This is my very first raw and vegan cakes I ever made to celebrate Christmas this year. It was my dream to bake vegan and raw cakes for cancer patients and I believe this is one of them! Felt so happy with the result. Made using raw ingredients: black dates, almonds, cashews, cacao powder, organic coconut oil and organic maple syrup. No-flour, no-eggs, no-butter, no-sugar, vegan and not-baked products so you can get all nutrients from this cakes too!
Inspired by the Chinese TCM courses I took this year, I was using black dates which are Chinese herb that can help to nourish the “Qi” and the blood which lead to better blood circulation, it also help to fight against stress and help improve insomnia. Black dates are especially good for postpartum women because it helps to restore energy and balance. Black dates are considered to be more tonic in terms of the effect on the body than Red dates in Traditional Chinese Medicine.
Raw cacao is packed with antioxidants that destroy free radicals, the chemicals that accelerate ageing, inflammation and increase the potential for a range of diseases. Cacao can also reduce the risk of heart attack or stroke. It can even improve blood pressure and blood vessel health, and improve HDL cholesterol. Eating in raw form is the great way to remove unnecessary effects of sugar.
Almonds contain a host of oils and nutrients that are especially good for keeping the skin youthful. Almonds are a good source of protein, needed for healthy growth and the repair of cells. The nuts also contain more fibre than any other nut, thereby helping to maintain good digestion. Their calcium content helps to keep bones strong and to stave off osteoporosis. They also contain monounsaturated fats and plant sterols, which help to reduce the risk of hearth disease. Almonds are a fantastic source of vitamin E, which plays and important role in maintaining healthy skin both internally and externally, helping to preserve elasticity and repair damage. Almond oil, especially, is wonderfully soothing for the skin and effective in healing post-operative scars. Vitamin E also boosts immunity and protects the heart. Almonds also provide zinc, magnesium and potassium, While zinc strengthens immunity, magnesium increases energy and potassium reduces blood pressure, staving off hearth disease.
Cashew nuts are a great source of omega-6 essential fatty acids, which protect against heart disease. The nuts also contain magnesium, a nutrient that aids the function of the heart and enables the metabolism of calcium, which prevents osteoporosis. Rich in B-vitamins, which aid the maintenance of nerves and muscle tissue, and boost resistance to stress, cashews contain selenium to stave off wrinkles and promote glossy hair. They also provide iron to help to prevent anaemia.
Organic coconut oil plays a role in lowering bad cholesterol, boosting immunity, increasing metabolism, helping with weight loss, and it is also great for your hair and skin and stress relief. The oil also provides relief from kidney problems, hearth disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, HIV, and cancer, while helping to improve dental quality and bone strength. These benefits of oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid, and their respective properties, such as antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-fungal, antibacterial and soothing qualities.