I am fairly new to raw. The girl that I share an apartment with isn't raw and neither are my friends. A bunch of girls are coming over to my new place in a few days for dessert and tea. Right now I have a minimal budget, no blender, and a very weak dehydrator.
So, any ideas?
What is your favorite crowd-pleaser? They are all pretty easy going and adventurous, but omnivorous as well. What is something satisfying, sweet, good with tea, and not too "crazy raw"?
Here is something to consider if you are comfortable with it. Our church has a refreshment time after the service, and since we are a small church (like 3 families) doing the refreshments falls on me quite often. I do not eat all raw, but I have cut out wheat, most dairy, and sugar. So along with coffee, tea and juices I always bring a bunch of fruit- grapes, cut up pineapple, slices of apples that have been dribbled with lemon juice (keeps them from browning) Then I also have food that I don't eat- some cookies, chunks of cheese, etc. You can definately try some of the raw desserts if you have the time. For me- having a bunch of healthy food I like (and many of the others eat too) along side food I don't care to eat works out better.
Lately my dessert of choice has been a handful of dried cranberries and some almonds. easy! The textures and flavors are so pleasing together! If you presented them well that could be a nice dessert for tea guests. Also, I'm fond of these raw macaroons with a couple of mods: http://www.pure2raw.com/2009/12/holiday-raw-vegan-gluten-free-pe...
I omit the goji berries and peppermint for simplicity. Also, I find that they are WAY too sweet for me. I think I make them with just under 1/4 c agave. Better to start small and add more if needed. I shape them with my TBSP measuring spoon and keep in the fridge-- I don't dehydrate. They're yummy but I'd advise serving them chilled because they can get crumbly at room temp.