First Raw Wednesday Giveaway!

Hello, friends!

I hope that raw Wednesday was great! And I’m so glad that the young coconut tutorial was helpful. I encourage you all to pick up your cleavers and try these out at home!

To end the second raw Wednesday in our series, Jenna and I would like to announce our first giveaway! The prize is one copy of Ani Phyo’s wonderful new dessert book, Ani’s Raw Food Desserts.


For those of you who don’t know Ani’s work, you can find a link to her first book in my Raw Foods 101 tab. Her first book, Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen, belongs in every aspiring raw chef’s library. It’s beautiful, informative, and stocked with absolutely delicious raw recipes. Best of all, it’s simple: what makes Ani so special is her easy approach to raw foods: all of her recipes demand minimal prep time, minimal kitchen appliances, and minimal stress.

Ani’s new book is a trim, adorable collection of her favorite desserts. Those of you who have experimented with raw desserts have probably noticed that most are fairly labor-intensive and extremely high fat. Ani’s are healthy, quick, and nourishing. I plan on doing a review of the cookbook soon, at which point I’ll have a chance to show you some of her recipes up close and personal, but in the meantime, it’s my and Jenna’s pleasure to offer one of you a copy! All you have to do is respond to this post with a comment telling us your favorite raw recipe thus far in the challenge. It can be a simple salad or one of your raw snacks: anything that has captured your imagination in these two weeks. Good luck!

In other news, Ms. Gina–aka The Fitnessista–is visiting new york with her friend Megan next week. We’re trying to put together a blog lunch!! If you’re interested in joining us, please shoot me an email, or visit Gina’s blog and leave a comment on this post! I would love to meet NYC bloggers and readers I haven’t met yet, and I’m very excited to meet Gina. Melissa of Fitness NYC will also be there. Let us know!

So you’ll notice that I’m not at the Animal Collective show. Unfortunately, I’m just not feeling up to it tonight. This breaks my heart, since Animal Collective is by far one of my top bands, but sometimes you need to listen to your body: I’m still tired and very queasy, and I’m flying out at the crack on dawn on Friday. Sigh. I’m sure it’ll be a night to remember.

On that note, I’m off to rest. Good night, guys!


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  1. My favorite recipe so far is a recipe I saw on you tube by Ani Phyo. “Baja Tacos”. My goshhhhh I could not believe those tasted so delicious! Amazing ♥

  2. O my dear..hehe…I forgot to enter your giveaway bc I would truly loooooooooooove to win!!!! My favorite raw recipe of yours that I’ve made numerous times already (hehe) is: Raw chocolate pudding (aka “chocomole”)…it’s delish..
    Thanks darling and looking forward to seeing you at the Blogger lunch with the Fitnessista….
    The Healthy Apple

  3. I would looooooooooove to meet you ladies for a blogger lunch in NYC—yea yea yea!!! I’m so cited…and finally you and I can get together, hehe..
    Can’t wait…send me an email and let me know the details…can’t wait to see you….

  4. For me, it would have to be those raw donut holes (?) I’ve been seeing everywhere! YUM!
    <3 jess

  5. The cookbook looks amazing, and really, raw donut holes? Does it GET any better?! It is fun to try eating raw, especially since I don’t really like veggies (it’s a texture thing) and so I am really challenging myself!

  6. Can’t say I’ve experimented with raw much yet, but I do love a medjool and almond butter every now and then. Soo decadent!

    Thanks for the giveaway and sorry to hear you couldn’t make it to Animal Collective.. they are AMAZING (but I missed their show as well in Philly).


  7. loved the raw donut holes but definitely my favourite part of raw wednesdays or any day is green juice!!! love the energy jolt that comes with it 🙂

  8. I pretty much went out and got this the day it hit my bookstore. I <3 Ani, I was waiting for it for weeks!!

  9. My favorite raw dessert is Gina’s macaroons..but I also am addicted to green smoothies!

  10. I actually made my first raw meal today! It was Basil Cucumber Spring Rolls!! (Check it the pics out on my blog)
    It was fantastic but I would love to make chia spinach blueberry wraps next!

    Thanks soooo much!

  11. I recently tried Swell Vegan’s raw applesauce and loved it. Would like to expand my raw food horizons!

  12. I just bought Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen (and ALMOST bought her dessert book too, but was trying to stick to my budget!) and I have to say, I am in love! Out of the recipes I have made so far, my fav is the Cashew Coconut Pudding (but I have also had great fun making my own mylks, and dove head first into the bean-free hummus!) YUM! I would love to win this book and would use it all of the time! Thanks for offering another great giveaway Gena! You rock!

  13. My favorite recipe would have to be the raw doughnuts or “laraballs”! (Fitnessista shout-out)

  14. My favorite was a tasty “trail mix” that doesn’t aggravate my food sensitivities – raw cashews, goji berries, and flaked coconut. Just the right mix to make for a happy mid-afternoon!

  15. One of my top-of-the-list, absolutely adored by all, raw snacks/treats is my kale chips…. sweet, salty, crispy, light, DELICIOUS. Yum! Need to go buy some kale.

  16. Arrrggghhh… I probably can’t make the blogger/reader lunch but before I leave NYC in August I definitely want to partake in at least one of them! Please keep posting details

    My fave raw dessert… I read about “raw snickers” online and I just had to re-create it at home.. and man was it faboosh! who knew dates could taste so decadent…. mmmmm

  17. My fav would have to be the massaged kale salad with avocado and tomatoes. It’s like guacamole with a heavy dose of nutrient-bursting greens! Or a green smoothie. I have one everyday now!

  18. Three words: raw cashew hummus. Someone mentioned it in your comments and I’ve been itching to try it every since! Once I get a functional food processor… it’s on!!

  19. Oh yippee! Having just made one of the desserts in Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen this week, I know this book will be awesome. My favorite raw-cipe is probably the Chedder Cheeze Spread that I made this week from One Week Raw (it’s a free raw cookzine). OMG, this stuff is soooo amazing! Oh, if I can pick two recipes, a Raw Cheezecake that I made from Vegetarian Times is also to die for.

  20. I really “need” this raw cookbook since I don’t know how to make anything raw except my currently favorite snack which is Raw Donut Holes. Yum!

  21. My fave raw recipe thus far has to be a smoothie – easy and delicious 🙂
    I definitely need a dessert recipe book, it’s even better that it’s raw!

  22. Pumpkin Pie in a Bowl is my absolute favorite. I could eat it for every meal. If I did, I’m sure I’d turn orange! 😉

  23. my favorite has actually been some fresh fruit…i almost forgot how good of a snack it can be!

  24. I haven’t specifically tried any raw foods recipes yet but would love to give it a try. I’m looking for some recipes that my husband might enjoy. If I start with the wrong thing he might not give it a second chance.

  25. The Collard Green wraps r awsome. And I don’t know if this would count but raw kale and romaine salads withapple cider vinigarette are starting to become one of my staples 2. Ur rightthey r yummy!
    P.S. Pick me Pick me!!!

  26. Chia pudding is my favorite raw snack. I love this stuff. It is so easy too. I do:

    1/4 cup of Cha-Cha-Chia
    1 1/2 cups of unsweetend almond milk
    1 stevia packet
    chopped strawberries and a handfull of blueberries
    I let this sit in the frdge for about 30 minutes and then I spoon myself out some! I sprinkle the top with Raw Cocao nibs and it is Awesome. Hope you enjoy!

  27. I bought a juicer right before the challenge and have been LOVING my juice breakfasts! My favorite meal so far is versions of the “pizza cheese” (your recipe) I’ve experimented with…yum, yum, yum! I haven’t tried raw desserts yet and my sweet teeth would be sooo grateful for that book!

  28. Ani Phyo’s book looks amazing! I’ve been adding more raw veggies in my meals. Nothing fancy just more greens, bell peppers, carrots, sprouts, tomatoes, etc. Much easier this time of year!

  29. I love zucchinis sliced in Julienne with some olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I love raw revolution bars, and chia pudding! So many recipes really 🙂

  30. I have been enjoying trying new foods after reading all these blogs. 🙂 I am barrowing my friends juicer…and am now planning on buying a better one for myself. Raw wed. have been fun…juicing veggies and fruit…eating raw revalation bars… and learning more about raw eats! Healthy, fun and oh so yummy! I am planning on making some chia pudding soon!!!

  31. Pizza Cheese is one of favorite recipes!! I cant wait to try more awesome raw recipies!!

  32. My favorite raw recipe is definitely the Pizza tasting Nut Butter!!! Mmmm! I just ordered Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen and Raw Food Real World, I can’t wait to try other new recipes. 🙂

  33. My favorite raw recipe so far is definitely the classic gazpacho from Nathalia’s book. Even my boyfriend loved it

  34. i love the raw donut holes, and was lucky enough to get to try some when a friend made them!

  35. My favorite raw recipe right now is a dish from Nomi Shannon- avocado, oil cured olives and raw kraut! YUMM!!

    I love Ani Phyo! Her first book is a staple to my raw lifestyle!

    Feel better, Gena!

  36. I would love this book!!! I can’t stop thinking about all those little raw donut holes circulating through the blogs these day! YUM!

  37. I have been enjoying your kale salad and Sarma’s cashew hummus. But I think my favorite so far is a hummus and avocado sandwich. Yumm.

  38. Anything involving raw almond butter… sometimes some celery dipped in it… sometimes raaaaarw crackers… ANYTHING + TJ’s Raw Almond Butter = Fantastic!

  39. OH!! My favorite raw recipe thus far has been the raw chocolate pudding!!!!

    1 avocado (just the flesh- discard pit and skin of course!)
    7 dates, pitted
    2 T carob powder (or 4 T cocoa)
    Squeeze of Agave

    Blend all together in a blender, and you have some YUMMY pudding!!

  40. My favorite raw snack is apples with any type of raw nut butter. Meals would have to go with huge salads made of fruits and veggies. I NEED TO EXPERIMENT MORE THOUGH!!!

  41. My copy of Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen came in the mail yesterday. I tried the breakfast cakes this morning. I’d never had flax before but it was great. I found lots of recipes I want to try starting with the Donut Holes which Jenna said were fabulous. I would love to have a copy of Ani’s desserts book.

  42. My favorite recipe so far has been the Massaged Kale Salad. I can eat that stuff by the pound now….ooh, but I also love the Holiday Chia Pudding. That comes in a close second place 🙂

  43. yay- I would LOVE some more recipes to try out 🙂 My fav. thus far has definintely been the raw chia pudding and the raw tacos- great!!

  44. I recently got a juicer (thank you Mommy) and I’m loving raw, fresh, living food juices! I like ginger, granny smith apple, celery, & cucumber quite a bit–but there’s so many good living juices out there to try.


  45. Aw, I hope you start feeling 100% soon. The great thing about living in NYC is that amazing bands come through all the time, so there are other opportunities, for sure.

    I’ve been drooling over this book ever since I heard about it, and now that it’s out I am so interested – but sadly, my bank account is not. So let’s just hope that luck is on my side, huh? The best thing I’ve made is actually what I had for lunch yesterday but haven’t blogged about: zucchini pasta with spinach pesto. It was creamy, light and refreshing and probably one of the best raw meals I’ve made myself. Your massaged kale salad comes in second!

  46. I hope I win the book, because if I don’t, I’ll have to rush out and order it! My favorite raw dish has to be the pizza that I just made. After that, I’ve been loving the different raw hummus’s that I’ve tried. I never thought to do that before, thinking that the beans HAD to be cooked. You can really use any bean, so it’s great. My next hummus venture is to try zucchini hummus. Hey, how bad can it be? Tasty ingredients makes for tasty food!

  47. I made my own key lime pie Larabars: dates, almonds, cashews, coconut, lime juice & zest. So easy in the food processor! I may never buy the packaged ones again!

  48. My favourite raw recipe is something I stole off of Gone Raw – a cauliflower curry with sweet sauce (it’s adapted from the fabulous raw food real world)

    and i LOVE ani phyo!!!

  49. My favourite raw recipes will HAVE to be raw sushi – YUMMMO to the max!! I love how it doesn’t leave you with that bloated feeling after eating it 😀

  50. My favorite raw recipie so far has been just a simple salad with chopped avacado, I ‘ve had it everyday for lunch this week and I never realized how much I love avacado! That one simple addition has been amazing!

  51. I’m lucky enough to be spending a week, including one of my raw Wednesdays, in Spain, so I have some new and interesting (and amazing-tasting) raw foods right at my fingertips! Yesterday I had a raw coconut and banana juice from a street market, and I think that had to be my favorite — it was delicious!

  52. My favorite new raw recipe is raw kale salad. I have been making mine with shredded daikon & carrot and pumpkin oil.

    Even though I love kale in any capacity, in all honesty you could put pumpkin oil on anything and I would eat it.

    True confession: I licked my hand clean after massaging my salad the other day. No shame AT ALL.


  53. I’m very, very new to raw foods. I’m slowly switching out my favorites and I have come to love raw hummus more than the original!

  54. I can’t experiment too much with raw foods at the moment, but overnight oats have ben working really well for me!

  55. I’ve been playing around with different smoothie recipes and love the addition of uncooked oatmeal to my mix of berries, greek yogurt, flaxseed and a little orange juice.

  56. My fave is a lunch I made today – SQUASH “PASTA”…I sliced 1/2 a yellow squash into strings and added that to a mixture of cherry tomatoes and black olives. All topped with olive oil – simple but delish!

  57. I like to keep it simple. I love eating a mixtures of fruits! I also love a banana with raw almond buttter!

  58. My favorite raw recipe is actually from this book that I saw on a website, the raw donut holes. They are sooo good and the perfect dessert before bed 🙂

  59. Let’s see… I’m gonna have to go with a fruit platter with a ginger-mango sauce.

    I made the Almond and Black Sesame Seed spread! It was really good. My dad enjoyed it too. I’m gonna have to give some to my mom to try tomorrow.

  60. I love making massaged kale salad with lemon and avocado. Sooo good. And it’s actually kind of theraputic massaging the kale.

  61. My absolute favorite raw snack has become dried raw dates sprinkled with raw coconut shavings. After letting them sit in the fridge for an hour to cool, they have the most decadent and delicious taste! [:

    Happy Raw Wednesday and thank you for inspiring me to continue on this lovely path of Veganism!

  62. In honor of Raw Wednesday, I tried raw oat meal for breakfast. It was different, but held me until lunchtime. Gena, I love your blog. I don’t know if I could go raw, but it’s fascinating! Keep up the good work!

  63. I made raw carrot cake for our Mother’s Day dinner. My mom and grandmother loved it! And were very confused that it wasn’t cooked, but loved it!!

  64. I have oodles to learn yet about raw recipes, but one simple prep for raw cucumbers or celery that has amazed me is a dressing of apple cider vinegar and a sprinkle of salt and italian spices. This tenderizes the veggies a bit after a couple hours and makes them oh so tasty!

  65. I like Ani’s baja tacos in her first book. My friend and I try to cook a new raw recipe every Sunday night…she suggested this one (which I never would have picked) and it was amazing!

  66. definitely raw nut butters of all types! I am anxious to try out some of the “raw” pasta dishes.

  67. I’m just starting to venture into the raw world so my favorite dish so far is a very simple pasta I’ve been making with zucchini, throwing in some pieces of kale, halved grape tomatoes, olive oil with smashed garlic, cayenne pepper, red pepper flakes. Delicious!

  68. I’m new to the raw food diet, but my staple is a veggie smoothie in the morning or fresh homemade juice!

  69. My favorite raw recipe is kale salad. I would love to try new raw recipes from Ani’s book!

  70. Definitely the raw oatmeal raisin cookies I made to day. They’re Ani’s recipe but I don’t have the book!

  71. Those raw donut holes I’ve been seeing EVERYWHERE in the blogosphere look, and I am sure taste, like heaven!

  72. My favorite thing right now is Kristens chia coconut puddin! Never would have found that without jenna’s blog!

  73. Ani’s raw marinara on kelp noodles is bomb. The slight crunch of the noods with the sweet flavorful sauce is delicious.

  74. I made raw pasta today with my spiralizer. It was incredible! I topped it with a diced tomato and fresh basil.

  75. i definately need to expand my raw food endeavors!!!!i’m big on ab stuffed dates right now:)

  76. My favorite raw recipe has been my big huge salads with all raw protein and fat sources that I used to be scared off, like avacado is now my favorite!

  77. i’ve totally fallen for ani’s raw cashew coconut pudding. it is completely and totally divine. i have mine with some fresh mango and banana slices. sooooo tropical, it’s island worthy.

  78. My fav raw recipe so far is Ani’s Cranberry Coconut Almond Cookies. They are sooooo good and the whole family likes them. Ani’s books are great.


  79. Although I have a ton more raw recipes to try (can’t wait) my favorites are the homemade Larabars from Oh She Glows. They’re incredible!

    Sorry you missed the concert tonight but perhaps you can make it out to Brooklyn with Olga 🙂

  80. I have to say although not very creative, I’ve found some excellent raw cookies and raw bars on the shelves of local healthfood store/Whole Foods. I also love making raw lettuce wraps. I want to get Amy’s book so I can try out some of those great recipes I keep seeing around! 😀

  81. Animal Collective is playing at Celebrate Brooklyn this summer at Prospect Park. So you have another chance to see them! =)

  82. I love Earth balls (cup nuts, cup majool dates, and yummy add in’s- goji, flax, hemp seeds…) YUM YUM YUM

  83. As a semi-vegetarian I decided to do some research and found a tasty, easy, and satisfying raw recipe to try. I found the below website and really LOVED the “Traditional Raw Carrot Soup”. It sounds somewhat simple (it was vverrryy easy to make), but it really made me appreciate the simpleness and deliciousness of carrots with avocados! I also added shallots, sprouts, and both cumin and ginger. Thanks for the challenge, my eyes are definitely more open to the raw lifestyle.


  84. it might not be fancy or require much expertise, but I just bought and cut up a fresh pineapple, and I have to say that has to be my favorite raw snack. Dates with raw almond butter aren’t too shabby either 🙂

  85. It sounds simple, but I had a salad last Raw Wednesday that really knocked my socks off: spinach base with chopped carrots, celery, fresh cilantro, avocado, cucumber, and dried cranberries, all drizzled with a dressing of combined olive oil and lemon juice. So delicious, and it left me way more satisfied than I had thought it would! Thanks for the giveaway!

  86. Count me in on the giveaway, how exciting! I wish I had a real recipe to share, but I don’t. 😛 I blended up a thick fruit soup today using plenty of fruit and some water and it kept me full for a surprisingly long time!

  87. Ooooo my favourite raw recipe thus far is Ani’s marinara! I love it and in fact I think if you were to food process it (instead of blend it) any non rawie would love it in the dead of summer! 🙂

    Oh and I tried it before Raw Wednesdays so it doesn’t count but Ani’s Raw Doghnut Holes are awesome! The best running fuel ever!!!!

    PS: Today I have Ani’s Raw pancakes and for dinner I made the rawsagna! I just about died when the sunflower seeds actually turned cheese-like! 😉

  88. I loved my raw tacos last week! They were really yummy and a recipe I will definitely make again.

    Great giveaway!

  89. thank you for the awesome giveaway. i’ve seen couple videos of ani’s demo on youtube and her recipes look great!

  90. love this giveaway! I would love to try raw desserts and prove my family wrong that raw desserts can be good as any regular desserts.

  91. ANYthing with avocado!!!!!!!!! or just plain old avocado with salt!!

    i hope i can come to the blogger meet up! i work on tues and wed next week.

  92. I’m not sure it’s my fave but it’s up there… I made tabouleh for my raw lunch today: parsley, tomato, scallions, mint, lemon. I think it would be good with pine nuts in it but I was out. It’s also excellent if you use romaine leaves as scoops. Sooo good!

    Ani’s book sounds amazing! Great giveaway!

  93. Oh gosh, this would be amazing to win!!!

    My favorite recipe so far is your recipe for Pizza Cheese! It is absolutely amazing.

  94. thank you for the wonderful giveaway!
    I LOVE ANIYPHYO! i actually met her in LA at Leaf Cuisine. it was awesome!
    I actually own her ani’s raw food kitchen book. I absolutely adore that book with all my heart<3

  95. Haha, all of my raw recipes are desserts. 😉

    I love the raw vegan macaroons and I make a raw brownie that is super good.

    I’m dying to try the raw pesto dishes with squash. YUM.

  96. I haven’t had that much luck with a lot of my raw recipes yet, thats why I need a raw cookbook!! So far, my favorite has to be overnight oats, because really, who doesn’t love oatmeal?! I love it toped with raw almond butter and dried fruit!

  97. Mmm, this raw food challenge has been a delish challenge! One of my fave recipes is for pasta sauce – i add a tbsp of peanut butter to fresh crushed tomatoes and spices!

  98. Ani’s recipe for Carob Pudding in her “old” book is ah-mazing!
    Yay, hope I win! Thanks so much for doing this giveaway!

  99. My favorite raw recipe is olive oil butter. It’s so simple, yet so versatile and delicious. Just extra-virgin olive oil and butter with sea salt, frozen and then stored in the fridge!

  100. Oh exciting! My favorite recipe so far is a kale-spinach salad with lemon garlic dressing and pine nuts. Yum!

  101. I have been adoring Go Raw’s new Gingersnap Power Cookies! Try them if you haven’t, but be ready for a serious addiction (a good one that is 😉 Thanks for the opportunity Gena and Jenna!!

  102. I love, love, LOVE stuffing romaine lettuce leaves with chopped veggies and peach and mango salsa. So simple, yet SOOOO YUMMY!!!! I really hope I win this one. I will keep entering until I win something! I’m scrappy that way.
    Oh… quick raw “cheese” question. Is there any nut besides cashews that can be used? I’m allergic… BOO! 🙂

  103. Once more I will throw myself on the alter of the free giveaway … please, oh please, might I win just once?!

    Just kidding.

    I know it might sound a bit weird, but my fave raw dish is a simple celery “coleslaw”. I take three or four stalks of celery, cut them thinly and on the bias (aka at an angle), and then toss them with a really vinegar-y vinaigrette (sometimes just apple cider vinegar and 1/4 smashed avocado + S/P). Toss and serve. It’s simple but delish!