Cashew Butter, Maple & Lemon Glazed Raw ‘Donuts’

While not actually made with traditional ‘dough’, these whole food, plant-based ‘donuts’ are a delicious AND nutritious treat! Using nuts and dates as a base, one can create many different raw sweets – of all shapes and flavors. As a lover of lemon, I was inspired to make a lemon-infused dessert, that would bring brightness and tang to the almonds and dried fruit. Including fresh ginger, cinnamon, and cocoa, also makes these ‘donuts’ more flavorful. With no refined sugars or oils, you can feel good about enjoying this no-bake healthy dessert!

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Pear & Pistachio Pie. Plant-Based Dessert.

This is a nutritious and delicious raw, plant-based dessert made from only whole foods, with no added sugars or fats. Incorporating the additional flavours of cinnamon, camomile tea and ginger, help boost the taste and health benefits of this dessert. Rather than using added sugars or fats in desserts, utilize spices, herbs and teas!

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Carrot Nut Oat Bars & Orange Maple Silken Tofu Frosting.

This ‘carrot cake bar’ is a healthy plant-based dessert! Made from nutritious whole ingredients, the carrots, oats, almonds, walnuts and tofu all provide complex carbohydrates, good monounsaturated and essential omega fats, plenty of protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The carrots are inherently sweet, so make a great base for any sweet preparation. The nutmeg, cinnamon and orange zest add flavour and enhance the natural sweet taste of these other ingredients. The oats and nuts act as the ‘flour’, holding the carrots together to form a cake. Raisins provide natural sweetness, texture, and are a visual reminder of the carrot cake you may have grown up eating. The natural smooth consistency of the silken tofu provides a perfect base for the ‘cream cheese’ frosting, minus the saturated fat and cholesterol! This recipe uses minimal added sweetener in the form of maple syrup, the most an unprocessed/natural and local sweetener available, making these bars an appropriate dessert for diabetics. I made both a raw and cooked version of these bars as seen above, and personally preferred the baked ones. I would recommend serving the baked bars to kids or those who are not accustomed to fully raw desserts – as a transitional dish!

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Prana Bio. Made in Montreal.

PRANA is a Montreal-based food company that produces 100% organic, vegan, gluten-free snacks made with high-quality nuts, seeds, and dried fruit. The company was started in 2005 by Quebec-native and principal-owner Marie-Josée Richer, an inspiring entrepreneur, foodie, and now mother of two. Marie-Josee and her business / life partner Alon Farber have created a uniquely sustainable and ethical business model, sourcing only certified organic products and maintaining direct relationships with their international suppliers. Even their local organic maple syrup is harvested using tree diversification and enforcing tapping guidelines, thus protecting the tree’s and preserving the ecosystem.

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