Eating Raw on a Budget

For those of you who know me personally or have attended my Raw Food Workshops, you’ll know I’m all about quick and easy recipes. It’s a fun challenge creating recipes that not only tick the box nutritionally, but that are actually affordable to make! Nothing hurts my feelings more than hearing people say that they would love to eat healthy but ‘it’s just too expensive’.

It’s just not true.

Certainly, you can rack up a hefty shopping bill buying organic everything from high end health food shops. Great if you have the budget – not so great if you are trying to figure out how you’re going to pay for 4 kids to go through private school. Yep.

Believe it or not, you can whip up some pretty amazing food for hungry bellies using ingredients that you probably already have in the pantry.

3 cups rolled oats
2/3 cup sesame seeds
1/2 cup raw cacao powder
1/2 water
1/4 cup raw honey
1/4 coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla extract

  1. Place the oats, sesame seeds and cacao into a food processor and process until crumbly.
  2. Add the honey, coconut oil and vanilla. Drizzle in water a little bit at a timeand process until the mixture forms a dough.
  3. Press firmly into a 20x20cm baking tray lined with baking paper. Freeze for around 20 minutes, until firm. Cut into squares and enjoy!

Seriously how easy is that?? It took me less than 10 minutes to make this – and that included washing up my equipment afterwards. But if this is your first dabble into raw, I have alternatives for you to make it even simpler (and cheaper).

If you don’t have sesame seeds, don’t stress – just leave them out. Replace them with extra oats instead. Same goes for raw cacao powder and raw honey. If cocoa and regular honey is all you have for now, use that. When you run out, replace it with the raw stuff.