Frozen Blackberry Torte & Gently Raw Giveaway

Frozen Blackberry Torte

I’m itching for spring, how about you? I say this with a guilty conscience because we’ve had really nothing but sunny skies and warm temperatures in California this winter. HOWEVER, I’m at that point where I am longing for spring produce, longer days, vacation, and just change in general.

So, I’m absolutely thrilled to be presenting a summer-ey recipe and giveaway today from one of my blogging (and real life!) friends, Katie, from the blog Serenity in the Storm. I do feel very, very lucky to call Katie a friend, she is talented in numerous ways and is a kind, generous, and loving soul.

I also consider Katie to be a role model in terms of using her talents for animal advocacy, she is just finishing up a dissertation in Geography at the University of Washington that tells the stories of individual cow’s lives in the United States dairy industry. In her own words, she says that “this work helps us to understand not only the everyday violence against animals in dairy production, but also explores the way the institution of animal agriculture is reproduced through industry practices and discourses, political and legal mechanisms, and agricultural education systems.” Fascinating, right? If you are interested in learning more, then you can read an excerpt here.

Katie is also passionate about healthy, plant-based living and recently published her first e-book called Gently Raw:

Gently Raw ebook

The book is a lovely, comprehensive guide for those who want to be inspired and have resources for this type of diet. The book is 78 pages in total, and includes 27 recipes (note: this is NOT a sponsored post, I paid for my copy). 🙂

Katie was sweet enough to offer to share one of her lovely recipes with us today, and I picked her Frozen Blackberry Torte because it seemed appropriate for my spring fever.

The recipe is really easy to make, the crust ingredients go in the food processor and then the bananas and blackberries for the filling:

Frozen Blackberry Torte

She specifies a cake pan for this recipe, but I cut the recipe in half and used two ramekins instead. Here’s what it looked like before I spread out the filling:

Frozen Blackberry Torte

Frozen Blackberry Torte
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 4
  • For the crust:
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • ½ cup unsweetened grated or shaved coconut
  • ½ cup dried dates
  • ¼ cup ground flax seed
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ~2 Tbls water
  • For the filling:
  • 3 cups frozen bananas (in chunks)
  • ½ cup frozen blackberries
  1. In the food processor, combine all crust ingredients, except water, and process until fine. Add water and process. It should be a moist clumpy consistency that is easily pressed into the cake pan. Using whichever pans you prefer, press a thin layer of the crust into the bottom of the pans. Give the food processor container a quick rinse to remove the crumbs and process the bananas and blackberries. This should take 5-10 minutes, and will require you to push the mixture down off the sides a number of times to get it to process until smooth. When the banana mixture is smooth and creamy, divide evenly among the pans and smooth the tops. Freeze for at least one or two hours (or more) and serve with a garnish of shaved coconut or blackberries.

I have really enjoyed owning this book and it inspired me to continue including more raw foods in my diet; I am making a batch of my very first sauerkraut right now (yes, I do plan to write about it soon, ha ha)!!!

Sauerkraut from Carrie on Vegan

Please purchase your copy of the book here or enter the giveaway for one of three copies that Katie has generously donated:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The only requirement for this giveaway is that you be over the age of 18. I’ll be randomly selecting three winners on Tuesday, March 18th. Good luck!

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  1. Laura H. says

    Hi Carrie! I too was going to say the warmer weather (and BTW you Californians do not get to complain considering the winter the East Coast and most of the country has had!) but my husband was looking over my shoulder and said “all the extra time with my hubby!” so I guess it’s a toss-up. 🙂

  2. Brandee says

    I am looking forward to being warm again. And not having to but the million of layers on my son to play outside!! 🙂

  3. says

    I love the berries! Somehow I struck gold today with a goodly amount of strawberries – won’t quite have the bite of the blackberries but will make it anyway for the sake of uber nomness! 😀

    • says

      The thingie on the top is an airlock. I bought the cheapest set available from Cultures for Health. If I like how the sauerkraut turns out, I’m going to try and talk my husband into letting me get the authentic German ceramic crock for making fermented veggies…it’s about 10x the price though. I am such a sucker for kitchen appliances!!! 🙂

  4. Paula says

    Thanks for the link for the book. I have been eating raw more often. Especially breakfast as it is the easiest for me although I am not ready to give up my sautéed baby kale with garlic and balsamic vinegar!

  5. Patty says

    Hi Carrie!
    What a great post….thank you for sharing all of this wonderfulness. The recipe looks really yummy, and the book, Gently Raw, sounds like a good one. I’ll put it on my book list. I’m looking forward to reading the excerpt from Katie’s dissertation later in the weekend. I do love that she is advocating for animals!! Very awesome! 🙂 I miss you, and I’m getting to spend time catching up on my reading now (finally), so I’ll get to enjoy reading all of your recent posts. That will be a treat! 🙂 Have a great weekend!

    • says

      Awww, thanks for the sweet words, Patty. I haven’t been posting as much because I’ve had some stuff going on, but I’m feeling better and hope to start posting 3x a week soon. Xoxo.

  6. says

    I’m looking forward to the increased availability of fresh fruits and veggies! I eat a high-raw diet, and it’s tough to find the quantity and quality of fruits and veggies I need and want in the winter. I’m already excited to see affordable – and tasty! – asparagus in the store. Woohoo! Spring is around the corner…I can almost taste it 😉

  7. says

    The torte sounds awesome! And I love the picture on her e-book – such a pretty salad! So vibrant.
    Ah Carrie my friend. While you are wishing your “winter” away, I am typing from snowy Ontario, Canada. It is SO COLD and making me appreciate the beautiful California weather even more ;p
    I look forward to hearing about your sauerkraut.

    • says

      Have a great trip, Kimmy, although cold, snowy weather just makes me shiver. If it helps, it has been cold-ish and rainy here in CA today, but nothing compared to what you’re experiencing, I’m sure. 🙂 See you soon, maybe you can have a taste of my sauerkraut! It is still sitting in my pantry, I think it’s just about ready.


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