or a sweet crisp apple. It’s good to be flexible about food, because once it becomes dogmatic, it sucks the pleasure right out of the ritual it should be for all of us. Food is truly an exploration of the self, and can take you deep into your most inner being, it’s that powerful.
While we were on our vegan raw food journey, we discovered the world of raw desserts. This is a dimension of indulgence worth diving into. You can become lost in the euphoria of raw desserts. We concocted a few of our own recipes from a delicate raw chocolate cake, to the most amazing raw coconut yogurt. These would be the two staples from the vegan raw food diet that really stuck.
Making raw coconut yogurt is a labor of love. Have you ever tried to crack open a young coconut, they are rock hard, and require special tools to extract the meat, or a machete like knife, although this can be dangerous, and requires good aim and precision.
When we discovered the Coco Jack, a tool kit that was specifically designed to suit our coconut needs, we no longer needed the heavy duty knife. The Coco Jack comes with a mallet, sharp round thingy ma bobber that you set on top of the coconut and whack it open with the hammer, and a specially designed tool to scoop out the meat. We would buy four cases of coconuts at a time, and get to work. Before using the coco jack to crack open the coconuts, we first drained out all of the coconut water using a screw like device to poke a hole in the bottom of the coconut, where it was softer. Once you extract all of the water and meat from the coconuts, you blend it in the blender with medjool dates, a few lemons, lemon oil, and add a probiotic. You then leave it at room temperature for a few days to culture. When all is said and done, you are left with a delicious desert like superfood of goodness that melts in your mouth. If you have never had the pleasure of eating raw coconut yogurt, we highly recommend it, for it is one of our favorite healthy delights.