Category Archives: Desserts

Sri Lankan Aluwa (Sweets)


  • 1 kg roasted rice flour
  • 750 g sugar (dark brown)
  • 1½ cups water
  • 1½ tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp ground fennel
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 100 g cashew nuts


  1. Put sugar into a saucepan and add the water. Bring it into boil. When the sugar syrup becomes a bit sticky, switch off the flame and add ground cardamom and fennel, then roasted rice flour little by little but constantly into the sugar mixture. Keep ½ cup of rice flour back.
  2. Before you start boiling sugar syrup, spread that spare rice flour on the tray where we are going to set our Aluwa.
  3. When you’ve added all rice flour and the mixture has become like a fudge, put it on the tray. Press it until flat.
  4. Then mark lines on it in a diamond shape or as you like. Separate the pieces before it gets hard.

Recipe by Theja


Chocolate Mousse with Aquafaba

chocolate mousseIngredients

  • 20ml or ½ cup of aquafaba — that is, about half the brine from a can of chickpeas
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 10g caster sugar (optional)
  • 75g dark chocolate without dairy (I used one from Lidl)

Makes enough for 2 decent portions.


  1. Melt the chocolate carefully in the usual way (in a bowl over a pan of hot water).
  2.  Strain the chickpeas to get their water. Use an electric whisk, preferably in a food processor or other contraption, for 10-15 minutes, until the chickpea water has thickened and reached the ‘stiff peak’ stage (as you might call it with egg whites). You don’t need to worry about over-whisking, but it will likely take longer with a hand-held electric whisk.
  3.  At this stage, add the vanilla, and slowly add the sugar while whisking a bit more.
  4.  The chocolate should be cool now but still runny. Fold it into the whisked mix thoroughly with a silicone spatula, then pour into glass serving dishes.
  5.  Chill for 3 hours and serve.

Phil –

Raw vegan cheesecake, as shown at Vegan cheese cookery demo


  • Walnuts – 1 cup.
  • Dates – 1 cup.
  • Almonds -1/4 cup
  • Presoaked Cashews – 2 cups.
  • Lemon juice – 1/2 cup
  • Coconut milk – 1/2 cup.
  • Maple syrup – 1/2 cup
  • Vanilla extract – 2 tsp
  • Coconut oil – 1/3 cup
  • Fruit – (frozen or fresh)
  • Coconut oil -1/4 cup
  • Maple syrup – 1/4 cup


  1. Soak cashews over night or for a few hours.
  2. Blitz base ingredients in food processor. Press into a spring form tin. Add a little water or melted coconut oil if necessary to help the base come together. Put in freezer for 15 minutes.
  3. In blender blend cheesecake ingredients together. Remove base from freezer and spread the cheesecake filling onto base. Freeze until firm (half hour).
  4. Blend the fruit topping and pour on top. Back in freezer for half hour.

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