No Bake Summer Blackberry Quark Cake

Summer Blackberry cake

Sometimes I feel like my life has turned into one big detox run. I started running. Quite literally. It's actually a big statement for me, since anyone who knows me well knows that I would never go for a run. I tried running a few times but always gave up after two or three days. Catching up breath every time I would run for more than two minutes didn't appeal to me at all. I seriously hated running and thought it is the only sport I could never do.

Well... Never say never!

Three month ago I started running and haven't stopped since. I run 3-5 times a week and I love it. My body loves it and asks for it! Something I would have never imagined.

Blackberries

But let's get back to the detox part. About a month ago, shortly before FBC5, I decided I need to detox.  The whole house joined me in a mutual effort and together we passed ten days of a 14-day mini summer detox; a vegan one. Then FBC5 came and the detox was over. Feelings of guilt from indulging all the lovely food from FBC5 street food vendors and gained pounds convinced us to start another detox, this time a one month long one. The only problem is, that I'm naturally not a vegetarian nor a vegan and 18 days of a vegan detox just proved the fact. What started as an interesting experiment and challenge proved to be almost dangerous in the end. Those few weeks without any wheat, sugar, alcohol, tea, coffee, eggs, dairy, meat and fish were the longest weeks in my life. I was seriously losing my mind and I had to say stop.
I've never been craving eggs, yogurt, cheese and fish so much in my life. Strangely enough I could do without meat for much longer if I was allowed to eat everything mentioned earlier.

Long story short. We celebrated 18 days (out of 28) of vegan detox with cheese burgers (in lettuce cups)! They never tasted so good! I had to admit though that I was feeling really good after almost a month of detoxing and didn't want to go back to my normal eating habits. The result is reducing wheat, gluten, dairy and meat  (and alcohol) in my everyday diet. I still eat those things but not as often and not as much. I also started experimenting with different recipes and combination of ingredients.

Sugar is also not allowed in my daily repertoire of ingredients which doesn't mean I don't have sweet cravings. And because blackberries have finally started to ripen and there are so many of them everywhere, I decided to make a cake. I was thinking how can I incorporate all new eating rules and habits and still be able to make my favourite summer non-bake quark cake. The result is almost better than my original recipe! I already had two big slices of this creamy goodness and I'm afraid I will go for more very soon! :)

This cake is not vegan but it's gluten, egg and sugar free and absolutely delicious!

Blackberry cake
Blackberry Quark cake
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No bake blackberry quark cake
Serves 8 - 12

Ingredients
150g walnuts
150g hazelnuts
1/2tsp sea salt
2tbsp coconut oil
8-9 pitted large soft dates (medjool or similar)
70g ground flaxseed
1tbsp water

750g quark
250g soured cream
4tbsp honey
1 punnet blackberries
zest of one lime
1tbsp fresh mint leaves


Method
Add all nuts and sea salt to a food processor and pulse for a few seconds until the nuts are finely chopped but not powdered. Transfer nuts into a bowl. Add dates and coconut oil into the food processor and process until they reach paste consistency. Add the chopped nuts, flaxseeds and water and pulse until all ingredients start to come together. They don't have to be combined completely. Place into a bowl and mix with your hands until all ingredients are completely combined into a sticky ball.

Transfer the nut mixture in a 20cm round spring-form tin and press down with you hand to evenly cover bottom of the pan. Chill in the fridge while you prepare quark filling.

In a bowl, add quark, soured cream, honey and lime zest and stir with a spoon until combined. Add 3/4 of blackberries and stir again. Remove the cake tin from the fridge and spoon the filling on top of the crust.  Spread evenly and decorate with the remaining fruit. Chill in the fridge for a couple of hours or overnight. Just before serving sprinkle with fresh mint leaves.

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11 comments :

  1. this cake looks devine! And good on you for keeping up the running! I guess rural Devon also helps with the running, I've never seen the point of running in a city, it's like smoking a pack of fags!
    I don't really detox, as I told you fruit is so very expensive here I would end up eating only apples and pears! :D But my diet is quite strict as well, no wheat, no processed food at all, a minimum of sugar and meat or fish only once a week. I can't stay away from cheese though!! :)

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    1. I absolutely agree with you about running in a city, which is probably one of many reasons why I never felt tempted to start running in London. My morning runs along the Grand Canal are almost therapeutic! :) As for the detox, I think it's good to detox once or twice a year for a week or two but I couldn't do it any longer - I tried and failed! :) Anyway good eating habits are much more important than any detox and I think you are doing really well! Also who could stay away from delicious Belgium beer and cheese! :D

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  2. Love love the cake!!! And so happy you are running full on ;) It is addictive isn't it?? I started regularly running 3 yrs ago and now my body kicks me if I miss a few days;) It even cures colds and stuff I think :D

    Agree with the diet. I felt so much better when i cut down yeast, sugar and dairy (except cheese). Oh I am trying the alcohol bit.. too ;) maybe, perhaps... really really trying..

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    1. The cake is evil, I couldn't stop eating it! Luckily my morning runs make me feel less guilty. :) It's totally addictive. I just had two days off and can't wait to start running again. I had no idea it cures colds!
      I can never give up cheese and yogurt, I love both too much but no alcohol during the week makes me feel really good. It's only realistic though if you don't have to go out :)

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  3. Your pictures are beautiful! I'm a vegan, so I'd set about veganizing this but have you tried using cashew nut sour cream as a substitute if you want to have your cake and eat it on your next detox? I recommend it. Totally craving blackberries now! :)

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    1. Thank you India! I've never tried cashew nut sour cream. I should give it a try if I ever do a vegan detox again. :)

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  4. Well done with your running, I have tried to take it up a couple of times but it never really worked for me, perhaps I should try again..... On a different note your cake looks amazing, truly delicious and the photographs are perfect.

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  5. A fabulous cake! Blackberries taste so wonderful.

    Your pictures are stunning, as always.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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  6. Mi devo ricordare di non leggere il tuo blog all'ora di pranzo, mi fai venire troppa fame!

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  7. Congrats on your accomplishments! The cake looks great too.

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  8. Divine! I love a fresh and raw no bake desserts. Especially in summers!

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