Monday, September 19, 2016

Raw Vegan All-Purpose Cobbler: My Favorite Fast and Easy Raw Vegan Dessert

There's a special pain that comes with self-imposed food deprivation. Sweets-deprivation is a huge hole in the hearts of many, because raw vegan desserts recipes, classes and commissions is one of my most frequent requests on and offline! It makes me think of a sad, true body image story. The author and her brother always enjoyed a slice of chocolate cake after their once-a-week family restaurant meal. Once the writer was nearly pubescent she was about to order her normal delicious slice but her mom stopped her, she was "too old" and had to worry about her "girlish figure" now. She never stopped craving that slice ever since. I hear that same deprived urgency in the voices of those who request raw vegan almond joys, macaroons, fruit and chocolate pies and other treats. "Give me the sweet satisfaction adulthood has denied me, it's instinct, I need it!"

Don't let body image get you down. Have some cobbler! You can even gobble without shame.

But you can have your cake and eat it too with raw vegan desserts. There are many recipes for healthy sweet treats and heal your body from the inside-out, you might even lose weight eating them. They are delicious, good for the body and the soul, because soul, it screams for sweets! Enough preamble about sweets though I just...sniff...get emotional about beautiful, delicious food and the complex humanity surrounding them. I'll share more of these recipes soon, but I'm starting with the easiest recipe I use the most, the all-purpose cobbler recipe.


1/3 cups Raw Nuts (I like pecans but you can use any, walnuts, pecans, almonds, etc. preferably raw and soaked overnight)

1/8 to 1/4 cup Dates to taste

1 Cup Fresh, Ripe Peaches or Mango, diced (can work in strawberries and apples too but peaches and mango have the best texture for the base, the fruit must be very ripe and sweet, the mango unstringy )

Pinch of Sea Salt


In blender or food processor, pulse the nuts, dates, and salt. In my vitamix it only takes a few seconds. I pour this over the fruit and you're done! If you don't have a blender or food processor you can finely chop the nuts and dates.

This cobbler definitely hits that sweet spot and it's fast and easy to make. It's the perfect breakfast, dessert or snack. The nuts give it a good crunch, the dates natural sweetness that's high in fiber so it won't spike blood sugar levels, and the soft mango or peach gives a soft mouthfeel. Make it for friends, take it to holiday parties! You basically can't mess up the proportions either, no matter what the measures, it will be delicious! I never measure anymore, I always make this with two peaches, two handfuls of pecans and 4 dates and that's enough for a cobbler for AJ and I to share!

When you get creative with seasonal, whole, unprocessed ingredients you can make healing versions of basically anything you crave. I enjoy the challenge of creating favorite recipes with health-giving food. I hope you give this cobbler a try when you need a healthy sweet, the voice inside screaming for dessert will be satisfied. I promise.
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  1. This sounds delicious! We always have dried dates and walnuts on hand so I will have to try this with some fresh fruit. I could never do a raw diet but I admire those who can!

    1. Raw veganism is not for everyone, it's hard, but just adding some raw things like this cobbler is helpful :) Or replacing the regular deserts with raw ones. If you try it let me know how you liked it!

  2. Nomnom! :D Thanks for sharing this recipe, Vanessa:) Even though I'm not vegan, I would so eat this any day!

    1. Vegan recipes can be enjoyed by all :D I especially like sharing the deserts because they're an easy bridge. Who doesn't want desert no matter how it's prepared?

  3. I love peaches in cobblers. It's my favorite! I also really like pecans, but unless my brother sends me some from the US, they are hard to find over here and quite expensive!

    1. I didn't know that, boo to that! At least the pecans can be replaced by a cheaper nut to obtain where you live.

  4. Sounds like a delicious way to have your sweets and not feel guilty. I love that you can mix and match the fruit too.

    1. Yep, that's the best part about most raw vegan deserts, super versatile versus baking which has to be precise.

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    1. Indeed :D I devoured it right after the photos.


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