Sweetly Raw Review and Raw White Chocolate Vanilla Bean Truffle Eggs

I have long time been a fan of Heather Pace's blog Sweetly Raw.  She is one of the first people that inspired my raw dessert making when I was new to it.  Her desserts are so beautiful and delicious as well.  So when she asked me if I would like to review her book I was excited!  Although I love looking at recipes online, there is just something about holding a cookbook in my hand an paging through the recipes that I love.

 Photo courtesy of Heather Pace

The first thing I noticed about her book is that it has plenty of beautiful colorful photos which is a must for me when choosing cookbooks.  I like to drool over the photography as much as I like to browse recipes.  She has photos for nearly every recipe so that you can see what the end product will look like which I love.  Not only that, she has photo tutorials on some of the recipes so you can see the process!

Photo courtesy of Heather Pace

In the first part of the book she explains ingredients and tools to make raw foods in case you are new to them, and the process it takes to create them. Also, she has a basics section where she teaches how to make things like coconut butter and buckwheat crunchies which I consider essential ingredients for raw recipes and it is important to know how to make them. So this book is raw foods newbie friendly. She makes her recipes accessible to anyone at any skill level. That said, as someone who has been making raw desserts for a while I appreciate her recipes as well. There are some showstoppers in this book! Gorgeous layered cakes, cookies and candies fit for a queen (or king). It took me a long time to go through the book because I had to stop and admire every recipe. Here is a sneak peak at a few of the delicious things you will find in her book...

Photo courtesy of Heather Pace

Photo courtesy of Heather Pace

Photo courtesy of Heather Pace

It was a hard decision what to make first out of her book, but I decided on the Raw White Chocolate Vanilla Bean Truffles.  I have made a lot of raw candy, but never these.  I am drawn to anything vanilla bean.  To me it is one of the most heavenly flavors.  Everyone has their own truffle recipes, but I wanted to try someone else's.

When I made the filling it was so freaking delicious I knew these were going to be amazing!  I decided to shape them into truffle eggs since Easter is right around the corner.  Once they were all finished, and I sampled one OMG...one of the best raw candies I have ever eaten!

Heather is obviously a pro at making raw chocolates.  Btw, she sells them on her website HERE in case you want to buy some instead of making them.   Trust me, you should get a copy of her book too, it is well worth the price for all of those beautiful recipes and photos!  You can find it HERE. Also, be sure to pay a visit to her website and check out her other recipes!

Raw White Chocolate Vanilla Bean Truffle Eggs

makes about 10

Filling:

1 cup raw cashews

1/4 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup warm water

1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

seeds of 1 vanilla bean

2 pinches Himalayan salt

1/4 cup melted cacao butter

2-3 drops stevia, optional

Chocolate:

1 cup melted cacao butter (see how to melt in directions)

3/4 cup maple syrup at room temperature

1 1/2 cups raw cacao powder

1/4 cup raw lucuma (for dusting, optional)

Blend the cashews, maple syrup, water, and vanilla extract in a blender until smooth.  Add the vanilla bean seeds, salt, and cacao butter. Blend to incorporate.  Add a few drops of stevia if needed.  It should be sweet enough to contrast the dark chocolate it will be covered with.  Pour the mixture into a large flat container and chill in the fridge for 8-12 hours.  Roll into 1/2 inch (1 cm) balls or 2 inch eggs (if making the eggs).   Freeze for at least 6 hours in the freezer until firm.

To make the chocolate, either place the cacao butter into a large glass bowl over a pot of boiling water to create a double boiler (make sure the bottom is not touching the water).  Lower the water to a barely a simmer.  Whisking often, allow the cacao butter to melt. Alternatively, you can place the bowl into the dehydrator to melt the chocolate at 115F.  Once the butter has melted, make sure it measures 1 cup before proceeding with recipe.  Whisk in the maple syrup, and sift in the cacao powder, whisking until smooth.  (if it starts to clump up, allow it to warm again).

Dip the truffles into the chocolate, one at a time and use a fork to transfer them to a parchment lined tray.  Once the chocolate has dried, sift lucuma over the truffles if desired.

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I am a vegan girl who loves to make healthier desserts and dishes with lots of veggies. Recipes are meant to be shared, that is why I started blogging!

42 Comments
  1. Carla
    March 18, 2015 at 11:57
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    sweetly Raw was one of the first raw food blogs I started following when I embarked on my raw journey. Heather is so inspirational with her food and pictures! I'd love to win this one since its been on my wish list since it came out and making raw desserts just makes life a whole lot better!

  2. March 18, 2015 at 13:43
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    The recipes and photos look amazing! Just might have to get it and make these for Easter!

  3. Cristen
    March 18, 2015 at 13:53
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    I would love to make more healthier desserts! :)

  4. March 18, 2015 at 16:42
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    Looks delicious! I'd love to win to make these truffles and other raw goodies!

  5. Toni
    March 18, 2015 at 17:19
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    Thanks for the awesome review. I follow Heather as well (a new follower) but have yet to try any of her recipes. Thanks for sharing one and I will add her book to the collection as well! LOVE THE PICS - I am drooling now at work! ;)

  6. Casey
    March 18, 2015 at 17:27
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    I want to win beause dessert is my favorite thing to make and would love to start making more raw desserts.

  7. Raquel Orozco
    March 18, 2015 at 19:59
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    I love the recipes of Heather!! Delicious and wonderful!! You Amy and Heather are great teachers!!! I really need a copy of these book!! I love raw vegan sweet preparations, desserts!!! Blessings!!

  8. Vanessa S.
    March 18, 2015 at 21:09
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    I love the recipes on Sweetly Raw. I have already made a couple and they were amazing! I would love to win this book so I could make all the lovely raw desserts in there!

  9. Susan C
    March 19, 2015 at 01:49
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    Why would I not want to win it. I'd be crazy not to win it, and I'd love too. I love raw desserts and these all looks so yummy. If I don't win that won't keep me from buying it.

  10. Joanna
    March 19, 2015 at 04:07
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    Im not familiar with her but now I want to try her amazing cake recipes!

  11. March 19, 2015 at 11:56
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    Oh gosh this recipe book looks wonderful <3 I don't own any cookbooks and need to sort that out!

  12. Allison
    March 19, 2015 at 12:20
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    I have really trying to get into more raw desserts and this will definitely add to my collection!

  13. Kremena Tobin
    March 19, 2015 at 18:46
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    I started drinking smoothies but would like to go beyond that!

  14. Servane Marterer
    March 19, 2015 at 19:08
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    Great review of Heather's book ! The pictures are wonderful and the recipes look so easy to make. Being such a sweet tooth but also wanting to eat healthier, it makes me want to try them all asap. I don't have a raw cookbook yet and this one is the 1st on my wishlist. ;)

  15. Savannah
    March 20, 2015 at 02:48
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    Oh, I'm drooling...

  16. Colleen
    March 20, 2015 at 03:56
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    Awesome review, Amy! Heather Pace is one of my faves...drool worthy desserts. Thank you for showcasing such a delicious sounding candy!!

  17. Bárbara
    March 20, 2015 at 07:35
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    I love her, and you both have so much in common! You're the queens of raw desserts, I want to collect all books :)

  18. March 20, 2015 at 13:48
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    I love the idea of raw desserts but I definitely don't make many. It probably comes down to money (nuts and cocoa butter can be pricey) but i love the idea that a dessert can be full of nutrition and healthy fats.

  19. March 20, 2015 at 20:10
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    Oh my! Those truffles look sensational. Heather is such a whiz with raw desserts - just like you! I love all her videos too. I would love to win a copy of her book and share it with my Mum who loves raw desserts too. She's making her first tomorrow for a dinner party! Thanks for the chance Amy :)

  20. Danielle Nantau
    March 21, 2015 at 03:16
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    This looks wonderful!

  21. Mel Borhi
    March 21, 2015 at 05:03
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    I've always been intrigued by the idea of cooking raw recipes for desserts, I love how natural it is and would love to try out some recipes out of the book if I were to win

  22. Tanya F.
    March 21, 2015 at 16:10
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    Hubby and I have recently started cooking raw meals and since he's the cook and I'm the baker in the household, this Sweetly Raw Desserts book looks like the next best staple to be added to our kitchen!!

  23. Daniel M
    March 22, 2015 at 01:20
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    always like trying new things!

  24. Amy H.
    March 22, 2015 at 17:51
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    This raw desserts book looks incredible! My mother and I are vegan and are always trying to incorporate more raw dishes (especially desserts!) into our diet. We would love to try her delicious recipes! We will be making the truffle eggs tonight. ;) Thanks for the recipe. :) Oh, and of course I love your blog as well!

  25. Brittney House
    March 22, 2015 at 17:58
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    I would like to give this to my mother. She likes to discover new snacks and desserts.

  26. Stephanie Galbraith
    March 22, 2015 at 20:23
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    I would like to make some of these deserts.

  27. Lydia Claire
    March 23, 2015 at 08:28
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    I'd like to make healthier desserts!

  28. Corrine
    March 23, 2015 at 08:33
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    We are vegan in our household so we would get a lot of use out of this book. =)

  29. Chloe
    March 23, 2015 at 20:13
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    Veganism and raw foods were what made me fall back in love with food years ago. But sadly enough, I've fallen off the wagon and have had a bit of a time getting back on. A book full of gorgeous, healing recipes by a miraculous woman is exactly what I could use to reignite my passion.

  30. EMMA L HORTON
    March 23, 2015 at 20:19
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    I AM NOT A GOOD COOK AND ALL THIS LOOKS DELICIOUS

  31. Tina Reynolds
    March 23, 2015 at 21:48
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    I love making treats would love to make them more healthy for my family

  32. March 23, 2015 at 22:21
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    Because I've loved and drooled over Heathy's recipes for years!

  33. Natasha
    March 23, 2015 at 22:44
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    I work in a kitchen for a living and everything always seems so unhealthy. I'd love to get this to use at home, the food looks delicious!

  34. shawna
    March 24, 2015 at 00:54
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    We want to eat healthier and this would be great!

  35. Holly
    March 24, 2015 at 03:03
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    I love creating new raw food goodies and sharing them!

  36. Linda Bradshaw
    March 24, 2015 at 06:34
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    I would love to win because I love to try new recipes. I really don't know what I am doing by myself. Recipes are awesome!

  37. Shannon
    March 24, 2015 at 07:50
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    This is my kind of food and ingredients, everything looks yummy and I can never have too many vegan cookbooks.

  38. joe gersch
    March 24, 2015 at 08:40
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    i want to win beacuse i have never tried raw desserts and would love to

  39. Josie
    March 24, 2015 at 12:46
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    My family loves desserts. It would be great to learn how to make them healthier

  40. Nicoletta Stephanz
    March 24, 2015 at 22:31
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    This book looks great!

  41. Sharon
    March 24, 2015 at 22:55
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    I want to win because I'm a Vegan and I eat real food too!

  42. Sand
    March 25, 2015 at 03:10
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    i would love to win because I'm on the hunt for healthier recipes!

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