No-Bake and Raw Sweets

Raw Fig & Cherry Bars

raw fig and cherry bars

I originally developed these bars for a cooking class on bone health. Almost every ingredient here is high in calcium, resulting in a bar that delivers about 12% of this mineral’s daily requirement for women. They’re also high in protein and work as a great energy bar. I often carry these in the car with me for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up. Recipe and photo courtesy of Ricki Heller, from Sweet Freedom. more→

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No-bake Peanut Butter Treats

PB treats

These are a kid-friendly snack, and an easy treat that kids can help make. A little sticky, but fun! Recipe adapted from The Double Energy Dietby Judi and Shari Zucker. Reprinted by permission of The Book Publishing Company. Photo by Hannah Kaminsky of Bittersweet Blog. more→

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Chocolate-Dipped Things

Chocolate-covered strawberries2

Chocolate is an aphrodisiac. It’s romantic. It contains antioxidants. Let me cut right to the chase: the real reason I’m sharing this recipe is because it’s amazingly easy. But the end result is so impressive that your sweetie is sure to be touched. Use the best dark chocolate you can get your hands on; it really makes a difference. Recipe and photo contributed by Dynise Balcavage, from Celebrate Vegan* (Lyons Press, ©2011).

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How to Make Healthy Truffles

See more on How to Make Healthy Truffles on Leslie’s website.

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Vegan Caramel Pudding

Here’s a rich-tasting dessert that can be eaten the minute it’s done. Serve it with sliced apples, pears, and/or Asian pears on the side. The pudding can be used as a dip for the fruits as well. more→

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Tiramisu Parfaits

Now you can enjoy tiramisu without the fuss.  These parfaits have all the luscious creamy coffee and chocolate flavor of tiramisu in a fraction of the time.  If you don’t have parfait glasses, martini glasses are a good choice, but any small dessert dishes will suffice. This recipe is reprinted by permission from Quick-Fix Vegan: Healthy, Homestyle Meals in 30 Minutes or Less* by Robin Robertson © 2011.  more→

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Vanilla Crème Sauce

Serve this delicious sauce instead of whipped cream with fresh berries, cakes, crisps, pies, or tarts. Or try layering it with Raw Chocolate Mousse. Recipe contributed by Jennifer Cornbleet, from Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 People,* revised edition. © 2012, Book Publishing Company. more→

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Nutty No-Bake Pie Crust

For pies that require no baking, rely on this recipe for a pie crust that magically comes together with only three ingredients. This crust plays a dual role. In addition to creating a base for a pie filing, it actually contributes nutty texture, flavor, and sweetness to the pie. Contributed by Zel Allen, reprinted from  The Nut Gourmet.* more→

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