Over the last two years, raw vegan treats have taken Auckland by storm. Whether or not you follow a vegan diet, these wholesome cheesecakes and slices are a perfect way to indulge without the guilt. Often made with nuts, coconut oil, dates, almond flour and maple syrup, they not only taste great but are jam-packed with nutrients at the same time. As many cafes are jumping onboard the raw dessert trend, it's easy to become overwhelmed with the amount of choice. Don't worry, as huge fans of raw treats ourselves, we've got you covered. Check out our Raw Vegan Sweet Treat guide below.
Little Bird Unbakery
Perched between Summer Street & Ponsonby Road, is the iconic Little Bird Unbakery. Inside the modern yet rustic café, you'll find their cabinet filled with a wide range of raw treats, all made without gluten, soy, and cane sugar. One of their most popular slices is the raw cacao raspberry brownie. With a vanilla coconut centre, perfectly balanced with a chocolate biscuit-like base, it's hard to believe this sweet treat is dairy, refined sugar, and gluten-free. Likewise, the rest of the cabinet is just as insane. From hazelnut slabs and gooey caramel slices to thick slices of Neapolitan cheesecake, you're going to be spoilt with many decadent options.
The Raw Kitchen
Located in the City Works Depot, a visit to The Raw Kitchen is the perfect pick-me-up in between classes or meetings. Their slices are large and delicious, with flavours ranging from ginger and lemon meringue to the most popular choc caramel. With a perfectly soft base and a generous sweet filling, it comes as no surprise that these treats are a hit. As seating inside is limited, take advantage of the sunny spots around CWD for an impromptu picnic.
From the Heart Wholefood Café
After a stroll along Orewa Beach, From the Heart Wholefood Café is the perfect post-walk treat. It's cute colourful seating, and an impressive selection of raw goodies will undoubtedly blow you away. Rather than just stocking the basics, their cabinet is packed with unique vegan treats such as choc minty bounty bombs, mars bar cheesecake, and raw rocky road.
From peanut butter slices and passionfruit cheesecakes to raw Oreo cookies, we want it all! The Sip Kitchen’s variety means deciding what to order can be a hard choice to muse over. Luckily, the team at Sip Kitchen offer small bite-sized slices for cheaper, so you can try out several flavours without breaking the bank.
Specialising in all things sweet, Misters is proud to use organic wholefoods to make amazing raw treats. Whether you're popping into their cosy Wyndham café or using their online catering service, be assured their slices and cheesecakes will not disappoint. The menu is filled with many mouth-watering flavours such as espresso, ginger crunch, and salted caramel–Your taste buds (and inner-health) are in for a treat.
Gather Wholefoods Café
Their stunning blue mural isn't the only thing that'll make your jaw drop. With a huge cabinet fully stocked with raw vegan goodies, you'll have a hard time comprehending the number of choices. Gather Wholefoods offerings range from cookies & cream slices and chocolate caramel cheesecakes to raw bounty bars–All beautifully decorated for a quick snap before digging in.
Street Organics takes the aesthetic of raw treats to the next level by adding blue spirulina to the mix. With several bright blue slice and bliss ball options, vegan treats just became even more exciting. In addition to looking awesome, blue spirulina is known to boost the immune system and increase your energy levels, as well as improve digestion. So, why not get that Instagram foodie pic while doing your body some good? It's a win-win, right?
Together Bespoke Wholefood Catering and Café
Hidden amongst the Rothesay Bay shops lies the Together Wholefood Eatery. As a takeaway spot with a slightly smaller cabinet, the options aren't as vast but we can confirm they're just as delicious. Sticking to the classics, they offer well-known and well-loved flavours such as raw peanut butter and caramel. You can even arrange for them to provide catering for your upcoming events, to please the whole party!
The Smoothie Bowl
Although The Smoothie Bowl are renowned for their killer smoothie bowls (of course), this trendy Takapuna smoothie joint also makes incredible raw treats. Served as a generously thick and large slice, prepare to be blown away as you bite into the divine layers of their Snickers and almond butter caramel slices. We're salivating just thinking about these bad boys!
A two-minute walk from The Smoothie Bowl is the ultra-cosy Mimosa Café. It's modern interior and quirky wooden seating makes for a lovely spot to enjoy a tasty raw treat. Their cabinet is filled with several delicately crafted raw desserts such as their beetroot, cacao and chocolate cheesecake, peanut butter and jelly slice, and raw carrot cake.