- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Page Street Publishing (March 4, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1624140556
- ISBN-13: 978-1624140556
- Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 0.6 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
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Rawsome Vegan Baking: An Un-cookbook for Raw, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Beautiful and Sinfully Sweet Cookies, Cakes, Bars & Cupcakes Paperback – March 4, 2014
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“Emily is incredible. Her recipes are some of the most creative and drool-inducing I've ever seen. I wait with anticipation for every new thing she produces. This (un)cookbook is no exception.” ―Jessica Ainscough, The Wellness Warrior
“Who knew raw food can be so surprisingly creative? Emily takes raw foodism to new levels that wow us every single time.” ―Sivan Pardo Renwick, The Vegan Woman
About the Author
Emily von Euw is the creator of the blog This Rawsome Vegan Life, which gets over nearly 1 million views a month. Emily's blog won The Vegan Woman's 2013 Vegan Food Blog Award, was named one of the Top 50 Raw Food Blogs of 2012 and is nominated for "Favorite Blog" for the 2013 VegNews Awards. Her recipes have been featured on Shape.com, SkinnyLimits.com and AscensionKitchen.com. Emily lives in British Columbia, Canada.
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I couldn't wait for this book to come out. This cookbook is amazing and I'm not even vegan or raw. My husband flips through the pages at night on his eReader and says, "What are we going to make this weekend?!" and "Can we make this one?? OH! Nevermind. Can we make THIS one?!"
These days we have to make double batches of everything and we limit ourselves to one piece of dessert a night (each). In the evenings on the way home from work, we often say, "Oh! We've got dessert in the fridge!" And we sometimes are known to eat dessert while making dinner.
I ordered the ebook because I was dying to have it, but will now go back and order the paper copy just for ease of use. I own many cookbooks, but this one gets 10 times the use of any other.
I was introduced to Emily's blog through a raw-food friend and after a few months of browsing her posts, I decided to try one of the recipes. From the first bite I was HOOKED.
Why I love her recipes:
1. I love that they are healthy. I had blood sugar issues and rarely have sweets. If I do, my blood sugar and weight jumps easily. However, eliminating sweets entirely has been hard. Having said that, the sugars in these desserts don't seem to be a problem for me. My blood sugar will spike after I eat, but not as high and quickly will come back down. And the desserts taste just as sweet as a traditional dessert (sometimes sweeter). How is this possible?! Because they are natural sugars maybe?? There's no processed food in the recipes. No dairy. So nice!
2. There's no baking! I LOVE this. I can make 3 recipes in the time it would take me to make one traditional dessert. No matter what dessert I try, it takes me 20 minutes.
3. I find it easy to substitute things. If I'm low on maple syrup, easy. I use can use sugar or honey (not vegan, I know) or coconut nectar. The desserts taste the same and all have the same basic components.
3. There's no cleaning pans because there's no baking. Cleaning up usually involves only my food processor (which can be put in the dishwasher) and putting back ingredients. NICE!! Now, if you've ever baked, you know cleaning up alone can take 20-30 minutes. And it's usually when I'm cleaning pans that I think, "Wow this is a ton of work!"
4. I love that she uses a lot of the same core ingredients. Coconut milk, dates, nuts, cacoa, coconut oil. I stock those in large supply - they all have a long shelf life - and you will find you have almost all the ingredients you need for most of the recipes.
5. The desserts are SOOO good. I haven't found one that I haven't loved. My husband and I will often say, "Wow, if this was served at a restaurant, it would be our favorite restaurant EVER!" I have honestly never had food that tastes this good. I think it's due to the richness of the whole foods used in each dessert. Making a crust out of cashews, maple syrup and cacoa. Look out. I can't believe how good it tastes. I was shocked at the flavors. But in the beginning I was skeptical. Ground up pecans for a crust taste NOTHING like whole pecans (I don't really care for whole pecans).
The recipes are so shockingly good, I had to make a dessert just to bring to work for our office of 60 people. They were shocked when I told them what was in the dessert and how good it tasted. It was gone in an hour with weekly requests for more.
My absolute favorite recipe is the very first one - Cashew Coffee Vanilla Creme with Cinnamon Chocolate Crust. If you're short on time, leave off the coffee glaze and it is still to die for! I have this recipe down pat. I can make it in 10 minutes. I will often make triple batches of the crust and freeze it for future use (many recipes require a crust so I will experiment with swapping out recipes crusts just for fun and convenience). This is the dessert I brought to work. Honestly, it is the best dessert I ever made in my life (and I am always making desserts for parties, neighbors and the office). It puts a boxed brownie mix to shame.
I don't think I'll ever make a traditional box dessert again. Why would you?!
Excellent job, Emily! I am a huge fan!
The book is divided into the following main sections:
* Cakes and Cupcakes
* Bites, Bars, and Cookies
* Pies and Tarts
* Pudding and Ice Cream
* Basic Recipes
Emily von Euw, the author, listed a complete list of the recipes on her blog, so I'll post that list at the end of my review since it's rather long. I own a small collection of raw cookbooks already, but, as you'll see once you look over the recipe list, I think that this one has some really unique flavor combinations that made me so glad that I took a chance on it!
Since I just got the book today, I have only made one recipe myself -- the Chia Vanilla Pudding -- but I've also had the chance to taste the Carrot Cake with Cashew Cream Cheese Frosting and the Jungle Pie (which features bananas and coconut with a chocolate drizzle on top) since one of my good friends got her book yesterday on her Nook and made them last night. Lucky me -- for she brought me a slice of each today at work! All three recipes have been absolutely delicious!
The Introduction is just a quick two-page set-up about the author and the book, and from there you jump right into the recipes. All of them are gluten-free and vegan, so they're also free from dairy and eggs.
Each recipe has a short "blurb" about it, and then the step-by-step instructions are clearly laid out. There is no nutritional information given, but that personally isn't a deterrent for me when I'm ordering a dessert cookbook. :-)
What I also love are the gorgeous, full-color photos that accompany each recipe. I personally love cookbooks that include photos since they inspire me to want to make the recipes -- and these are so good that I think I gained five pounds just from looking at them! ;-)
Like other raw recipes, these recipes also require easy-to-find ingredients, like raw nuts, oats, dates, seeds, coconut oil, fresh fruit, etc. You'll also want to have a good food processor on hand to make the recipes. Also unique is that even though a few recipes call for nuts, van Euw -- unlike other raw food cooks -- has specifically moved away from them exclusively as the foundation of her recipes, and uses oats and buckwheat groats in their stead. I really like this it will cut down on the fat content and make me feel less guilty about indulging.
I also want to mention that the special binding on this is fantastic; when you open it up, the pages lay flat and don't close on themselves, which makes it such a pleasure to work from.
Some other really good raw dessert cookbooks that I like because of their simple and yet tasty recipes are Ani's Raw Food Desserts: 85 Easy, Delectable Sweets and Treats,Practically Raw Desserts: Flexible Recipes for All-Natural Sweets and Treats, and Pure Pleasures Cupcake Heaven: Raw Food Sweets That Make Your Heart Skip a Beat. When I eat treats from these books, I feel like I'm indulging in foods that not only taste good, but are good for me since they're plant-based.
This is a great book, and one that I know I'll use a lot!
Finally, I'll end with a complete list of all the recipes, as copied from the This Rawsome Vegan Life blog.
Cakes & Cupcakes
· Cashew coffee vanilla crème cake with cinnamon chocolate crust
· Super sexy cacao cashew cupcakes
· Buckwheat & berry cream cake
· Neapolitan mousse cake
· Rawified Reeses cake
· Black forest cake
· Vanilla chocolate chunk cheesecake with peanut butter & coconut
· Strawberry banana cream cake with mint
· Nut-free creamy coconut cheesecake
· Chocolate cheesecake with chocolate chili drizzle
· Mini beet mousse cakes with sweet cashew cream & spiced nuts
· Rainbow cake with fruit layers & coconut cream frosting
· S'mores cupcakes
· Chocolate molten lava cakes with goji berries
· Pink cherry ice cream cake
· Vanilla herb cheesecake with walnut crust, rosemary, orange mint & fresh fruit
· Blueberry strawberry banana ice cream cake
· Triple threat chocolate cake with carob buckwheat pecan cake, avocado cacao ganache & ginger chocolate sauce
· Blueberry fields forever cake with blueberry coconut & chocolate avocado layers
· Berry cream cakes with chia pudding
· Deep dish chocolate peanut butter ice cream cake
· Triple layer ice cream cake with cashew peppermint, banana strawberry & coconut vanilla layers
· Carrot cake with cashew cream cheese frosting
· Double decadence chocolate silk cake with hazelnut crust
· Peppermint chocolate molten lava cakes
· Ginger lime berry ice cream swirl cheesecake
Bites, Bars & Cookies
· Caramel mocha bars
· Cranberry bliss bars
· Creamy peanut & oat squares with raw chocolate and blueberry topping
· Ultimate shortbread bars with layers of salted caramel & spiced chocolate
· Orange carob bars & almond chocolate bars
· Loco coco bars
· Super food brownies with chili cinnamon fudge frosting
· Chocolate energy bites with pumpkin seeds, raisins & matcha
· Almond joy candy bars with crunchy coconut center enrobed in raw chocolate
· Piña colada bites with pineapple, coconut & pine nuts
· Fruit crumble with banana ice cream
· Crazy for coconut bars
· Superior fudge
· Maca cacao truffles
· Spiced orange chocolate layered with fresh kiwi, orange & dried figs
· Chocolate banana crêpes with coconut cream & berries
· Chocolate nut butter cups, three ways
· Avocado towers with dark chocolate mousse & salted pistachios
· Go-Nuts Donuts with strawberry, chocolate and coconut frostings and dried papaya, golden raisin, goji berry, coconut and cacao nib sprinkles
· Chocolate lava cakes with mint filling
· Avocado mint cream bars with chocolate, two ways
· Endless energy bars with nuts, seeds, figs, raisins & sweet coconut drizzle
· Totally tahini cups with coffee cream filling
· Fudge bites
· Hippie halva
· Pecan sesame truffles with camu camu, orange & vanilla
· Almond butter and jelly sandwiches with apple bread
· Maca miracle pyramids with chocolate goji berry filling
· Raw chocolate cookies sandwiching vanilla cashew cream
· Peppermint cream sandwich cookies covered in chocolate
· Peanut butter cookies
· Carob comfort cookies
· Rawdical raisin cacao cookies with oats
Pies & Tarts
· Jungle pie with chocolate crust, bananas slices & chunky coconut topping
· Jewel fruit tart with caramel almond filling
· Maple pecan pie
· Naked fruit tarts (nut-free, coconut-free, fat-free)
· Lemon dream pie with pecans & coconut vanilla whipped cream
· Rhubarb almond crumble with maple oregano glaze
· Cinnamon apple pie with date caramel
· Peaceful peach cobbler
· Chocolate banana cream pie
· Almond ginger rosemary tart with coconut, chia & almond caramel
· Fresh berry tarts with whipped vanilla coconut cream
· Banana tart with chocolate cream, jungle peanut butter & candied ginger slices
· Chia caramel pecan pie with cinnamon chocolate sauce
· Fresh citrus tart with coconut lemon cream & lemon zest
· Oversized oreo tart with vanilla coconut cream & chocolate ganache
· Harvest pumpkin pie
· Into the wild caramel tarts with pistachios, pumpkin seeds & chocolate trees
· Banana ice cream tarts with salted nutmeg caramel
· Strawberries `n' cream tartlets
· Boston banana cream deep dish tarts
Pudding & Ice Cream
· Amazing avocado chocolate pudding
· Cacao carob vanilla towers with macadamias & chocolate walnut garnish
· Breakfast parfaits with layers of fruit & chia seeds
· Chia vanilla pudding with cinnamon & raisins
· Crème brulee of cashews, banana slices & lavender with cinnamon coconut topping
· Coffee crème mousse with chocolate pecan crust
· Rawky road ice cream with marshmallow & chocolate chunks
· The real banana split
· Ice cream sandwiches with rosemary almond cookies & berry medley ice cream
· Banana ice cream / the best thing ever
· Chocolate & vanilla ice cream sandwiches
· Peppermint avocado ice cream with chocolate chunks
· Strawberry cheesecake popsicles with coconut flakes
· Vanilla ginger ice cream popsicles with chocolate coating
· Deconstructed creamsicles with orange and vanilla layers
· Heavenly banana almond cinnamon shake
· The ultimate chocolate shake with coconut whipped cream & cacao sprinkles
· Sorbet with strawberries, agave & mint
· Raw chocolate
· Coconut cream
· Hot cacao
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