Mini Raw Raspberry Filled Heart Cakes

My Mother would put little desserts in my school lunches when I was in school, and I would always look forward to them.  It was mostly processed packaged stuff, but my 10 year old self did not care.  Sometimes it was oatmeal cream sandwich cookies, sometimes those little cakes filled with raspberry, and sometimes, glazed cream filled cakes.  I always thought Little Debbie Heart Snack cakes were the most adorable, and loved the concept of them but I never thought they were the best tasting.  At least as an adult when I had been exposed to real desserts and how good they could be.  I normally don't notice the boxed treats at all anymore when I am at a store, but for some reason I walked past them the other day and felt compelled to make a rawified version.


Mind you, I don't claim that the ones I made are authentic at all, because Little Debbie does not make strawberry filled vanilla cake ones glazed with chocolate, but hey, this is my version!  I was quite excited about how these turned out too!

They were delicious, the moist soft vanilla cake sandwiched together with creamy raspberry coconut frosting goodness encased all in dark was pure heaven.  Move over Little Debbie, this raw version of snack cakes takes the cake!

Mini Raw Raspberry Filled Heart Cakes 
Makes 12

2 cups raw sprouted buckwheat flour, sprouted oat flour or sprouted quinoa flour
2 cups ground flaxseed
2 1/2 cups finely shredded dried coconut
1/4 tsp sea salt
2  tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup young coconut meat*
1 cup soft medjool dates, pitted (soaked in filtered water for 30 minutes if not soft, then drained)
1/2 cup raw coconut nectar
1 1/2 cups raw coconut milk

2 cups young coconut meat**
1/4  cup coconut water
3 Tbsp raw coconut nectar or agave nectar
1/4  tsp sea salt
seeds of one vanilla bean, or 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups fresh organic strawberries
1 small chunk red beet
1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp raw coconut butter, warmed to liquid

1 1/2 cups melted raw chocolate

Combine quinoa flour,  flaxseed, coconut flour, sea salt, in a large bowl and whisk together until and set aside. To a food processor, add the dates, vanilla, coconut and coconut milk, and nectar to the processor and process until pretty smooth. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until smooth with a sturdy spoon (wooden works well) and well incorporated (the batter will be stiff, so you might want to use your stand mixer if you have one (if your batter is too stiff, add a little more coconut milk until it is the consistency of soft dough.  Sometimes young coconuts vary in dryness so you may need a little more if that is the case).  Scrape onto a lined dehydrator sheet, and spread out to a rectangle about 1 1/2-2 inches thick.  Dry for about 18-20 hours (until dry but still a little moist), then remove from the dehydrator, and use a heart shaped cookie cutter (oiled with coconut oil so it does not stick) to cut into hearts (you can discard the scraps or enjoy eating them). Cut them in half horizontally so you have a top and a bottom for each, and set aside.
Meanwhile, to make the filling, combine all ingredients but the coconut butter in a food processor and process until smooth.  With the motor running, add the coconut butter and process a minute more.  Pour the cream into a bowl and let sit in the freezer for about half an hour to 45 minutes or so until the consistency of  stiff whipped cream.  Spread the cream over the bottom half of half the hearts about 1/2 inch thick, top with the top heart halves (smoothing anything that may ooze out the sides) and freeze until very cold, about an hour or more.
Melt the raw chocolate in a bowl, and set a sheet of foil out. Using a fork to hold the cakes one at a time, spoon the chocolate over them, letting it run down the sides and smoothing it with a knife in your other hand (yes, this is a bit tricky, I am not going to lie).  Set the glazed hearts on the foil as you finish them.  When the chocolate is hardened, use some of the remaining chocolate in the bowl to drizzle over the hearts as decoration.  Let harden and enjoy!  Store in the fridge.

*If you do not have access to young coconut meat, for in the batter, you can substitute 1 cup finely shredded dried coconut plus 1/2 cup coconut water or filtered water for it.
**If you do not have access to young coconut meat, for the frosting, you can substitute 2 cups raw cashews soaked for 4 hours and drained if you do not mind the recipe not being nut free.


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