3 Raw Easter Desserts, Salad Dressings, and a Giveaway

With Easter quickly approaching, I just realized that I better get this post out right away! I have 3 delicious and beautiful raw vegan dessert recipes that could be a great addition to your holiday weekend: Unicorn Cheesecake, Macaroon Nests with Brownie Eggs, and Coconut Cardamom Mini Cheesecakes. Also, some great raw vegan salad dressings, and a brand new giveaway!

Unicorn, rainbow, and fantasy foods are all the rage this year and I finally jumped on the band wagon by making a swirly pastel cheesecake. It's SO tasty, I hope you'll give it a try.

Raw Unicorn Cheesecake

Makes a 7" cake

Crust

3/4 cup cashews

1/2 cup shredded coconut

1/4 cup pitted dates

1 teaspoon water

Grind the cashews and coconut to fine crumbs in a food processor. Add the water and blend again. The mixture should easily hold together when pressed in your hand otherwise add another 1/2 teaspoon water. Press into a 7" spring form pan.

Filling

2 cups cashews

2/3 cup water

1/3 cup maple syrup

2 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1/8 teaspoon Himalayan salt

1/2 cup melted coconut oil

1 1/2 tablespoons melted coconut butter

Blend all but the coconut oil/butter in a high speed blender until smooth. Add the oil/butter and blend again to incorporate. Separate the mixture into 4 bowls. Blend each mixture with the "colours" below until you achieve your desired shade.

Pour a bit of each mixture over the crust, swirling them together with a chopstick after completing a layer. I ended up with 3 layers for maximum swirled effect. Place into the freezer for at least 6 hours and then into the fridge for 12 hours before slicing.

I used about 4 strawberries to get the colour I wanted and added an extra 1 teaspoon of coconut butter to account for the liquid. I blended this in the blender and did the same with the blueberries but for the other two colours I whisked them in by hand in a bowl.

Colours

To colour the mixture I used:

Strawberries - pink

Turmeric - yellow

Blue majik - blue (or you can use spirulina for a light green)

Blueberries - purple

Find the recipe for the white drizzle HERE. Drizzle it onto the top edge of the cake after removing the ring.

If you're craving something chocolate, then you might like my Raw Chocolate Macaroon Nests with White Chocolate Covered Brownie Eggs!

It takes a little more time but is worth the effort and this could be fun to make with kids.

Find the recipe HERE where I shared it on the blog a few years ago.

If you need another cheesecake idea, look no further than my creamy Coconut Cardamom Mini Cheesecakes. Find my RECIPE in this POST.

Now, before you have dessert its important to eat those greens! In my opinion the salad dressing is what "makes" the salad. Sadly there are so many healthy ones on the market and for many years we've been fooled into thinking that "low fat" salad dressings are the way to go - along with the ones that are labelled "all natural" and "healthy" ... I've looked at many labels and they're filled with junk. Vegetable oils (which are BAD - stay far away!!! They're used because they're cheap), sugar, fillers, bleached salt. Ugh, don't get me started.

The GOOD news is that there are some fabulous raw vegan salad dressing options on the market these days. Raw Foodz makes seven healthy dressings that are full of flavor and packed with nutrition. They also have six different dips and spreads.

Some other perks: They're organic, nut free, soy free, vegan, raw, gluten free, and preservative free.

You may have seen them in the grocery store, and if you haven't already checked them out, I encourage you to do so. I have a funny little story about the first time I discovered Raw Foodz dressings. Three years ago while passing through Kelowna en route to Vancouver (this is a long drive) I stopped at a natural food store to pick up some snacks for the ride. I almost jumped for joy when I saw that there was a line of raw vegan salad dressings!!! Seriously! I couldn't believe my eyes. I bought a bottle of the Ranch Revival along with a bag of romaine hearts and a container of cherry tomatoes (along with some dark chocolate, of course). I dipped each and every romaine leaf into the bottle of dressing until both the lettuce and the dressing were gone! Haha. I've been hooked ever since. I particularly love the Sea-Zar dressing (like Caesar) too.

I made this salad with some of my favourite ingredients: romaine lettuce, roasted butternut squash, roasted eggplant, carrots, hemp seeds, sprouted pumpkin seeds, and topped it all off with Italian Idol dressing and dollops of the Wild Ranch Dip. It was amazzzing!

GIVEAWAY

I've teamed up with Raw Foodz to gift you with a few of their products! One lucky winner will receive a jar of each their Wild Ranch Dip AND Zen Buddha buttery-style spread.

Be sure to check out the dressings and dips at your local health food store.

This contest is now closed. Congrats to the winner, Kendra Adachi!

To Enter:

  1. Answer in the comment section below: what is your favourite kind of salad dressing? Do you make your own? Mine is caesar dressing!
  2. For a bonus entry, "like" Sweetly Raw on Facebook. (Leave a NEW comment saying "liked SRD" in order for it to be counted as a bonus).
  3. For a second bonus entry "like" Raw Foodz on Facebook. (Leave a new comment saying "liked RF").

The giveaway is open to residents of Canada.

You have until April 20th to enter. The winner will be contacted via email and will need to respond within 24 hours with a mailing address. Good luck friends!

And there are 2 days left to enter my giveaway for a jar of nut butter from Island Nut Roastery! There will be 3 winners. Enter in THIS post if you haven't already.

Isn't it neat how the cake looks different on each side? I hope you give it a try.

I wish you the most wonderful Easter weekend with your family and friends. I'll be busy filming my new online raw food course and making desserts.

Oh and if you're in the Calgary area, please do check out my 3 different upcoming classes there later this month! See all info on my Classes Page HERE.

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50 Comments
  1. April 14, 2017 at 05:24
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    Favorite salad dressing right now is one I make with tamari (or coconut aminos), tahini, cumin, black pepper, a touch of maple syrup, nutritional yeast and a Splash of water if I am wanting a thinner consistency. So good! And so good to dip roasted veggies in such as cauliflower and Brussels sprouts!

    • sweet_raw
      April 14, 2017 at 16:21
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      That sounds really delicious!!!

  2. tanya
    April 14, 2017 at 05:27
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    Avocado vinaigrette!! :-)

    • sweet_raw
      April 14, 2017 at 16:21
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      Yumm that sounds delish!

  3. Jan
    April 14, 2017 at 08:07
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    Liked Srd. Liked rf. My favourite dressing lately has been lemon tahini dressing - sometimes with an avocado thrown in. These look great for when you need something different or are in a hurry.

  4. stacey bradford
    April 14, 2017 at 14:27
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    I think my favorite salad dressing is honey mustard. And as much as I've wanted to make my own I haven't. But I probably need to start!

  5. Angela B
    April 14, 2017 at 15:54
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    Liked SRD

  6. Angela B
    April 14, 2017 at 15:54
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    My fav is Caesar dressing and always make my own.

  7. avivathierry
    April 14, 2017 at 18:29
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    Caesar dressing for shopping. This product looks amazing!! I hope I win haha!

  8. avivathierry
    April 14, 2017 at 18:29
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    Liked SWD

  9. avivathierry
    April 14, 2017 at 18:30
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    Liked SRD I mean! Ahh

  10. avivathierry
    April 14, 2017 at 18:31
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    LIKED RF!

  11. Sandra
    April 14, 2017 at 19:55
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    Usually make my own with oil, vinegar, garlic,nutritional yeast, sometimes I try different things like ginger. I also enjoy creamy bottled dressings. :)

  12. Debbie Kirk
    April 14, 2017 at 21:34
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    My go to dressing is lemon and olive oil! But my kids love ranch and I hate purchasing the kind they like because it is filled with GARBAGE!!! HAPPY EASTER! The cake looks awesome.

    • sweet_raw
      April 15, 2017 at 02:44
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      Thanks Debbie, Happy Easter to you too! :)

  13. Ellen Lamb
    April 14, 2017 at 23:08
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    That salad looks and sounds amazing...I'm always looking for new ways to incorporate greens for so my grandchildren will enjoy the benefits so I'm definitely trying yours! My favorite salad dressing doesn't have a name per se. It's a mixture of olive oil, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, garlic, a touch of sweetener, salt and fresh garlic all whizzed up in the blender...so yummy over fresh spring greens!

    • sweet_raw
      April 15, 2017 at 02:45
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      That sounds delicious Ellen! I hope your grandchildren like this salad idea.

  14. Dawn Schaef
    April 14, 2017 at 23:15
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    I make one with evoo, apple cider vinegar, sesame seed oil, tamari, and a touch of honey or agave. It's quick, easy, and delish!

    • sweet_raw
      April 15, 2017 at 02:45
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      Yum I like the sesame oil in there!

  15. April 14, 2017 at 23:22
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    I always make my own dressings ... sometimes I'll use hummus to thicken it up a bit... but I also love fresh basil, honey and avocado mixed up into a dressing. Liked SRD, liked RF

    • sweet_raw
      April 15, 2017 at 02:46
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      Fabulous idea to use hummus as a thickener!

  16. Cjw
    April 15, 2017 at 00:46
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    Love Russian dressing!!!

  17. sarah
    April 15, 2017 at 04:26
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    i love plain ole apple cider vinegar and nutritional yeast!

  18. Becky
    April 15, 2017 at 04:36
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    Caesar salad dressing is my favorite 😊

  19. mollyparnis
    April 15, 2017 at 10:56
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    My favorite salad dressing is raw avocado dressing that I make in a Vitamix - I just wing it, an avocado, a little onion, maybe a cashew or two, some apple cider vinegar,, and some tarragon - it's so yummy!

    • sweet_raw
      April 16, 2017 at 04:11
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      Yumm, that sounds really delicious!

  20. Arielle
    April 15, 2017 at 16:05
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    Ranch or ceaser for everyday dressing. But my favorite saled is made with lettuce, crumbled vegan feta, and roughly chopped walnuts, with a wine and balsimic vinegar dressing.

  21. Edeyn H
    April 15, 2017 at 20:03
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    I love Caesar dressing too! But I also am rather obsessed with any variation of miso-tahini dressings too (lemon, orange. Maple, herbs... ) I go between the two. I've never made a raw Caesar I should totally try this dressings. I've seen them in a couple stores before 😋 Never know if it's going to be worth it or not so I'm glad to know someone has tried it 👍🏽

    • sweet_raw
      April 16, 2017 at 04:12
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      Your miso tahini dressing sounds fab! And I can vouch that the Raw Foodz dressings are fabulous :))

  22. Lexie B
    April 15, 2017 at 23:27
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    My favourite salad dressing is good I'm balsamic and a nice quality olive oil. I add in some fresh dill, a little honey & a touch of lemon. Yummy!!

    • sweet_raw
      April 16, 2017 at 04:13
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      Mmm that sounds good, especially with the fresh dill!

  23. Lexie B
    April 15, 2017 at 23:28
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    OOPS ^ * Good ol' hahaha LIKED SRD

  24. Lexie B
    April 15, 2017 at 23:29
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    LIKED RF 🌞

  25. Kelly M.
    April 15, 2017 at 23:40
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    I love Honey mustard!

  26. Morgan
    April 16, 2017 at 13:28
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    I love a basic salad dressing. Olive oil, salt, pepper and balsamic vinegar and oregano

  27. Morgan
    April 16, 2017 at 13:30
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    Liked sweetly raw on facebook

  28. Morgan
    April 16, 2017 at 13:31
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    Liked raw foodz on facebook

  29. bouncingsonia
    April 16, 2017 at 15:09
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    I love caesare dressings. But balsamique vinaigrette is a close second and the one I make most often. I've never seen this brand of dressings at my local health food store. But I would love to try them. They look delicious!

    • sweet_raw
      April 16, 2017 at 16:46
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      Balsamic is always a good choice! If you have a Whole Foods near you, you'll be able to find the dressings there :))

  30. Marguerite
    April 16, 2017 at 15:28
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    Favourite currently is lemon, garlic, oil and tahini.

  31. Linda
    April 17, 2017 at 07:00
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    My favourite salad dressing is a simple mix of olive oil and apple cider vinegar.

  32. Linda
    April 17, 2017 at 07:01
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    liked SRD

  33. Linda
    April 17, 2017 at 07:01
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    liked RF

  34. Pam
    April 17, 2017 at 23:24
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    My fave dressing is one I make at home. It has djion mustard, olive oil, water, maple syrup and salt and pepper. It's my go to$

  35. Sanja
    April 18, 2017 at 00:51
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    Avocado vinaigrette or greek salad dressing

  36. Laine
    April 18, 2017 at 05:12
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    My favourite is a tahini/ turmeric/ ginger dressing that I make (it also has pepper, maple syrup, lemon juice and tamari). It's so delicious and looks especially beautiful on darker greens like arugula ans kale.

    • sweet_raw
      April 18, 2017 at 16:37
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      That sounds really fantastic!

  37. Audrey Grantham
    April 20, 2017 at 09:35
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    My favourite dressing is Poppyseed Salad Dressing

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