In today’s post, I am totally thrilled to introduce you to one of my biggest inspirations when it comes to food. Emily is Canadian and is the creator of the blog “This Rawsome Vegan Life“.
Emily’s blog is an amazing resource, full of incredibly healthy and delicious recipes. This is my go to website when I need a little push of creativity and inspiration and I really recommend you to have a look. You won’t be disappointed!
Emily is a gorgeous soul who has many awesome projects and a beautiful philosophy. She is now a published author with her book “Rawsome Vegan Baking“, which I highly recommend you. I got my copy last weekend and it will keep me busy and inspired for a few years!
If you too, you like creating raw desserts, make sure to check it out! But first, let’s dive into more details…
Em, could you please explain who you are and what you do?
Hiya! I’m Emily von Euw, the creator of the food blog, This Rawsome Vegan Life and author of Rawsome Vegan Baking [Kindle version], and child of the universe! I was born and raised in/near beautiful Vancouver, BC, Canada. I love trees, raw chocolate, kale, weird music (and dancing sporadically to it), laughing at the amazingness of the earth and all it’s made up of, and you. You’re pretty cool.
So How did you fall in love with raw food? Is there a specific thing that switched your point of view on food?
Nothing specific, it just makes sense. One day I was eating blueberries and realized that I was literally becoming the berries as I ate them, and they were becoming me – we were becoming one, together! I got so excited and since then, no other food gives me as much pleasure to eat as raw foods – they are living, life-giving and they are beautiful.
Do you eat a 100% raw food diet and why?
Nope. I tried for a while but I got obsessive about it and it became more of an eating disorder (like orthorexia) than a healthy lifestyle. I gradually learned I felt best on a mostly raw diet, so now that is what I eat.
What does having a peaceful relationship with food mean to you?
It means I love myself and the world enough to understand that we are one and the same. I AM what I am eating, and it is me; even before I eat it. Thus I want to cause as little suffering as possible for others, and maximize their well-being. It means I love my body enough to know it deserves only the best food I can provide it with.
What’s your your most important health secret?
Eat what you want, just get educated so you know what that really is. If everybody understood what a Mcdonald’s burger REALLY IS, no one would want it. Don’t trust me – learn for yourself. Watch Earthlings. Read The China Study. Research climate change. Be informed and make smart choices that you are happy with.
What’s always in your fridge?
Sweet potatoes, mushrooms, lemons, onions, potatoes, beans, sprouts, bell pepper, kale, cucumber, cilantro, pineapple, berries… and loads of other fruits and veggies. I also always have tons of sweet and non-sweet fruits on the counter, and dried fruit and nuts and seeds in the cabinets.
Imagine you were stuck on a deserted island and you could make only one recipe. Which one would it be?
I’m torn between green juice and chocolate cream caramel bars…
I’ll give you the latter recipe:
Chocolate cream caramel bars
1 cup almonds or other nuts
1 cup dates
Pinch of salt (optional)
½ cup cashew butter
½ cup coconut oil
1 cup dates
1/3 cup coconut oil
2-3 tablespoons cacao powder
¼ cup preferred liquid sweetener
To make the crust: process the almonds into flour in your food processor, then add the dates and process until it all begins to stick together. Press into the bottom of a lined baking pan (I used a small bread pan) and refrigerate.
To make both the caramel and mocha layers: just blend the ingredients in each list until smooth. Feel free to add other flavours like vanilla, chili, ginger, etc. Spread the caramel onto your crust, followed by the chocolate cream. Refrigerate until completely set; this will take a couple hours.
What’s new and good regarding your projects and what are you planning for the near future?
My brand-new book, Rawsome Vegan Baking, hit the stores March 4th – I can’t believe it! It’s been about a year since my publisher first got in touch with me and it’s been a dream journey ever since. The book is all about raw vegan and gluten-free desserts. You want it, trust me. I’m working on my second book right now, and that will be focusing on juices, smoothies, and healthy raw vegan snacks. Beyond that, I hope to write a few e-books (I just have two out right now), keep improving my blog, and continue getting more and more people into healthy, compassionate living!
You can connect with Emily on her Facebook page as well