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Pure Pleasures Cupcake Heaven: Raw Food Sweets That Make Your Heart Skip a Beat Paperback – July 27, 2011
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Natalia officially stepped onto the shamanic path in 2011 when her own soul was calling out for deeper healing and deeper meaning. It was at this time that she experienced transformation unlike any other and in that moment, Natalia truly fell in love with life. Her training started with The Four Winds Society where she received certification in shamanic energy medicine. Upon completion, she began further training under Jose Luis Herrera, diving infinitely deeper into the authentic indigenous medicine of Peru. Natalia has also been blessed enough to receive rites of passage and training from multiple medicine lineages--and from the land itself--in the high Andes of Peru.
It is Natalia's honor to provide sacred healing space for groups. She guides shamanic journeys to explore empowered paths to self healing. She hosts despacho ceremonies, bringing beauty, intention, and service to the practice of prayer. Natalia also teaches yoga fused with shamanic wisdom as a powerful way to physically move stagnant energy. No matter the path, all of her work culminates in allowing you to step fully into a life that you can truly love.
Though she is a wanderer at heart, Natalia is currently living and loving in Massachusetts with her webÂ designer husband where they enjoy exploring nature, sitting in ceremony, practicing yoga, and dreaming up their next adventure.
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That brings me to another point i'd like to make about this book. I really can't stand recipe books that have no pictures, and I can see that Natalia probably shares that frustration when she looks at other recipe books. That's why EVERY recipe has a large close-up color photo of what the cupcake should look like once it's finished. That makes it very easy to quickly flip through the book, and make something that catches your eye. This is SO important to me, because i just can't buy a recipe book without pictures.
I own all of natalia's books now, and I really love her style. Whatever book she releases next is going to be an insta-buy for me :)
I made a point of making a few of her recipes before posting here and have provided six photos showing the Strawberry with Citrus Lime frosting and her Almond with Chocolate Almond frosting. I was thrilled with the results. I'm a chocolate fan but the strawberry combo blew my socks off.
A few points I would like to share. I don't know how well these would travel as the bases need to be chilled/frozen and soften when warmed. Perhaps adding a bit more coconut oil would do the trick. Don't get me wrong, they don't fall apart when room temp just are less solid. With the super yummy frosting I suggest starting everything in a food processor THEN finishing in your Vita Mix as this went a long way to keeping my VM from overheating. And lastly, to avoid your cashews going grey when soaking ONLY soak for the suggested time and add a squirt of lemon juice to the water - it doesn't alter the flavor and does keep them from darkening.
Another person voiced their disappointment with her recipes and I would like to say that if you are going to pop these morsels in your mouth expecting baked butter, wheat and sugar you will be disappointed however if you open your mind to the brilliance of her creativity than you will not be disappointed.
This book is totally a delight for the senses (of course, like the cupcakes)... beautiful photography, really inspiring ideas, and easy to follow recipes. Once you make them one or two times, the whole process becomes quick and easy.
Though the recipes vary widely in flavor, one of the best reasons to buy this book, the essential recipe appears to be the same between them. The core ingredients are coconut oil, raw coconut flour, and some sweetener. The flavorings and colors vary according to the recipe, and . The coconut is an issue for me since I can't eat it, but I suspect I may be able to use the recipes here as a jumping-off point to create some variations using different nut flours. Raw food desserts are a little like making mud pies; it's just a matter of achieving the right consistency.
The author here has been very creative. The cupcakes are visually beautiful and sound delicious. The frostings, natural food colors, and creative presentations are certainly worth a perusal. This is a very well done cookbook. I look forward to seeing more from this author in the future, and I encourage her to try out some non-coconut flours for a little variation in her repertoire.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book has beautiful pictures and lovely sounding recipes. After making and then tasting one of the cupcake and frosting recipes, it was really heavy and felt like a rock in my... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Deanna Lewis
Like most people, I crave sweets. This book is awesome because I can still remain true to my eating lifestyle while never feeling deprived. Read morePublished 23 months ago by tc
Uh, well, I thought the idea of raw cupcakes was amazing. If I recall though, most of these recipes suggest using honey over vegan alternatives. Read morePublished on September 21, 2013 by Laura A Kaplan
Well i love it. Cheap book, and Authors passion really comes through the pages. I made Lime cupcakes, but with a plain vanilla frosting cos i wanted the lime to really sing out. Read morePublished on May 20, 2013 by Spider
This is a small book, but the recipes pack a big punch! A friend of mine recommended it, and so I thought I would pick it up since I'm trying to incorporate more raw foods/recipes... Read morePublished on January 26, 2013 by Leanne
I recommend this book to everyone, not just those that follow a raw diet. These recipes are genius, so happy I discovered this gem!!!Published on January 23, 2013 by Tiffany E Bright
I received it as a gift from a friend who knows how much I love to prepare cupcakes, but this are heavy and bland so we're changing it with another one.Published on September 16, 2012 by Laura
Yep, love them!
My first introduction to these cupcakes was at a raw vegan potluck. I decided to buy the book after my first taste. Read more
I have tried many different raw desserts. I was super excited to see this book and the cupcakes made with raw coconut flour. Read morePublished on June 23, 2012 by Meljel360