I purchased Ani Phyo’s new book, Ani’s Raw Food Desserts: 85 Easy, Delectable Sweets and Treats. This is a wonderful “cook” book. The recipes are simple with a few ingredients. The book is full of wonderful pictures, information on skincare and beauty, green tips and more.
The first thing I tried from this book was the Strawberry Kream Cheezecake. I had some strawberries I needed to use up and the only thing that I needed to purchase was lecithin powder. But, Ani gives you the option of increasing the coconut oil and decreasing the amount of water to achieve the same results. The only problem I had was waiting long enough to let the filling firm up! As you can see from the picture, we couldn’t wait to try the cheezecake and so the filling was not as set as it could have been. The next day the filling was set and looked fabulous. We unfortunately ate it up before I could get another picture.
The cookies I made were very easy to make and fun to make! The fun part of raw preparation is that you don’t have too worry or stress about burning or over cooking. And these cookies can be stored in the fridge or freezer, so you can take one out and eat it as a nice cold treat on those days you could “fry an egg” on the pavement, not that you would want to.
The Halva Chai Thumbprint cookies are one of my favorites. They are comfort food for me in that they remind me of special times with my Grandma – baking cookies and then sitting at the table having tea, talking with friends and nibbling on cookies.
These cookies are very tasty and filling! The jam filling is raw too. Very easy to make berries, dates and agave.
Next, I made Almond-Goji Cacao Chip cookies. These cookies were again very easy to make and the TG’s loved them! They really like the goji berries and the cacao chips which added a nice crunch to the cookie.
Lastly, I made the Oatmeal Raisin cookies. I am an oatmeal person, love whole grains, so these cookies are also one of my faves. I would like to point out that these cookies can be shaped into fancy cookies using cookie cutters. I need to purchase some more cute cookie cutters so I can make shapes other than a circle and a heart. Another fun fact when making these cookies is that if you mess up the shaping you can start over and the cookie is still great! So making these cookies are great to make with your children.