5 amazingly healthy and delicious raw snacks

raw food snacks
Want to serve your guests a tasty and healthy snack? Raw food is a great way to do so.

What is raw food?

Raw food is food that has not been heated above 48 degrees centigrade (117 degrees Fahrenheit). This usually means uncooked foods, or more specifically, foods in their natural state – nothing more, nothing less.

Ferrero Rocher truffles

A classic made healthy.

Ingredients

  • 150 grams or 1/2 cup roasted hazelnuts
  • 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • chopped hazelnuts (to garnish)

Instructions

  1. Add the hazelnuts into a food processor (keep aside 18 hazelnuts for the center) and blend until chopped into fine pieces.
  2. Add cacao, vanilla powder and salt and blend again.
  3. Add maple syrup and blend until the ingredients start to stick together, this can take a minute depending on the power of your food processor.
  4. Roll into small bite-sized balls, insert at the center one hazelnut, and roll over chopped hazelnuts to cover the balls.
  5. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes to harden.

Raw Snickers

Healthy raw vegan snickers bars to satisfy candy cravings!

Ingredients

Base

  • 1 1/2 cups cashews
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 8 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 3 tbsp brown rice syrup

Peanut butter caramel

  • 8 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp almond milk
  • 1 tbsp brown rice syrup

Assembly

  • 1/4 cup peanuts
  • 1/2 of a bar of raw chocolate

Instructions

Base

  1. In a food processor, process cashews into small pieces.
  2. Add in coconut, dates, and brown rice syrup and process until a sticky dough forms.
  3. Press into a loaf pan lined with parchment paper and put in the freezer.

Peanut butter caramel

  1. Process all ingredients, adding almond milk a little bit at a time until a smooth caramel forms.
  2. Spread caramel over the base.

Assembly

  1. Scatter peanuts on top of the caramel and press down lightly.
  2. Melt your chocolate in the microwave, stirring every 15 seconds until completely melted.
  3. Drizzle chocolate over the top of the bars.
  4. Place back in the freezer until hardened.
  5. Remove from the freezer, cut into bars, and eat some healthy candy!

Healthy salted caramel bites

Sweet and salty - the perfect match.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh medjool dates or dried dates
  • 1 cup cashews see notes for substitutions
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • A pinch of sea salt

Instructions

  1. Process all of your ingredients in a food processor until combined, adding a splash of water if needed to bring the mix together.
  2. Roll into balls and place onto a clean plate or baking tray/container.
  3. Enjoy at room temperature, chill in the fridge or freeze for a quick snack whenever you need them.
  4. The bites will keep in the fridge for up to a month or keep for months in the freezer. When freezing, simply take the bites you want to eat out of the freezer and leave for 5-10 minutes to warm slightly before eating

Raspberry chocolate brownies

Chocolate and raspberries is a match made in heaven.

Ingredients

Brownies

  • 2/3 cup almonds
  • 2/3 cup pitted, packed dates - chopped
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla bean powder
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon melted cacao paste

Raspberry cream

  • 1 cup raspberries
  • 1/3 cup cashews
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flakes
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons melted coconut oil

Chocolate drizzle

  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon raw cashew or almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil

Garnish

  • 1 tablespoon goji berries
  • Fresh or frozen raspberries

Instructions

Brownies

  1. Grind the almonds down to flour in a food processor.
  2. Add the dates, cacao powder, and vanilla. Process until the dates are completely broken down.
  3. Add the melted cacao paste and process to incorporate.
  4. Press the dough into a plastic wrap lined small bread pan (about 3 inches by 4-5 inches).

Raspberry cream

  1. Blend all but the coconut oil in a high speed blender until smooth.
  2. Add the oil and blend to incorporate.
  3. Pour the cream over the brownies and spread evenly.
  4. Chill in the freezer for 6-8 hours and then transfer to the fridge for at least 6 hours.

Chocolate drizzle

 
  1. Sift the cacao powder into a bowl.
  2. Add all the remaining ingredients and whisk to combine. The mixture should be fluid and smooth. If it starts to firm up or get too thick, set it over a bowl of hot water while whisking.
  3. Drizzle over the brownies.
  4. Chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour.
  5. Slice into 8 pieces.

Garnish

 
  1. Grind the goji berries in a coffee grinder.
  2. Sprinkle both berries over the brownies.

Sweetly southern pecan pie bars

Pecan pie - nuff said.

Ingredients

Topping

  • 1 cup pecans
  • 3 tablespoons coconut nectar or maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean or extract

Crust

  • 1 cup cashew flour (ground cashews)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 teaspoons lucuma powder (optional)
  • 3 teaspoons coconut crystals
  • 1/8 cup honey (use maple syrup, if eschewing honey)

Date paste

  • 24 dates (deglet noir or medjool dates)
  • 1/8 to 1/4 cup water (depending on consistency/dryness of dates)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

Topping

  1. In a small bowl combine the nuts with the nectar and vanilla and mix until well coated.
  2. Let sit while you make the crust and date paste.

Crust

  1. In a food processor, combine all of the crust ingredients except for the honey.
  2. Process ingredients and, as machine is running, pour the honey through the lid.
  3. Once mixture binds together stop processing.
  4. Line a 6-inch square pan with parchment paper and press the crust into the pan aprox 1/4-inch thick.
  5. Set aside and make the date paste.

Date paste

  1. Place all ingredients into a food processor and process until a paste forms.
  2. Spread the paste evenly over the crust and then layer the top coat of pecans on top
  3. Set in fridge to firm up for 30 minutes.
  4. Cut into squares and enjoy!

Lemon coconut chia energy balls

Small balls of lemonly freshness.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 1 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut (divided in half)
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • Juice from 1/2 lemon
  • Sea salt

Instructions

  1. Add dates to food process and process until broken up into pea-sized bits.
  2. Add cashews, 1/2 cup of coconut and chia seeds and process until well combined.
  3. Add lemon zest, juice and sea salt and process for 1 more minute until dough comes together into a large ball.
  4. Roll into 18 balls and then roll balls in remaining 1/2 cup of coconut.
  5. Place in freezer for 15 minutes and then store in fridge for up to 1 month.