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The long Cleveland winter is officially over! It’s almost May, so I think it’s safe to assume it won’t snow again. It’s almost 70 degrees and the sun is shining. My windows are wide open as I type this and as warm wind blows through my living room. I’m grateful and happy that Spring is here.
I’m also grateful that my family and I were invited over to a friend’s house for brunch yesterday. When I asked what I could bring, the host requested a dessert. “Perfect,” I thought, “perfect for a girl without a kitchen! I can bring a raw vegan dessert.”
Are you familiar with the craze that is raw vegan desserts? I was first exposed to the concept when I met Toby, a woman who was eating exclusively raw. She served me a raw vegan key lime pie and it was extraordinary, along with everything else she made. I toyed with the idea of going raw for a few weeks, mostly because of the lure of eating a lot of very sweet, very rich desserts. You see, one of the promises of “going raw” is that dessert is practically a daily indulgence.
“Enjoy live-food desserts without guilt or worry! By eating live-food desserts in this section, you might actually lose weight!”
That was a quote from raw food guru and multi cookbook author Ani Phyo. But I won’t hold it against her. I have to take responsibility for being an idiot. In the time that I spent being “raw” I think I gained ten pounds. “Lose weight” my a$$!
My recommendation? When you do decide to indulge in a dessert, go raw. No question. Raw desserts are basically composed of three things: fruit, nuts and dates. So at least you are getting some vitamins and minerals with your sugar. But don’t be fooled, these treats should be the exception, not the rule, of a healthy diet.
So when it came time to have some fun making a dessert, I went right to Ani. I’ve got a copy of one of her cookbooks, Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen. In it she raves about her Fresh Mango Cobbler. And I have to agree, it ranks up there with the best desserts ever. It could go head to head in a competition with Jane Esselstyn’s Incredible Unnamed Dessert (which was actually inspired by a Chef A.j. recipe called “Chocolate Fundue”). During the pre-brunch taste test, everyone in my family loved it.