When you think dessert, you probably don’t think vegan, raw and organic. Do you?
And when you think vegan, raw and organic, you probably don’t think delicious. Do you?
Well, businesswoman Whitney Koitka is turning those preconceptions around with her new dessert shop, Little Raw Co. Showcasing Sydney’s finest local organic ingredients, Whitney and her chefs handcraft their range of desserts with a lot of love.
Whitney’s passion for making raw vegan treats sprung from a desire for healthier dessert options, and for 10 years she’s been perfecting her recipes. Often seen at both the Paddington and Frenchs Forest markets, Whitney then started going to the Mosman markets, where demand for her product soared. It was only natural, then, to open up a store.
Little Raw Co. launched several weeks ago, and is ready and open for business! Available for sale are full size cakes and individual slices, cupcakes, bliss balls and truffles, as well as a variety of bottled kombucha ($4.95) and cold brew coffee ($5.95) drinks. Alongside that, they also have a Raw Ingredients Pantry, in the hopes of encouraging people to make their own creations. On offer is a range of organic loose leaf tea ($28-$31), buckets of goodies such as raw nuts and coconut flour, cacao nibs and chia seeds (prices vary by kg), as well as organic coconut oil ($18.99) and nectar ($15.99), and a selection of activated nut spread ($12.99-$14.99), which Whitney makes herself. She hopes to put a new recipe on the wall every month, so customers can try it for themselves at home.
All of their desserts are additive and gluten free, vegan, sugar free, paleo friendly and rich in nutrients. It is Whitney’s goal to create desserts that “nourish the body” as well as being utterly delicious. Needless to say, she has achieved it.
I was lucky enough to try a few of her treats! First up was the Peanut Butter Cream Cupcake ($5). It has a cacao coconut cake base, with a piped peanut cream ganache, and sitting on top is a raw peanut butter cup. It was simply divine. The delicious peanut flavour came through loud and proud, and the ganache was creamy and smooth – perfect for that crunchy base.
Next I tried a slice of the Turkish Delight Cheesecake ($11.50). It was rich and decadent, made with chocolate and rose water filling, with a yummy chunk of ‘turkish delight’ made from agar-agar in the middle. On top is a velvety homemade chocolate hazelnut spread, and some beautiful edible flower petals. Rose water is often overused in cooking, but Whitney obviously knows her flavours, as this cake is balanced perfectly.
It was the perfect pairing with the 100% organic Orange Rose tea. It’s a refreshing blend, combining all organic flavours – rosehip peels, citrus peels, camomile, lemongrass, hibiscus and nana mint. It’s not too sweet, and the hint of nana mint coming through leaves a clean finish in the mouth.
Following on from that was the Classic Orange & Poppyseed Cake ($12.50). With a texture similar to that of a normal flour-based cake, it’s soft and fluffy, with a yummy crunch from the poppy seeds. The cake itself tastes of coconut and orange, and is topped with a creamy orange ganache and colourful edible flowers. It’s a fresh new take on a classic.
To finish up I had the Chocolate Peppermint Bliss Ball ($3.50), made with hazelnuts and cacao and covered in desiccated coconut. It was sinfully good!
But the best thing about Whitney’s desserts is that you don’t need to confess your sins after eating them! They contain 100% natural ingredients, meaning they are chock full of healthy nutrients, and don’t leave you in a sugar coma feeling bloated.
I know. It’s hard to believe that something raw and vegan can be this good. But if you’re still feeling sceptical, you’ll just have to go and try for yourself.
Little Raw Co
1/271 Military Road, Cremorne, Sydney NSW
Phone: (02) 9953 6706
Open 7 days a week, Monday to Saturday 9am-5pm and Sunday 10am-4pm