There is a new cookbook on my shelf and I'm super excited about it. Rawsome Vegan Baking: An Un-cookbook for Raw, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Beautiful and Sinfully Sweet Cookies, Cakes, Bars & Cupcakes by Emily von Euw is all about sweet treats, all raw, gluten-free and vegan. Covered are old classics ranging from cookies, cakes, bars and cupcakes, pies and tarts, puddings and ice cream with a creative twist. Apart from the stunning and drool inducing photos that adorn each page, I was immediately struck by the unique selections that are essentially guilt-free.
Looking at the photos, you would think eating such decadent looking desserts would lead to a spike in your blood sugar, but in fact, the treats and desserts are actually good for you. Dried and fresh fruits and raw nuts are prominently featured and sweeteners, when they are used, are natural ones, such as maple syrup. Another especially appealing aspect of the book is that pretty much all of the basic ingredients are ones that you are likely to have on hand. No need to hunt around for unfamiliar ingredients that you may only use a few times, leaving them only to languish in the cupboard.
The first recipe I tried was one for raw peanut butter cookies from the multiple ones that I bookmarked. Next up was a this one for raw Nanaimo bars. My usual version of this classic treat is served only rarely on special occasions because they are so decadent. Needless to say, this much healthier version appealed to me. My best friend Basil has been hoping for years that I might come up with a variation that was not so laden with processed sugars, and this was just the right alternative.
I was amazed at how much they actually tasted like the usual custard-filled Nanaimo bar. Creamy avocado is a perfect substitution for custard and the crust, made up of dried fruit and almonds, makes for a perfect cookie-like naturally sweet base. Coconut oil helps bind together the middle layer and the cocoa topping. Sweetened also with maple syrup, you can enjoy this raw rich treat with minimal guilt. These delights literally melt in your mouth. The Nanaimo bars come highly recommended from my kitchen as does this cookbook.
***Update: Contest is now closed***
I am also delighted to announce that residents of the US and Canada have an opportunity to win a copy of this cookbook showcasing health-promoting treats. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post, citing your favorite good for you sweet. It would also be appreciated if you followed my page on Facebook, although that is not necessary to enter. Please leave an email along with your comment if you don't have one associated with your blog or profile. This giveaway will run until May 3rd. I will then choose a random winner from the list of comments.
I received a copy of this book for possible review and was given the opportunity to host a giveaway for my Canadian and US readers. As always, the opinions expressed here are my own.
|Raw Avocado Coconut Nanaimo Bars|
|Recipe by Lisa Turner|
Adapted from Rawsome Vegan Baking: An Un-cookbook for Raw, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Beautiful and Sinfully Sweet Cookies, Cakes, Bars & Cupcakes
Published on April 16, 2014
Healthy, raw Nanaimo bars with an avocado and coconut "custard" — as rich as the original but guilt-free
Other raw treats you are sure to enjoy from Lisa's Vegetarian Kitchen:
Raw Peanut Butter Cookies
Quinoa Nut and Fruit Protein Bars
Cocoa Fruit Energy Bites
Cocoa Almond Brownie Bites
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