I’m very excited to be writing about Rawsome Vegan Baking, the recently released cookbook written by Emily, the blogger behind my favorite vegan website This Rawsome Vegan Life. When I emailed Emily asking if I could review her book, I kind of felt like I was reaching out to a celebrity, so when she replied with an enthusiastic ‘yes’, I couldn’t have been happier!
I also couldn’t be happier with Emily’s book – the recipes are truly one of a kind and absolutely delicious! I have made two so far, and unfortunately the book is not with me right now, so I can’t remember their names. Also, both times I made a recipe, they were eaten up before I remembered to take a picture of them. But, I will do my best to describe them!
The first was a cake made entirely of fresh fruit and raw cream. Layers of blueberries, strawberries, mango and kiwi were all held together by a delicious mixture of bananas and coconut. My boyfriend and I made the cake for his sister’s high school graduation, and his family constantly raved about it. It was such a beautiful cake, as once you cut away a piece, a rainbow of colorful fruits were exposed. It was a fast and easy recipe to make, and a lot of fun to. We didn’t have a springform pan, so I precariously stacked the layers with no support. It wasn’t as beautiful as the picture in Emily’s book, but it tasted as amazing as it looked!
I also made a coconut bark, which was so good I made it a second time (also forgetting a picture, oops..). BUT, I can promise you that it was just as quick an easy to make as Emily describes in the book, needing only coconut oil, shredded coconut, and liquid sweetener. My sister really enjoyed it, as did my boyfriend’s mom. It was a nice snack to have when craving something sweet, but also pretty healthy! The second time I made it, the shredded coconut had gotten too warm from being processed for so long, so the coconut oil melted and separated out. I decided to pour it on top of the mix, and when it cooled it created a crunchy top to the rich, chewy bottom. So good!
There are many new desserts you can’t get on her blog, and any number of desserts for a variety of occasions. The book itself is very affordable, especially if you get it on Amazon. Also, the recipes themselves range in the number of ingredients they need, so many, like the coconut bark with only 3 ingredients, can be made quite cheaply. If you have even a mildly stocked vegan pantry, there are a number of recipes you’ll have the ingredients already to make. If you are impressed with Emily’s work on her website, then I know you will love her book! Thank you Emily, and congrats on publishing such a great recipe collection 🙂