Raw coconut cranberry ‘cheesecake’ and a giveaway

Ooey gooey luscious cheesecake. Nom nom nom.

coconut cranberry cheesecakeThis dessert is so rich, creamy and zesty. It’s pure pleasure with every mouthful. Take my word for it. Or make it! It’s super easy to put together – you simply need to blend few things,  place in the freezer for a bit, then fridge and after dinner…indulge away!  We made it few days ago, because that is when we had the idea and that’s when we felt like having a treat, but my guess is that it’s absolutely perfect for a special Valentine.

You can find the recipe at the end of the post.

coconut cranberry cheesecakeNow, enough about the cheesecake, because (really now) it speaks for itself better than I can. Let’s focus on the very first giveaway we are having. Like…Now. For sure we were not planning on anything of the sort, since this blog was set up for the mere pleasure of sharing some food love and interacting with lovely people. But the other day, in addition to the heat, something else struck me (the woman of the two people behind this blog). I am privileged and I am lucky. I am free to live my life as I choose, free to make my decisions. I enjoy equal rights to those of my partner, equal professional opportunities and I have never been discriminated against. I am cherished as a daughter, sister, friend and partner. I am free to choose the person I want to share my life with (lucky for B). And for all these, I am grateful.

I am also aware that the equal rights I am enjoying did not just happen. I am aware that it hasn’t always been the case and that many women have fought throughout the years for each and every one of them. And in some parts of the world, they are still fighting for equal rights, equal opportunities, to be heard and to be able to make their own decisions.

Today, I cook because I can, because I want to and (most importantly) because I like it. Not because I have to and for sure not because a woman ‘belongs in the kitchen’. Today, I say, let’s not take this for granted. Let’s raise awareness and celebrate the efforts of all the women before us who have made it possible!

To me, the biggest gift of all is the gift of giving. Which brings me to our little giveaway. I made something special for all the women who enjoy their equal rights or are fighting for them, for the women who love to cook and who spend time in the kitchen because they want to and because they’re passionate about it, for all the women who go to the markets because they enjoy it. I made you a very special bag, half from upcycled materials, which should be perfect for anything you’d like to use it for. To carry your blueberry muffins, your spinach pie, fresh fruits and veggies that you just bought from the market. Anything you can think of.

handmade grocery bagAs I just mentioned, half of this cute handmade bag (the outside) is made from upcycled materials. The handles come from the belt of a dress, the stripe fabric from a small curtain and the bottom jeans part from a jacket. The interior is made from organic cotton. I hope you like it and I hope you want it. 🙂

handmade grocery bag


What you need to do is choose 1 or 2 of the following options:

  1. Like and share our Facebook page. (If you already like us, just share our page with your friends and let us know.)
  2. Follow us on Twitter and share this post. (If you already follow us, just share this post and let us know.)

Optional, you can raise awareness about women’s rights either by sharing this article or the International Women’s Day page.

After that, come back here and leave us a message (comment). Each of the points above is a separate entry in the giveaway! You can do one or both. If you want to increase your chances to win, do both and leave us 2 separate comments, for each comment to be counted. This way you will have double chances to win the pretty bag! 🙂

handmade grocery bag***GIVEAWAY CLOSED***

Good to know:

  • There are 2 maximum entries per person.
  • Giveaway begins with the publishing of this article and ends Wednesday, 25th of February extended until 26 of February at 10pm WST (UTC/GMT +8 hours).
  • In the spirit of equality and equal opportunity, the lucky winner will be selected by the cold, soulless random number generator you’ll see in the first comment below, once deadline has passed. Selection will be made only from the comments to this post.
  • Winner will be announced on Facebook and in a later edit of this post.
  • We will contact the winner via the email provided while making the comment on this post. We must receive a reply within 3 days. If the prize is not claimed within 3 days, we will select another winner (same way). We’re doing our best for this bag to be delivered by March 8.
  • In the spirit of Women’s Day, this giveaway is open to everyone, everywhere.

Since this is our first giveaway, please do let us know if we missed anything or if something is not clear or specified.

coconut cranberry cheesecakeNow bake to the recipe. To make the crust for the coconut cranberry cheesecake, we used:

1/2 cup almond meal
1 TBSP date paste

Date paste is simply dates and a bit of water, pulsed in a blender until creamy, caramel-like texture. Just mix the two ingredients by hand and press firmly in the cake shape.

For the cheesecake filling we used:

1 cup cashews
1/4 cup coconut meat
1/5 cup water
1 TBSP honey
4-5 TBSP lemon juice

Pulse all these in the blender until they transform into a creamy smooth mixture. Scoop it onto the crust.

For the cranberry layer we used:

1/2 cup dry cranberries
1/8 cup water
1 TBSP lemon
1 TBSP honey
1 TBSP coconut oil

Pulse these in the blender until the are completely incorporated and scoop on top of the coconut filling. Cover the cheesecake and place it in the freezer for about 20 minutes, then move it to the fridge. In about 30-40 minutes it should be ready.

Today’s take away: Make a difference. Make everyday Women’s Day. Think (globally) of all that still needs to be done for women all over the world and act locally – raise awareness, get involved, donate to support women’s rights. Do your bit to ensure all little girls around the world will enjoy a bright and equal future.



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