Do you like cake, and lots of it? Then you may be interested in learning more about the raw food movement. There are seriously some whackos who live on little else but nuts and durian fruit. And a lot of the scientific claims about having to eat raw for ‘enzymes’ is also dubious. But one slam-dunk is that raw desserts and cakes are about as healthy as they come, and very simple to make too. Instead of racing around different health stores to find certain flours and obscure ingredients, nearly all raw desserts and cakes just use fruits, seeds, nuts and a few superfoods. So once you know how to make a few desserts, cakes and ice-creams, you can indulge your sweet tooth without guilt! Take the Mouthwatering Vegan Desserts Course, which includes many raw recipes including a brownie base and raw snickers bars!
Keep these cakes (and fresh dough) away from furry friends, they contain chocolate and other pet-toxic ingredients like nuts. Never use xylitol near pets – even a dropped crumb could cause a medical emergency.
No-Bake Vegan Desserts
Be prepared to be wowed and amazed. No-Bake Vegan Desserts is up there with the most amazing plant-based recipe books. What’s astounding is that most of them are also very easy to make, though they look like they should be on sale at a fancy French patisserie. Some raw baking is a bit weird, with oodles of hard-to-find ingredients, but not this book.
Irish chef and writer Christina Leopold of the blog Addicted to Dates is classically-trained and it shows in the skill needed to create and teach these wonderful recipes. From simply brownies to tiered celebration cakes, there is something for everyone to make and no-bake. After learning the basics (buckwheat piecrusts and cashew coconut milk cheesecake base), you’ll find recipes for:
- Creamy Pistachio Tart
- Dark Chocolate Earl Grey Tart with Blackberry Coulis
- Cherry Bomb Cheezecake
- Peanut Butter & Jelly Cheezecake
- Snickerz Chocolate Bars
- Cardamom, Vanilla & Clementine Crème Brûlée
- Banoffee Cupcakes
- Salted Caramel Donuts
Someone pinch me, I think I’ve made it to dessert heaven! Sadia Badiei
The Art of Raw Desserts
The Art of Raw Desserts is by the owner of a raw foods cooking school, with recipes for cakes, pastries, pies, brownies and other raw treats, that capture all the mouthwatering flavours of their baked counterparts. Find natural sweetness, creamy textures and health benefits, with these delectable desserts. Recipes include:
- Oat Milk & Coconut Cream
- Espresso Almond Fudge
- Cacao Cream Cookies
- Chocolate Mousse Cake with Strawberry Jam
When Crystal hears that raw cakes are expensive and full of difficult-to-find ingredients (or nuts), she says she smiles sweetly, like the polite Canadian she is. Her recipes are simple to make and affordable too. Here are just a few of her creations from her site and across the Interwebs.