Raw Vegan Dessert Challenge!

Are you ready for another raw vegan dessert challenge?! I had such a blast with both The Moonie Pie Challenge and The Ultimate Raw Ice Cream Cake Challenge that I feel the time is ripe for a new one. Based on the feedback I received, you had fun too, and may be ready for more!

As stated in the previous challenge, my idea behind these challenges is to gather together a group of people who have a love for raw desserts. I see so many people who are intimidated to make "over the top", gourmet desserts, so they turn to the same ol' repertoire time and time again. My intention is to show that anyone can create complex looking desserts by breaking down a recipe into a few simple steps.
That being said, this time around, the idea is a light, fun, summer dessert that is EASY to make, but can be dressed up as much as you like. So just what might that perfect treat be??
Summer Party Parfait

Conjure up your most FUN summer party parfait, mixing and matching the recipes in my book. I know you're creative! Let it all out here!

Just as I did with the two previous contests... I will feature all parfait entries on my site in the form of one of your photos, along with a link back to your cake post.

How To Enter:

1. Sign up for my sweetly raw newsletter if you haven't done so already (recipes, tips, ideas, and updates for subscribers only).

2. Grab a copy of the "Raw Party Parfait" Recipe eBook for $7.97
Click on the link below:

Add to Cart

3. Create your own summer parfait, using the recipes from the book. Mix and match as much as you want, then add up to TWO ingredients of your choice! Omit what you don't want but only add 2 new ingredients.
4. Blog About Your Parfait, including your ingredient changes, then come and let me know via the comment section below. Remember to leave a link back to your site, which I will check out and judge. (I'll also grab one of your pics for my entries post - if you have a favorite pic you want posted, let me know).
NotePlease do not post any of the recipes from my ebook in your post. 

5. Parfait photos must be taken outside in your favorite spot in nature!

6. ONE entry per person. 

7. Challenge Ends: Sunday July 25, 2010 at midnight. Get your comments (with link) in by then.  I will announce the winner on Monday or Tuesday...

NOTE: YES, you can still enter if you do not live in North America. You can still make and blog about your parfait. I will put together an ebook package prize. 

What Do You Win?!?!
  • The winner's parfait (hand picked by me) will be in a feature post on my blog with a link to their site.
  • A copy of my next book - out this summer, IN PRINT!
  • The winner's recipe changes will be featured in my newsletter, along with their parfait photo. Anyone who has the book will have access to the winner's cake recipe. 


My dear friend, Courtney Pool, will be assisting me in the judging process! Together, we will be judging the parfaits based on:
  • Creativity of your parfait
  • Photos (add lots - the process of making it, as well as the final product)
  • Blog Post
  • Creativity of your two ingredient additions
  • Overall presentation

So there you have it! Party parfait... how do you like yours? 

Challenge questions? Comment below!
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  1. July 4, 2010 at 22:00

    I just can't resist a challenge - especially one that involves creating beautiful, light and luscious raw fruit desserts.<br />ebook is on its way to my inbox. Hopefully the creativity will arrives just as quickly.

  2. July 5, 2010 at 00:57

    BEAUTIFUL! You are an artist!!!<br />I just did this parfait a couple of days ago, before I read this...so not sure it qualifies...certainly not fancy like yours, but it was yummy..<br /><br />A vanilla/blueberry parfait - delicious.<br /><br />You are so inspirational!! Love your newsletter!<br /><br /><br />Link to my parfait:<br />http://www.rawfullytempting.com/2010/07/vanilla-blueberry-chia-parfait.html

  3. July 6, 2010 at 01:31

    The parfaits all look amazing!! Truly scrumptious!<br />Blessings, Debra<br /><a href="http://www.veganfamilystyle.com/" rel="nofollow">Vegan Diet Video</a><br /><a href="http://www.veganfamilystyle.blogspot.com/" rel="nofollow">My Blog</a>

  4. July 6, 2010 at 15:34

    your book will be in print!! that's so exciting!!<br /><br />beautiful food, as usual.

  5. July 6, 2010 at 21:25

    Mmmm Mmmmm! Can't wait for this one! I already have about 3 ideas for parfaits! Love these challenges!

  6. Anonymous
    July 11, 2010 at 02:31

    Heather, I recently bought all your books and decided to start with an ice cream cake. I own almost every raw cookbook there is...but your ice cream cakes are the best ever! Your fudge sauce is absolutely amazing. I made a simple one, too, just brownie bottom and vanilla ice cream topped with fudge. It's the BEST raw dessert I've ever had. You are very gifted...keep up the good work!<br />Sue

  7. July 12, 2010 at 14:38

    Quick clarification - can you substitute two ingredients or only add two to the existing recipes? I guess the question is - must the final recipes contain your original plus two or can we switch out two ingredients for two additions?

  8. July 14, 2010 at 18:30

    Lisa, yes yes! YOu can swap out any 2 new ingredients :)

  9. July 16, 2010 at 15:35

    This is so RAWesome!! I am going to have so much fun coming up with the best parfait :-)

  10. July 16, 2010 at 17:02

    Hey Heather!<br /><br />Quick question: How many young coconuts would you generally need to get a cup of pulp?<br /><br />Thank you!!<br /><br />Laurel

  11. July 16, 2010 at 17:30

    ok...call me the slow one...<br /><br />in clarification to lisa's question and your answer...<br /><br />you can either: add two ingredients, replace two ingredients...or add one new ingredient and replace or omit an ingredient...as long as two changes were made? hahaha...is that all confusing? 'cause it is in my head!

  12. July 17, 2010 at 13:59

    Laurel - it all depends on the thickness of the pulp of that particular coconut... it usually takes 1-3 coconuts, I find. <br /><br />Nelly - You can add a maximum of 2 ingredients to the recipes, and remove whatever you want. <br /><br />Good luck ladies!

  13. July 18, 2010 at 02:09

    Hi Heather,<br /><br />I'm fairy new to the raw dessert world. I would love to dive into this fun challenge, but I don't have a blog (yet). Is it possible to enter the challenge anyway? I can email you my recipe and give you a link to the photos. Please let me know!<br /><br />Nicole

  14. July 18, 2010 at 22:53

    Nic, <br /><br />Sure, you can still enter the contest. I'll have you do a little write up as if it were a post, along w your pics, ingredient changes, then email to me :) heather@sweetlyraw.com

  15. July 18, 2010 at 23:57

    Thanks, Heather!

  16. July 19, 2010 at 23:21

    My first entry is up:<br /><br />http://vegancookbookcritic.blogspot.com/2010/07/blueberry-lavender-lemon-bliss-perfect.html

  17. July 20, 2010 at 13:50

    Hi sweetness! Finished my "Black Forest Sparkle" parfait. I used raw honey and morello cherries as my 2 added ingredients. Thankyou - I has lots of fun making this on Sunday :-) <br />xoxo

  18. July 22, 2010 at 18:19

    Hi Heather,<br />I just emailed you my entry for the parfait challenge, since I don't have a blog. Please let me know if you don't get the email...it includes a pretty large file with photos.<br />Thanks!

  19. July 23, 2010 at 03:12

    my entry is up...<br /><br />http://nellywantstobevegan.blogspot.com/2010/07/welcome-to-my-secret-garden.html

  20. July 23, 2010 at 13:34

    Hi Heather, here is my parfait entry. Have a great weekend, girlie! :) : http://barefootandfrolicking.blogspot.com/2010/07/raw-summer-party-parfait-entry.html

  21. July 23, 2010 at 19:28

    I just ordered your parfait e-book...I am dreaming up my version and will post here before the deadline. :)

  22. July 24, 2010 at 18:03

    I loved this dessert challenge. So easy, yet so good. Thanks for all the wonderful ideas.<br /><br />Here is my entry:<br />http://belgianadventure.typepad.com/part2/2010/07/iced-sweetsour-parfait.html

  23. July 24, 2010 at 20:44

    Heather,<br />here is my entry<br /><br />http://theavocadogirl.com/2010/07/pomegranate-chocolate-cherry-parfait/

  24. July 24, 2010 at 20:50

    here's the link to my entry:<br /><br />http://www.bittofraw.com/2010/07/in-search-for-perfect-parfait.html

  25. July 24, 2010 at 21:18

    And, just in time for the deadline, here's my entry:<br /><br />http://yummyrawkitchen.blogspot.com/2010/07/summer-party-parfait-contest-entry.html<br /><br />Had lots of fun making this one :)

  26. July 25, 2010 at 00:52

    Hi Heathy,<br />I'm going to stick with my original entry (the link is in the comment above). Good luck to everyone. I had so much fun with this challenge. Thank you Heathy!<br /><br />xoxo

  27. July 25, 2010 at 02:45

    What a great learning experience this was for me! I had so much fun making these and using Irish Moss for the first time. I hope you like my parfait :)<br /><br />http://rebeccasremedy.wordpress.com/2010/07/24/strawberry-white-chocolate-crunch-parfait/

  28. July 25, 2010 at 04:00

    I had so much fun experimenting with the parfait challenge. It definitely turned on my creative raw treat side! More ideas are brewing which I will try with company in a week...<br /><br />Here's the link to my Chocolate Coffee Explosion Party Parfait: <br /><br />http://teliboo.blogspot.com/2010/07/chocolate-coffee-explosion-party.html

  29. Angela
    July 25, 2010 at 13:05

    I just posted my entry on my site. Thank you so much for this opportunity! It's been super fun. I am glad I found your site. Desserts are my favorite too. <br />http://livingrawesome.com/?cat=20<br />My added ingredients were Cherries and Orange Blossom Water.<br />I hope you enjoy:)

  30. July 25, 2010 at 19:43

    Here is my parfait entry!! Thanks! It was a lot of fun!<br /><br />http://livegreen4life.blogspot.com/2010/07/my-perfect-parfait.html

  31. July 25, 2010 at 22:38

    Yay, I'm finished and my post is up! <br /><br />http://rawxy.com/?p=1460<br /><br />Thanks again for putting together a great challenge!

  32. July 25, 2010 at 22:55

    Hi, I enjoyed your parfait so much this weekend! Thank you for this ebook! I am so happy to share my Parfait entry: <br /><br />http://beeskneeskitchen.wordpress.com/2010/07/25/sweetly-raw-parfait-challenge/

  33. July 26, 2010 at 02:15

    My entry is finally up!<br /><br />http://rawcandy.wordpress.com/2010/07/25/orange-blossom-apricot-parfait/<br /><br />xo

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