I really love Amber Shea Crawley‘s first book Practically Raw, so I was super excited when I heard she was working on a follow up dessert book. Practically Raw Desserts is packed with easy recipes for treats of all kinds (not to mention gorgeous photos of the finished goodies), and it’s destined to become my go-to dessert cookbook.
The title “Practically Raw” is a play on words, as Amber’s recipes are practical because they’re easy to make and don’t require fancy equipment or weird ingredients, and they’re practically raw because directions for using an oven are included where applicable for those who don’t have dehydrators. Most recipes also list ingredient substations, recipe various and chef’s tips. The recipes are easy to follow and don’t require to much time to make, so they’re great for raw food newbies and people who say they’re not good at baking, but they’re interesting and creative enough for kitchen veterans to enjoy.
Amber begins the book with kitchen and raw food tips along with a pantry list, and she then explains how to make your own nut butters, flours and “milks”. Recipes range from cookies, bars and cakes to pies, puddings and candies. All of these treats are raw treats are totally free of dairy, eggs, gluten, wheat, soy, corn, refined grains, refined sugars, yeast, starch, and many of the recipes are also free of oils, nuts, and added sugars.
So far I’ve made Cocoa Crunch Clusters using dates subbed for raisins and Goji Berry Granola Bars with dried cherries instead of gojis. Both recipes took just a few minutes to make and both were incredibly delicious. (Why have I been buying granola bars all of these years when I could have been making my own?) I have a lot more recipes bookmarked, and I know I’ll be uncooking my way through Practically Raw Desserts all summer!
Be sure to check out my interview with Amber on Chic Vegan: http://chicvegan.com/interview-series-amber-shea-crawley/