Oh yippeee! Just as I finally decide to try a gluten, soy and dairy free (reasons I’ll explain in another post I’m sure) I get to review Laura Marquis’ first published work “Sweets in the Raw: Naturally Healthy Desserts.”
She’s packed together 40 “clean” desserts. They range from cookies, bars and bites to cakes and tarts, and from fudge, candies and truffles to frozen treats like ice cream and sorbet. The kicker…every-single-recipe includes zero refined sugar and are also gluten and diary free. Now, this is not to be mistaken for “calorie free” so if you’re watching your weight — you’ve still got to mind that they are in fact, desserts. But they are clean and delicious! And most certainly in line with the first of my 4 Universal Diet Truths “Eat More Whole Food.”
I had to dig in and make a recipe for this post and I was so stoked to see how many I could make with just my pantry items. There were a few special ingredients I would need like Yacon Syrup and nut milk bags (which I really should have). I added them to my new Clean & Colorful Store for easy order access for the next time I feel like whipping up one of these clean beauties.
- 1 1/2 cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
- 2 tsp Cacao Powder
- 1 T Coconut Oil, warmed
- 1 T Date Paste*
- 1 tsp Vanilla Extract
*Date Paste: take 2 cups of dates and put in the blender with 1/2 cup water and 1/2 tsp vanilla and blend until smooth. Store in a mason jar in the fridge for 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to a month.
Directions: Add all ingredients to a food processor (I used my Blendtec) and blend until combined, but still chunky. Then use a mini ice cream scooper to scoop onto parchment paper and refrigerate for 10 minutes. Mine made about 11 macaroons.
Note: because this book puts an emphasis on whole, clean and naturally sweetened desserts, it does not have a focus on calories. I however, do. So I did a little math and I don’t think I’d call these “guilt-free” but I can tell you they are DELICIOUS! But you gotta watch out and hold yourself to just a few because they have over 80 calories each and if you ate the whole batch, you’d have an extra 1000 calories to burn.
How I met Laura Marquis
I first met Laura over the Summer at the IDEA Fitness Convention I went to up in LA. She was handing out advanced copies of her book. Since I have the idea in the back of my head to turn the new Clean & Colorful Cooking guide into a real, printed book, I was like a boomerang to her table to figure out how she created such a beautiful work of art.
In short, 2 years of hard work, but lot’s to be learned from her as this is truly a gorgeous piece and something she should (and is!) gleaming with pride over. Then she had a book signing her in San Diego so I marched on over to show my support. And let’s be honest, chow down some naturally healthy desserts! Everything is to die for, the lemon and peanut butter cookies won my heart that night. I can’t wait to grab coffee with her when she’s back from her book tour to hear about all her success!
Get your copy of Sweets in the Raw!
I got one advanced copy and then bought one at her book signing for $30. Still a good price for such a beautiful book with so many thoughtful recipes and inspiring photos. But just as I loaded the book into my Clean & Colorful Store and snagged this link for you here I noticed it’s less than $20 on Amazon. Now that’s a GREAT price!
What’s your favorite dessert? Let’s see if there is a cleaner, healthier replacement in Sweets in the Raw!
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