It seems these days like everyone wants to have a go at the raw food diet to improve their health, reduce their weight and generally feel better in themselves. And lately we’ve heard that even Princess Kate Middleton has been eating raw to keep those glowing beautiful looks.
But one of the biggest draw backs for many is the belief that they can’t indulge in tasty treats and desserts, something that many of us are a sucker for. But did you know that you can still eat tasty, sweet and scrummy desserts after your raw evening meal? Desserts that are raw, but still taste just as good as the full-fat sugar-packed bad ones? It’s true!
These amazing raw food desserts really show that the proof is in the pudding.
Ice Cream Strawberries from ‘Raw Snacks’ by Caroline Fibeak
This is a light fruit raw vegan ice cream (well, it’s actually more of a sorbet style treat) that is great for quashing naughty ice cream cravings after dinner. It’s a good idea to always keep a good stock of frozen berries in the freezer as you can make this really quickly so if there’s none made up, you won’t be tempted to rush off for a tub or Carte D’Or.
Serves 3. Take:
- 250g frozen strawberries
- 2 bananas
- 2 tsp sunflower lecithin
Method: Blend everything together in a food blender until it makes a smooth cream-like substance, then simply pop into a container and freeze, then serve straight from the freezer whenever you get those cravings. If you wish you can add some raw cocoa sprinkles.
White Chocolate Raspberry Torte from Rawmazing.com
This is one of our favourite raw food desserts and proves just how amazing raw culinary art can be. We’ve converted the measures into metric measurements for simplicity.
- 170g almonds
- 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 30g cacao powder
1. Pulse the almonds in your food processor until they are chopped to fine pieces.
2. Add melted coconut oil and cacao. Mix in the blender until well blended.
3. Pat into the bottom of an 8″ tart pan or cake tin.
- 340g cashews, soaked overnight, drained and rinsed
- 100g raw agave or liquid sweetener of choice
- 110g melted raw cacao butter
- 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
- 1 vanilla bean (scrape the insides)
- 250g raspberries
1. Blend cashews, agave, cacao butter, coconut oil and vanilla in high-speed blender until smooth.
2. Spread 1/2 the cacao mixture over the crust. Place a layer of raspberries and top with the remaining cacao mixture.
- 60g raw cacao powder
- 100g cup agave or liquid sweetener of choice
- 4 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1. Whisk all ingredients together and pour over white cacao layer.
2. Chill in the fridge until firm (at least 3 hours).
So, as you can see, eating raw doesn’t mean eating boring food. You just have to get experimental and check out the thousands of amazing raw food recipes out there. And of course, it doesn’t hurt to get a little guidance with a raw food detox retreat where you can learn lots of tips and tricks.