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My Banana ice cream cake

I ‘tweet cooked’ today. (i.e. I made a cake and tweeted about it as I went along).
It was not easy but a lot of fun! Have a look at my sequence of tweets, with photos:

I’m now making raw banana ice cream cake. Wanna see what I’m doing? Follow my pic tweets. #Bahrain #raw

No eggs, no flour, no sugar, no dairy, no artificial anything. And the taste is to die for! Cant wait. My raw banana ice cream cake.

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Raw Banana Ice Cream Cake

For the crust:
– 2 1/4 cups ground almonds
– 1 cup pitted dates
– 1/4 teaspoon salt

Process together in a food processor until it is well mixed together.
Flatten the crust into a pie plate or a cheesecake plate.  Press it down.
Store in the freezer for 15 minutes.
Optional: you can add very thin banana slices on top of the crust

For the filling:
– 6 bananas (peeled and frozen the night before)
– 1 banana for garnish
– 1 cup pitted dates
– 1/2 tsp cinnamon

In a food processor, blend the frozen bananas and the cinnamon, and then slowly add the dates.
Take the crust out of the freezer.
Pour the bananas mixture on top of it and smooth out

Garnish with sliced bananas, chopped walnuts, cinnamon, and desiccated coconut.

No eggs, no flour, no sugar, no dairy, no artificial anything. And the taste is to die for!

كعكة آيس كريم الموز


كوبان وربع لوز مطحون
١ كوب تمر (بدون نواة)
ربع ملعقة  ملح

اخلطي المقادير مع بعضها البعض واضغطيها في صحن الشيز كيك و ضعيه في الفريزر ربع ساعة
بامكانك وضع شرائح موز ضعيفة على القاعدة

٦ موزات – مثلجة قبل ليلة
موزة اضافية للتزيين
١ كوب تمر
نصف ملعقة قرفة

في الخلاط، اخلطي الموز المثلج والقرفة، ثم اضيفي التمر بالتدريج.
اخرجي القاعدة من الفريزر وصبي خليط الموز عليها

زينيها بشرائح الموز، الجوز المقطع، جوز الهند، والقرفة

كعكة لذيذة بدون بيض او طحين او سكر او كريمة او اي شي مضاف. ومذاق لا مثيل له!
بالهناء والشفاء


Ramadan and Ice Cream!

This is one of the episodes of my TV show Shrayha Alia that explains how to make the amazing raw chocolate ice cream that we can’t have enough of! Especially in this hot summer! Press ‘cc’ at the bottom of the video for English subtitles.

I also wrote about the recipe on my blog a few months ago. Here it is

But yesterday I tried something even more exciting!

I experimented with more flavours and here goes:

Flavour #1: Pina Colada (same amount of frozen bananas, plus fresh, ripe, frozen pineapples, honey, and a generous layer of dessicated coconut.

Flavour #2: Mango. (same amount of frozen bananas, plus fresh, ripe, frozen mango slices, honey, and a few slices of fresh mango to decorate).

Flavour #3: fresh Dates. (same amount of frozen bananas, plus fresh, ripe, soft dates from my garden, a pinch of cardamon, and some raw nuts on top.)

All the flavours were very popular within my test group (ie. my husband and kids). I personally loved the Pina Colada (so refreshing!).

But the all-time favourite is still the one you see in the video. Good old chocolate ice cream.

Let me know which flavour you would enjoy most in the ‘comment’ sections below, and please tell us about any other flavours that you come up with!

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Wrap a salad!

With summer almost here (well it’s already here for us in Bahrain), I thought you might enjoy this salad wrap idea that I had for lunch today..

Salad Wraps
6 thin slices of onion
7-8 thinly sliced mushrooms
1 ripe avocado, sliced
1 cucumber, cut into thin strips
1 carrot, cut into ribbons
4-6 large cabbage leaves

Mix the ingredients (except the cabbage leaves) with the dressing and marinate for 10mins. Fill the cabbage leaves and wrap, adding a toothpick for a secure finish.

For the dressing:
4 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp mustard
1/2 tsp honey
1/2 crushed garlic
salt & pepper to taste

You can add any other salad ingredients that you like.
I like to add chopped walnuts or flax seeds for some added crunch.


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Healthy Ice Cream??

Just when you thought I don’t have ice cream, I decide to prove you wrong!

It’s true I don’t have dairy products, but I still make the BEST ice cream in the world!

I got this amazing recipe from one of my relatives who got it from a RAW food cookbook.  I was thinking that with the summer approaching, it would be nice to make something cold for the kids (other than fruit lollies). I improvised a bit on the recipe and the result is amazing!

So here it is – CHOCOLATE ICE CREAM (made with no dairy products at all, and no sugar. Yes, you heard me right)

I have to share the recipe because this is too good to keep for myself.

Raw Chocolate Ice Cream:


  • 6 ripe bananas
  • 3 tablespoons raw honey
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts

First (and most important), you must peel the bananas and freeze them overnight. The next day put the bananas in the food processor and add the cacao powder and the honey. This makes a creamy mixture and is good to eat as it is.

You can add the chopped walnuts into the mixture for a bit of crunch. This step is optional.

Another option is to sprinkle coconut powder on top (as I’ve done in the photo); or you can sprinkle chocolate shavings, cinnamon powder, or whatever else you like.

Note: You can increase or decrease the amounts of honey and cacao powder depending on how sweet or how chocolaty you like it.

And that’s it!

You can eat it immediately, or you can store it in the freezer (apparently it will keep for weeks but I’ve never tried because it just flies as soon as I make it). I like to freeze it in single glass portions for easier grab-and-devour access.


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وصفة الايسكريم بالموز والشوكولاتة

صحي وبدون اضافات


  • ٦ موزات ناضجات
  • ٣ ملاعق كبيرة عسل طبيعي
  • ١/٤ كوي بودرة كاكاو طبيعية غير محلاة
  • ١/٢ كوب جوز – غير مملح او محمص

آولا قشري الموز وثلجيه في الفريزر طول الليل.  ثاني يوم، ضعي الموز في الخلاطة واضيفي بودرة الكاكاو والعسل

ثم اضيفي الجوز في الآخر واخلطيه خلطة واحدة سريعة لكي يضل مقرمشا

بامكانك ايضا ان تضيفي بودرة جوز الهند، او الدارسين للتقديم

ملاحظة: بامكانك زيادة او تقليل العسل والكاكاو حسب الذوق

وهكذا يكون جاهزا

بامكانك تقديمه فورا او تثليجه في اكواب صغيرة

Raw Apple Pie

This is the recipe for the RAW Apple Pie that I put up on Facebook last week.

I got it from one of my favorite cookbooks: RAW FOOD MADE EASY. This book is worth every penny.

I just added a few variations to the recipe to make it suit our tastes

Raw Apple Pie

For the crust:
– 2 1/4 cups ground almonds
– 3/4 cup pitted dates
– 1/4 teaspoon salt

Process together in a food processor until it is well mixed together.
Flatten the crust into a pie plate or a cheesecake plate.  Press it down.
Store in the freezer for 15 minutes.

Note: if you feel the crust is too flaky, you can add more dates.

For the filling:
– 2 apples, peeled and thinly sliced
– 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
– 2 apples, peeled and chopped
– 1/2 cup pitted dates (soaked)
– 1/2 cup raisins (soaked)
– 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Toss the sliced apples with 2 tbsp lemon juice and set aside.

Place the chopped apples, dates, raisins, cinnamon, and remaining 1tbsp. lemon juice in a food processor and process until smooth.  Remove from the food processor and mix with the sliced apples.

Remove the crust from the freezer.  Pour the apple filling into it and press down with a rubber spatula.  Bring to room temperature or warm in a slow oven (do not cook).

I also dusted more cinnamon powder on the top and sprinkled desiccated coconut for a little crunch.

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كعكة التفاح الصحية

كوبان وربع لوز مطحون
١ كوب تمر (بدون نواة)
ربع ملعقة  ملح

اخلطي المقادير مع بعضها البعض واضغطيه في صحن الشيز كيك و ضعيه في الفريزر ربع ساعة

تفاحتان- قشري وقطعيها ال شرائح ضعيفة
٣ ملاعق عصير الليمون
تفاحتان – قشريها وقطعيها قطع صغيرة
١ كوب تمر
ربع ملعقة صغيرة قرفة

اخلطي شرائح التفاح مع ملعقتان من عصير الليمون واتركيها جانبا

ضعي قطع التفاح الاخرى في الخلاط مع القرفة والتمر وباقي عصير الليمون. ثم اضيفي هذا الخليط لشرائح التفاح

اخرجي القاعدة من الفريزر وصبي فوقها الخليط

للتقديم، رشي بعض الجوز او جوز الهند. بامكانك تقديمها كما هي باردة او تسخينها قليلا. ولكن تذكري ان الحرارة قد تقلل من فوائدها فلا تزيدي التسخين

Date Heaven

Date Truffles

Due to popular demand on Facebook and Twitter, here’s the recipe of this decadent dessert, which is so simple, I can’t even call it a ‘recipe’:

Basically, I got a packet of soft dates. I used the whole packet, de-seeded the dates and put them all in a bowl.  If the dates are soft, you can blend the mixture with your hands; if they are hard, you can heat them with a little bit of butter until they soften.

To the date mush, I added cinnamon and cardamom powder.

Then I took a small piece of the date in my hand, flattened it, inserted a hazelnut in the middle and covered it to make a marble sized ball.

I then rolled each of the balls into raw cacao powder or coconut powder (or both).

The result is an amazing ‘guilt-free’ dessert option.

You can also make it with any varieties.  I sometimes make it with chopped walnuts or almonds; and the topping can be coconut, sesame seeds, or just about anything you want.

Here’s one I made earlier

Coconut date balls (with walnuts)

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Mother’s Day special :)

In Bahrain, we celebrate mother’s day on the 21st of March.

This year’s mother’s day was the best I ever had.  I truly felt special 🙂

My kids made me all kinds of glittery cards and drawings for the occasion, and their teachers were so sweet to help them create even funkier stuff to give out to their moms.

Since mother’s day this year was on a Sunday, we couldn’t really do much in terms of celebration because it was a school day, but what we decided to do was create a special dessert to celebrate as a family!

So we took over the kitchen (me, 2 kids, and a baby crawling around our feet).  We rolled up our sleeves and came out 20 minutes later with this delicious RAW dessert.

We called them ‘Almond Brownies’.  I must say, it was a mess but they were delicious!  We used cookie cutters for the shapes. Oh, and we stuck a candle that I blew out *blush*

Almond brownies are so simple to make, you’ll fall off your chair when see just how easy it is!

My Almond Brownies recipe:

  • 2 tbsp tahina sauce
  • 2.5 cups dry almonds
  • 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
  • 3 tbsp raw honey
  • 20 dates (pitted)
  • 1 tsp butter or coconut oil
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon
  • 2tsp water
  • 1 tsp olive oil

Blend all the above ingredients in the food processor.  Spread over a square pyrex plate and press down firmly.  Cut into squares or any shape you like.  Sprinkle with dessicated coconut.  And it’s ready to eat!  (candle optional) 🙂

Bon appetit!

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