If you think raw food has to be austere, Amber Shea Crawley's Practically Raw Desserts will surely change your mind. From cookies to cakes, brownies, pies, puddings, candies, and other sweet treats, the recipes in this cookbook are full of flavor and also flexible so you can adapt them to your tastes, dietary needs, and ingredients on hand. Even if raw (or paleo or vegan or gluten-free) isn't your "thing," this book is a fun introduction to new cooking techniques and no-bake dessert options.
• Who wrote it: Amber Shea Crawley
• Who published it: Vegan Heritage Press
• Number of recipes: 100
• Recipes for right now: Nutty Buddy Sandwiches, Baklava Blondies, Confetti Birthday Cake, Key Lime Pie, Dark Chocolate Truffle Tart with Macaroon Crust, Gelato di Avocado, Salted Tahini Caramels
• Other highlights: All of the recipes in Practically Raw Desserts are free of dairy, eggs, gluten, wheat, soy, corn, refined grains, refined sugars, yeast, and starch. Many of the recipes are also free of oils, nuts, and added sugars. In addition to the specific dessert recipes, the book includes basic techniques for making non-dairy milks, flours, butters, and sweeteners like date syrup and instant applesauce. If you have food allergies or intolerances, or simply don't possess all of the ingredients in your pantry, Chef Crawley generously shares tons of substitutions and variations for each recipe. She also makes a point of not requiring special equipment or ultra-obscure ingredients.
• Who would enjoy this book? raw foodists, vegans, people with food allergies and intolerances, low-glycemic dieters, paleo folks, anyone who wants to try something new
Find the book at your local library, independent bookstore, or Amazon: Practically Raw Desserts by Amber Shea Crawley
• Visit the author's website: Chef Amber Shea
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