No-Bake and Raw Sweets

Unbaked Fig Bars

Unbaked fig bars by Gena Hamshaw

It’s amazing to me that a dessert this good can be free of refined flour or refined sugar. These fig bars have all of the chewiness and sweetness of traditional Fig Newton cookies, but they’re made with wholesome almonds, oats, and real dried figs. From Choosing Raw: Making Raw Foods Part of the Way You Eat by Gena Hamshaw. Reprinted with permission from Da Capo Lifelong, © 2014. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

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Coconutty for Chocolate Chip Cookies

Coconutty raw chocolate chip cookies by Gena Hamshaw

These cookies taste every bit as sweet and indulgent as a cookie should, but they’re surprisingly nutritious. Walnuts contribute healthy omega-3 fatty acids, while coconut lends its anti-inflammatory properties and cacao nibs give the cookies a little antioxidant boost. Whether for benefits or for the taste, I enjoy these cookies both as midday snacks and as dessert. From Choosing Raw: Making Raw Foods Part of the Way You Eat by Gena Hamshaw. Reprinted with permission from Da Capo Lifelong, © 2014. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky. more→

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Unbaked Fudgy Brownies

Unbaked brownies

You won’t believe how easy it is to make these unbaked vegan chocolate brownies, rich with nuts and sweetened with dates. They’re flourless, gluten-free, and altogether rich and yummy. Recipe from Plant Power: Transform Your Kitchen, Plate, and Life with More Than 150 Fresh and Flavorful Vegan Recipes by Nava Atlas. ©2014, published by HarperOne, reprinted by permission. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.   more→

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Awesome Almond Chia Pudding

Raw Almond Chia Pudding from Tess Masters' The Blender Girl

Please enjoy this super easy 5 minute chia pudding as a salute to super easy healthy recipes made in a blender! This is one of go-to quick desserts if somebody comes over for dinner at the last minute or I feel like a quick treat. I LOVE this almond version that tastes like marzipan. But you could add vanilla extract and stir in a mashed banana and a teaspoon of cinnamon, or stir through berries or other fruit. Recipe and photo contributed by Tess Masters, from The Blender Girl, reprinted by permission. more→

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Vegan Chocolate Fudge with an Omega Boost

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This super-easy, rich tasting vegan chocolate fudge gives you a nice dose of Omega 3s, as it features hemp or chia seeds and walnuts. Made in minutes, it needs about an hour of refrigeration to set up. If you can’t wait that long, pop it in the freezer!

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Nutty Chocolate Protein Bars with Chia Seeds

Chia seeds in a spoon and in a jar

These snacks are a lot like candy, but their sweetness comes from dates, which are high in iron and fiber, unlike refined sugar. The bars will need to be refrigerated to firm up the chocolate, but after that, they’re good to go. Take them with you hiking, camping, or on a road trip. Be sure to also keep some at home for a wholesome, handy snack. Recipe adapted from Extraordinary Vegan* © 2013 by Alan Roettinger, reprinted with permission of Book Publishing Company.  more→

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No-Bake Crispy Rice and Seed Bars

Crispy rice bars in pan

These brown rice cereal bars, filled with seeds and dried fruit, are super-quick to make and provide a nutrient-dense treat that tastes decadent. My gosh, these are yummy, if I do say so myself! No baking or machines required, just a bit of patience as they set up in the refrigerator.

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Banana Bon Bons

banana bon bons

We can all feel like royalty when we indulge in these Banana Bon Bons. Although they are only made with sweet ripe bananas and homemade chocolate, the decadent taste and creamy texture will have you looking for your crown! Chef’s Tip: To quickly ripen bananas, place them in a large brown paper bag with an apple and fold down. Set the bag on the counter and check every 12 hours for freckles and browning. Once ripened, remove from the bag and use in your recipe. PS — the apple will be fine to eat, too! Recipes and photos contributed by Joelle Amiot from her blog JarOHoney. more→

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