No-Bake and Raw Sweets

Velvety Chocolate Mousse

velvety chocolate mousse from practically raw desserts by amber shea crawley

For some of you, avocado pudding is probably old news, but for others of you, this might be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. Avocado creates a silken texture that you have to taste to believe (and I promise you won’t notice any avocado flavor). From Practically Raw Desserts * ©2013 by Amber Shea Crawley. Used by permission from Vegan Heritage Press.


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Raw Apple Crumble

RawAppleCrumble Cathy Fisher

This dessert is easier and faster to make than an apple pie or crisp, and requires no baking. Instead of refined sugars, this recipe uses dates for sweetness, and lemon juice and nutmeg for that extra zing.Visit  Cathy Fisher’s blog at Straight Up Food.
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Homemade Chocolate Energy Bars

Tired of overpriced energy bars that taste like cardboard? You can make your own energy bars in minutes using superfood chia and hemp seeds  — no baking required! Look for all these ingredients in natural foods stores. Learn more about hemp seeds here, and chia seeds here. more→

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Peanut Butter Fudge Truffles

Peanut Butter Fudge Truffles

Dates are a whole food which means that they have vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, antioxidants, micronutrients, fiber and water. All refined sweeteners have none of these beneficial qualities and have been linked to the development of numerous diseases. The date fruit is one of the oldest cultivated tree crops, and has been grown for thousands of years. By using whole dates, it is possible to satisfy your sweet tooth, healthfully and deliciously, without ever using sugar. more→

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Chocolate-Peanut Butter “Truffles”

chocolate peanut butter "truffles"

These were, and still may be, my kids’ favorite homemade snack, even though they are quite grown up now! A combination of nut butter, chocolate, raisins, and hempseed or wheat germ adds up to a high-protein snack for kids, teens, and adults alike. more→

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Raw Chocolate Mousse

Raw Chocolate Mousse Parfait

No one will know that avocado replaces butter, cream, and eggs in this silky treat. Create an easy  and elegant parfait by layering it with Vanilla Crème Sauce. Recipe contributed by Jennifer Cornbleet, from Raw Food Made Easy for 1 or 2 People*, revised edition. © 2012, Book Publishing Company. Photo by Warren Jefferson. more→

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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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