What do you think when you think raw food? Crisp summery salads or colourful bowls of fresh fruit? Or maybe tuna tartare or certain kinds of sushi?  Well don’t think for a moment that savoury lunch and dinner meals have all the raw food fun. Raw desserts can be unbelievably indulgent, with all the ooey gooeyness and creamy dreaminess and beautiful textures, flavours and colours that’ll entice you to take just one more bite!

There’s so much to savour about these raw recipes. The freshness of the ingredients, the richness of the flavours, the goodness of enjoying nature’s bounty in its natural state, and as you’ll see for many of these recipes, the ease of preparation, despite how fancy the lovely dessert looks on the plate. And nearly all are also vegan desserts as well. Ready to go raw?

Raw Vanilla Coconut Fig Slice


Figs are stunning. It’s just a fact. So I chose this recipe to go first because it’s… well, it’s beautiful. Beautiful and thanks to Secret Squirrel food, delicious. I want to frame a picture of these vanilla coconut fig slices and mount it over my couch. And what’s on the inside is just as lovely. A crumbly, gorgeously textured walnut and fig base, a perfumed and rich vanilla coconut cashew cream and of course, the star of the show: fresh figs.

Vegan Mocha Chocolate Cheesecake


Pecans, dates, cashews, coffee liqueur, coffee extract, espresso, chocolate… are you tasting it yet? I sure am. This rich raw and vegan cheesecake from Dreamy Leaf has universal appeal and a sultry, grown up sensibility. The three way texture play between the savoury, nutty crunch, the earthy, fragrant coffee and the melt-in-your-mouth chocolate is like a symphony of loveliness. Not a coffee superfan? Just skip the coffee extract and the remaining ingredients will leave you with a more vanilla-y cheesecake with just a wink of coffee.

Strawberry and Cream Cashew Cookie Bites


Growing up did you ever sneak and eat the cookie dough before the cookies made it into the oven? Well, there’s something about eating raw cookie bites that gives me that naughty feeling of sneaking cookie dough… and I absolutely love that. Better With Cake’s cookie bites are pink and precious and the raw cookie bite version of a natural energy bar. Although I’ll probably end up using the extra energy to munch on more of these strawberry and cream cashew delights.

Chocolate and Raspberry Chia Pudding


This creamy pudding recipe comes straight from the laboratory – I mean, kitchen – of a certified holistic nutritionist.  Meaning while I’m going all doe eyed at the deliciousness of the pudding, my body will be rejoicing that it’s actually great for me! To me, these chocolate and raspberry chia puddings are perfect for parties. Your guests will be so impressed when they see your chocolaty, raspberry coloured delight. And they won’t believe their ears when you tell them that the ingredients in this dessert will actually help keep their blood sugar in a healthy range. Brilliant, thanks Maria Ushakova!

Vegan Pistachio Lemon Truffles


Crazy Vegan Kitchen’s raw truffle recipe comes with a serious side of sass. They’re nutty and lemony and creamily sweetened by soft dates. The recipe is simple – just pop your ingredients in a few stages into your food processor and play with adding little pours of water until you’ve reached the perfect consistency for the mixture to be formed into balls. Then you’ll roll your truffles in pistachio or lucuma (you can get it at the health food store!) and enjoy!

Raw Caramel Slice


These slinky, streamlined caramel bars from Donna Hay are straight out of my most fanciful chocolaty dreams. The tasty base is a crumble mixture achieved by using the food processor to combine coconut oil, coconut flesh, almonds and dates. Next, you’ll make a date caramel that’s almost too luscious to describe, to layer on top of the crumbly sweet base. A raw cacao, melty mixture that you’ll pour over the first two layers. Then refrigerate – or freeze it if you’d like extra firm bars – slice them and eat ‘em up.

Raw Vegan Carrot Cake


Growing up, I always thought I hated carrots. Cooked, they felt too mushy, raw they felt too snappy and I could never figure out just how I could sneak carrots into my life. That is, until I met carrot cake. Tender, divine carrot cake with creamy frosting that makes me go weak in the knees. Now I refuse to eat a carrot not in cake form. And the Blenderist’s raw carrot cake recipe is next on my list to try. I love that the no-bake cake part of the recipe includes ginger! And when I saw the words “maple syrup” in the frosting ingredients I was sold.

Raw Vegan Lime Tart

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If you’re a citrus lover and refreshing desserts are what your heart longs for, this limey tart was made for you. And if you’re a creamy things fan and won’t eat dessert unless something soft and sweet is involved, you’ve come to the right place. Neely Wang’s raw vegan lime tart is dairy free, gluten free and has absolutely no sugar. Amazing! It’s zingy and zesty and bright with lots of lime. And silky and smooth and soul-satisfying. And don’t forget about the perfectly crumbly crust.

Easy Raw Vegan Brownies with Chocolate Ganache


I like to joke that I grew up in a brownie pan. As a kid, my mum baked a never-ending supply of hot, chocolaty brownies for me and my big brother and dad and all of our hungry neighbourhood friends. To me, a moist brownie tastes like all the yummiest childhood memories wrapped into one chocolate package.  The Minimalist Baker’s vegan brownie recipe is no exception – except you don’t even need to get the oven involved. They’re super fudgey, rich and dense and of course, every chocolate lover’s dream.

Sweet Potato Pie


To the naked eye, it’s impossible to detect that this sweet potato pie from Sweet and Sacred is raw. But it is. And I can’t get over the candied walnut topping. It’s everything you’d hope for: a crunchy nut coated in sticky sweet spiced goodness, generously heaped on a sweet potato filling that’ll take your breath away. Ginger, vanilla bean and agave are just three of the reasons why the thought of this pie keeps me up at night… and why I can’t wait to try it for myself!

Raw Caramel Apples


When I imagine myself eating a caramel apple, I almost always picture myself being outdoors. Enjoying nature, hanging with friends, maybe even on a picnic. And maybe that’s because a caramel apple is the most perfectly portable way to fancy up an everyday, staple fruit and transform it into something so, so special. Fork and Bean’s recipe makes it so simple, and the drizzles of chocolate on each apple are just beautiful, creating a lattice for the caramel and crushed nuts to peek through.

Raw Chocolate Almond Fudge Bars


Raise your hand if you’re a chocoholic! My mum passed down the chocolate love to me and taught me a valuable lesson growing up: Always keep chocolate on hand in case of chocolate emergencies. Well, this is a recipe I’ll be adding to my stash.  What’s not to love about smooth, dense fudge? And to top it all off, The Awesome Green’s chocolate fudge bars are full of nutrients like potassium and antioxidants, vitamins and healthy fats. These fudge bars are a win, win!

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