The joy of the sweet and raw

October 22nd, 2009 · Lisa · book review, Review, vegan mofo · Comments

For your viewing pleasure, I present a plate full of sweet, raw vegan treats! In the back are strawberry macaroons from AniPhyo’s Raw Food Desserts and upfront are oatmeal banana cookies I invented last night (combine oat groats, banana, cinnamon, nutmeg, raisins). The other two desserts are from Jennifer Cornbleet’s fantastic new book Raw for Dessert.

Jennifer’s first book Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 People is a wonderful guide to creating delicious raw food without fancy equipment or exotic ingredients. Jennifer has shared her joy for raw foods as an instructor with the Living Light Institute and at the Natural Gourmet Institute. In her second book we all benefit from this experience through her detailed, straight-forward directions to help us create amazing raw desserts. The recipes are simple, requiring very few ingredients but Jennifer’s creativity delivers results that would impress anyone weary of the limitations that eating raw implies.
This is an easy variation on her raspberry squares. I used her shortbread crust recipe and some pre-made apricot-jam. In a little tart pan it is the perfect afternoon snack to share with a friend over a cup of tea.
Next, I tried her ginger spice cookies. These were really fantastic! They take about 3 minutes to create and have all the flavours I crave during the holiday season. Jennifer is not strict about her ingredients and these cookies actually contain 2 Tbsp of evaporated cane juice. I’m sure you could use other sweeteners if you strictly adhere to the definition of raw foods.

Jennifer’s chocolate cupcakes are created using a healthy amount of walnuts, some raw cacao and fibre-full dates. You can check out this recipe and a few others on her website. These sweets allow you to celebrate special occasions without feeling like you sacrificed your wellness for a few moments of sugary indulgence. I plan to top these with her chocolate ganache before I present them at an upcoming dinner party.

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  1. Posted October 26, 2009 at 5:56 am

    Those raspebrry squares were my favourites, especially because of the crust.

  2. Posted October 26, 2009 at 8:43 am

    Hey Mihl,
    The shortbread crust is a great standard recipe to use with so many variations.

  3. Posted November 13, 2009 at 9:56 pm


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