Joni Sare, cooking instructor

Raw appetizers: Raviolis, Cannellonis, Creamsicle, Chocolate Mousse

Raw Food Connection” is a MeetUp group in Monterey/Carmel, and they are definitely a ‘sister’ group to our South Bay Raw group. We are soooo similar, in so many ways. I feel such a closeness with the organizers, Audrey and Paula, in such a short amount of time.

This past Sunday (October 23, 2011), in Carmel Valley, I presented a variety of appetizers to their group, giving them an insider look at how I come up with – and deconstruct and reconstruct – appetizers into rawlicious creations. I mentioned preparation methods, gadgets, techniques and used various foods (mostly local, and a few imported goodies).


 Raw Holiday Appetizers

sweet and savory


Raw Pizza Tartlette Appetizer:


Raw Pizza Tartlette and Cannellonis:

Raw Cannelloni and Pizza Tartlette Appetizer:

Raw Marinara and Nut Cheese, with Eggplant Nibs:

Raw Holiday Appetizers:

Bottom row, from left: Mud Pie, Creamsicle and Brickle, Nut Cheese and Basil Bites. Top row, from left: Cheese Raviolis, Pots of Pleasure, Basil Cream Cannellonis and Pizza Tartlettes

Raw Ravioli Appetizer on Basil Leaf:

Raw Nut Cheese filled Ravioli on Basil Leaf

  • Ravioli: Tomatoes, zucchinis, red bell pepper
  • nutritional yeast, psyllium husks, miso
  • Filling: almonds, cashews, kimchi juice, probiotic powder, water
  • nutritional yeast, onion powder and sea sal
  • Marinara: from Paula (tomatoes and ?)
  • Topped with Eggplant Nibs


Raw Chocolate Mousse Appetizer:

Raw “Pots of Pleasure”

Four layers:

  • The plant: wheat grass blades, carrot tops, rosemary sprig or dried orange peel
  • The gravel: sprouted buckwheat, sunflower seeds and chocolate
  • The mud: avocado, banana, chocolate and coconut butter
  • The lava: fig, orange, ginger, coconut shreds and tamarind paste


from left to right: with Carrot Tops, Rosemary Sprig, Wheat Grass Blades, and at the very end: Dried Orange Peel

Raw Orange Creamsicle w/Spiced Fig Brickle Appetizer:

Raw Orange Creamsicle w/Spiced Fig Brickle

  • The cream: nut cheese with orange juice and pulp
  • The brickle: fig, orange, ginger, coconut shreds, tamarind paste and brazil nuts
  • with dried orange peel as garnish

    Individual portions, shown above, and party version, shown below.

    Joni’s Raw Appetizer Demo:

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