June 07, 2011

Raw pecan crusted cupcakes with cranberry cashew cream


In all honesty, most of my previous raw baking experiments have been anything but successful. As delicious as the ingredients normally are, I just haven't been able to get the right consistency, texture or look. I take my hat off to those talented raw bakers out there who can make the most amazing raw creations!

Desperate times, however, call for desperate measures and so I found myself thinking of raw baking once again. I knew cashew cream would have to be somehow incorporated into it, since my last experiment with the cashew cream cheese was so successful. I had frozen cranberries in the freezer and pecans were an obvious paring for the red winter berries.


These cupcakes must be the best of my raw baking yet. The crust is superbly delicious and not too sweet and the cranberry cashew cream seems like a perfect filling. These certainly give me some contentment after all the previous failed attempts!

Raw pecan crusted cupcakes with cranberry cashew cream
(makes 6-8)

Crust
(Recipe adapted from Whole Living)

1 1/2 cups pecans
1 cup pitted dates
2 teaspoons maple syrup

Filling

1 cup raw cashews, soaked at least 2-3 hours
1/2 cup water
140g frozen cranberries, slightly defrosted
3 teaspoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon natural vanilla extract

1. To make the crust, place the pecans in a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. Add the dates and the maple syrup and pulse until the mixture starts to come together.

2. Press the dough into silicone cupcake molds. Set aside or refrigerate until ready to be filled.

3. Drain the cashews and place in a food processor. Pulse until coarsely chopped. Add all the other ingredients and pulse for a few minutes or until the mixture is smooth and thick. Scoop the filling into the cupcake molds. Refrigerate until ready to serve. They taste delicious even the following day!

59 comments:

  1. Maria!

    Your blog is aivan mahtava!
    I'm a Finnish foodie myself, living in New York.
    Just starting up my own blog slowly but steadily...
    Would be great to talk to you more and share our foodie thoughts!

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  2. These cupcakes look so cute, and I love the cream of cashew and cranberry...all together with pecan crust. Great pictures!
    Have a great week Maria :-)

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  3. cranberry cashew cream...swoon.

    I have raw vegan cheesecake that I make with a super simple cashew-based filling. You upped that with cranberry. yum!

    my crust is very similar to yours except i use almonds not pecans. your pics are prettier b/c i havent taken any pics of my cheezecake in 18 mos or so...photographically speaking, ive changed :)

    Funny...i think raw desserts are SO EASY...way easier than baked. Your baked goodies amaze me!

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  4. So pretty and original! I really like your way of cooking. Really inspirational.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  5. Yum, looks so delicious. I, too, have had many cooked and raw baking failures- but I like the simplicity of this recipe; it is a must try!

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  6. Maria, more pecans! You're killing me, here! ;)

    I love the idea of raw desserts ... but like you haven't had much success (yet). These look amazing.

    And ... are those metal cupcake containers? If so ... wherever did you get them? I love the look of them - so vintage and cottage-in-the-mountains (or fjords, as it may be)

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  7. i have never tried a raw creation but they do intrigue me. this looks really pretty.

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  8. you've got a lovely blog with delicious recipes, will be back for more, cheers from london

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  9. such fabulous flavors...and raw on top of it! gorgeous!

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  10. What an elegant and luscious treat!

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  11. I haven't tried many raw desserts - but this sounds good!

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  12. so pretty. and i love raw food. plus cashew cream is tres fabu!
    ~Juliane of www.StyleNectar.com

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  13. Oh yummo! I must say, I was a tad disenheartened by my first raw baking attempt too...raw cheesecake. Huh. Since then, I've been quite determined to avoid raw food, but these cupcakes just look so tempting!!!

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  14. Hi Maria! Pecan crusted! I already love this hearing about the crust! Your baking pan is pretty used up and I feel shame on my nice clean baking pan! Hopefully after I start baking more this year, my baking pan will look nice like yours! Great picture as always!!

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  15. These sound so yummy, and look so pretty too! The boy loves cashews so I may have to try this cashew cream some day. And hope your oven gets fixed soon!! =)

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  16. Wow, these look really delicious!

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  17. These look and sound scrumptious. I absolutely love your photos and presentation--gorgeous. Also, I just love everything in mini form. I don't feel as guilty about eating an entire mini pie. :)

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  18. This looks fantastic, love the beautiful color.

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  19. I really love the raw recipes that I've tried thus far. They do taste quite different from baked but they're delicious! These look fabulous Maria :)

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  20. Kiva että sinäkin teit raw-tortun tänne:) Kauniita! Minusta raw-tortut ovat ihania,ja niitä voi vaihdella niin paljon:)

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  21. Wow these cupcakes look great! I have to be honest, I have never tried raw baking, but you have just brought it to my attention. I love the rustic quality of these photos too, really lovely.

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  22. Gorgeous cupcakes...to be honest I have not tried raw baking - thanks for introducing me to something new :)

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  23. OMG..this look gorgeous! I love the pink topping!Beautiful pictures!

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  24. I am very intrigued by the fact that these gorgeous, gorgeous cupcakes are raw. They look really lovely, and the flavors - pecans, cashews, dates, cranberry - all sound so good.

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  25. Really lovely, and we have some maple syrup from Vermont here in Italy that we are saving for something nice...maybe this is it!?

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  26. These are by far the cutest vegan cupcakes I've seen! The combo pecan and cranberries sound delic and I love the baking tray in your photo.

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  27. This is a wonderful healthy sweets recipe Maria. I made nearly the same but with raspberries and in a cake form. I will definitely try this recipe!

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  28. These are adorable. The perfect treat to share with friends. Your pictures are delightful as always.

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  29. wow this idea is ingenious - using the pecan as the crust! its like a tart and cupcake in one!

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  30. Yay for the success! :D They look great too :) I love the idea of the cashew cream with the cranberries- it sounds delicious!

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  31. I'm still dabbling in raw food myself, especially desserts, but you've made it look quite easy and accessible.

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  32. I've never tried raw baking but im definitely interested. This doesn't look too difficult and as i've just started to enjoy baking this recipe is right up my alley. I love cranberries and cashews, I can imagine how tasty these cupcakes must be! Not to mention how pretty they are as well!

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  33. this is soooo awesome and I am so trying it. unfortunately cranberries are very hard to find in Italy but i would try with some other berries and see if it works :) thanks so much for this recipe!

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  34. I have been thinking the whole day that I need to try some raw bake/dessert recipes. I have been checking out so many on 'My New Roots'! This one looks gorgeous! beautiful photos

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  35. so lovely and autumn-appropriate :) they would make a great thanksgiving dessert here in the States!

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  36. These little beauties sound fantastic! I love that beautiful pecan crust!

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  37. I never knew one could make raw cupcakes! These have a mesmerizing color and crunch: Love that crunch! Love pink! Love these!

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  38. These cake looks so pretty and colorful. I am sure it taste awsm too!

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  39. Wow I'v never heard of raw baking before. These look great :)

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  40. absolutely beautiful in every way. A culinary masterpiece. seriously, your like the next food network star

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  41. These look like a great thing to try out when my vegetarian friends visit.A large part of the small population where I live are health food lovers. Some of them are allergic to nuts, but with all the various diet requirements and food snootery, one has to draw the line and sometimes say,"Eat it or wear it!" Still, I am always on the lookout for "healthy" sweets that don't taste like rabbit food. This looks yummy and I'm going to give it a whirl. :-)

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  42. i love the use of colour.. the cranberry looks terrific agians the base and the tray.. lovley presentaiton you've there maria :)

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  43. this is a terrific treat - i love the crust with pecans and dates and the cranberry cashew cream filling sounds amazing.

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  44. haha maria i made something similar this week too, using soaked cashew with blueberries! was going to make an almond + date crust but ran out of dates :(

    yours look wayyy more pretty and i feel like popping them in my mouth one after another haha!

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  45. This would be a terrific bite for me to have after a really great workout, I love the fact that it doesn't use refined sugar!

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  46. i am just speechless! these are sooo gorgeous:)

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  47. These look delicious, and I'm going to have a crack at them sometime this month (so many recipes, so little time...).
    Do chocolate crackles count as raw baking? :)

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  48. Those cupcakes look so so so sweet and pretty. And I am nuts for nuts so this is just perfect. Beautifully done daaaaahling.
    *kisses* HH

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  49. this is completely different from anything i've ever done--i've not hopped aboard the raw train yet. even though there are lots of things that make me hesitant, i want to compliment your colors and flavors--these cupcakes simply HAVE to be delicious!

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  50. ....And of with the hat to you who succeeded so beautifully<3 It looks absolutley delish, Maria! And what a great combo with pecans and cranberries!!
    Hope you have a great trip:)

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  51. Look like someone has already taken the first bite to a delicious looking cupcake!

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  52. Gosh, these look and sound amazing! I am going to try out my own version with raspberries (no cranberries in my neck of the woods...). Is the raw baking idea your own concept?

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  53. Ooh! I'm just back from holiday - catching up on my usual haunts - and I'm glad I checked in here! I've never tried to make raw cupcakes despite seeing a few recipes, so perhaps these will work out well form me too!

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  54. Bookmarking these! They look delicious!

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