Let me first tell you these glistening choco-licious balls are super addictive!! Within 10 mins they are ready to be devoured. Made with super healthy ingredients...The secret to these decadent balls is the 'Raw Cacao' powder. It is very high in antioxidants and rich in minerals magnesium and iron. Try this guilt free treat for yourself!
It's an awesome experience making your own cookies knowing exactly what you put in it - no flour, no preservatives only wholesome healthy ingredients made with lots of love! :) These are so easy that you can have your kids make them.
When it comes to desserts, rich and decadent doesn’t have to mean unhealthy, at least not in the raw food world. While they are not nearly fat-free, desserts in the raw contain a number of benefits that most baked desserts don’t–one of the most important being that raw food ingredients are minimally processed and in their natural, nutrient-rich state. They are ideal for anyone looking for healthier dessert choices without refined sugars, or for people with special dietary needs, such as allergies to dairy or gluten.
Many raw desserts share similar building blocks: succulent dried fruit (usually dates); ground nuts (usually almonds, cashews and walnuts); a dash of sweetener (usually raw agave nectar); coconut meat, oil or butter; and sometimes a tablespoon or two of cacao powder. Delicious miracles occur when these ingredients are blended, soaked, strained, dehydrated or whipped into delicious pies, cakes, cookies or tarts. A food processor makes putting together raw desserts a cinch (I couldn’t imagine life without one!) and chilling the desserts is a must to help them hold their shape.
My latest raw treat has become one of my all-time favourites: a rich, fudgy brownie that will definitely delight your taste buds. It will likely convince even the most die-hard dessert lover that raw treats can be just as indulgent and decadent as any sugar-laden baked brownie. These raw brownies are dense and chewy just like real brownies, with a top layer that is a thick, silky, chocolate heaven with a hint of coconut. These freeze well, so feel free to make them ahead of time and store them in the freezer until ready to serve.
A vibrant raw vegan dessert made with fresh juicy plums, coconut butter and a simple walnut and raisins crust. Sweetened with only low glycemic coconut nectar. Serve it up with a scoop of banana ice cream and blended blackberry puree for a delightful late summer treat.
An ultra easy recipe for a gooey raw pecan pie that comes together in less than 10 minutes! Sweet, sweet simplicity.
This a truly gourmet recipe by Laura Dawn that incorporates the vibrant flavors and textures of Mexican themed food, all without dairy, rice, corn, or anything cooked for that matter! Once your tortillas, sour cream, and vegan taco meat are prepared simply whip up a quick salsa or guacamole, pull together a few fresh toppings like cilantro leaves or sprouts, and you'll have a delicious, healthy meal that the whole family will enjoy!
A "power" energy truffle with loads of protein and a pleasantly sweet, nutty flavor. Build up your amino acids with hemp seeds and goji berries, while sesame seeds provide extra calcium and walnuts nourish the brain with precious omega 3's.
These little bite sized butternut squash cakes have just the perfect amount of sweetness and turn out soft, buttery and moist. Nutmeg, clove, cinnamon and vanilla come together to give these cookies an almost pumpkin pie like flavor. Top with a spoonful of sweet cranberry jam!
If you walk into someones garden this time of year you are likely to find zucchini in abundance! This is a unique and playful recipe by Lisa Viger for stuffed squash blossoms done in the raw. You can also find these beautiful seasonal flowers all over at most local farmers markets during the height of the summer squash season. They are delicate so pick or purchase right before you intend to make this recipe!
Fruit crisp: one of summer's most beloved desserts! Everyone enjoys a delicious fruit crisp (perhaps with some coconut vanilla bean ice cream on top!), and with all of the fresh fruit in season just dripping with juicy ripeness the possibilites are endless. Try out this blackberry crisp by Jennifer Cornbleet, and try her other variations mentioned below as well for a blueberry, cherry, or peach version. We'll have a serving of all 4, please!
A walnut and fig crust combines with a silky, ultra creamy chocolate filling to create a dessert that is nearly impossible to resist! While gourmet in appearance, this chocolate cake is actually very easy to make and only requires 3 ingredients for the crust and 4 ingredients for the filling. This recipe calls for a melted raw chocolate bar. Use whichever variety is your favorite! Might we recommend Lulu's Chocolate, Righteously Raw, or Fortina. You could also use gently melted Rawmio Chocolate Almond Butter!
Ice cream season is in full swing and what better way to welcome in the heat than with a totally simple (yet amped up in flavor) banana soft serve recipe complete with fresh succulent strawberry sauce. This recipe contains poppy seeds and the juice and zest of lemon for a unique twist on the classic banana ice cream. These added ingredients bring a summery, refreshing flavor and the poppy seeds add a fun crunch.
Don't you just love recipes that utilize your left over almond pulp from making almond milk? There is no need to let that stuff go to waste because it makes a wonderful base for raw breads, both sweet and savory. In this recipe by Deborah Marsh you will find ingredients like coconut flour, flax and psyllium, chewy dried cranberries, ripe mashed banana, freshly squeezed orange juice, chopped walnuts, lucuma, coconut palm sugar and lovely spices of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and vanilla. The bread can be eaten warm right out of the dehydrator smothered in vanilla cashew lucuma icing!
Traditionally Nanaimo bars are an unapologetically sweet and decadent treat hailing from Canada. If you make the original version you would use a layer of graham cracker crumbs, a layer of light custard buttercream, and a smooth glossy layer of chocolate to tie everything together. Well, thanks to Nicole Axworthy we can leave those processed and less than ideal ingredients on the store shelves and instead pick up some raw cacao powder, cacao and coconut butter, dates, raw nuts, fresh mint leaf and extract, avocado, and raw agave nectar to make a version that will rival traditional Nanaimo bars in both decadent deliciousness and charming visual presentation!
This salad has a delightful crunch and kick from fresh purple cabbage and onion paired with sweet succulent pears, and crisp juicy celery. The dressing is easy to put together and doesn't even require a blender, just a jar for shake-shaking! It is a deliciously rich and tangy blend of extra virgin olive oil, apple cider vinegar, spices such as lemon pepper, mustard and tarragon, and a bit of date paste to sweeten. Top this recipe with a mixture of crumbled walnuts, nutritional yeast, onion powder and salt and pepper for an added cheesy flavor and additional B vitamins and omega fats.
Get ready for berry season! It's definitely on its way and let's keep our fingers crossed for an abundantly juicy, sugary year with strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries abound! Heather Pace has a gift for taking fresh seasonal fruits and transforming them into raw desserts that look and taste positively gourmet. This mango berry crumble is no exception and it is so easy to make! Book mark this recipe so you can whip it up at the end of summer when your fridges and freezers are stocked up with antioxidant loaded berries. Best served with a scoop of raw vanilla bean ice cream (of course!).
Peaches are one of summer's finest treats! Luscious, nectar-like, serenely delicious, they are something to look forward to every year. Here is a recipe from Sarah Britton that utilizes fresh seasonal peaches and a handful of other healthy ingredients to create this tasty cobbler! And if you find yourself gobbling this up for breakfast instead of dessert (maybe with a glass of freshly blended almond milk!) we promise not to tell! In fact, you can enjoy this recipe anytime guilt free because it is 100% healthy.
Chef Sarrah Britton describes her amazing recipe! "If being delicious were a crime, this dessert would certainly be put in the big house. So incredibly creamy, rich, and satisfying, it tastes like decadent chocolate mousse, but you’d never guess that it’s healthier than a salad!" This dessert is rich in healthy raw fats from avocado, which is the main ingredient believe it or not. Avocado adds an incredibly dense, silky, rich mousse-like consistency and when combined with cacao, leaves no trace of an avocado flavor. In fact, we bet that unless told, no one will be able to guess what's in this recipe! A heart healthy dessert that is equally healthy for your smile!