It’s raw review + recipe time, and be sure to enter the giveaway below!
My friend Tiasha, of the very fruit-filled blog ShineWithNature.com, has just released an ebook: Simple & Light Desserts: 40+ Low Fat Raw Vegan Recipes. And I am very, VERY excited to chat about it with you!
Every time Tiasha posts a new recipe on her blog, I can’t wait to check it out! And now I’m (virtually) holding 40 of her recipes in my hands and a bite of sweet blueberry slice in my mouth.
This book is a fruity beauty! There are sippable smoothies, spoonable puddings, poppable truffles, and shareable slices! No oil, no baking, and minimal fat. Lots of fruit, quite a few veggies, and tons of tempting treats.
She put fruit to work in ways I never would’ve dreamed of! Most of the recipes have 3 or 4 different types of fruit all working in different ways–as fillings, as crusts, as creams, as toppings. Many of the recipes are healthier spins on classic treats, which I love. I’m all about desserts that are secretly healthy, and I am completely amazed by all the beautiful treats in this book!
So many of the recipes are on my to-make list, but a few really caught my attention. Like Cream Filled Dates, because you guys know I love dates. And the Fig Newtons, my favorite cookie of all time. And the Strawberry Roulade, I don’t really even really know what roulade is, but I know I want it. And that chocolate cake…can we just take a moment and admire that beautiful slice of heaven!
But possibly my favorite part of the entire book is the simplicity woven into every single recipe. Very few of the recipes have more than 10 ingredients, and nearly all the ingredients come from the produce section. She also has a very informative introduction that talks about the ingredients and equipment and substitutions.
Now to the berry slice-making…
I was processing the dates for the base, in normal raw dessert-making fashion, and then I read the next step: “Gradually start adding the blueberries…” Gradually start adding the blueberries!?! Tiasha what are you thinking? Adding more moisture to a date crust when most recipes add dry things like nuts? But I trusted her, and I was rewarded with the most amazing sticky sweet crust concoction I’ve ever tasted!
For the filling, I didn’t have enough blueberries, so I threw in some cherries too like she says you can in the recipe. The taste was great, and the texture had a lightness like no raw dessert I’ve ever tasted before! I did have a little trouble getting it going in the food processor, so I had to add a little bit of water.
All together they were awesome! Even my non-vegan dad went back for seconds.
Blueberry Slice from Simple & Light Desserts
- 1 cup pitted medjool dates
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 2 1/2 cups dried apples
- 1 1/2 cups blueberries
- 1/2 tsp lemon zest
FOR THE BASE: Mix the dates in the food processor until well mixed and start to stick together. Gradually start adding the blueberries, while mixing continuously. Place in a cake model, 5’’ x 7’’ or 13 x 18 cm big.
FOR THE FILLING: First mix the dried apples in the food processor, then gradually start adding the blueberries, while mixing continuously. Mix until a thick cream forms. At the end add lemon zest and mix again. Spread it onto the base and decorate.
Put it in the refrigerator for an hour or two, so it firms up a little bit more.
Recipe NotesFor the filling, I used 1 cup blueberries and 1/2 cup sweet cherries instead of all blueberries and it was delicious!
So much delicious creativity went into this book, I really think you will love it whether you eat a raw food diet or not.
And now I get to give a copy to one of you! Enter below for a chance to win…