If I had a dollar for every time someone said, “so what do you eat? Carrots and celery?” I would be a wealthy woman! For the record, I don’t eat a 100% raw food diet, at least not as a general rule. I do and have eaten 100% raw for a period time for various reasons, and I love the way I feel when I do. But for me, eating anywhere from 80 to 90 percent raw keeps my body and my cells happy.
When I first began my raw food journey, I had a hard time with the transition because I didn’t have enough variety in my diet to make life interesting, and I didn’t have the know-how for creating delicious raw food recipes that I loved.
Now that I’ve been studying the raw food lifestyle for going on 15 years, and I’ve spent time with some of the top raw food chefs and teachers, I have a plethora of incredible recipes, tips, and resources for myself and for my clients who want to eat a large percentage of their diet, “in the raw”. And I’ve learned how to create recipes that not only make my taste buds squeal with delight, but these recipes make my cells squeal with delight too. Raw food is anything but boring! And here are a couple of my favorite raw sweets to prove it!
Butter Pecan Ice Cream
- 2 frozen bananas
- Enough water to blend (you can also use almond milk)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla flavoring (Frontier is a good brand to use)
- 1/4 to 1/2 cup raw pecan halves or pieces
Blend all in a high-powered blender such as a Vitamix.
That’s it! The key to this ice cream is not to add too much water. You’ll be amazed at how delicious this is. Raw, vegan, and so very good for you. And you can also make strawberry, blueberry, kiwi. Just add the frozen fruit to your frozen banana.
- 1 ripe avocado, pitted and peeled
- 2 Tablespoons raw cacao powder or raw carob (use carob if you don’t want to eat the raw chocolate)
- Raw honey or maple syrup to taste (if you want to lose weight, use stevia as your sweetener. Vanilla –flavored stevia is great in this pudding)
Mix together in a bowl and enjoy. This is another raw recipe where you won’t believe how much like pudding it tastes. I know avocado sounds weird to anyone who isn’t familiar with raw food, but trust me…it works! Healthy fat, sweet tooth satisfied. Another variation of this to support weight loss is using a plant-based protein powder such as Sun Warrior to flavor your pudding. Sun Warrior has a chocolate powder that works great for this dessert. Sometimes I’ll add their vanilla flavored powder just because I seem to want vanilla in everything!
I hope you enjoy these quick and simple raw food recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth. Living a radiantly healthy life has never been easier or more fun.