Before I get started on this week's blog that is dedicated to revisiting the recipes for my raw bites, I want to let you know that next week will be my last "weekly" blog post. When I started this blog over a year ago, I decided that I needed to blog weekly to get my recipe and follower base up. Well, mission accomplished. With my recent move and our DIY home remodel in full swing, I feel this is the right time to go to a bi-weekly blog post schedule. This will give me more time to create new content and recipes. So there will be a new blog post next week and then a new one two weeks after that—hopefully by then I will have a functioning oven as well!
You may have noticed, I've been on a raw bites kick lately. They are the perfect "healthier option" treat and I'm still amazed at how easy they are to make. So let's do a little reminiscing!
My first blog post on raw bites centered on limiting refined sugar. If you are looking to do a sugar detox, this blog is a great place to start. The recipe was for my lemon pistachio goji berry raw bars and they are bright and refreshing. I make these into thicker bites usually, but I love the flavor and portability of these bars. Click here to read more about this gem of a recipe and to learn more about how and why you should be limiting your refined (processed) sugar intake.
Next were (and still are) my favorites—my thin mint raw bites. It's my way of being able to eat those delicious girl scout cookies without the guilt and without the animal products or the gluten. Pretty much perfection in a bite. Make a double batch, store them in the freezer and enjoy a few each night for weeks. If you are like me then you will understand when I say these are not for sharing—stash them in the far back of your freezer where no one in your family can find them. You can find that blog post and recipe here.
Remember these beauties?! Heart shaped raw mocha bites where cacao and espresso come together in a quick and easy recipe. I bought a silicone heart-shaped pan from the craft store for under $10 and had a nice romantic dessert for Valentine's Day. That blog post also expounded on the differences between natural and processed sugar and included the infographic below which is a quick reference of some of sugar's hidden names. Click here to read the full blog post.
Be a diligent ingredient reader and keep your eye out for any of these words if you are trying to limit the amount of sugar you are consuming!
And then there was my most popular and repinned blog recipe yet—my raw carrot cake bites. Full of healthy ingredients, these carrot cake bites are nutritious, delicious and a show stopper. Find the recipe here and make these for your next gathering!
You seriously can't go wrong with raw brownies. Throw some tart dried cherries in there and you have my raw cherry walnut brownies with ganache topping. These were born from my great love of Kripalu's (a yoga retreat center in Massachusetts) baked vegan and gluten-free cherry chocolate cookies. I can seriously eat an entire bag of them in one sitting. Which is why I created this recipe—to keep myself in check. Trust me on these. Check out the blog and recipe here.
My raw individual mini lemon "cheesecakes" are the last raw recipe we will be revisiting. I've made these a few more times since posting and think I need to buy a mini muffin silicone pan to "set" them in instead of the paper muffin wrappers. The wrappers get damp from defrosting and which makes it hard to peel off. It's also a general waste of paper. Regardless, the flavors are spot on—bright and creamy with the lemon and the coconut milk. These would be so easy to do with berries as well to make your own rendition of my recipe. Click here to get step-by-step instructions on how to make these mini lemon cheesecakes.
Hope you enjoyed revisiting my raw treat recipes from this past year as much as I have. They are all accidentally vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free. I love how easy they all are to make and that they can be conveniently stored in your refrigerator or freezer until you are ready to serve. Creating good food doesn't have to be hard and time consuming. Dust your food processor off and give each of them a try—you will thank me next time you get a craving for something sweet in the middle of the night!
Next week I am revamping my almost raw, no bake peanut butter chocolate bites. These are so addictive and I have tweaked a few things to make them better than ever!
Let's start a conversation! What are some of your other favorite raw bites and bars? Share them in the comment section below.