Almond Joys Recipe and Rawsome Vegan Baking Book Review.

Rawsome Vegan Baking by Emily Von Euw easily is one of the most gorgeous books I have in my book case. Almost all of the recipes are accompanied by beautiful photographs. The desserts, the colors are deep, rich and striking. The recipes simplify raw baking or unbaking. The paper and binding is of amazing quality. The print, which is usually my pet peeve, is large, clear and uses the space well. 

There are so many recipes that I have to try from the book. All of the layer cakes, mousse cakes, cheese cakes, creme brulee, tarts. I made the almond joys. They are so quick to put together and also so quick to disappear. They also are perfect Easter Candy, make egg shaped balls! I also made the S’mores cupcakes into mini tarts. One tart disappeared as soon as hubbs came home, and the other was instantly picked up by a 5 year old visitor that day. #kidapproved too! 

Raw food I always thought would be a long process or a lot of dehydration and steps, but this book changes it all. There are very few dehydrator recipes and everything is fantastically delicious, healthy and decadent all the same time. 

No Dairy, refined sugar, eggs, processed flour and gluten. If you love sweet and want to keep it healthy, this is the book for you. 

If you are not a fan of dates or banana or coconut in all forms or cashews, then try a few recipes from the rawsome vegan baking blog tour or Emily’s blog and decide! :) More gorgeous photographs from the book and recipe list on Emily’s blog here.

Enter the Book giveaway at the bottom of the post. Giveaway is now over.


I definitely need a Cocojack to make some of the young coconut recipes. If you are new to raw desserts and in Seattle, try some of the delicious desserts at Jodees Desserts or Thrive in Seattle.  

Emily’s creations will surely be a crowd pleaser this summer. A creamy chilled Pink cherry Ice cream cake any day over a baked frosted one. :)

Below S’mores cupcake tarts

Thank you, Page Street Publishing, Kathy Hester, and Emily for the book to review and giveaway!

This Photograph above and Recipe by Emily von Euw.

Almond Joys with Crunchy Coconut Center Enrobed in Raw Chocolate

These are a little bit addictive for coconut lovers. My mom does not have a very big sweet tooth but she devoured these in minutes, because she loved Almond Joy while growing up. I see that as a job well done on my part! The best compliment is when someone can’t stop eating your recipe, or asks for seconds.

Makes: 6 large
4 tablespoons (60 ml) melted cacao butter
¼ cup (30 g) cacao powder
2 tablespoon (40 g) preferred liquid sweetener

1 ¼ cups (107 g) unsweetened shredded coconut
1 tablespoon (15 ml) melted coconut oil, or as needed
1 tablespoon (20 g) agave nectar, or as needed

TO MAKE THE CHOCOLATE: Mix all the ingredients together until smooth. Set aside.

TO MAKE THE COCONUT CENTERS: Put half of the coconut into your food processor 
and process until you get a chunky butter consistency; it may take several minutes. 

Add the rest of the ingredients, including the remaining coconut, and process until it all sticks together. If it’s too dry, add more coconut oil or agave nectar. Press this mixture into flattened balls and put in the fridge for an hour, until they set. Then dip in the chocolate and allow the chocolate to set. Finally—eat.

The Publishers are giving away a copy of the book to one of the blog readers! Please enter the giveaway below. 

Giveaway is now over. 

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  1. Anonymous says

    I am vegan and think raw foods are healthier because they don’t lose their nutrients like they do in cooking

  2. says

    This book is at the top of my ‘next to buy’ list! I would be so excited to win a copy. What I love about raw desserts…they are so satisfying, but with none of the sugar coma. They’re energizing and feel-good – body and spirit! :)

  3. Anonymous says

    What an awesome post today! I already love reading your recipes and seeing the gorgeous photos, but now I can also enter to win a book to fuel my sweet tooth 😉 ~Melissa

  4. says

    i love how raw desserts can be made faster than baked! sure, some may take some freezing time, but you can eat it like how it is if you can’t wait 😉

  5. says

    I love that raw desserts let me be creative…I can add my own twist on the recipes and it usually won’t ruin them like it would if I were baking it! Also, they’re just delicious and make me feel like I’m still treating my body well when I eat them in moderation.

  6. says

    I love that raw desserts let me be creative…I can add my own twist on the recipes and it usually won’t ruin them like it would if I were baking it! Also, they’re just delicious and make me feel like I’m still treating my body well when I eat them in moderation.

  7. Anonymous says

    I love how quick raw desserts are to make: Instant craving satisfaction (almost)! I also love how healthy they are, while tasting 100% decadent. I don’t like the frequent washing of the food processor :)

  8. Anonymous says

    My man’s favorite dessert is s’mores, but we haven’t been able to replicate a ‘healthy’ version since giving up sugar! Am dying to know the recipe.

  9. says

    This looks so delicious. I am vegetarian and have been contemplating trying a raw vegan diet. If all food looks this delicious, I would have zero hesitations.

  10. says

    I love that so many raw desserts are easy, and I love that they use nontraditional ingredients but have great flavor that’s comparable to cooked desserts. I’ve hard such great things about this book, I’d love to own a copy!

  11. Anonymous says

    I like raw desserts because they are usually pretty quick, easy and kinda healthy so I don’t feel guilty when I indulge! Thanks for the opportunity to win a much desired cookbook!

  12. says

    love making homemade almond joys, i used cacoa butter one time for the outside but now i just use coconut oil and seems to work out fine ( a lot cheaper too). wonder what is the difference in using the cacoa butter, maybe thicker shell?

  13. Anonymous says

    I’m a believer in the concept of being vegan but don’t know how to cook like a vegan. This cookbook would be a great start down the path to change! Thanks!

  14. Livvy says

    I think what i like the most is that they’re perfect for summer. yummy healthy delicious treats, that’s cold and no heat for your kitchen!

  15. says

    Hi, im from Chile, i would love to win this book because in my country there’s almost no information about vegan cooking available. Thanks for sharing youre recipes and inspiring people, greetings!

  16. says

    I love raw desserts for their simplicity and ingredients
    I dont like them because i have a severely allergic kiddo and both my kids cant eat nuts

  17. says

    I would love to learn how to prepare raw dishes. I would love to win this cookbook. I never in a million years thought I would give eating raw a try.

  18. says

    That looks absolutely lip smacking!!! I’m new to Raw desserts but it looks like they are easier to put together and a healthier option.
    Thanks for sharing this and for all your lovely recipes.

  19. says

    I like how versatile raw dessert recipes are. After I’d made my first raw cheese cake, I was easily able to create new variations that were just as delicious as the one I had made following a specific recipe. Your imagination is the only limit!

  20. Kristine says

    I like that raw desserts are healthier in the way that any fruits and nuts you add keep all their nutrients.

  21. says

    I love introducing raw/vegan desserts to my family and proving that a treat can be made from wholesome ingredients, instead of butter, white sugar, etc :)

  22. says

    I love raw desserts because they are so satisfying and decadent while being wholesome. I dislike the fact that many nuts are harvested in unethical ways.

  23. says

    I’ve tried a few of Emily’s recipes from her blog, which I happened across about a year ago. My favorite is her raw snickers recipe. My hubs, a snickers lover, was very pleased with the recipe and now prefers it over the sugary store bought original.

  24. says

    I haven’t tried many raw desserts, but would like to migrate to having more raw foods in my family’s diet, so this would be great for when the sweet tooth strikes!

  25. says

    I love raw desserts when they are relatively easy to prepare and also yummy. I don’t mind using a food processor and refrigerating/freezing between steps, but if it requires a dehydrator I usually don’t make the recipe. I also love how raw desserts are usually healthy too!

  26. says

    I’ve only ever eaten one raw dessert before. I shared a small slice of raw key lime pie with my hubby. It was soooooooo good. My hubby doesn’t even like key lime and he enjoyed it too. I love the fact that they are pure fresh ingredients and unprocessed, so the flavors really shine.

  27. Anonymous says

    I’m new to raw desserts but the recipes you posted look amazing!! Would love to try all the recipes in the book!

  28. Priya says

    Very inviting, would love a copy of the book. Started reading your blog with a non baked dessert and this would be perfect

  29. says

    Even though they usually calorie-dense, I love that they are virtually guilt-free and a healthy alternative than the SAD versions of desserts!

  30. says

    These are exactly what I was craving today, and I didn’t even know it! Almond Joys were my favorite candy growing up. This is such an easy recipe! I can’t wait to whip up a batch.

  31. says

    I love raw desserts! It’s almost like eating a pot-load of icecream! :) I CRAVE raw desserts sometimes! :) They are so delicious! There are no other desserts like those raw ones… 😀

  32. says

    Though I’ve only made a few raw desserts (these being one of them), I love how you can replicate something, but with half the sugar, and healthy ingredients!!

  33. Lauren says

    I love being able to use whole ingredients and eat foods as close to original form as possible! Plus it’s fun finding new recipes and impressing others with how good raw desserts can taste!

  34. Anonymous says

    I love that they’re pretty filling so you don’t need to have a large quantity, but I don’t love that they always seem to have a ton of nuts. Though I love nuts sometimes they prohibit easy digestion! -Laura

  35. Anonymous says

    I like that they are different and almost always (if not ALWAYS) gluten-free, vegan, and grain-free.
    I don’t like that they ALWAYS contain nuts…some of my friends have nut-allergies, but are vegan…

  36. Anonymous says

    I am ready to expand my experience preparing raw desserts during the hot and sticky New York summers. This recipe is perfect for all seasons! Thank you for posting this delectable treat!

  37. Anonymous says

    There aren’t any ALMONDS in the recipe…so, they are ‘mounds’..I guess you could stuff an almond inside of the coconut part before chilling..I think I’ll try that..

  38. Sean Venegas says

    Will this work with regular organic coconut flakes from fresh organic coconut? I have this stuff in the bulk sitting in my freezer…

  39. Mary says

    If you keep posting these amazing recipes, I’ll never get my housework done! Thank you. I too loved Almond Joys as a child.

  40. Nina says

    Hi! I tried to make these yesterday but I couldn’t getvthe coconut to stick :( . I added extra agave and a bit extra oil, but still. Maybe it’s just my kitchen aid that didn’t get it, or I was to impatient… could be. We did enjoy kung pao lentils though for dinner 😀 😀 That’s an awesome recipe!

    • says

      hmm, not sure what happeened. generally the coconut gets clumpy when you blend it up in the processor. that clumpy coconut butter should be able to help bind. what kind of coconut flakes did you use?

      i love the kung pao lentils too! :)

      • Nina says

        It’s ecological dry shredded coconut…. it’s all in German so I don’t really know how to explain but I guess that isvwhat kind of coconut it is. Maybe the shredded coconut is to dry? The package says it’s exotic-juicy lol…
        Making the Chipotle mac and cheese pizza as we speak 😀

        • says

          hmm could be something to do with lesser fat or moisture in them. the flakes i use always get buttery quite quickly when blended. you can also add some coconut oil or other oil to help bind.

          • Nina says

            I have put some extra coconut oil in them and left the mixture in the fridge for a while to get a bit more solid and after that I could easily shape them. Thanks for your help! They were delicious :)

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