We’ve gathered some of our favorite raw recipes for you to enjoy from now through the end of summer. You won’t need to turn on your oven or your stove to make any of these colorful, healthy, seasonal and delicious recipes. All you’ll need to do is pour yourself something cold and refreshing and relax, because these are so easy to make, and they’ll help you stay cool when the temperature is hot.
When the temperature and humidity begins to ramp up in the Chicago area, we’re all about chilling out. We love cold, crisp and fresh dishes that are easy to make and even easier to eat. Summer is all about relaxing and enjoying all of the outdoor activities that we don’t get to do in the winter. Like you, we want to spend every moment outside, not in our kitchen. That’s why we thought you’d might like to see this collection of raw food recipes that you can whip up in a jiffy.
You’ll find everything from breakfast to dessert in this roundup of uncooked vegan recipes, and many of them are oil-free, gluten-free and refined sugar-free. But don’t worry, we didn’t leave out the flavor.
EASY AND QUICK RAW RECIPES THAT TASTE AMAZING
Let’s begin with the first meal of the day. The kind of foods you choose for breakfast is important, it’s the meal that sets the tone for the rest of your day. If you start with something that’s highly processed and full of saturated fat and sugar, you’re going to crave those kinds of foods for every meal and snack after that. You’re also going to crash from that sugar high and feel lethargic within an hour or two. No bueno!
Start your day the right way. Choose whole foods that will satisfy you and give you energy, so you can conquer the morning and keep your blood sugar at a good level, because no one’s got time for the highs and lows you’ll get from a bowl of sugary cereal.
This gorgeous red juice is a nutritional BOMB! It contains one whole beet, 3 golden delicious apples and a whole lime, peel and all. It’s packed with vitamins and nutrients that will energize you and make you feel like the healthiest person in the room.
This is one for the kiddos, or the kids at heart. Start your day with this delicious chocolate concoction that tastes like it should be bad for you but it’s not. This rich and creamy chocolate smoothie is sweetened with dates and a frozen banana. It has cacao powder, hemp seeds for protein and healthy fats, and you can even put spinach in it to make it even healthier.
We love overnight oats and smoothie bowls. They’re so satisfying and easy to make, not to mention, they’re really good for you. If you like a breakfast that will fill you up without weighing you down, these are perfect.
These overnight oats taste like a carrot cake, only they don’t have the fat and calories of a slice of cake or a muffin. Made with rolled oats, carrots, dates, coconut, and all of the spices that you’d find in carrot cake.
This smoothie bowl is perfect for a hot and sunny morning. It’s cold and refreshing and filled with berries, bananas, pineapple, almonds, and even some veggies, for a well rounded way to start your day.
This has all of the flavor of an apple pie without any of the guilt. It’s great for breakfast or an afternoon pick me up.
In the summer, our lunch usually consists of cold crisp salads or easy sandwiches, sometimes both if we’re feeling really hungry. Here are some of our go to recipes that you can easily pack up and take with you.
Fresh mint leaves make this refreshing salad. Don’t leave them out. This is one of our favorite travel salads. Pack it in a mason jar and eat it wherever you are.
If you’re looking for something that will help you get your protein, then this lovely salad with chickpeas, palm hearts, olives and more is what you’re looking for. It’s hearty for a raw salad and will keep you satisfied for hours.
Jackfruit is magical, you can make it into almost anything. On a day when I was craving a tuna salad sandwich I whipped this up and was shocked by how much it tasted like the ones I used to love.
Our spicy hummus is piled on to whole grain bread and then we add lots of crisp and fresh veggies to make the most delicious sandwich ever! It’ s super easy to make and you can wrap it up and take it to work or wherever you’ll need a healthy meal.
Summer is all about taking advantage of the fruit and greens of the season. We did that in this outrageously delicious salad. We piled sliced mangoes and nectarines on greens and then drenched it with our homemade raspberry dressing. This is what summer tastes like.
Of course, you can swap any of our lunch and dinner recipes and eat them at any time of day. We chose these raw recipes for dinner because they just seem like a more substantial meal.
This colorful vegan pad Thai is raw and raging with flavor. The spicy peanut sauce is SO freaking good!! There’s a rainbow of veggies in this dish, including squash, carrots, red cabbage, and micro greens.
We’re continuing the spicy peanut sauce trend with homemade vegetable spring rolls. They’re easy and fun to make and so delicious! We really need to update the photos in this recipe-HA!
Thank goodness for Miyokos’s delicious vegan mozzarella! Because we can just run over to Whole Foods and grab a package of her amazing cheese, we can make a single serving caprese salad whenever the mood strikes. Of course, you can make a tomato, basil and mozzarella salad for a big group too, just add more of the ingredients.
This is an incredible dish. It’s made with bell pepper, onion, Kalamata olives, radicchio, arugula, fresh basil, tomatoes and a lovely balsamic vinaigrette. Toast some bread and pile it on for a mostly raw meal. To keep it totally raw, skip the bread and use sliced jicama.
We love chopped salad, especially this one that’s filled with greens, fresh herbs, and a creamy dressing made from Treeline vegan artisan cheese. This salad has so much texture and the dressing is to die for! We make this at least once a week in our house.
Baking in the summer is a no go for us, that’s why we love our raw desserts, Truthfully, we usually go for a bowl of fresh berries if we’re craving something sweet, but sometimes, you just need to indulge.
A pecan and oat crust with a lemon cheesecake filling, topped with fresh berries. This raw lemon cheesecake is the most refreshing dessert.
Okay, if you’re craving something that’s rich and chocolaty, this is what you’re looking for. It has a crunchy and nutty crust and the ganache is smooth and creamy. It’s perfect for an elegant dinner party or for a rustic weekend gathering.
We love these decadent cupcakes with the most delicious frosting made from coconut butter, macadamia nuts and cashews and coconut milk. The cupcake is filled with carrots, nuts, coconut and raisins. There’s nothing subtle about these raw cupcakes, and if you love carrot cake, you’ll love these!
If you’re looking for a healthier dessert that’s free from oil and provides protein, this is it. This thick and creamy hummus is made with chickpeas and melted gluten-free chocolate chips. Eat it with your favorite fruit slices or salty pretzel sticks.
This isn’t pudding, it’s mousse, light and airy and perfect mousse. We created this delightful strawberry mousse recipe with aquafaba. The brine in chickpeas whips up to a perfect texture to make this lovely dessert exactly like it should be.
This is pudding. It’s thick and it’s creamy and it’s so dang good! And, unlike many vegan pudding recipes, this is soy and avocado free vegan pudding. Our easy to make vegan chocolate pudding is made with cashews, vanilla, almond milk and cocoa powder. Make some today.
We hope you enjoy the recipes in this raw vegan food roundup as much as we do. Make some (or all) of them and let us know what you think. We loving receiving your comments. And don’t forget to take a picture of you gorgeous food and tag us @veganosity on Instagram.
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