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Have Your Cake & Eat It: 15 Raw Vegan Dessert Recipes

By Lora O’Brien

Hands up if you love cake! Now I bet most  of those hands would stay up if I also asked who feels at least a bit guilty when eating it. Well ladies, the time has come to have our cake and eat it, quite literally. Yep, that’s right-these are dessert  recipes that are actually good for us, packed full of ingredients that are healthy, whilst  remaining deliciously full of flavour. And the best part is that there’s absolutely no baking involved, which means  no  more  standing in front of the oven praying the cupcakes will rise, and  that’s because every single one of these recipes is  raw–and vegan, to boot.

We used to think that raw foods meant eating boring salads, and bowls  of carrot batons. But mainly  thanks to a bunch of highly creative bloggers, we learned  that raw foods do not have to compromise on flavour and texture, and they’re certainly better for us. The majority of time when heat of a certain temperature is applied to  foods, vital and beneficial  nutrients that we need to consume a healthy lifestyle are lost. But by eating foods in their raw, untouched form, all of that goodness is going straight into our bodies. No wonder people have claimed that upon following a raw diet they have  increased energy levels, and the ability to focus more.

We’ve been on a mission to bring to you a range of the most delicious looking raw treats. Whether you’re craving something sweet, on a health kick, or you’re looking to make someone a special treat, go raw! All  you’ll have to do is click on the links to get your raw vegan dessert recipes, blend the ingredients, pop it all in the freezer to set, sit back and make yourself a cup of tea, and feel absolutely no guilt at all when tucking into a lovely slice of cake.

1.  Tangy Lime Tart

We’re Loving Hippie Lane and its easy to use App. But no fear, if you haven’t yet downloaded their App (which features an array of raw, delicious treats), we’ve found our favourite recipe on their website. And this tangy lime tart is  zingy and refreshing, and the perfect after dinner treat!

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2.  Gooey Caramel Bars

Just looking at these bars make us drool with envy at mega-blogger Emily’s ability to create such delicious looking raw treats. The gooey caramel and decadent chocolatey topping is just divine.

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 3.  Mini Carrot Cake Bites with Coconut Cream Icing

Wow, Karly has done it again, and managed to somehow create food porn with these beautiful, delicious pieces of heaven. And if when adapting to either a vegan, or just a healthier lifestyle, you still feel like you’re missing out on old treats such as carrot cake, this is the recipe for you. It’s healthy, requires absolutely no baking, and you won’t remember tasting a carrot cake better than this one before.

Get the recipe here.

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4.  Raw Chocolate Tart

With its natural sweet flavours, this recipe from Raine of twokitchensonelifestyle.com won’t make you think of those artificial chocolate cakes you can buy in shops. Oh no. Perfection has been created here, and this raw tart is packed full of chocolatey goodness, is easy to make, and the perfect treat for you to enjoy.

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5.  Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Truffles

Empty your cupboards of all those nasty artificially made boxes of chocolates, and try this recipe. Being able to make your own chocolate and candy has never before been so easy to make, and recipes so readily available. And this one from married couple John and Dana is one of our absolute faves!

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6.  Raw Cashew Dreamcake

Cheesecake certainly wasn’t something we ever wanted to give up, and now we don’t have to. Cheesecake is usually a firm favourite when it comes to desserts, and this raw version by Sarah  is packed full of flavour. With the tartness of the raspberries and the sweetness of the coconut combining to create perfection, it’ll be hard to not sit  and eat the whole thing. And if we did, we can’t day we’d feel too guilty . . .

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7.  Raw Orange Chocolate

We don’t know why, but the combination of chocolate and orange is just heavenly. And we can only get down on our knees and worship Madeleine for creating this raw orange chocolate recipe for us  all to enjoy. It’s the perfect afternoon pick me up with a mug of our favourite tea.

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8.  Raw Thin Peppermint Patties

Mint chocolate is such a fresh tasting treat after any meal, but not everyone likes it the same way. All hail Susan who has created a way to use these mint peppermints into four  separate recipes. Whether you fancy chocolate mint wafers, mint thins, peppermint patties, or a healthy take on a minted oreo, this raw recipe is as diverse as it is tasty.

Get the recipe here.

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9.  Raw Banoffee Pie

Who doesn’t love their banoffee pie  dripping in sweet, runny caramel sauce? Deliciously Ella has concocted the perfect deconstructed banoffee pie deserts here. Whether you’re making them for an after dinner desert for yourself, your family, or or a dinner party, you’ll have a hard time convincing everyone just how healthy these babies are when they’re packed full of banana and caramel sweetness.

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10. Raw Twix Bars

Who doesn’t love the combination of a crunchy biscuit base, mingled with delicious chocolate and a caramel filling?  Think of this as a healthified, tastier version of the famous Twix bar, just one that’s not laden with artificial sugar. This bar you can  enjoy, without feeling the desire to jump straight on the treadmill afterwards.

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11.  Strawberry Cheesecake

How could we leave off a raw recipe for strawberry cheesecake? It’s usually a  firm favourite in many households,  except this cheesecake is at all like  those frozen desserts you find in the frozen aisles of supermarkets. Bin the preservatives, roll your sleeves up and use Katie’s  recipe to make a cheesecake you’ll have trouble in making as it has just six ingredients! It packs a serious explosion of flavour, and tastes so fresh and light.

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12.  Pumpkin Pie

This is one  very American recipe that’s causing a  worldwide craving. It has a distinctive, spicy flavour that’s pretty addictive. With the exception of the pumpkin puree, Gena’s recipe is all raw and is so incredibly easy to put together.

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13.  Chocolate Torte

I don’t know about you, but we’re partial to a slice or three of anything dripping in chocolate. And this torte has already got our mouths watering. Just look at how moist and gooey this is! Hard to believe it’s not laden with cream and butter, but voila! This is a vegan treat to die for.

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14.  Blueberry Cheesecake

A slight twist on the usual round cheesecake, these blueberry cheesecake slices are easy to make and will be a real hit during the summer when the berries are in season. With their fruity topping, this can even be classified as healthy. Yes, really!

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15.  Chocolate Cupcakes with Buttercream Frosting

These quirky chocolate cupcakes are the perfect accompaniment to take along to any party or event. Full of flavour, and still raw and 100% healthy, these little guys will have everybody impressed, especially when topped off with a pretty rose petal – we can almost guarantee it!

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Main image sourced from: mynewroots.org.

Lora O'Brien

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