There is so much to love about Lisa Pitman and Nicole Axworthy‘s new e-book, Tiny Treats. Not only is it beautifully photographed and designed, their raw sweets recipes are delicious and beautiful! These creative ladies have crafted a book of simple vegan recipes with easy instructions (and no special equipment beyond a food processor or blender), yet each recipe seems totally gourmet! And this book does good too: part of the proceeds will be donated to Elephant Nature Park in Northern Thailand, where Lisa spent time volunteering last December.
Though I have not had the chance to get through all the recipes yet, I did get a chance to make my new favorite cookies, the Vanilla Almond Cacao Cookies, made with wholesome almond flour, almond butter, and rich vanilla powder. These simple treats are vegan, gluten-free, grain-free, and terribly delicious! My little half batch totally disappeared in one day!
Second recipe up was the Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Cheesecake Bites, which not only sound delish, but this recipe features the sexist food photo I’ve ever seen. I’ve long been a big fan of raw cheesecake made with cashews and such, but this one is the best I’ve ever eaten. Featuring the delicate sweetness of dates and the richness of natural peanut butter, these cheesecake bites are perfect for “a grand finale at a dinner party [but] simple enough to share with someone special while watching movies on the couch!” A winner!
I also tried the Chocolate Chip Lavender Cookies made with coconut flour and dried lavender for a unique taste treat. In my experience coconut flour is tricky to work with, and I had to add some water to this dough to get it to stick together and not crumble to death. But it was delish and the texture was awesome after chilling overnight. Other recipes to look forward to are awesome treats like the Samoa Bars, Hazelnut Brownies with Maple Ganache (OMG!), Carrot Cake Petite Fours, and Raw Almond Yogurt. All of these great recipes are preceded by some raw food basics: homemade almond milk, date paste (a trick I learned from Lisa herself when she visited Hawaii last year!) and homemade chocolate sauce and chocolate chips.
Tiny Treats would be great for those just getting into raw foods or for seasoned raw vegan chefs- and for you! Purchase your own copy of the e-book link here for only $9.99. And find more inspiration and learn great raw and vegan recipes on A Dash of Compassion and Vegan Culinary Crusade.