April in the Raw–Cocoa Raspberry Yummies

Okay, they’re not the prettiest, but they ARE tasty!
The gang from Detox January had so much fun that Brittany of Real Sustenance and others suggested April in the Raw. And here we are!  Each day, another blogger is posting their raw recipes, and there’s a link up to post yours, too.

Part of the reason I was intrigued by the event is that I tend to eat more cooked than raw fruits and veggies–what can I say, I have a sensitive tummy, although I adore raw foods (especially raw fruits!).  You can’t beat the flavor of raw fruits and veggies.  It’s important to me to explore the range of ways of eating, and this gave me the opportunity to step outside of my typical raw salads/fruits/veggies/nuts/seeds to a broader range.

Some of my favorite raw recipes:

Garlic scape pesto (my garlic are almost there!) w/raw nuts
Summer Rolls
Bliss Dip (use raw nut butter)
Summer lovin’ salad
Cocoa Carob Sweeties from Diet Dessert and Dogs
and I am itching to make this one from Gluten Free Cat, too: Double Cocoa Cranberry Drops

It was easy to figure out what to make.  I still have raspberries in the freezer from my garden last year, and the new ones are starting to bud, so it’s time to get on with it!  I tend to hoard my garden stash because, ya know, it’s a long winter and my inner squirrel emerges.

But I digress.  These have a yummy, wholesome, very filling feel to them–the way you feel when you eat ‘real food’, vs how you feel when you’re taking in too much sugar (of whatever sort) for your body.  And Senor picky (AKA husband) liked them, although I feared they weren’t sweet enough for his taste.

Raw Choco Rasp Yummies

¼ cup raw cocoa powder
¼ cup raspberries
½ cup soaked/well drained hazelnuts
¼ tsp stevia concentrate/10 liquid drops

1 Tablespoon raw agave or honey

Soak hazelnuts 4-6 hours and drain really, really well. Put in a food processor with all the ingredients except liquid sweetener. Blend for 3-4 minutes. Add in liquid sweetener and it will come together easily! Roll into small balls and refrigerate, or just pop into your mouth.

Do check out the rest of the April in the Raw lineup, and a big thank you for Brittany for the inspiration for this fun event.

About Cheryl Harris

Life played a funny trick on me. I've studied nutrition for years, and much to my surprise, found out that I could manage many of my health issues via diet. I've been GF for years, and I've got a bunch of allergies and sensitivities. But it definitely doesn't keep me from cooking, baking and enjoying my food. Thanks for stopping by.
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9 Responses to April in the Raw–Cocoa Raspberry Yummies

  1. Ricki says:

    These sound like little raw chocolate-raspberry truffles–fantastic! I also love raw foods and wish I ate more (no digestive issues, just time and laziness issues). 😉 I’ve been loving all the April in the Raw posts so far!

  2. These are awesome! Loved that you included raspberries. With Cocoa/ hazelnuts/ raspberries you cant go wrong! And whats best.. I have all of these ingredients at home right now! Think they will be made tonight 🙂

    Thanks for being part of this event! xoxoxxo

  3. Your “inner squirrel”!!! Love it! 🙂 And Senor Picky, too. LOL Beautiful raw yummies, Cheryl!


  4. Cheryl,

    These sound so delish! I have a nut allergy in addition to some shared allergies w/ you (soy, dairy – I can still eat corn for now), but I can morph the flavor combo into something w/out nuts, I think. My teen daughter will love it!

    Another superb April in the Raw contribution!!


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  6. Love it! These raw truffle recipes are just perfect as the weather is warming. Hazelnuts. Mmmm. What a unique flavor with cocoa and raspberry. Thanks for the link love too!

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  9. Andrea Smith says:

    Wow that garlic scrape presto sure do look like something to crave for… I used to remember my mom’s cooking during the weekends…. oh how i miss my childhood days!
    The first image (the one that looks like small choco balls) reminds me of jack-stone balls!

    Andrea of 4thebeach beach chairs

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