Raw Strawberry Cheesecake from Ani Phyo

Raw Strawberry Cheesecake from Ani Phyo

I had no idea what to expect when I made this Raw Strawberry Cheesecake adapted from Ani Phyo's recipe book Ani's Raw Food Desserts on page 57 “Strawberry Kream Cheezecake”.  What a simple and beautiful dessert to make that you and any of your guests will just love.  My guests couldn't believe that it was completely raw and that there was no cream cheese in this raw dessert. (more…)

Raw Chocolate Macaroons Recipe from Raw Food Real World

Raw Chocolate Macaroons Recipe from Raw Food Real World

Raw Chocolate Macaroons

Raw Chocolate Macaroons

Are you a chocolate lover?

Whether you are a chocolate lover or not – be prepared to be blown away by the chocolate, coconut sweetness from these bite sized raw chocolate macaroons.

The recipe is so simple for such an amazing flavor that comes from these little macaroons.

Matthew Kenney and Sarma Melngailis co-created the uncookbook, Raw Food Real World, with beautifully, inspiring food that is completely raw and full of so much flavor.  If you are one of those that are still skeptical about whether raw food can actually taste good, well, you'll be rethinking this statement after this recipe!

Several reasons I really enjoyed this raw dessert is because it's so simple to make, there's only 6 ingredients, and the taste is just so powerful.  It's one of those raw desserts where you can feel happy that you're eating a dessert that can still be good for you (in moderation of course).

So let's get started!

Raw Food Real World

Raw Food Real World

Raw Chocolate Macaroons Recipe

  • 3 cups dried, unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1.5 cups cocoa powder or 1 cup raw cacoa chocolate
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup coconut butter (also known as coconut oil)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Combine all ingredients into one mixing bowl and stir until thoroughly combined.

The recipe shows the macaroons to be scooped with a small ice cream scooper making them a little thick.  I scooped them with a tablespoon and made them flatter (to dehydrate faster) and not as wide.  My macaroons ended up being about 1.5 times the size of a quarter only because I really just wanted bite sized macaroons.  However, you can make these any size you want, but just remember, the thicker you make them, the longer you'll have to dehydrate.

When you determine your size, place the raw macaroons dough onto dehydrator screens and then dehydrate at 115 degrees for 12-24 hours, or until crisp on the outside and chewy on the inside.

Melting Coconut Butter/Oil

Melting Coconut Butter/Oil

Organic Unsweetened Coconut

Organic Unsweetened Coconut

Mixing Raw Chocolate Macaroons

Mixing Raw Chocolate Macaroons

Raw Chocolate Macaroons

Raw Chocolate Macaroons

I will tell you that there is only one downside to this recipe – you may not have any macaroons left for the next day when you dehydrate.  The sweet smell permeates the room and little hands – including yours – will not be able to resist sneaking one out before fully dehydrated.

The recipe also states that if you'd rather have a raw blonde macaroon, than substitute the chocolate powder for equal amounts of fine almond flour.

Enjoy and tell me what you thought of your new recipe below!

Raw Cacao Superfood Coconut Balls

Raw Cacao Superfood Coconut Balls

I reviewed all kinds of raw dessert recipes this week and combined a few to make Raw Cacao Superfood Coconut Balls. The recipe contains all raw, organic foods that will totally cure your chocolate craving. The best revelation is knowing that this amazing raw food dessert is packed full of superfoods that are amazing for your body and you can indulge without guilt. (more…)