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Easy Raw Food Dessert Recipes

Updated on January 22, 2016

The Raw Food Diet

The generally accepted definition of 'raw' within a raw food diet is any food that has not been heated above 40–49 °C (104–120 °F). Advocates of the raw food diet believe that heating food beyond this temperature causes the nutrition value of the ingredients to deteriorate. This results in valuable health benefits and nutrients being lost.

To be truly following a raw food diet a person needs to eat 100% uncooked, unprocessed food at all of their meals and snacks. Many people who do not wish to or cannot follow a fully raw diet chose to incorporate raw food recipes into their existing diets and eat a mixture of cooked and raw foods. Whichever you chose you will reap the benefits of the health giving goodness of raw foods and have a huge variety of recipes to choose from including desserts, soups, salads, cakes and even breads. Many raw food recipes are fairly straight forward to create though some do require more specialised ingredients or equipment such as a high powered blender or a dehydrator. Raw foods can be a great choice for anyone who is already following a plant based diet.

Raw brownie with added chopped nuts
Raw brownie with added chopped nuts | Source

Raw Chocolate Brownies

Makes: Approx 16 brownies

2 cups raw almonds
1 pound Medjool dates with the stones removed
5 heaped teaspoons raw cacao powder
1-2 tablespoons raw agave nectar (optional)

1. Blend the almonds in a food processor until they are finely ground. Add all of the remaining ingredients and process until they combine fully.

2. Line a 8x8 tin or container with cling film. Pour in the brownie mixture and press down to firm and fill the tin. Place the brownie into the freezer for at least an hour or the refrigerator overnight. Cut into pieces and serve.

Variations

These brownies can also be made using other nuts and dried fruits (or a combination) so experiment with your favorites. I have made them with almonds, walnuts and a mixture if almonds, walnuts and unsalted peanuts and the results have been fine. I found that raisin and sultanas gave a strong ‘dried fruit’ taste but mixed dried berries added a touch of fruity flavour which was nice. Peppermint or orange essence could also be used to flavour the brownies.

Raw chocolate brownies. Delicious and healthy treats do not need to be unhealthy or highly processed.
Raw chocolate brownies. Delicious and healthy treats do not need to be unhealthy or highly processed. | Source

Carob Chocolate Pudding

1 very ripe avocado
3 dates, soaked for 1/2 hour in water, then drained
1/2 cup raw carob powder

1. Add all the ingredients to a food processor and blend until completely smooth.

2. The pudding can be served immediately or placed in the fridge for a few hours first. This gives a firmer pudding.

Vegan raw Chocolate Tart served with soya cream.
Vegan raw Chocolate Tart served with soya cream. | Source

Raw Chocolate Tart

Serves 6

300g pecans or almonds
200g medjool dates
4 medium sized ripe avocados
2 vanilla pods, seeds only
200g raw cacao powder
Small amount of raw chocolate (optional)

1. Grind the nuts in a food processor until finely ground. Add the dates and process until the mixture sticks together.

2. Line an 8x8 cake tin or similar container with cling film. Press the nut and date mixture into the container and cover with cling film. Place this into the fridge while you prepare the filling.

3. Remove any crust crumbs from the food processor bowl. Place the avocados, vanilla and cacao powder into the processor and blend until smooth and well combined.

4. Spoon the filling over the base, cover and place in the fridge for at least 3 hours before serving. Chilling overnight is fine and will produce a firmer tart.

Tart can be topped with some grated raw chocolate, a sprinkling of cacao powder or fruit if you like.

This raw chocolate tart could also be made in individual portion sizes.

Raw Chocolate or Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

1 pint water
2 Tablespoons raw cacao or raw chocolate chips
8 Medjool dates
1 cup cashews

Method 1: Blend all the ingredients in a blender until everything has broken down completely and the mixture is smooth and thick. Pour into a plastic container and freeze.

Method 2: Blend all the ingredients as in method 1.Pour into an ice cream maker and churn until done.

Fruits could be added to the ice cream instead of the chocolate/cacao for a fruit flavoured ice cream.

Banana Ice Cream

6 bananas

1. Peel and roughly slice the bananas. Place the sliced bananas into a plastic container or bag and freeze until solid.

2. Place the frozen bananas into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth.

Raw banana ice cream is delicious, healthy and suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
Raw banana ice cream is delicious, healthy and suitable for vegetarians and vegans. | Source

Strawberry Ice Lollies

1 cup of strawberries
1 cup fresh pineapple juice
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons raw agave nectar (Optional)

1. Place all the ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth.

2. Pour the mixture into lolly moulds and freeze until solid.

© 2013 Claire

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      Claire 7 months ago from Surrey, Uk

      You're welcome. Let me know how it turns out if you give it a try.

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      Lena Durante 7 months ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      Thank you so much for answering, anyway!

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      Claire 7 months ago from Surrey, Uk

      I've not used raisin paste before so I can't help with that, sorry. When I used cranberries I simply subbed them for the dates and followed the method.

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      Lena Durante 7 months ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      Thanks for the suggestions. I have read about using raisin paste, but I've never made it myself. Do you do a similar process to the dried cranberries?

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      Claire 7 months ago from Surrey, Uk

      Spanish Food, I often make the raw brownies with raisins for the same reason. It does alter the taste but they are still really nice. I have also made a version with dried cranberries as I think they well with the chocolate and almonds.

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      Lena Durante 7 months ago from San Francisco Bay Area

      Medjool dates are really expensive, and that sometimes keeps me from trying recipes. Is there a cheaper alternative? Maybe prunes or dried figs?

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      Claire 4 years ago from Surrey, Uk

      Thank you for your kind comments and for sharing. I agree, the sweet things tempt people over and show that raw food isn't all just salad. I have bananas in the freezer at the moment to make the ice cream for my son. He has a dairy intolerance so it is prefect, he doesn't miss out on ice cream and it is healthy.

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      Cynthia 4 years ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      Hi there-- excellent selection of raw vegan desserts... these are the ones that give people the courage to try a few other raw recipes... thanks for the post! Voting up and tweeting!