No-Bake and Raw Sweets

Chocolate Date-Nut Lollipops

Chocolate Date Lollipops

Fun, fun, fun! That’s how I describe these lovely little lollipops! The dates help to hold the pops together while also standing in for much of the processed sugar. They’re perfect for any party, whether you are entertaining kids or adults! Recipe contributed by Laura Theodore, from Jazzy Vegetarian Classics: Vegan Twists on American Family Favorites* © 2013 BenBella Books, reprinted by permission.

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Nut-and-Seed Energy Balls

Nut butter and seed energy balls

These intensely rich, super-seed and nut butter treats are meant to be consumed in small portions — one or two at a time — not scarfed down! Unlike other energy snacks, you need no blender or food processor to make them. This makes a great late-afternoon pick-me-up, post-workout snack, or even a good way to start the day. Use different nut butters, seeds, and dried fruits to vary it each time you make it. more→

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Chocolate-Drizzled Apples or Pears with Date “Caramel” Sauce

Chocolate drizzled apples or pears

Two or three crisp apples or firm pears plus vegan chocolate chips add up to a seriously good dessert. And if you have a few dates on hand (and a machine to blend them up with) you can make a caramel-y sauce to dip them into, though this is entirely optional. 
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Skillet Peach Crisp

Skillet peach crumble detail

Peaches are at their best from mid- to late summer. Make sure to get them already almost or perfectly ripe. Rock-hard peach that have traveled a great distance never seem to develop much flavor as they ripen, and often go to mush. This quick dessert can be enjoyed shortly after you make it — no baking or chilling required! Out of season, frozen organic peaches are a good alternative to fresh. Photo by Hannah Kaminsky of Bittersweet. more→

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Skillet Berry-Apple Crumble

Skillet apple-berry crumble

Berries and apples are my favorite fruit combination in crumbles and cobblers. I try to have blueberries and cranberries as often as possible for their powerful antioxidant goodness. Here’s a way to enjoy a delectable crumble, minus the 30 minute baking time usually required. The twist here is that it’s made on the stovetop rather than baked in the oven. This recipe originally appeared in Vegan Express. Photo by Susan Voisin, FatFree Vegan Kitchen. more→

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Jamocha Silk Pie

Vegan chocolate, coconut, tofu mousse pie detail

This concept is not original – you can’t throw a stone in vegan blogland and not find a tofu and cocoa-type pie. But the ingredients are what give it a uniquely rich flavor profile and texture. With the blend of chocolate and a hint of coffee, one slice will sate you for the day. And it’s easy and pretty enough to throw together for last-minute company. This takes only about 10 minutes to make, plus about 30 minutes to firm up in the freezer — if you can wait that long. Recipe contributed by Ashlee Piper, of The Little Foxes. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky, of Bittersweet. more→

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Raw Strawberry Tart

Raw Strawberry Tart from Carrie Forrest

To make the most of the incredible strawberries available in late spring and early summer, try this raw strawberry tart created by Carrie Forrest of Carrie on Living. This easy recipe highlights ripe, sweet strawberries, which are nestled in a healthy, no-bake crust made of pecans, oats, raisins, flax meal, currants, and date paste. The recipe makes for a very thick crust, but, as Carrie says, “that’s kinda how I like it.” Chances are, you will, too. more→

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Crispy Rice and Almond Treats

Crispy rice and almond treats by Chef Beverly Bennett

Contributed by vegan chef Beverly Lynn Bennett, these rich, no-bake treats are incredibly good. I know, because I’ve made them for my kids a zillion times while they were growing up, and they still love them when they visit. Easy to make, these are good for those who need a burst of sweetness and energy, without indulging in empty calories. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky of Bittersweet.
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