My kids couldn’t tell you what they did yesterday but they can describe in great detail the time I took them to get an ice cream cone. They can tell you what kind of ice cream they each had and exactly what we were doing that day. Not only ice cream, but fast food or carnival food (I’m using the term “food” loosely here of course); it would actually upset me to know that they linked up so many of their good memories to junk food. But instead of feeling frustrated, I found a way to make this work for me.
One of the links that have been important to me in my life is music and memory. My kids don’t seem to appreciate music the way I did, instead, the boys seem to like computer generated repetitive sounds and Paige was on a boy band kick for way too long! *Shudder*
I wanted to find a way to expose and educate them about music, all sorts of music. Especially the stuff I think is good. For over 3 years now, most nights we have sat down to dinners together and have played an assortment of music. We ask the kids if they know what band is playing and they have gotten better at guessing, but I wanted to have more fun with this, so I created Rock and Roll Fridays!
Today’s Rock and Roll indulgence? The man in black, Mr. Johnny Cash! Who doesn’t like Johnny Cash? This might even be a little cliché perhaps.
“Hello, I’m Johnny Cash.”
Now, I’m going to take a wild guess that Johnny did not define himself as a raw vegan, however, these cupcakes are what I have chosen to connect the kids to his music on this particular Friday. They do pack a caloric punch -which is why I made them so small- but all healthy calories, so you can enjoy them and feel good afterwards!
There are plenty of similar recipes online, so it wasn’t hard to create these! Here’s the recipe if you’re interested in making your own batch!
1 cup Dates (Pitted and roughly chopped)
1/3 cup ground Flax seeds
½ cup Hemp seeds
3 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
Use your food processor to pulse the ground Flax Seeds and Hemp Seeds together until they are coarsely blended, add the dates and blend until you get a grainy-sticky consistency. Shape mixture into a “crust” in miniature or regular muffin tins. Put tin in fridge.
1 cup of Cashews (Best to soak in water overnight to soften the texture, drain and pat down with paper towel.)
½ cup Dates
1 Tbsp Coconut oil
1 and a half frozen Bananas
½ cup Coconut Milk
2 Tbsp Cocoa powder
2 Tbsp Almond Butter
Add all of the filling ingredients to your food processor and blend until you get a smooth consistency. Use a spoon to fill into each crust, and sprinkle vegan chocolate on each one and you’re good to go! Put tray into your freezer and once frozen (a few hours), enjoy as many individual Johnny Cash Raw Vegan Cupcakes as you want! This recipe will yield approximately 18-20 miniature cups.
We all sat down for dinner and I turned on Johnny Cash’s greatest hits playlist and soon the kids were laughing at the lyrics and enjoying their dessert. Perfect!