PRETTY AND EDIBLE: Bryan Au's raw organic chocolate cake (Photo: Courtesy rawinten.com)
If you live in Southern California, you likely already own a raw food cookbook — or at least you've thought of buying one. For raw-curious MNN readers planning to eat healthier in 2011, here are a couple video "cooking" tutorials for raw cakes so you can enjoy sweet desserts without feeling guilty.
The first: Bryan Au's Raw Organic 2-Minute Chocolate Cake. The author of "Raw Star Recipes" shows you how to enjoy chocolate cake on the quick — though to be honest, I think the cake will take longer than two minutes to make. Of course, I don't know how fast you can slice strawberries or mash up bananas with a fork.... In any case, I plan to try this recipe in 2011, minus the goji berries, since I'm not a fan of those. (Are you?)
The second: Ani Phyo's Coconut Cake with Nutella Hazelnut Sauce. I love coconut and nutella, so this cake looks like a dream to me, especially seeing how quickly Ani is able to whip it up in this 7-minute video! I haven't tried making the cake myself, though the recipe is in "Ani Phyo's Raw Food Essentials," a raw "cook"-book I own. One of my New Year's resolutions is to make my cake and eat it, too.
Of course, you don't need a powerful blender — and you certainly don't need to make cakes, raw or not — to eat healthier in 2011. Though I love raw desserts, getting more fresh raw food into your diet is as simple as biting into an apple. What are your new year healthy eating resolutions?