Dessert

19 No-Bake Vegan Treats You Can Eat Raw

December 27, 2017

When I think of raw desserts, my mind immediately goes to all the spoonfuls of unbaked cookie dough and brownie batter I’ve ingested in my 25 years. I just love licking the spatula (and bowl), though I know every bite flirts with salmonella.

Turns out there are safer sweets I can enjoy raw. No-bake desserts (often called raw) are made from unprocessed nuts, fruit, and natural sweeteners like maple syrup. While they aren’t pegged to any specific diet, many raw recipes overlap with vegan, gluten-free, or paleo lifestyles. Also, because raw desserts don’t undergo intense oven heat, they can be full of healthy enzymes and vitamins.

I wouldn’t go so far to say these treats are healthy—they’re still desserts, after all—but they are delicious. See for yourself with these 19 raw recipes. Oh, and it’s totally fine if you lick the bowl.


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No-Bake Cakes & Tarts


Bowls that won't bog you down

We originally ran this story in September 2017, but with January right around the corner, we thought you might want some new dessert ideas.

What's the best raw dessert you've made? Let us know if you've seen an amazing recipe we should try!

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2 Comments

Nicole S. September 17, 2017
Of course, there's always tempering chocolate and adding in some dried fruit and nuts.<br />With microwave tempering you can make a small batch in a few minutes.<br />Here's a link to quick instructions:<br />https://chocolateratings.wordpress.com/?s=Tempering<br />You can use as little as half a cup of chocolate and the results are great.<br />
 
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Katie M. September 18, 2017
What a simple, but delicious-sounding, idea! Thanks for sharing!