Raw Ingredients

Raw, local and in season, if possible:

  • fresh fruit and fresh fruit juices
  • sun-dried fruit
    • dates for sweetening
    • goji berries, raisins
    • sun-dried tomatoes
  • fresh veggies and fresh veggies juices
  • raw nuts and seeds, preferably soaked overnight, rinsed and drained to aid digestion and raw nut and seed butters:
    • almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, coconut, pecans, pistachios, sunflower seeds, walnuts
    • buckwheat groats, chia, hemp seeds, pumpkin seeds, quinoa, sesame seeds, wild rice
    • almond butter, tahini, cashew butter
    • flax seeds
  • raw beans and grains, soaked and sprouted
    • oat groats
    • wheat berries
    • mung beans
  • raw seaweed
    • nori
    • wakame
    • dulse
    • spirulina
  • first cold pressed extra virgin oils
    • olive oil
    • coconut oil
  • vinegar
    • raw apple cider vinegar
    • others also use
      • umeboshi
      • balsamic
      • coconut
      • banana
  • sweeteners
    • raw local honey (not strictly Vegan)
    • raw coconut nectar
    • others prefer
      • agave syrup (processed)
      • maple syrup (processed)
      • stevia
      • yacon syrup
      • dehydrated cane juice (Sucanat)
  • raw carob or cacao
    • powder
    • nibs
  • salts
    • nama shoyu – unpastuerized soy sauce
      • some prefer Bragg Liquid Aminos
    • sea salt
    • white miso, unpasteurized
  • spices
  • herbs

17 Responses to “Raw Ingredients”

  1. Jenny August 3, 2011 at 5:08 pm #

    I love that you promote raw veganism, but unfortunately, honey is NOT vegan. Don’t want to confuse newbies… Vegans eat zero animal products. They also don’t use anything at all from animals, including wool and leather.

    On another note, I can’t wait to try your recipes! (Minus the honey, of course)

    • Mama In The Kitchen August 3, 2011 at 5:26 pm #

      Hi Jenny, thanks for leaving a comment. I really appreciate it. Yes, raw honey is not vegan, but of all the syrups out there, it is not processed like maple and agave syrup. We have tried stevia, but we don’t like it either. A lot of raw vegans do use raw honey because of the fact that it is unprocessed. I struggle with the fact that it is not vegan too, but till I find a healthier sweetener… it’s the choice at our house. We also use maple syrup, not agave – but use it less. What do you use?

  2. Jenny August 3, 2011 at 5:44 pm #

    I don’t like stevia either! It’s just not good at all. We use maple syrup or agave. I actually try to stay away from sweeteners altogether. I also don’t like that maple and agave are processed, but I just can’t bring myself to use honey since the bees are being exploited. I would probably still feel bad even if the honey came from a backyard bee enthusiast. But hey, to each his own, right? At least you emphasize local honey (: I’m sure the bees are treated like living beings and not money makers, so that makes it a much better option than the conventional stuff. Thank you for such a quick response!

    • Mama In The Kitchen August 3, 2011 at 9:00 pm #

      Jenny – I heard recently that during the winter, bee keepers feed their bees with ‘sugar water’… WHITE SUGAR water. If white sugar affects us, how does that affect the bees? Just a thought.

      • Jenny August 4, 2011 at 5:03 pm #

        How sad and wrong and unnatural! Well, to tell you the truth, it really doesn’t surprise me. With the horrible food safety system in this country, I’m surprised they don’t give the poor bees high fructose corn syrup! I really can’t imagine what the white sugar does to their tiny little bodies 😦 You’d think, what with colony collapse disorder and all, they wouldn’t do something like that. Guess that’s what happens when animals are turned into money machines. I guess I’d be avoiding honey during the winter months then! Poor little bees. Thanks for that interesting tidbit! I’ll have to spread the word.

      • Mama In The Kitchen August 4, 2011 at 6:29 pm #

        i’m thinking the same thing!

  3. Rachel September 7, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

    honey never goes bad. what about buying enough for the winter during the months that bees are not fed white sugar. and if you are buying local honey, why not ask the apiarist how the bees manage during winter? what they eat? etc. get to know your local beekeeper a bit and then you can comfort yourself knowing you have picked an ethical one to buy honey from.

    • Mama In The Kitchen September 7, 2011 at 1:15 pm #

      Yes! You are right! Or use an alternative sweetener during the winter months too.

      • Alaia May 10, 2012 at 8:04 am #

        Have u tried dates for sweetner…

      • Mama In The Kitchen May 10, 2012 at 9:44 am #

        Hi Alaia, absolutely. Usually one can substitute a sweetener/syrup with double the amount of pitted dates. 😉

  4. Thania January 3, 2013 at 6:49 am #

    Try Molasses,if you don’t like Stevia.Also it has been acclaimed,that Agave syrup is not a good thing.Here is a nice article about it.http://www.foodrenegade.com/agave-nectar-good-or-bad/

    • CC January 3, 2013 at 9:25 pm #

      Agree that Agave Syrup is not healthy. I have tried molasses and I love it. When we have used it, son seems slightly allergic to it (stings lips and mouth area) unfortunately.

      • Matthew January 14, 2013 at 6:02 pm #

        I highly recommend raw coconut nectar. It is made from the sap of coconut trees. Search for the company “Coconut Secret” to learn more about this tasty sweetener! Also, a beekeeper who exploits their honeybees is not a beekeeper, but a perpetuator of ecological decay. True beekeepers care for their honeybees with patient love and always find a balance between what the hive requires and what can be taken for human use.

      • mamainthekitchen January 14, 2013 at 7:25 pm #

        Thanks Matthew! Yes, I do like coconut nectar. I will have to add it here. Unfortunately, my son is allergic to it.


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