Adventures in Raw Food

Gluten Free Vegan Doughnuts - YUM!

This gluten-free vegan donuts recipe isn’t raw, but I am stashing it here until our new ‘The Happy Gluten-Free Vegan’ site is up. This recipe, from BabyCakes Covers the Classics: Gluten-Free Vegan Recipes from Donuts to Snickerdoodles has ingredients that you may not already have in your pantry, but once you assemble them it’s very easy to make - and you can find them all at your local Whole Foods or other natural foods store. Or you can buy them online at the links I’ve provided below.

Ridiculously Easy, Completely Scrumptious Raw Fruit Compote or Topping

We love using fresh fruit, but sometimes it’s not practical. However, we always have several kinds of organic fresh-frozen fruit in the freezer, and it’s amazing how easy it is to use this to make an incredibly delicious raw fruit compote (or spiced fruit compote! - yum!) or fruit topping.

Raw Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

This recipe for raw oatmeal raisin cookies follows on the heels of the success of our Raw Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies. These Raw Oatmeal Raisin Cookies are very easy to make (one bowl!) and take only a bit over an hour to ‘cook’ in the dehydrator!

How to Make Raw Popcorn

This really does taste like raw popcorn, even though there is neither popping nor corn involved! In fact, for those who are trying to avoid corn, or who are allergic to it, it’s a perfect snack (not to mention being raw)! And it is so darned easy to make, you won’t believe it!

How to Make Those Yummy Raw Cheesy Kale Chips - Raw Cheez-Its®!

Last week my daughter, of FAB Shows fame, turned me on to those awesome raw cheesy kale chips that are the equivalent of raw Cheeze-Its® or, as some would say, “cheezy kale chips”. (Some even say “chreesy kale chips”, after that vegan, non-dairy cheese substitute called Chreese that is made and marketed by Edwards & Son, and whose main ingredients are wheat flour and nutritional yeast.) In any event, while “kale and fake cheese” may not sound very appetizing, trust me, these are the raw equivalent of Cheese-Its®! They are delicious! In fact, after she made them for us, we had to make more for ourselves just a few days later, we were so jonesing for them!

Cranberry Apple Crisp Smoothie

Playing with my new Tribest Personal Blender, I ended up making this delicious Cranberry Apple Crisp Smoothie, perfect for the holiday season!

Warm Honeyed Sesame Date Gems

One of the beauties of raw food is that, while many recipes can seem complex and time-consuming, many others are so simple and so delicious. And this is one of those. These honeyed sesame date gems, served warm from the dehydrator, are melt-in-your mouth wonderful, and so very good for you!

Easy Gourmet Raw Chocolates

You will absolutely love these deep, dark raw chocolate candies. They’re easily as good as the best high-end dark chocolate candies, and they’re far better for you. In fact, this is chocolate at its antioxidant best - with pure raw ingredients that you can feel good about eating. It’s good, and good for you!

Raw Fudge Brownie Recipe

If you are craving the taste of fudgey brownies, this recipe for raw fudge brownies is just the ticket! And so good for you!

Raw Recipe for Vegan Raw Fake Tuna Fish Salad - Yum, It’s SO Good!

This raw recipe for vegetarian fake tuna salad is so delicious, and to make it vegan all you have to do is use vegan mayonnaise! You’ll be astonished at just how much it really tastes like tuna!

Raw Summer Soft Fruit Crisp or Crumble

This was a riff on my first raw fruit crisp, only instead of being merely fantastic, this one is divine! I used peaches and nectarines as my summer soft fruits, but you can also use plums, or really anything you want!

Raw Chocolate Coconut Cream

Ohmygawd this is so good, and so darned easy to make, you’ll think of all kinds of uses for it!! From frosting and filling, to truffles, to ganache, to just eating it out of the bowl with a spoon - you’d better sit down because this raw Chocolate Coconut Cream is going to make you weak in the knees!

Jessica’s Mostly Raw Lasagna

This raw lasagne is “mostly raw” because of the use of organic tomato sauce. It is absolutely delicious, and can be made entirely raw by making your own raw tomato sauce (liquify fresh tomatoes in a blender or food processor with some fresh oregano and basil, and strain out the liquid). Says Jessica of this recipe, “Even those who have been resistant to the whole raw/slightly cooked food, were going back for seconds of this raw lasagne!!”

Jessica’s Raw Sugar-Free Gluten-Free Wheat-Free Yeast-Free Soy-free Vegan Chocolate Mousse

Unlike some vegan chocolate mousses, which rely on tofu, this one is soy free! Yes, the name is a mouthful - but wait until you get your own mouth full of this delicious treat! Says Jessica “I developed this recipe for my boss’ wedding shower. People went NUTS for it, even those who were psyched out by the title “raw” went back for seconds!!” And you will too!

Easy Raw Trail Mix with Raw Chocolate, ‘Roasted’ Raw Pumpkin Seeds andRaw Sunflower Seeds, and Goji Berries

Eating raw foods doesn’t have to be complicated or take lots of time. For example, this raw food trailmix takes all of five minutes to make. Consisting of raw chocolate nibs, raw pumpkin seeds and raw sunflower seeds which have been “roasted” in the dehydrator (you buy them pre-made!) and goji berries, this raw trailmix is that is sweet, salty, fruity and crunchy is sure to satisfy any nibbling craving you have, and is so very good for you!

Super Easy Yummy Peachy Dinner Salad

This salad is super easy, and super yummy! But don’t let its simplicity fool you - you’ll want to make -and eat - it again and again!

Fabulous Raw Fruit Crisp or Fruit Crumble Recipe

This recipe for a raw fruit crisp (or raw fruit crumble) is absolutely fabulous! And it’s very easy to make!

Pureed Raw Butternut Squash with Agave, Allspice and Cayenne

Oh man oh man, this raw butternut squash recipe is so easy and so good! And if you’re lucky enough to live near a store that sells prepackaged cubed organic butternut squash, you have it made! We discovered it at Whole Foods. But you can of course use a whole raw butternut squash as well.

Raw Carrot Coconut Macaroons

Wondering what to do with leftover carrot pulp from making carrot juice? Try these wonderful raw macaroons made with carrot pulp and coconut!

Easy Raw Broccoli Raisin Salad - and Kids Love It

This is my recipe for easy broccoli raisin salad, and kids (and grownups) love it! And it’s so easy, you’ll find yourself and your family eating brocolli more than you thought possible with this brocolli raisin salad!

Butternut Squash and Mango Soup

This butternut squash and mango soup is a riff on Juliano’s orginal recipe. It is delicious, easy and fast to make, and surprisingly creamy!

ACK Juice (Apple Chard Kiwi Juice)

This combination of raw juice - apple, chard and kiwi - sounds as it might be ok - maybe even tolerable - but in fact it is delicious, and loaded with good nutrition!

Annie’s Green Smoothie Recipe

This green smoothie recipe is easy, easy, easy, and mild!

Yummy Overnight Raw Cereal

This raw cereal recipe is incredibly easy to make, and such a great way to start the day! And it’s yummy, too!

Fantastic Portabella Mushrooms for Sandwiches

It’s one of the latest fads - portabella mushrooms for sandwiches. Portabella mushrooms are delicious, and a great source of vegetarian protein. But how do you do portabella mushrooms raw?

Fresh Fruit Crepes

We had these raw food crepes for dessert last night, and wow they were good! And there is something about eating this kind of dessert where the fruit still tastes like it is supposed to, rather than having been cooked into some sort of goo, that is just wonderful.

Bagged Organic Baby Carrots and a Vita-Mix: A Match Made in Raw Food, Juicing Heaven!

If you have a Vita-Mix and are short on time - or just dipping your toe in the water of juicing - then those bagged, prewashed organic baby carrots are just the thing!

Marinated Squash Rounds

This is a really simple, and amazingly tasty and refreshing side dish. You can use all of the summer squash for these, but I like to make them with just the necks, and use the rest of the summer squash for Annie’s Stuffed Summer Squash.

Annie’s Stuffed Summer Squash

It turns out that if you slice a summer squash in half, length-wise, and cut off the crook neck (reserve the neck to make yummy, refreshing marinated squash rounds!), you can scoop out the seed section, and have perfect little “boat” to fill with stuffing and let cure in your dehydrator!

Thai Spring Coconut Noodles with Spicy Peanut Sauce

I created this recipe for Thai Spring Coconut Noodles with Spicy Peanut Sauce for dinner tonight, and it was great! It’s tasty tasty, and very satisfying!

5-Minute Raspberry Sorbet

This simple, gorgeous sorbet really takes only 5 minutes, and that’s including clean up! And it goes fabulously under Deep Dark Delicious Raw Chocolate Sauce (which also takes less than five minues to make!)! A complete dessert in only ten minutes!

Deep Dark Delicious Raw Chocolate Sauce

This delicious raw chocolate sauce is a riff on a recipe from Shazzie and David Wolfe’s incredible book, Naked Chocolate. This is as true a dark chocolate sauce as you could want. It’s delicious over 5-Minute Raspberry Sorbet!

Annie’s Raw Spicy Peanut Sauce (Raw Dan Dan Sauce)

This recipe for raw spicy peanut sauce (also known as raw Dan Dan sauce) is amazing, and very forgiving!

On Making Raw Peanut Butter from Raw Peanuts

I really wanted to experiment with making raw peanut butter from raw peanuts. So when they had raw peanuts in the bulk section at Whole Foods, I jumped on them.

Raw Food Mashed “Potatoes” Made with Cauliflower

This is a recipe for raw food mashed “potatoes”, only it’s really raw food mashed cauliflower. While it doesn’t taste exactly like mashed potatoes, it’s a decent approximation, and very tasty on it’s own!

Banana Split in a Glass

This raw food drink is delicious, and sweet, and yummy, and so good for you! And it’s a great way to use raw cacao nibs!

Orange Chocolate Dream

This drink, made from raw cacao nibs and oranges, is so incredibly delicious!

Mole Mole Sauce

This is a recipe for raw mole sauce which I created when one day I was wondering what I might do with my new bag of raw cacao nibs (ohmygosh, they are divine), and I suddenly had a hankering for mole!

Angel Hair Zucchini with Macadamia-Cashew Cream and Cherry Tomatoes

Tonight for dinner we had angel hair zucchini with macadamia-cashew cream and cherry tomatoes. It was delicious!!

1:1:1:1 Dressing

This dressing is so delicious on a salad or veggies! In fact, it’s so good that I can eat a big bowl of nothing but lettuce with this dressing and love it! And it’s so easy to make!

Annie’s Tropical Mousse

This light, tropical mousse makes a great side or garnish to a main course, or a wonderful dessert.

The Best Way to Cut Open a Young Coconut

With all of the great nutrition, taste, and versatility packed into one young coconut, they are a bargain at the $2.00 to $3.00 they cost. But opening them is nearly as difficult as opening a more mature coconut, and because they are so wonderful, you will want to do that much more frequently than you probably open mature coconuts. But it doesn’t have to be difficult. Here’s how to open a young coconut.

My Disgustingly Healthful Homemade Bread Machine Bread Mix

Warning: this is not raw food. But it is my disgustingly healthful homemade bread machine bread mix. And if you are going to have bread, it’s a good bread to have.

Garlic Almonds

The raw food garlic almonds smell so good while they are in the dehydrator, and taste great!

Tips for Making Crackers and Flatbreads in the Dehydrator

Nearly all recipes I have seen for raw crackers and flatbreads call for dividing the dough onto two or more Teflex sheets, and spreading the dough out to the edges of the sheet, using either your hands or a spatula of some sort. Now, I have discovered three things which make the process of spreading raw cracker or flatbread dough onto a Teflex sheet a snap.

‘Sauteed’ Mushrooms in the Dehydrator

This is one of our favourite raw food recipes using the dehydrator. These mushrooms are delicious, and truly taste as if they’d been sauteed, only somehow better!

Raw Corn Tortillas

We absolutely love these raw corn tortillas, and they are among the easiest of raw food recipes to make!