Chances are, you’ve heard about the nutritional and environmental benefits that raw food diet recipes can have. Maybe you’ve even joined the local food movement by picking up some fresh fruits on occasion at your local market. But could you really commit yourself to eating only raw food? Sure, you love your body and the environment, but you also love to enjoy a piece of cake every once in a while.
Well, we have good news for you. Despite the old adage, you can have your cake and eat it too. Organic living doesn’t mean giving up the foods you love. It just means preparing them a little differently. There are countless raw food diet recipes that are just as mouthwatering as anything on the menu at the bakery. Plus, they usually take less time and have much more nutritional value than their non-organic counterparts (They don’t call it the Frownie Brownie for nothing). Whether you’re a seasoned raw food enthusiast or you’re just getting started, here are the 25 best places to find the most delicious raw food diet recipes.
These aren’t just any old blogs. They’re written by passionate health gurus who want to share what they know about raw food with the rest of the world (or at least the rest of the World Wide Web). The best part? A blog is like a recipe book that keeps on giving. Subscribe to these and your inbox will be full of must-try recipes every day.
1. Sweetly Raw. Think choosing a raw food diet means giving up yummy desserts? Think again. On her blog Sweetly Raw, Canadian chef Heather Pace shares her favorite raw dessert recipes, like chocolate strawberry cheesecake cups and coconut fudge
2. Choosing Raw. If you have questions about the health benefits of raw food, this blog is the place to go. In addition to offering countless raw recipes, it’s full of useful information about the environmental and health benefits of raw food and veganism.
3. The Raw Chef. Raw chef Russell James is famous for his healthy raw recipes. While you can buy ebooks with his renowned recipes on his website, his blog is full of raw food diet recipes that won’t cost you a penny.
4. The Rawtarian. Blogger Laura-Jane focuses on easy raw food diet recipes that even a novice cook can prepare with ease. Some of her most popular recipes include a raw banana cream pie, raw cheesecake and even raw macaroni and cheese.
5. Raw Loulou. If you’re on the fence about going raw, the photos you’ll find here will be enough to push you over the edge. This blog’s recipe for raw pesto gnocchi rivals even the most authentic Italian restaurant’s.
If you’re tired of lugging your laptop into the kitchen, why not subscribe to a health food magazine? If you do, you’ll even be able to cut out your favorite recipes and start a book. It makes a great gift for friends who also share a love of all things raw.
6. Super Raw Life. You can subscribe online or opt for a print version (which is sent in a plastic-free mailer). Super Raw Life is about more than just recipes. It’s a magazine about all the ways in which raw food can impact your body, your mind and your community.
7. Local Magazines. The local food movement is here to stay, so check your nearest health food stores and farmers’ markets for regional magazines. Not only will they be full of tasty raw food recipes, but they’ll also give you the skinny on the best local food markets and healthy recipes in your area.
Sometimes recipes just aren’t enough. If you love to hit the drive-thru on your way home from work, the transition to organic living can be tough. These books give you great recipes, and they’ll also give you inspiration straight from chefs and experts who have made the switch themselves.
8. Everyday Raw. Chef Matthew Kenney has been featured on The Today Show and The Food Network. Once you try one of the recipes in this book, you’ll see why he’s regarded as a raw authority.
9. Becoming Raw: The Essential Guide to Raw Vegan Diets. The holy grail of veganism, this book is a must-have in your kitchen. Authored by nutrition experts Brenda Davis and Vesanto Melina, it’ll put you on the path to the raw lifestyle by providing information about how to safely prepare you meals and make sure you’re getting all the nutrients your body needs.
10. Kristen Suzanne’s Ebook Series. As a former bodybuilder and raw chef, Kristen Suzanne knows a thing or two about how to create a healthy diet without sacrificing flavor, and her ebooks will help you do the same. There’s a book full of transition recipes for the beginner. Another covers soups, and still another desserts. There’s even a book on holiday meals.
11. Living Raw Food. Restaurant owner Sarma Melngailis gives you the recipes for her restaurant’s most popular entrees, soups and salads. It even covers cocktails. The book is pretty relatable, because Melngailis gives you an honest look into her raw food diet journey.
12. RAWvolution. Chef Matt Amsden breathes new life into the raw food diet with his colorful and inspiring recipes. Open this book if you need a great dinner idea or a quick reminder that this diet is improving your health, the environment and your outlook.
Pinterest is the recipe hub of the Internet, and raw food diet recipes are no exception. Here are the best accounts to follow when you’re browsing Pinterest at home or at work. We won’t tell your boss. (Caution: viewing these recipes may cause immediate salivation.)
13. Integrative Nutrition. The recipes on this board look so delicious that it’s hard to believe they’re healthy for you.
14. Raw and Not Alone. If you’re new to the raw world, this is a great account to follow. It provides recipes, resources and motivation to keep you from straying off of the organic living path.
15. Kale University. Although you can’t earn a degree here, you can learn everything you need to know about healthy living. Peruse the recipes pinboard and you’ll find all the lettuce wrap recipes you need to keep you raw on your lunch breaks.
16. Raw Food Health. Get the inside scoop on all things raw. The Raw Foodists board introduces you to bloggers and industry experts that you can follow for advice, tips and recipes.
17. GirlonRaw. Sure, Chef Robyn Law pins raw recipes like gingerbread cookies and coconut macaroons, but that’s just the beginning. She also shares tips on how to get started on a raw diet plan. She even does giveaways for her followers.
What’s better than reading a great new recipe? Watching a great new recipe, of course. Subscribe to these YouTube channels and you can follow along as these raw food enthusiasts take you through some of their favorite meals.
18. Raw Food Made Easy. This YouTube channel’s name says it all. Here you can see raw food advocate Jenny Cornbleet share her favorite recipes. She also provides information about each recipe’s health benefits, so you’ll know how these meals affect your body and your overall health.
19. Delicious Revolution. On chef Joy Houston’s YouTube page, you’ll get step-by-step demonstrations of vegan and raw food recipes like orange cream cacao bark. She also shares workouts and other helpful tips, like how to safely and easily open a coconut.
The World Wide Web is so full of raw food recipes that it’s easy to get lost. You can trust these five websites to provide the best recipes, along with easy tips and tricks you can incorporate into your daily routine to improve your health.
20. Raw Food Diet Recipe Index. This index makes organic living easy by serving up raw food recipes for every meal. It even gives you recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth, like raw chocolate cake.
21. Raw Guru. The only downside to Raw Guru? There are so many recipes, you’ll have a hard time choosing which ones to try first. This website is also home to a slew of raw food resources and FAQs to keep you in the know.
22. Gone Raw. Gone Raw is like a community. In addition to all the great raw recipes, you can browse the forum to interact and share tips with your fellow organic living enthusiasts.
23. We Like it Raw. Yes, we do. You’ll find flavorful Southern recipes like soft corn tortillas, mango avocado salad and salsa finta with almond polpetta. Muy sabrosos!
24. Rawmazing. This site is like an encyclopedia for the raw movement – plus it has some of the most tempting food photos we’ve seen. Subscribe to the newsletter to get some seriously amazing recipes, tips and information delivered straight to your inbox.
And Last but Not Least…
25. Your Local Food Market. You’ve seen 24 great resources to help you on your raw food diet journey, each of them brought to you by some of the most passionate people in the blogosphere. But you still might be missing out on the most important resource – your neighbors! Join the local food movement and hit up your neighborhood farmers’ markets. Ask for tips and recipes, and you’re bound to find people who care about healthy living just as much as you do.
While you probably can’t have a dinner party with your favorite bloggers, you can organize a get-together with your new farmers’ market friends. Ask everyone to bring their favorite raw dish, along with copies of the recipe for everyone. You’ll also score lots of yummy leftovers, so be sure to keep them fresh in your fridge with BerryBreeze™. The BerryBreeze™ Fridge Freshener uses activated oxygen to extend the life of fruits and veggies in your fridge. It helps preserve their nutrients so that your leftovers will stay fresher longer, and it fights harmful bacteria and mold at the same time.
If you’ve made it this far without running to your local farmers’ market to stuff your bags full of raw ingredients, we’re not sure what you’re waiting for! With these 25 resources for raw food diet recipes, you’ll have enough meal ideas to last you a lifetime.
What recipe should every raw food enthusiast have in their arsenal? What’s your go-to raw dish for parties and family get-togethers? Share your recipes and tips in the comments below.