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Want to satisfy your sweet tooth without feeling guilty? We chatted to Ashlea Minicozzi to find out how and why she got into the dessert business and how we could feed our sweet tooth without feeling guilty.

Ashlea Minicozzi is the creator, owner and maker of Stripped Desserts. Stripped Desserts is a raw sweet business that was born out of the desire to have a career I was 100% passionate about. It is about satisfying the sweet tooth, benefiting the body, mind and spirit while looking after the environment.
This is achieved through each creation being lovingly handmade using raw, organic, natural, refined and preservative free ingredients that are sourced through local companies and markets.

Before starting Stripped Desserts I spent endless hours cooking treats for my family, and finding inspiration online, through social media, and worked with a local Melbourne cold pressed juice company as their dessert blogger. This allowed me the flexibility and platform to experiment and showcase my healthy dessert creations, and determined this is what I want to do. My recipes have appeared on Green Press, Move Nourish Believe, Sport Luxe and Smudge Eats Websites. While this journey is still new and I am learning everyday from it. I feel blessed I have the support of those around me.

Why raw desserts you may ask and not just eat that triple chocolate cake with fresh cream or the salted caramel donut? Well it does sound delicious and you could but you wouldn’t get the nutritional benefits of whole foods raw desserts, and be able to cater for a range of food intolerance and allergies from lactose intolerant, fructose intolerant, coeliac and in some cases even nut allergies. You can get a triple chocolate cake raw cheesecakes and raw salted caramel donuts. That’s the good thing about raw desserts all the classic flavours are there plus new exiting ones such as matcha. So this means I can eat it everyday and go back for extra servings? Unfortunately no desserts should still be treated as occasional food plus being highly nutrition dense you’ll be satisfied with one piece. You can however eat it without that sluggish feeling and not feel guilted into having to pick up an extra Pilates class.

You can email me at [email protected] for orders and more information about the business. For now here’s an easy raw dessert recipe you can make at home.

Raw Caramel Peanut Panacotta
Vegan, Raw,
Serves 3


1 x 400ml tin coconut cream
8 medjool dates (pitted)
3 tbsp maple syrup (or sweetner of choice)
2 tbsp pysllium husk
1 tbsp peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla


Blend everything together until it thick and firm.
Divide into 3 serving dishes.
Refrerate for 4 hours.