Remember last week when I went on a quest to find my neighbour’s pink poodle? I ended up finding her and getting a picture of her in all her glory.

Well one of my readers, Lisa from Happy Puppy Lucky Lady, was kind enough to provide me with evidence of another pink poodle.

She was at a dog exposition and ran into a booth set up for advertising different dye modifications that can be done to a dog.  Adam sometimes jokes that if we ever dye Cooper we should give him a cool pattern, like cheetah or tiger.  Well the next pup, had a similar idea.  I present to you a rainbow spotted bulldog.

Poor thing is probably pooped from all the attention.  Luckily Lisa’s pup Lacey Lou escaped the show cute and white and fluffy.

Although, she is the kind of white that takes dye well.  I’m not sure how a chinese crested/chihuahua mix’s hair feels. You could probably dye her quite easily.

Be sure to check out Lisa’s blog.  She’s a flexitarian like me and often posts vegan recipes as well.

If you have any pictures of unusually colored pups that you would like to share with me, I would love to post more pups in funny colors.  Just let me know.

Today’s recipe has no artificial dyes or colorants.

At the last minute I’m entering this in the Sweet or Savory (SOS) challenge.  The special ingredient for the Month of June is blueberries. What a happy coincidence.

I just found out about this kitchen challenge when I was visiting The Mommy Bowl for the first time. Her Raw Vegan Ice Cream sandwich is absolutely to die for. Makes me really wish I had a dehydrator.  Anyone have a recommendation for an inexpensive dehydrator?

Raw blueberry bites

As for my recipe, and it’s lack of artificial dyes. The colors you see here are entirely from blueberries and blackberries.

And maybe some inaccuracies in the photo editing process.  I’m learning about food photography, but it’s a time consuming process. And I don’t really have free time to be writing this blog nevermind learning about things.

Raw blueberry bites

I had set out to make raw vegan cake pops.  I couldn’t find my pop sticks so they became blueberry raw cake balls.

Raw blueberry bites

A quick note, these must be kept cool.  As soon at they hit room temperature, they start to melt.  They are incredible and delicious, BUT they are kind of like the wicked witch of the west.  I’m MELTING!

Raw blueberry bites

I’m not even going to pretend I came up with these myself.  I’m just not that creative when it comes to raw foods.  Bean from Without Adornment inspired me with her raw strawberry cheesecake cake pops. I made mine with blueberries and blackberries with a couple other modifications.

Recipe: Raw blueberry cake balls

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked overnight
  • 3/4 cup blueberries
  • 4 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup dried coconut
  • 1/3 cup agave nectar
  • 6 tbsp. coconut oil
  • Blackberry shell (recipe below)
  • Dried Coconut

Instructions

  1. Drain and rinse the soaked cashews.
  2. Place all ingredients (except for blackberry “shell” and extra dried coconut) in food processor.
  3. Process until smooth.
  4. Scrape mixture into a bowl and stick in the freezer for 1 hour or the fridge for 3, until the mixture is solid enough to form into balls.
  5. Make balls and place balls on a wax paper lined cookie sheet and store in the freezer.
  6. Make blackberry “shell” mixture (below). Keep bowl in a sink with full of warm water in the bottom to keep the icing liquid.
  7. Pour some dried coconut into a small bowl or plate.
  8. Remove balls from freezer. One at a time, swirl the pops in the blackberry shell (it should be liquid enough to cover easily and then since the pops are frozen, it will immediately start to solidify.)
  9. Roll the non-quite solidified ball into the dried coconut, coat evenly
  10. Place ball on wax paper lined cookie sheet. Place balls in fridge

Preparation time: 1 hour(s)

Diet type: Vegan

Diet tags: Gluten free, Raw

Recipe: Blackberry Shell

Ingredients

  • ½ cup Coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp. agave nectar
  • 4 tbsp. blackberry purée

Instructions

  1. Puree blackberries
  2. Place coconut oil in the mixing bowl. Place the bowl in a sink of warm water until the coconut oil is half melted.
  3. Beat on high until coconut oil is fluffy.
  4. Add agave nectar and add strawberry purée and beat until well combined. The mixture will be very liquidy
  5. Keep bowl in warm water to keep it liquid enough to coat cake balls, stirring occasionally to prevent the mixture from separating. Remove from water if mixture is too liquidy to stick to balls.

Diet type: Vegan

Diet tags: Gluten free, Raw

Raw blueberry bites

These are delicious, but time consuming.  It takes time to process, to cool before forming balls, to form balls, to freeze, to coat with blackberry shell, to coat with coconut and to cool again.  So don’t make them unless you have a lot of time.

They don’t really taste like cheesecake though. But they are tender and have a similar consistency to cheesecake.

Have you ever seen a interesting colored dog? Do you like raw “cheese”cake?

 

 

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22 Responses to Pink Poodles Part II and Raw Blueberry Cake Balls

  1. These look DELICIOUS! I love raw desserts!! Lisa will be thrilled that Lacey made it on to your blog :) That bulldog pic cracks me up every time I see it!
    Mariah (picturespupsandpies) recently posted..Three Yummy Meals

  2. Deanna says:

    Thanks for the shout out on your blog! Your cake balls look delicious. I agree, though – they are a lot of work. I kind of prefer going the easy route and just eating the raw cake dough with a spoon. Wait, did I say that out loud?
    Deanna recently posted..Frozen Triple B Bites

  3. Emma says:

    So pleased to have discovered your blog! Those berry bites look fabulous- I love raw desserts.
    As for the doggies, I’m not sure I could bring myself to dye my dog’s coat…
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  4. My daughter flipped about the pink poodle!

    those cake balls look delish!

    Jen
    Virtually Vegan Mama recently posted..Baked Eggplant Fries with Lemon Dill Dipping Sauce

  5. Thank you soooo much including the pics I sent you and Lacey on your blog!! She is soo excited and trying not to boast about her 15 minutes of fame!! ;) Yes! Lacey would also be perfect to dye a different color, but I think white is good enough for now. Did you ever notice she has 1 black ear? I’ve actually had people ask me if I dyed it black. haha

    The blueberry cake balls look excellent!! I’m actually trying to imagine what they taste like..haha. I’ll be on the lookout for more dogs with dye jobs. :)

    Thanks!
    Lisa

  6. Ricki says:

    Wow, what an incredible recipe for your first submission to the SOS Kitchen Challenge! Thanks so much for starting off with a bang. I love raw cake pops, too, but I agree with Deanna (whose ice cream sandwiches did, indeed, look amazing)–it is a lot of work! But so glad you made the effort. ;) And thanks again for submitting this to the SOS!

  7. Richa says:

    These blueberry balls look amazing. and the color is calling out to me..! i’d probably eat them before they can be put out for pictures or anyone else:)
    Richa recently posted..Beet and Blueberry Mini Loaf

  8. Oh, those are so cute! They look like little teacakes! I’ve been craving blueberries something fierce as of late, and coconut sounds like a perfect accompaniment! :D
    Teniesha @ Vegan on the Go-Go recently posted..Celebration!

  9. Christine says:

    I’m glad that these turned out for you! I agree that they are quite time consuming, but I think they are worth it! (Not for everyday, though, unless a few hours were added each day to make raw cake pops – I wish! haha.)
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  10. Allie says:

    I made the Mommy Bowl ice cream sandwiches without a dehydrator (meaning they weren’t EXACTLY raw, but I only stuck the cookie part in the oven for 5 min or so…), and they were delish. These cake balls look TOO good! Going on my to-make list.
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  11. Gwen says:

    I just made these cake balls – except they absolutely would not hold together into balls. I’m guessing this is because the ambient temperature is so high. Instead I put the cake ball mix on the bottom of a container and topped it with the blackberry shell, then sprinkled coconut on top. I’m sure it will taste just as delicious!

    • Miriam says:

      I’m sorry they didn’t hold together. That coconut oil IS very temperature sensitive. I think it will melt at 73 F. So if your ambient is higher than the melting point, it is a little on the impossible side. Hopefully it will be just as good!

  12. Grace says:

    These are so cute and delicious looking! I plan on making them tonight for my boyfriend’s birthday tomorrow. About how many balls/servings does this recipe yield?

  13. Rose Wilson says:

    These blueberry balls look amazing. I love raw desserts!! Going on my to-make list. I think it will melt at 73 F.
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  14. Gini says:

    These cake balls look sooo delicious,and I am going to try making them today~I don”t mind if they are a bit time consuming because I already make alot of raw sweets,and really enjoy doing it~I”ll let you know how they turn out..

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