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I dabble in the raw vegan diet.  I own a dehydrator, mostly because the sulphured dried fruit gives me upper respiratory problems and I want to be able to dry my own.  I do own a raw vegan cookbook and understand the dehydrator is capable of so much more but the raw vegan diet isn’t something I’ve fully embraced.  What I have fully embraced are raw vegan desserts.  They’re amazing.  My first raw vegan dessert was a raw chocolate mousse cake I found on Cara Reed’s Fork and Beans website.  Never have I had something so wonderfully chocolate.  I plan to make it again soon with a raspberry reduction: it will be amazing.  When I don’t have time to make my own dessert, I’ll splurge on a store-bought raw dessert or snack.  Whole Foods is the best place to find raw snacks but they can’t be a little pricey so they aren’t something I purchase often.

Except when I find a sale.  I had to run out and get a haircut Thursday night-I had a coupon that was expiring-and needed to drop by the grocery store on my way home.  The Safeway close to my home has what I call “The Vegan Section” although it isn’t strictly vegan.  It’s more of a health/organic/non-dairy/we’re seeing how this stuff sells section.  The goods must not fly off the shelves because I can usually find an excellent deal on Two Moms in the Raw nut and seed bars or raw vegan snacks.  Safeway had Wonderfully Raw Coco-Roons on sale in Vanilla Maple, Chocolate Brownie, and Lemon Pie flavors and Go Raw 100% Chocolate Super Cookies heavily discounted so I took the Chocolate Super Cookies and Lemon Pie Coco-Roons home with me.

Both are excellent but I find I prefer the Go Raw Chocolate Super Cookies.  They conform 100% to the McDougall diet as their only ingredients are Coconut (unsulphured which made me cheer inside), Sprouted Sesame Seeds, Dates, and Cacao.  Not an oil to be seen.  I like the taste of sesame seeds and these little cookies are crunchy, chewy, and sweet without being too sweet.  A serving size is 18 pieces which makes me feel virtuous as I can’t eat that many.  Five or six and I’m done.  The Lemon Pie Coco-Roons, on the other hand, aren’t quite as conformable to the McDougall diet as they contain cold pressed coconut oil.  Still, 1 roon has 6.3 grams of fat so it isn’t the worst thing I could be eating and it’s difficult to eat more than one: they’re extremely rich.  Since the human body has to consume some fat in order for the brain to function, and coconut oil is one of the MUFAs, I think a Lemon Pie Coco-Roon is okay as an occasional snack. (Am I rationalizing?  It sounds like I’m rationalizing.)  The bag is printed with a suggestion to keep them in the fridge, which I like as it means no preservatives and I’m not pressed to eat 8 Coco-Roons before they go bad.  I can spread them out a little.  A sale, good snacks, and 99.9% guilt free.  Who could ask for anything more?

Any favorite raw snacks I should consider?  Any suggestions for the dehydrator?  Let me know!

An Idea For My Next Tea

An Idea For My Next Tea


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