Just RAWsome is the most recent entrant to venture into the coveted "raw desserts" niche of Adelaide's health food market. The hand-made cakes, slices, and protein balls are raw, vegan, gluten-free, have no added sugar, and organic by request. They are about as healthy as a sweet treat can be.
But let's face it, it doesn't matter how good for you something claims to be, if it doesn't taste great, it won't be eaten. That is not a problem here because the mouth-watering morsels from Just RAWsome are delicious and they look as good as they taste.
Just RAWsome sample cakes clockwise from top left: mandarin and orange, chocolate hazelnut, pineapple, and strawberry and citrus
Just RAWsome is a small family-run business based in Adelaide. Mum, Vicki, is an avid foodie with a passion for health and wellness. Her enterprising son, Michael, decided that it is time to share his mum's kitchen creations with the people of Adelaide – lucky us!
The Just RAWsome product range is endless and I have been fortunate enough to sample some of the merchandise. With so many tantalising treats and distinct flavours deciding on a favourite is a difficult task, but, for me, it is between the chocolate hazelnut cake and the berry cake.
The berry cake is akin to a strawberries and cream cheesecake; it is soft and sweet with layers of mousse-like topping on a thin crust, while the chocolate hazelnut cake is decadently rich with an intense nutty taste. It is similar to eating a Snickers bar only better, better for you, and better decorated with a generous crumbling of hazelnuts.
Their bounty bar also rates highly and is one of Just RAWsome's newest creations. The similarities with its namesake Mars Bounty bar begin and end with a coconut centre. It is sandwiched between a thick slice of biscuit and an indulgent slab of raw chocolate, which enhances the creamy coconut.
Just RAWsome Healthy Treats clockwise from left: berry cake, protein balls, and bounty bars
Then there is a pineapple cake that is smooth in texture and taste. With coconut and a hint of sweet pineapple, it is ideal for those who do not want to be overwhelmed by flavour, but quite enjoy a relaxing trip to a tropical island.
Those who do wish to be overwhelmed with flavour should try the strawberry and citrus cake. It looks like a fluffy sunset pink cloud resting upon a chewy base that, somehow, both contrasts and compliments the zesty tang of lemon.
Just RAWsome also have a range of protein balls, which are perfect for a post-workout snack or a midday pick-me-up. They come in six different flavours including original chocolate, goji berry, almond cashew and sunflower seed, chocolate pistachio, chocolate coconut, and pistachio sesame seed.
Place your order on the Just RAWsome Facebook page
The best way to get your hands on these goodies is by placing an order on the Just RAWsome Facebook page (or the Just RAWsome shop for mobile devices). Delivery can be arranged within 20 kilometres of Adelaide's CBD. Keep an eye out for a Just RAWsome website, it is currently under construction and should be operational within the next few months.
The product list is ever evolving and the Facebook shop sells several of the more popular items: hint of mint slice, apple cinnamon and walnut cake, sticky date white chocolate cheesecake, lemon macadamia and coconut slice, lemon pie, mango cheesecake, carrot cake, mint blast slice, and almond bar.
You may also find them in cafes around South Australia and beyond. Currently, Just RAWsome is stocked at Just Results Organic Health Foods in Seaton and across the border at Sunny Kupcakes in Mildura. As a relatively new venture the list of stockists is set to grow and you may even find Just RAWsome appearing at markets and festivals around Adelaide, so stay up-to-date by 'liking' the Facebook page.
Just RAWsome Healthy Treats are raw, vegan, gluten-free, and locally made
Just RAWsome Healthy Treats are comprised of raw ingredients such as cacao, coconut, nuts, seeds, and fruit. Why raw, I hear you ask and I am glad you did. It is thought that the cooking process diminishes the nutritional quality of food and that by consuming unprocessed foods our bodies receive the optimal amount of essential vitamins, minerals, and enzymes required to keep us healthy and happy.
It is, therefore, possible to enjoy a sweet treat that is both flavoursome and packed with nutrients and that is Just RAWsome!