Practically Raw Desserts Giveaway


I’m doing a giveaway today (U.S. Residents only) for this creatively treat-tastic book:

 Practically Raw Desserts

Amber is the too-hot-to-trot mastermind behind and now she has created a cookbook of some of the simplest yet most flavorfully nutritious desserts in their raw (with the option to bake) form.

What I love about this book:

  • Every recipe is free of wheat, dairy, eggs, soy and refined grains and sugars.
  • You don’t need a dehydrator (or any other fancy hard-to-find equipment) to make these recipes.
  • There is the list of Substitutions & Variations that Amber gives on every page to accommodate each person’s preferences.
  • Practically every ingredient is easy to find at your local grocery store (and if they aren’t easy to find, Amber provides easy-to-access/make substitutions).
  • This book is full of cookies, bars, candy, cupcakes, and pies–all in their raw form so not only are they tasty, they are good for you!
  • Easy to follow instructions that anyone can abide by.


Marzipan Buckeye Bars

I decided to make these Marzipan Buckeye Bars because I love anything almond flavored and chocolate. These tasty treats did not disappoint! One of my favorite recipes Amber has in the front of the book is a Date Syrup that I used in place of the coconut nectar (this sweetener is going to be the new staple in my household). You will have to buy the book to get that recipe…

Marzipan Buckeye Bars
Prep time
Total time
Recipe reprinted from Practically Raw Desserts with permission from Amber Shea Crawley
Serves: 18
Marzipan Layer
  • 1 c. almond butter
  • ¼ c. coconut nectar
  • ¼-1/2 tsp almond extract
  • Big pinch sea salt
  • ¼ c. coconut flour
For Chocolate Glaze
  • ½ c. melted coconut oil
  • ¼ c. cacao powder
  • ¼ c. maple syrup
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • Big pinch sea salt
Marzipan Layer
  1. Combine the almond butter, coconut nectar, almond extract, and salt in a food processor, and pulse until smooth and combined.
  2. Add coconut flour and pulse until the mix comes together and starts to ball up.
  3. Transfer dough to a 6-8" square baking pan (lined with wax paper, if desired) and use a spatula or your fingers to press it down evenly.
  4. Place pan in the freezer while you make the chocolate topping.
Chocolate Glaze
  1. Combine oil, cacao powder, maple syrup, vanilla, and salt in a blender. Blend on low speed until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides if necessary.
  2. Alternatively, thoroughly whisk all ingredients together in a medium bowl.
  3. Remove pan from the freezer and immediately pour the glaze over the marzipan, tilting the pan to spread it around evenly.
  4. Freeze for at least 2 hours before slicing and serving.
  5. Store the bars in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 weeks. Serve frozen.
Nutrition Information
Calories: 2963 Fat: 278g Saturated fat: 124g Unsaturated fat: 132g Carbohydrates: 101g Sugar: 42g Sodium: 315mg Fiber: 27g Protein: 57g
If you would like to enter to win simply leave a comment below. The giveaway will close at 11:59pm PST on Friday, September 27th and the lucky winner will be announced on Saturday. Please note that this is only for U.S. residents.


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  1. Omigosh! Marzipan – my mom’s favorite sweet, and buckeye balls – my daughter’s fave! And of course we all love chocolate! Can’t wait to make these!

  2. This book would be such a fun way to jazz up my vegan dinners. Raw desserts like the one above are tempting for anyone, and I would love to get some converts!

  3. those marzipan bars look delicious!

  4. Fabulous! Dang, those bars look tasty. I love Amber so!

  5. I grew up on buckeyes…love this vegan version :)

  6. Nommmmmmmm nommmmmmmmmm nommmmmmmmmmm. These look tasty

  7. Looking for more raw/Paleo treats and this book would be perfect for that!

  8. This would be fantastic! My roommate and I have been drooling.

  9. I would absolutely LOVE to win this book! :) Looks awesome!

  10. Jennifer Sell says:

    YUM!! YUM!! I can’t wait to get this book!!

  11. That recipe looks delicious!!! I want to make it now!

  12. I have enjoyed Amber’s recipes for years. I would love to have her new book of desserts :)

  13. Thanks for doing fun giveaways!

  14. My husband is from Ohio and is always asking me to make buckeyes. He would love these! :)

  15. I LOVE raw desserts! They’re so creative and fun!

  16. Lydia Claire says:

    I love marzipan so I can’t wait to try the Marzipan Buckeye Bars!

  17. Those look really good. Would love to learn how to make more raw desserts.

  18. Those look so good and easy! I always shy away from raw recipes because they’re complicated, require expensive tools and ingredients I don’t normally purchase. I like that she offers substitutions too, because sometimes I just don’t want to use 3 cups of cashews!

  19. Ever since I made the maple streusel coffee cake from this book, I have been wanting to buy a copy so I could try the other recipes! The marzipan looks delicious!

  20. Wow! That recipe looks amazing! I need to make this

  21. Kristine Drumm says:

    Thrilled to find so many raw vegan yummies:-)

  22. I have been seeking out raw recipes after much research on the great family which consists of 3 young children, one whom is allergic to peanuts and dairy seems to do be stronger in health since we became vegan, but also his immunity is greater when eating raw. finally a raw chef with easy tasty desserts that my whole family can enjoy, i would LOVE to have a copy of this recipe book!!

  23. Anam Nguyen says:

    I’m currently trying to eat more raw.. since I am a college student living in a dorm, it would be hard to make the usual desert, too. GO VEGAN!

  24. One of my favorite desserts now made healthy! Go BUCKEYES!

  25. This looks delicious. I love amber’s first book. Would love to have the second!

  26. Would loooooove to win this! Want to try to start baking more vegan/raw desserts!

  27. want! want!

  28. Camila Caicedo says:

    This is the book for me!

  29. Looks delicious! I want to incorporate more raw foods into my diet!

  30. This book has been on my wish list.

  31. Great desserts would like to try out these recipes.

  32. Can’t wait to try this recipe! And I would love to win a copy of this book.

  33. Her book is on my holiday wishlist! I’d love to win a copy and start making the treats now! :)

  34. Wow! The recipes look amazing! Can’t wait to try them all!!! <3 :) Rico!

  35. I would love to win this cookbook!! This recipe looks amazing and I love the idea of raw desserts!

  36. I’m not really into raw foods but I have been exploring the possibilities. These bars look like something I would gobble up and so I just might have to dive into raw foods and give it a whirl..
    I am learning all about the benefits of eating raw and I am slowly getting there.
    Thanks for this recipe and the book looks great! Who doesn’t love desserts?

  37. I love Marzipan. I am going to try to make it today. The book looks great!

  38. I love Chef Amber Shea. Everything she makes always looks so amazing. Great recipe to try out coconut nectar & coconut flour! :-)

  39. Would love to win this book! Thanks for the giveaway.

  40. Kathe Hoffman says:

    Would LOVE this book. Daughter and I are both allergic to wheat, we are vegan, and I am ‘practically raw’! Have made a couple of the recipes and they are AMAZING! So excited for the drawing!!

  41. Delicious!! Thank you for sharing!!

  42. Chef Amber’s recipes are awesome and this book looks fantastic!

  43. Your site is awesome! I’ve found really great information and new recipes to try. I’m a new Vegan and would love to have a cookbook for Vegan desserts!! :-)

  44. Sonia Rayes Mendoza says:

    I just saw your book and it is exactly what I have been looking for, thank you for sharing and yes please enter my name in your contest! Would love to try the wonderful recipes. Thank you

  45. Yum! Seems easy and so delicious!

  46. Oh my! I’m a sucker for anything slathered in chocolate.

  47. Nom Nom:)

  48. Been following Amber’s web recipes, and enjoying them. Would really like to have her book to try everything!

  49. yes please. i love dessert.

  50. these sound so good, and so easy!

  51. I LOVE it! Even if I don’t win, I think i’ll end up purchasing one anyways!

  52. This recipe looks amazing! If only there were a way to stop me from eating the entire recipe in one sitting!!!

  53. Brittany Rowlands says:

    These sound SO good! I really want to get into more raw vegan baking, so having the opportunity to try out the recipes in this book would be amazing! ♥

  54. Nicole morris says:

    I love to do raw desserts with my special needs twins that does not require cooking :)

  55. Every recipe I’ve seen from this book looks amazing!

  56. All my friends in Columbus (Buckeye Nation) will soon know about this deliciousness! Thanks for the chance to win :)

  57. Tracy Tomak says:

    I would love to have a copy of this book. Since April I have lost 35 lbs eating clean, healthy and sometimes raw. I really miss my “treats” and would love to have another recipe source for these.

  58. Amber is awesome and I’d love to win her book! I’m looking forward to making this recipe—sounds amazing! Thanks!

  59. Ashley Gyura says:

    Always love your recipes!! Thanks for being awesome 😉 Would love to try some of the recipes from this cookbook too!

  60. These look amazing. I’ve heard such great things about this book, would love to try the recipes!

  61. I’ve been looking for a good chocolate glaze recipe. Thank you for sharing!

  62. This recipe looks amazing! I’m adding to my “make soon” list!

  63. This looks sooooo good!! Would love to try the recipes!!!

  64. I would love to have Ambers book. I would make everything in it :)

  65. I would love for a chance to have a book like this :)

  66. I’ve had my eye on this book for a while! Thanks for the giveaway (and for all of your great recipes!).

  67. I’ve been wanting this book for a while. The recipes all look so yummy! Thanks for the giveaway!

  68. How exciting, recipes look scrumptious! Would love to win this book.

  69. poopiebitch says:

    I bake for a living, but I’ve been dying to venture into raw desserts! I can’t wait to check this book out!!

  70. I would love Date Syrup in anything. Amber is so brilliant! Thanks for the recipe! :)

  71. These recipes look amazing!! My mouth is watering 😀

  72. These look amazing! Can’t wait to try them ou!!

  73. Oh my gosh, those look great! Although, to be honest, everything Amber makes looks great!

  74. These look great and thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  75. These look yummy!! Being my father-in-law is from Ohio, he would really love this recipe. Thank you for the giveaway:)

  76. April Deters says:

    This book looks amazing! I would love to play around with the recipes!

  77. im going to gain 10 lbs

  78. My new goal: to make every delicious recipe in the book after I win it!

  79. This book looks amazing! I would love to win!

  80. How wonderful thanks for doing this giveaway!

  81. I am always looking for raw & vegan recipes for my family! We suffer from food allergies, so this makes my son happy! Thank you!

  82. The bars look awesome.. would love to win!!!

  83. Yummy & healthy desserts! I’m all for it! :-)

  84. I think its a totally lovely idea…. I am looking forward to a copy of this book whether it is by chance or purchase!!

  85. I’m on a strict detox diet for my gluten-damage recovery. This would be amazing.

  86. Looks delicious!

  87. Nom! Nom! Nom! Can’t wait to try these!

  88. My daughter and I LOVE marzipan. I know what I’m taking to her house on Thanksgiving this year!!! These look great. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  89. This looks delicious! I would love to make this and share with my very picky sister

  90. Wow, this book looks amazing, yum!

  91. These bars look awesome and I would love Amber’s book :)!

  92. peanut butter and chocolate is the best!

  93. Kristi Porter says:

    Looks amazing! Would love to try it!

  94. Looks wonderful!!

  95. looks fabulous! what an amazing book to own :)

  96. Alright friends and neighbors, and yes, that means you even if you do live a ridiculously long way away. Drat. Oh. Cara, you never EVER give me ANYTHING! Ever. Well, not in months anyway so send me this book and everything will be okeydoke again. ‘kay? <3 <3 <3

  97. I would like to try her raw desserts!

  98. I’ve been eyeing this book for a long time — thanks for the giveaway!

  99. This book sounds amazing. And Buckeye bars? Reminds me of Ohio!

  100. I love to discover new things especially when they are raw. This looks like a great cook book to have fun with.

  101. I’ll love to win the book! Amber Shea is awesome! :)

  102. Please, please, please, please, pretty please? xx

  103. I’ve heard such lovely things about this book and would love to try my hand at raw desserts!

  104. Alicia Younger says:

    Sounds great! Where does one get coconut nectar?

  105. paula rothman says:

    i would so love to try this book. love trying and testing new foods

  106. This book looks amazing! I would love to win it!

  107. cool book, this would be great for my toddler, trying to cut out sugar for him, so it would be great to have a quilt free sweet for him or close to quilt free.

  108. I would loooooove the is book as I’m the dessert maker in the family. I’ve always made the desserts for holiday gatherings and this way I would be able to share them with a lot of people! Raw is new to me so it would be nice to have such awesome recipes!

  109. Diane Vandermast says:

    I’m not much of a “raw” eater, except for some salads, but I’d definitely be a raw dessert eater if I won this book. Like you, almond & chocolate is a particular fav.

  110. Rob Campbell says:

    I just discovered your site and am loving what I see. Keep it coming…oh, and I’d love the book!

  111. Jennifer Weaver says:

    I am fairly new to the vegan lifestyle and I could use some new recipes to keep things interesting. I cannot wait to try these marzipan buckeye bars!

  112. This kind of recipe is right up my alley. So simple and easy!

  113. I’ going to make room on my cookbook shelf for this one. sounds excellent.

  114. I would love to have this book

  115. Yum. I would love this book!

  116. mmm nothing like a recipe with simple ingredients!! would so want this book!!

  117. Heather Irwin says:

    I just discovered your blog and I am soo excited to try some of your recipes! My local co-op makes vegan peanut butter fudge bars that are to die for and these look comparable! I think I am in trouble :)

  118. I’ve done a month of raw before but it always seems like a challenge for me to get back into eating more raw meals. Even raw desserts can seem intimidating although I love raw cheesecakes and have made them often. I’d love to experiment and play around a bit more with raw cooking or uncooking.

  119. This book looks so wonderful. I have wanted it for a while.

  120. These bars look and sound absolutely drool worthy!!!!

  121. These treats look delicious! Sign me up, please :-)

  122. I love finding healthy dessert recipes!

  123. Carly Abney says:

    Looks delicious! So many creative things to try out :-)

  124. These look AMAZING whoever wins will be very lucky!

  125. What a great book! The pics look amazing, and I would love to try some of these recipes! Thanks for the giveaway!

  126. I would love to win! And this recipe looks so delicious!!

  127. Marla Hernandez says:

    Love anything healthy and delicious. Thank you!

  128. can’t wait to try!

  129. Francisco G. Hillyer says:

    In a word: Wonderful, in a Feeling: Joyful, in action: Try it out, in Chef Mode: Preparing it tonight, in the end: Thank you for all of this!!!

  130. Can’t wait to try this, doing them this weekend…..

  131. I love raw desserts!

  132. Yum!! I have been looking for some vegan friendly dessert recipes. This book sounds great!

  133. Looks so delicious!

  134. Would love to try something new and diff!

  135. Yes! So excited, this book looks fantastic and those marzipan bars look so yummy. Thanks for the giveaway!

  136. I am always on the lookout for healthy desserts to make for my family.

  137. Sounds incredible. Can’t wait to make it!

  138. Heather Petersen says:

    Sounds amazing. I am really loving raw desserts lately. I would love to try this book on my kids.

  139. Thank you!

  140. Robyn Barnes says:

    Just what I need to share my Vegan choices with friends and family! And to show off at the charter school bake sales!! I absolutely must have this!!

  141. YOU DON’T NEED A DEHYDRATOR?!!?!?!? Finally something for the poor teenagers living with their mamas!

  142. Oh, I love, love, loooove marzipan. BTW, what’s coconut nectar?

  143. Umm…YUM!!! I can’t wait to get my hands on this cookbook! I’ve been tasked with making desserts for my friends childrens birthday party’s and this would be a lovely addition to my cabinet!

  144. YUM! I love almond and chocolate too – my sister is a Buckeye, so she might not approve of the changes at first, until she tastes them!

  145. The photos made my mouth water. Nice go know that being vegan doesn’t mean an end to beautiful desserts. With the holidays approaching, I know I would have a great time making sweet vegan treats for my friends. The best way to help others understand what vegans eat is to make them beautiful food.

  146. I would love to try more raw foods. If it’s dessert, that’s even better!

  147. Every recipe that I have tried from “Practically Raw Desserts” has been wonderful! I can’t wait to try these!

  148. Jonni Swensen says:

    Just made your raw “goat” cheese today, and my husband loved the chipotle tempeh wraps I made last night. I think we need a dessert or two to round it all out! 😉

  149. I love raw desserts!!

  150. Sounds yummy! Looks yummy too! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  151. I would love to own this book! It looks perfect! :)

  152. Wonderful! I need this book!!

  153. You state that the bars must be served frozen……so they can’t be transported say , in a lunch box or the suchlike ?

  154. What is coconut nectar? I want this book >_>

  155. Amber Danneman says:

    This book is great! She takes the most frustrating part of cooking raw and vegan out with ingredients that are common and easy to find. Especially when you live in small town USA.

  156. Yum! The books looks good, and I have a huge jar of dates sitting there just waiting to become date syrup. :)

  157. I could use some new dessert ideas!

  158. You NEVER gave me anything. Ever. So there! It may not be true but I like being perverse. :-) It sounds as if one can never have enough good books but only because it’s true. xoxoxo

  159. Lisa Henahan says:

    Yum! Yum!!!

  160. An elegant dessert sure to be a crowd pleaser!! Any other substitute for coconut flour? Would almond meal ground with coconut flakes work? Coconut nectar!! Gotta look for that too. Can’t wait to try it out.

  161. Marzipan.

  162. Wowee, those look goooood! I’m interested in the book for similar reasons: vegan AND gluten-free, flexible, no fancy kitchen equipment necessary.

  163. I’ve been doing some raw treat making from the Crazy Sexy Kitchen cookbook and am loving how easy and delicious raw cooking is!

  164. Me and my kiddos would love adding these desserts to school lunch boxes!

  165. Cara, I am so excited to look into these recipes and the book, thanks so much for sharing and the heads up!,

  166. Yum! How beautiful!!

  167. I’ve been playing with vegan and raw recipes for a while now and after reading just the sneak peek of his book I’d love the add chef Amber’s recipes to my repetoire. And of course share some…maybe 😉

  168. Mmmmmm yummyyyyyyyyyyy!!!!!!!! I realllllllllllllly need this book in my life!

    Thanks so much!! <3

  169. I LOVE Chef Amber Shea! SO making these tonight! I’ve been dying to get my hands on this book! Thanks for the opportunity!

  170. I really need to get a copy of this book!

  171. For some reason I always think I’m not the biggest fan of raw desserts, however every single recipe I’ve seen someone blog about from this book looks so wonderful! I give Chef Amber a lot of credit for her creativity.

  172. This book looks so fantastic! I would love to see the recipes.

  173. These look and sound amazing. With all the dietary changes I’ve gone through, vegetarian to vegan to gluten free vegan, desserts seem to be the toughest to satisfy while keeping it whole food/plant based and healthy. Thank you both for all that you put out there. You make my life easier and more delicious.

  174. Yum! I need that book.

  175. Looks yummy! And I’d love to learn how to make raw treats.

  176. Thank you for hosting such a great giveaway! Would love to peel through this book on a regular basis.

  177. Nadia Sanchez says:

    Wow, this book looks amazing! Just in time for the holidays too… It would be so awesome to win a copy! Good luck to everyone

  178. WHOA…YES~ thank you thank you thank you for sharing Marzipan Buckeye Bars~ YUM! This weekend I went to VEG FEST Portland, Oregon and had my taste buds sparkle with flavor & I want more!!! BRAVO with BLESSINGS for you & your new book :o)

  179. The desserts look heavenly! I would live to try these recipes!

  180. I want this boooooooooook….urgently! Love that allergen free foods can still be so awesome.

  181. This sounds like the book I have been waiting for. The pictures look awe inspiring.
    Well done!!!

  182. My daughter and I love to make raw desserts together. She is 13 and I am so excited that she is interested in making healthier food choices. I would love to spend quality time with her making all of the different recipes in this book.

  183. Always looking for a healthy way to satisfy the sweet tooth.

  184. Thank you for the giveaway, Cara! I’d love to win a copy of this book.

  185. Those bars look fantastic! I love making raw desserts every once in a while, they are so fresh and delicious!

  186. You had me at “marzipan.” Seriously, I’m addicted to the stuff!

  187. This book looks amazing! I feel like it would get a lot of use at my home

  188. This book looks great! I love your fresh thoughts on life and food (and especially candy :-) )Dealing with multiple allergies can be so challenging so it is great to have individuals like yourself so dedicated to helping others! Thanks!

  189. I love the idea of raw marzipan buckeyes — so creative and I’m sure they taste amazing!

  190. I’d love to learn more about raw treats! Seems like the perfect book I’d benefit from :)

  191. I love the idea of healthy desserts! Recipes like this are what get me through the day. Giving up sugar is really hard for someone like me with such a big sweet tooth! Pick me, pick me!

  192. I’d love to win a copy of the book! everything looks amazing!

  193. Love love making treats. Would definitely benefit from this book!

  194. I have been reluctant to buy any item-specific dessert books – like, just for cupcakes, or cookies – because I don’t love specific desserts that much. But THIS, this seems like something I need in my collection, can’t wait to check it out!!

  195. I was just noting today that I needed some coconut flour. Now I *really* need some coconut flour! These are beautiful.

  196. I SO need this book !! :-)

  197. Ever since I tried vegan ice cream (bananas and chocolate, mmmm) I have been fascinated with the idea of raw food. I would love love love to try the recipes in this book!


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