Rawsome Vegan Baking Blog Tour! Review, Recipe & Giveaway

It almost wouldn’t matter if the recipes in Rawsome Vegan Baking by Emily Von Euw weren’t delicious.  That’s because the photography and the book itself are stunning – from the heft and size of it, to the thick paper used, to the deep, rich colors in the photographs.  It just looks and feels like a quality product.  I almost didn’t want to crack the spine on my copy.  Almost.  Happily, (and not surprisingly to fans of Emily’s blog This Rawsome Vegan Life), the sweets in this book are stellar.  Beautiful to look at, simple to prepare and all made with natural, whole food ingredients.

What is in raw desserts?  Nuts, seeds, fruit, coconut, cacao, and other super foods.  What’s not in them? Dairy, refined sugar, processed flour, eggs, gluten and other junk your body doesn’t need.
– Emily

Emily is one of the most creative raw cooks that I know.  Witness this: Rainbow Cake with Banana Cream & Fruit Layers, Pina Colada Bites with Pineapple, Coconut, & Pine Nuts, Tahini Cups with Coffee Cream Filling, Rhubarb Almond Crumble with Maple Oregano Glaze, Cacao Carob Vanilla Towers with Macadamia & Chocolate Walnut Garnish.  Is your sweet tooth raging yet?  And that represents barely a dent in the offerings.  Cakes, Bars, Cookies, Pies, Ice Cream…it’s all in there, plus some super-simple basic recipes to inspire your own rawsome creations. I know that when I first contemplated creating raw foods (and desserts in particular), I felt intimidated.  It seemed so complicated!  What I came to realize is that making raw desserts is fantastically simple.  Impressive without being fussy; completely decadent without the attendant refined ingredient-guilt.  Rawsome Vegan Baking exemplifies all of the best in raw sweets.

To prove to yourself how easy raw desserts can be – be sure to try Emily’s healthy take on Oreos.  Recipe below.

Thank you, Page Street Publishing, Kathy Hester, and Emily for including me in the blog tour.  For all of you hoping to win a copy of Rawsome Vegan Baking, you’ve got LOTS of opportunities to win yourself one.  Here are the blog tour dates/participants for March (and there are dates in April, too!):

March 12 Vegan Yack Attack
March 14 The Vegan Cookie Fairy (guest post)
March 16 Eat Good 4 Life 
March 17 Top with Cinnamon
March 19  The Blonde Vegan
March 20 Spa Bettie
March 23 Fettle Vegan

March 24 Woman in Real Life
March 25 RawGuru
March 26 Canned Time
March 27 Veggie Nook
March 28
Veggie Girl

If you just cannot wait to get your hands on a copy (and who could blame you?), you can purchase Rawsome Vegan Baking right here.

Rawsome Vegan Baking Cover

RAW CHOCOLATE COOKIES SANDWICHING VANILLA CASHEW CREAM

These are splendid.  I love re-creating popular sweets because many people can identify with them and get excited about a healthy version of their favorite treats.  I mean, really – who doesn’t love Oreos?  I just don’t love their long list of processed ingredients.  So, here’s a simplified Oreo recipe, full of good-for-you stuff, such as oats, cashews, dates, and cacao.  Relive childhood fun and dip a couple in a glass of vegan milk. – Emily

INGREDIENTS

Cookies

  • 3/4 cup oats
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 2 tbsp. cacao powder

Cream

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 2 1/2 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp. melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS

  1. TO MAKE THE COOKIES: Pulse the oats in your food processor until they become a coarse flour.  Add the dates and cacao and process until it forms a semi-sticky dough.  If it’s too dry, add more dates.
  2. Roll the dough as thinly as possible onto parchment paper, then cut cookie shapes with a cookie cutter until you use up all the dough.  Optional: Dehydrate for a few hours, or until they harden – this will make them crunch like the original.
  3. TO MAKE THE FILLING: Blend all of the ingredients until smooth; you may have to add some water to make it creamy.  Put the filling in the fridge for 3 to 4 hours, until thickened.
  4. ASSEMBLY: Spread the vanilla filling evenly onto half of your cookies, then press the remaining cookies on top of the frosted ones.

Raw Chocolate Cream Cookies An Unrefined Vegan

Raw Chocolate Cream Cookies An Unrefined Vegan

More eye candy from Rawsome Vegan Baking:

Rawsome Vegan Baking Collage

Rawsome Vegan Baking Collage

 This giveaway ends at midnight March 20 U.S. Central Time and is open to those in the United States and Canada only.

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62 thoughts on “Rawsome Vegan Baking Blog Tour! Review, Recipe & Giveaway

    1. An Unrefined Vegan Post author

      What’s great about raw cheesecakes is the endless flavors/varieties one can make. So many cakes, so little time ;-)!

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  1. Ashley

    Raw cheesecake tastes way better than the real thing, and you can get a good dose of zucchini w/your dessert!

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  2. tearoomdelights

    I don’t know much about raw food but I know a good looking dessert when I see one and my mouth is fairly watering now! Those photos are glorious and I’m really surprised by the simplicity of that cookie recipe. If only I had a dehydrator…

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    1. An Unrefined Vegan Post author

      No need for a dehydrator for these cookies – so that’s cool! And I think you’d love the vanilla cream. I had a bit left over that I plopped into my morning oatmeal…mmm, mmm.

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  3. biggsis

    These are gorgeous – and I’m impressed with the simplicity of the recipe you share. I’d love to see and taste more!

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    1. An Unrefined Vegan Post author

      I know it! I put these cookies together in way less time than it takes to make baked ones.

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  4. VeggieLoops

    Been looking forward to this post since you tantalized us last week on Facebook–can’t wait to make them!

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    1. An Unrefined Vegan Post author

      🙂 – I was very excited to be a part of the tour. So happy to be able to share a really easy, yummy recipe!

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    1. An Unrefined Vegan Post author

      I’m the last vegan on earth who hasn’t made chocolate avocado pudding! What is wrong with me?!

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  5. Cathy

    Rhubarb almond crumble with maple oregano glaze…that flavor combination has me intrigued. I can’t wait to make the recipe posted.

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    1. An Unrefined Vegan Post author

      Doesn’t it sound incredible? I guess I need to grow some rhubarb cuz I’ve never seen it in my grocery, dang it!

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  6. elaine

    Awesome cookbook, and getting so much more insight by reading your reviews. Tried the protein energy pudding yesterday – just what I needed. Doubt that is my favorite as there are so many other recipes to try!

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  7. jai

    I think I love anything that Emily makes! Her pictures and posts could almost make me want to eat rubber! The raw almond butter cups and snickers were amazing!!

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    1. An Unrefined Vegan Post author

      Maybe you should start over again – – and just focus on raw desserts first ;-)! This book will get you there for sure!

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  8. Gabby @ the veggie nook

    I am adoring my copy and can’t wait to share the recipe I was assigned for the blog tour 🙂 I was like you- almost didn’t want to break the spine but I did and oh how well loved the book already looks!

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    1. An Unrefined Vegan Post author

      Another “problem” I have is deciding which treat to make next!! Good problem…

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  9. Ali L

    Her cakes on the website are amazing. Cannot wait to make raw carrot cake with cashew cream cheese frosting, or something new from the cookbook.

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  10. An Unrefined Vegan Post author

    Seems as if there is a trend towards eliminating grains in general – I’m definitely not in that camp. Oats work beautifully in raw desserts so I guess as long as you like them and your body tolerates them, enjoy!

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  11. Sophie33

    I love Emily’s blog a lot too & her cookbook looks amazing!These lovely cookies you made are easy to prepare & look amazing. I will make them today, for,sure! Yummmmmm.

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    1. An Unrefined Vegan Post author

      These come together so quickly! And you’re going to love that vanilla cashew cream!

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