For some of us, the holiday season is a time to celebrate food babies and sugar comas. For others like myself, it’s a time to recall that your annual appointment with Dr. Endocrinologist is just around the corner, and you should keep a close watch on blood sugar levels.
A raw dessert is my way of experiencing the best of both worlds, and I bring one to our family dinner every year. With a list of whole, unprocessed ingredients that include healthy fats and live fruit, raw desserts do not affect your health negatively like those made of flour, butter and a few cups of refined sugar. Nevertheless, you’ll find that they taste just as sweet! It’s my experience that even your loving, senile grandfather who refuses “to touch anything vegan with a ten-foot pole” will find the following five raw vegan desserts unusually delicious (Shhh, he doesn’t need to know you used dates instead of sugar to sweeten the deal).
Raw Vegan Chocolate Pudding
This is a perfectly decadent Chocolate Pudding recipe for someone new to the non-cooking process of raw vegan desserts. None of the ingredients have to be ordered from the Andes Mountains of Peru; the cacao is perhaps the most exotic one, and you can find this superfood at gourmet markets and even local grocery stores at times. Though the toppings are optional, I highly recommend making Angela’s coconut whipped cream. The leftover whipped cream is a nice topping for your morning power smoothie.
Raw Vegan Blueberry Lime Cake
This Blueberry Lime Cake is a beautiful way to celebrate the New Year on a beach somewhere. If you’re not beachside when the clock strikes midnight on December 31st, the fresh lime and coconut will help counter the sorrow.
Raw Vegan Fudge Brownie Bites
These Fudge Brownies are unlike what you find at the end of the cereal aisle. They’re gluten-free, grain-free and packed with antioxidants and plant-based protein. Consider pairing these brownies with Homemade Raw Chunky Monkey Ice Cream for a more traditional treat.
Raw Vegan Carrot Cake
This is my favorite Carrot Cake recipe, but it took a few attempts (which means years) to master it. Definitely let the cake sit in the fridge overnight before frosting it. What else? Have a good blender. If the consistency isn’t right in the blender, it won’t morph into anything better in the fridge.
Raw Vegan Rainbow Cake
This Rainbow Cake is a beautiful take on holidays desserts. Rather than making the ‘rainbow’ on December 25th, alternate between red and green layers. On New Year’s Eve, you can make the full rainbow for a bigger celebration.
What are you favorite raw desserts? Let us know in the comment section!