A review of Ani’s Raw Food Desserts

June 11th, 2009 · Lisa · book review, Review · Comments

In just a few weeks we will officially welcome the arrival of summer in Toronto. When the humidity sets in and envelopes the city in its sweltering embrace, many of us will turn to lighter, healthier recipes. The tables at our local farmers markets should soon be laden with fresh berries, peaches, pears and cherries. I believe there is no better way to enjoy these seasonal treats then in their raw, unprocessed brilliance.

Ani Phyo, the author of one of my favourite recipe books, Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen, has recently released Ani’s Raw Food Desserts, a collection of simple, delicious raw recipe. Her first book quickly became my go-to resource for easy and satisfying raw recipes. I recommend it to anyone who is looking to increase their intake of raw foods-without the expense of buying a dehydrator, or juicer, and sourcing super foods from the jungles of South America. Ani’s approach is to highlight the amazing flavours of fresh foods with simple preparations. I’m a busy lady, so I appreciate that I can count on Ani for great recipes that take just a few minutes to pull together and create a meal that will satisfy and impress my guests.

So, now on to the second book. Ani’s Raw Food Desserts contains 85 recipes for delectable treats, comprised of healthful raw ingredients. After flipping through the pages I was excited to see raw versions of many of my favourite sweets. Ani has created recipes for raw muffins, cupcakes, truffles and ice creams. Once again, Ani inspires me with the flavours she creates with very simple preparations. Her instructions are often only a few sentences long-but my guests were consistently blown-away by the results of biting in to an Ani created delicacy. This book does contain some recipes that rely on a dehydrator to create the perfect light texture-but for most of them Ani provides alternative methods for setting the ingredients. I believe this book is the perfect compliment to Ani’s first book, creating a very comprehensive repetoire of recipes for a diverse and delicious raw diet.

My little book is now covered in post-it notes of recipes that I can’t wait to try. Over the past couple of weeks I have tried of number of fantastic recipes.
Cranberry Scones.These are really delicious. They contain carrots, apples, almond meal, cranberries and raisins. I really enjoyed having a raw scone for breakfast.

Ani’s cobbler recipes are all extremely quick to prepare. They are light enough to be a great dessert addition to a summer picnic. This is the Spiced Berry Cobbler. I could have eaten this for every meal if I didn’t like kale so much. The date and almond topping does not overwhelm the fresh flavour of the berries. It tastes like summer to me.
I got all fancy (since it took 3 minutes to prepare) and served the cobbler in a martini glass.

These are Ani’s Bon-Bons, a raw chocolate coating over key lime ice kream. My work colleagues went crazy for these at a Terry’s tasting lunch. You have to plan the preparation ahead of time as the ice kream needs to set before you coat it in the melted chocolate-but really that is the work of your freezer-so, you don’t even need to hang out at home. The lime-chocolate combination is pretty phenomenal.

Raw Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. With just four ingredients you can be eating these treats in five minutes. You just pulse everything together in the food processor and then scoop them into balls. Delicous. I really think kids would enjoy helping to make and devour these cookies.

Ani’s Breakfast Toasts require a dehydrator but are a great staple for someone who follows a raw food diet. They contain buckwheat groats, sesame seeds and flax seeds, all celebrated for their health promoting properties. I really enjoyed the energy boasts of these treats while training for my half-marathon.
I also made some delicious mango sorbet-with two ingredients from this book, but it didn’t last long enough for me to get a photo.

I think Ani and her new book are going to make my summer a little bit sweeter. I encourage you to celebrate the local bounty that arrives this season by enjoying foods in their raw form. Strawberries will be arriving soon. I can’t wait to eat a big, huge bowl!

Check out more recipes from Ani at her website http://www.aniphyo.com/


  1. Posted June 12, 2009 at 12:14 am

    it's in the mail ready to come to me! i can't wait. a raw scone? wow.

  2. Posted June 12, 2009 at 8:31 am

    You are going to love it. There are so many recipe I plan to bring to summer picnics over the next few months. I would love to hear what recipes you make.

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