Many of the raw dessert recipes I see online are full of extracted oils and sugars.  I don't feel that using cocoa butter or coconut oil to create a coating on the dessert is healthy.  Whenever possible, sweeten with fruit.  Today's supermarket fruits are often lacking sweetness, so some natural sweeteners are used.  I also sometimes make my raw desserts a little less raw by using carob that is not raw.  Cashews and Brazil nuts generally are not raw because of their processing methods, so I limit them.  

Almond Milk

For raw almond milk soak 1 cups of almonds overnight, then drain. Grind the nuts in a blender with 4 cups of filtered water. Pour the water threw a mesh strainer (like a woman's nylon stockings) into a bowl or pitcher. Add a little agave and 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract. Save strained, ground nuts to use in other dishes.

Chocolate Dipped Fruit

Serves 4

1/2 cup (4 oz.) chocolate chips

1/3 cup (3 oz.) coconut milk

fruit of choice

In a small microwave safe bowl melt the chips and coconut milk, stirring every 30 seconds, for about 1 1/2 minutes.
See how to make raw chocolate in the video below.

Cherries with Cream
Serves 2

2 cups sliced, dark, sweet cherries, pitted

2 tablespoons banana cream

Banana Cream

1 large, organic, ripe, frozen banana  (chunked before freezing)

1/2-2/3 cup  almond milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 tablespoon raw agave


Combine all ingredients in a food processor with an S blade while the blade is spinning, to a creamy texture.  Add more banana or milk as needed.  Top cherries and serve.


Dessert Parfait


Serves 4


3 cups ripe, fresh, crushed pineapple

1 1/2 cups cherries, raspberries, or strawberries

Topping

1 1/2 cup cashews

2/3 cup fresh pineapple juice

1-2 tablespoons raw agave syrup

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

Layer the pineapples and berries, alternately, in a glass cup.  Blend topping ingredients to a whipped cream consistency.  Top each parfait with 1 tablespoon of whipped topping.

Applesauce 

Peel and core three sweet apples.  Cut into chunks and put into a food processor using the S blade.  If it is not sauce-like, put in a blender with a small amount of water.  Applesauce can be a little chunky.  (A few raisins may be mixed with the applesauce.)  Put into 2 or 3 dessert bowls and sprinkle with cinnamon.  Serve immediately.


Sanura Weathers

 Banana Ice Cream

Once a friend had dinner at my house and I prepared this.  He said, "I can't believe you just made this. It tastes like a dessert from an expensive restaurant."

Slice two large, peeled, ripe (no green), organic bananas  Serves 2. crosswise.  Freeze.  Place frozen bananas in a food processor with 1 teaspoon of vanilla.  Add one tablespoon of raw almond milk.  If bananas are not sweet enough, add a little raw agave or raw honey.


Chocolate Ice Cream
Serves 4

1 cup almonds, soaked 5 hours 

2 organic, ripe bananas

1/4 cup raw agave

1 t. vanilla

3 T. raw chocolate powder, unsweetened

Turn on a food processor using the S blade and add almonds while spinning until finely ground.  (It's okay a few almond chunks remain.) Add bananas, agave, and vanilla to blend.  Remove from processor and add chocolate; blend.   Freeze mixture in covered container.  


Fruity Ice Cream 

Using the Banana Ice Cream recipe above, mix in chopped pineapples, raisins, coconut, and chopped nuts.

Banana Pops 

These are simple treats that taste great.  Some people coat them but, they don't need to be sweetened with honey or chocolate.  Peel a banana.  Slice into eating portions.  Put a popsicle stick into the center.  Freeze and serve.


Easy Frozen Desserts

Berry Pops 

Frozen pops can be made with purchased popsicle molds or by using a small plastic cup and sticks or by simply putting the mix into ice cube trays.

Begin with your banana ice cream recipe above and add strawberries, blueberries, raspberries or cherries, or any combination of these, to the mix to flavor and color.  Place mixture into cups, add sticks, and freeze.  Serve frozen.

Blackberry Green Smoothie 

1 cup frozen blackberries

1 frozen sliced banana

2 leaves of kale, torn

1 tablespoon raw honey

water

Place blackberries, banana, and kale in a blender add enough water to cover half fruits and kale.  Blend and add honey and more water as needed to make a thick smoothie.  Makes 1 glass.


Better than Jamba Juice 

Sweet Blueberries

Better than Cooked Pie

Cassie Holmgrem

Blueberry Pie 

Crust

1 1/2 cups pecans or cashews

1/2 cup raisins (or raw honey)

1/2 cup coconut

Filling

3 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen

2 bananas

1/2 cup raw honey

Crust: Grind ingredients for crust in a food processor using the S blade.  The texture will depend on the nut and sweetener you use.  Line the bottom of an 8-inch pie plate with a sheet of waxed paper, cut to fit.  Press nut mixture into pie plate.

Filling: Blend bananas and honey with a few berries to make the blue sauce.  Mix with berries and pour into pie crust.  Serves 6.



Orange Balls
Makes 36


Soak apricots in orange juice 30 minutes.  Combine all ingredients, except 1 cup of coconut, in a food processor with an S blade to mix.  Add more orange juice if too dry.  Shape into 3/4" balls and roll in coconut.  Store in an air tight container in the refrigerator.



2 cup organic, gluten-free, steel-cut oats, ground

1 cup almonds, soaked overnight, skinned, ground

1 cup cashews, ground

1/2 cup orange, finely chopped, apricots

2/3 cup orange juice

1/4 cup raw agave

1/4 cup nut butter

1 teaspoon grated orange zest

1 1/2 cup coconut, flaked

2 1/2 coconut, shredded (fresh or frozen, thawed)

1/2 cup nut butter (can be made in a food processor w/S blade)

1/4 cup raw agave

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

pinch of salt

Combine all ingredients, roll into balls, and freeze.  Serve frozen or slightly thawed.
Easy Coconut Cookies
Makes about 2 dozen

Carmels

Makes 18

1 cup dates, chopped

2 cups almonds, soaked

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/3 cups coconut, chopped

Process or grind almonds, add dates and vanilla and continue to process until dough-like.  Shape into balls and roll in coconut.  Freeze extras.

Chocolate Mousse

Serves 2

1  cup juicy fruit, frozen, chopped (pineapple, grapes, mango, cantaloupe, peaches)

1-2 teaspoons stevia

1-2 tablespoons chocolate, unsweetened

1 large, ripe avocado (slightly soft)

1/3 cup almond milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

Remove skin from avocado and cut into chunks. In a food processor or blender, combine all ingredients.  Add more mils, sparingly, 1 tablespoon at a time.  The more liquid you add, the more it will be like pudding and not mousse.

1 ripe avocados (slightly soft)

1 large ripe organic banana

2 tablespoons agave or maple syrup

2 tablespoons carob

1 teaspoon vanilla

Remove skin from avocado and cut into chunks. In a food processor, combine all ingredients.


Carob Pudding 

Serves 4

Chocolate Pudding Tart
Serves 4
Use the same filling as above but use unsweetened chocolate and increase sweetner to 1/4 cup.

Shell

1 cup almonds, chopped

1/2 cup coconut

1/2 cup raisins

Mix in a food processor with an S blade, adding raisins last until crumbly. Press into 4 tart tins.

Place filling into shells and serve.

NOTE: Carob can be substituted for chocolate.  This will give your tart more of a caramel taste.


Chocolate/Carob Pie
Serves 6

To make this pie use the same ingredients as above with either chocolate or carob and placed into an 8" pie plate.  It can be a pudding pie or a frozen pie.  The frozen version is more like an ice cream pie and can be easily eaten frozen.



Fudge
Makes 6 pieces

1 1/2 cups raw pecans
dash of salt
12 dates, pitted, chopped
1/3 cup unsweetened (raw) chocolate
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2+ teaspoons water to moisten, as needed

(Set aside 1/4 cup pecans, chopped to add last--optional.)  Process nuts and salt using an S blade, until finely ground.  Add dates and process until all stick together, then chocolate, vanilla, and water (if needed).  Knead-in chopped pecans, if using.  Pack into a square & chill 2 hours.  Stores in a sealed container 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

Cherry Brownie 

3/4 cups pecans

dash of salt

6 dates, soaked

1/2 t. cherry extract

1 cup frozen sweet cherries

2-3 tablespoons carob powder

In a food processor using an S blade, chop pecans with dash of salt.  Chop dates by hand, then process into nuts, then extract, then cherries.   While processing, add carob.  Stop processor often to scrape sides.

When well blended, remove from processor and place in a 1"X 4" freezable container.  Freeze for one hour.  Cut and serve.  May be topped with chopped cherries.  Serves 4.


Best Brownie Ever

Ready to Freeze

Naturally Sweet Carob Works Well

Shelly

Before Coating

Chocolate Truffles 

Makes 15-20

2 cups almonds

1/4 cup raw agave

1/4 cup fine shredded coconut

1 t. vanilla

3 T. chocolate powder, unsweetened (or carob powder)

Coatings: dry shredded coconut, ground nuts, chopped nuts, carob powder

Turn on a food processor using the S blade and add almonds while spinning until finely ground to a nut butter. (It's okay a few almond chunks remain.) Add honey, and vanilla to blend. Remove from processor and add chocolate; mix well. When you remove the mixture from the bowl, it should be dough-like, pliable but not sticky. Add additional dry ingredients if it needs to be drier.  Freeze to stiffen. Roll into balls. Roll balls in toppings, then eat or freeze and eat frozen. 


Crust

1 cup almonds, ground

1/2 cup dates, finely chopped

1/4 cup coconut, shredded

Mix and press into an 8" pie plate.

Filling

2# strawberries, whole or sliced

1/3 cup raw agave syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla

Blend about 3 strawberries with syrup and vanilla (adding a little water if necessary).  Take this syrupy mixture and mix into the strawberries.  Place strawberries into the crust and serve.

In the video the strawberries are blended and poured into the pie crust, then frozen.  If you want to use this recipe, you could enhance it with fresh, whole berries on top to serve.

Strawberry Pie
Serves 6

Dipped Apple Wedges 

This simple is a healthier way to have candied apples in the fall.  Slice apples.  Dip one end into raw agave, then into chopped walnuts.


 Frozen Fruit

There are many fruits that can be frozen without heating and eaten frozen, like grapes, sweet cherries, bananas, watermelon, berries, and cantaloupe. These are great treats on hot days.  They are also a good treat if you are trying to eat less food since they can't be eaten quickly.  


Katherine Butler

Fruit Tray 

Use any combination of your favorite fruits in season.  Add a variety of color to make the tray visually appealing.  Pears and apples tend to brown, so add them just before serving or coat them in lemon juice.  Some people like adding a sweet dip, but that is not necessary and only increasing your craving for sweeter and sweeter foods.


Grape Parfait

Simple elegance!  Find two or three grapes, fresh or frozen, in different colors and layer them in a swirl pattern in a fancy clear glass.  Top with a twist of lemon peel.



2 cups pineapple, finely chopped


2 cups fresh squeezed orange juice


1/4 cup coconut flakes, unsweetened


1 teaspoon vanilla

Crush pineapple chunks in a food processor with an S blade.  Combine all all ingredients and put into smallest size paper cups or into frozen treat cups, add sticks and freeze.


Hawaiian Pops

Pina Colada Pops


Use the Banana Ice Cream recipe above, mix in finely chopped chunks of pineapple and shredded coconut.  Put into frozen pop molds or ice cube trays and freeze.

regarding nannies

Kabobs 

Children love preparing food.  This is a great way to get kids involved and interested in healthy food.  Get small straws or plastic swizzle sticks.  Cut some soft fruit into small chunks.  Add some berries.  Have your child put the straw through the fruit to stack on the straw.  Preschoolers love this, but great for all ages.


Mixed Fruit Cup

Impress your friends and family!  Fruit served in an elegant cup or bowl can serve as a dessert, a snack, breakfast, or even a meal starter. 

Easy Healthy Snacks

Bananas with nut butter, some sprinkled with coconut.

Nutty Pears 

Chop 1/2 half cup of pecans or walnuts, then mix with 1 tablespoon of raw honey or agave.  Cut a pear in half and remove stem and seeds.  Stuff each side with nut mixture.





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