Practically Raw Vegan Cookbook Giveaway

I recently received a copy of Amber Shea Crawley’s new cookbook, Practically Raw: Flexible Raw Recipes Anyone Can Make

I’ve known Amber for three years and not only is she sweet and kind, she has a hilariously dry and witty sense of humor which I adore, but she’s also an amazing chef and now published author. And we both happen to have a big sweet tooth, another reason I love her.

Here’s a sampling of the raw or practically raw vegan food found on the pages of Amber’s new book:

Parisian Street Crepes

Mushroom Nut Burger

Flaxjacks with Miso-Maple Butter

Deconstructed “sushi” bowl

Build-Your-Own Energy Bars

What I love most about Amber recipes, not only in her book but also on her blog, is that she provides:

Substitution options and variations. If you don’t want to use maple syrup, use agave. If you don’t have basil, use parsley.

Cooking and baking options. You don’t have to be 100% raw to appreciate her recipes.

Her ingredients are also pretty mainstream and not too many “specialty” and hard-to-source ingredients.

She is also budget-conscious and does not have you running to the store to buy exotic and pricey ingredients to then use 1/2 teaspoon of it.

Also included in the book is a comprehensive first chapter covering nutrition, kitchen and cooking equipment, ingredient and pantry lists, and her overall , philosophy.  The last chapter of the book includes sample meal and recipe plans. She did not miss a beat with this book.

Here are a few of my own favorite easy, raw, vegan recipes:

Raw Pasta Salad with Creamy Lemon & Herb Dressing

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls (No-Bake, Vegan, GF)

Oatmeal Raisin Carrot Cake Bites (No-Bake, Vegan, GF)

Fresh Vegan Spring Rolls and 2-Minute Peanut Sauce (No-Bake, Vegan, GF)

Raw Vegan Caramels (GF)

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

I can’t wait to dig into Amber’s book and get busy in the kitchen.

If you’d like to enter to win a copy of Amber’s Book comment below to enter.

1. What type of raw or almost raw recipe appeals to you the most? (links welcome)


Have you ever made raw/almost raw or no-bake recipes? (links welcome)

2. For a second entry, Twitter Follow @AverieCooks and and then tweet the following:

“I entered to win the new Practically Raw Vegan Cookbook from @AlmostVeganChef in the @AverieCooks Giveaway”

3. For extra entries and you must leave a separate comment for each:

Facebook Like LV&Y/AverieCooks

Facebook Like Almost Vegan

Twitter Follow Amber @AlmostVeganChef

Pinterest Follow Me & Re-Pin Something of Mine

Instagram Follow Me

Stumble Follow LV&Y & Stumble This

or post this Giveaway on your blog

Contest ends Thursday, March 15, 2012 and winner will be chosen randomly. Open to continental U.S. residents only.


  1. I love making homemade larabars, which are one of my favorite raw foods.

  2. I like you on Facebook.

  3. the peanut butter choc chip bites look yummy! i could probably get my(picky) boyfriend to eat them!

  4. many raw salads, I like to experiment with a new vegetables and always try it raw first. Then my next raw thing would be my raw truffles…:) kids can’t have enough of it!

  5. Homemade Larabars are probabaly my favorite. My daughter and I love them! :)

  6. i am terrible at making baked desserts but the master of thrown-together-with-whatever-i-have-on-hand raw desserts. it’s a mystery…

  7. i follow you on twitter & tweeted!

  8. i like you on facebook!

  9. Any type of raw desserts – particularly those that include chocolate and/or peanut butter are the ones that mainly hit the spot for me! ^^ For the holidays I made a bunch of raw snickerdoodles, peanut butter cookies and gingerbread men!

  10. i liked almost vegan on facebook!

  11. i follow you on pinterest & repinned!

  12. Just yum. I love the zucchini “pastas” or some of the protein balls. Just simple and healthy.

  13. I’m seriously intrigued by the mushroom nut burger… it looks perfect! I’d love to make those along with sweet potato fries! The perfect summer dinner!

  14. I follow you on twitter and tweeted

  15. I’ll be honest, I’ve only ever tried raw desserts. I’d love to experiment with nut pates!

  16. I love no-bake cookies, which are probably the most popular no-bake item in households! And I’d love to try some other raw recipes!

  17. I like you on Facebook!

  18. I follow you on Instagram!

  19. I always an looking for more raw entree and dehydrator recipes. I adore all raw desserts!!!! Her crepes look amazing! I came up with an almost raw pb brownie that I was pretty happy with:

  20. I am a sucker for those no bake delights!

  21. I follow you on twitter AND I tweeted this giveaway:)

  22. I also follow Amber on twitter!

  23. I follow you on Instagram!

  24. The sushi bowl looks amazing!

  25. I Facebook like you!

  26. Ahhh!! I don’t have a food processor, but when I get one, I can’t wait to make those “cookie dough” balls!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  27. My favorite raw recipes include raw spinach….my favorite would have to be my raw spinach pesto (recipe on my blog; I have no idea how to link to it!), as well as smoothies that use raw spinach. I’ve never made anything raw that requires the use of a dehydrator, because I don’t have one, so most of the raw stuff I eat is mainstream-raw – salads, veggies, etc. I also like the raw fruit-and-nut balls/bars that are all over the blogworld, of course.
    I’ve eaten raw meals at restaurants in London and San Francisco that have been absolutely sublime, so if I had more time and a dehydrator I would definitely do more raw cooking.

  28. I already like you on Facebook!

  29. I’m drawn to any raw recipes that don’t involve a dehydrator because I don’t have one

  30. I follow you on Instagram!

  31. I like you on facebook

  32. I like Almost Vegan on facebook

  33. Spring rolls!

  34. definitely the cookie dough balls!

  35. Homemade Larabars!

  36. I recently made these unbelievable raw triple cream cakes – definitely worth a try they were SO GOOD.

  37. I’m dying to try those crepes and the caramels. I love raw desserts to satisfy my sweet tooth :)

  38. My favorite raw recipe is these Brazil Nut Cherry Coconut Bites:, they’ve gotten me through many a ‘sweet’ craving.

  39. My fav raw food has to be green smoothies and raw salads with jicama.

  40. Raw desserts -raw cashew tiramisu is fantastic! Also, any kind of raw sauce or dressing. I love how easy it is to sneak in extra nutrients with raw recipes!

  41. I have made your oatmeal raisin carrot cake bites which are superdelish and also love the avocado choclate pudding

  42. I already like u on fb

  43. I follow you on pinterest and repinned

  44. I like almost vegan on fb

  45. Anything with almond flour! Yum!

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