what does "raw" mean? Where does the name Raw monje come from?
Raw desserts mean foods that have not been cooked above around 115 degrees. Many of the items we currently offer are considered raw, meaning they are not baked and so the nutritional value of the ingredients are intact. Some of the ingredients are not raw so wouldn’t be appropriate for someone who follows a strict raw diet. All of our products are made of plant-based ingredients including fruits, nuts, coconut milk and oil, adaptogenic herbs (Adaptogens improve the health of your adrenal system, the system that's in charge of managing your body's hormonal response to stress) and superfood powders. Everything is completely natural and dyed with plants and Earth-based ingredients. Raw: being in or nearly in the natural state: not processed or purified; in a natural, unrefined, or crude state. The name “Raw Monje” comes from a combination of the word Raw and Monica’s nickname, Monje, based off of the Italian “mangiare: to eat.” The word monje in Spanish, pronounced differently, means “monk.” While our current products are mostly raw (hence the name), we envision a more authentic world where people show up in their purest and real forms and so the name has a double-meaning.
are the ingredients organic?
Yes, nearly all of our ingredients are organic, locally sourced where possible and non-GMO. Any non-organic ingredients used will be labeled or you will be notified. All ingredients are listed so that you are aware of what you are putting into your body. We have hand-selected ethically-responsible suppliers who have the same integrity as we do. They regularly test their ingredients for purity and source and support people and communities across the globe. Yes, organic is currently more expensive. We're firm believers in "Pay the farmer now or the doctor later." Especially where chocolate and cashews are concerned, eating and supporting organic is better for everyone.
how long do they keep?
Most of our products are frozen or need to be refrigerated for storage. Fresh flowers, berries and herbs on decorated cakes will last 1-2 days in the refrigerator. Standard items will keep in the fridge for a week or sealed in the freezer for 4-6 weeks or more. We don’t know how much longer because they’ve never lasted that long!
Raw Truffles may be left out, but they will soften. They should be kept cold, up to 10 days in refrigerator, otherwise please freeze in an airtight container for longer term storage. The glass containers may be frozen for short-term. Please reuse the jars or return them to us.
Raw "cheesecakes” including mini cupcakes: with fresh fruit toppings: 1-2 days in refrigerator, standard: 1 week in refrigerator, 4-6 weeks in freezer.
Donuts: 1 month unrefrigerated, 2 months in refrigerator.
What do you use for sweeteners?
We use better sugars and you’ll find that our items are not as sweet as traditional sugar-laden desserts. We use fruit, honey (not in vegan treats), brown rice syrup, pure maple syrup, dates, bananas, lucuma powder and coconut sugar. Our current wholesale product line is 100% plant-based and vegan and does not use honey, but we do currently use honey in a few cheesecake flavors. While our desserts do contain sugar, we do not use refined white sugar or artificial sweeteners in any of our recipes. In some cases, we can also substitute other diabetic-friendly sweeteners for an extra cost if we have advance notice. Always speak with your doctor if you have questions.
are they gluten free? allergy-safe? WHat about nuts? are they kosher?
Gluten Free: Our kitchen is 100% gluten-free as are all the ingredients and considered Celiac-safe, although we do not have the funds at this time for certification. Our suppliers are carefully chosen. We are located in separate kitchen in a shared building with our own heating and cooling. We use certified gluten-free oats in our Energy Bites and Energy Donuts.
Vegan Options: Our current wholesale product line is 100% plant-based and vegan. Again, our items are carefully chosen. Vegan products are always labeled as such and all ingredients are listed on our website. We do use honey in our seasonal Beet Honey “cheesecake.” If you are custom ordering and require this item to be vegan, you can sub out the honey for pure maple syrup. We envision a world that operates with more plant-based options for everyone and we welcome all in a non-judgemental and open-minded space. We will always have vegan and plant-based options with clear labeling.
Dairy: We DO NOT use dairy products.
Nuts/Coconut/Peanuts: Many of our recipes use nuts, coconut and a few use peanuts. We always use clean equipment after handling peanuts, but we are NOT a peanut-free or nut-free facility and we don’t have separate equipment. Our recipes rely heavily on nuts and so we cannot accommodate severe nut-allergies at this time.
Kosher: We are currently working on getting Kosher certified. Since many of our items are plant-based, dairy-free and egg-free, they are kosher-friendly, Parve and some would be Passover-safe. It’s best to speak with your host and check ingredients if you are bringing something and are unsure.
Many of our products are also free from soy, corn. and refined white sugar. Some small toppings on custom items may include processed organic sugar, but we always notify you if there’s any regular white sugar.
how do i get your treats?
We are conveniently located in Manayunk and offer open kitchen hours for pickup and local delivery on Fridays or pickup by appointment. We offer subscription boxes and deliver those within 20 miles of 19127. If you know somewhere in the local area where you’d love to see our products, please let the business know and have them reach out or fill out our Wholesale contact form. We create special event cakes and provide desserts and favors for both corporate and celebratory events. Please see our Custom page for more information. Please note: we are not a sit-down or traditional bakery. We are not a storefront or open to the public besides for classes and scheduled pickups and open kitchen times. We do ship our donuts and plain truffles within the US; see next question.
We are currently offering pick-up on Thursdays by appointment or during our Pop-up/pick-up hours which are currently most Saturdays 9am-11am. Always call ahead, check instagram or our Events calendar. You must pre-order if you want something specific as stock items and quantities change week to week.
product pickup + shipping
You may pickup your orders from our Manayunk, Philadelphia kitchen during our current open pick-up hours: Saturdays 9am-11am. Please note which day when you place your order or you may email or call us to arrange a different day.
Chocolates/donuts: We do ship our plain truffles (contiguous US), assorted truffles (Greater Philadelphia area only) and chocolate donuts throughout the US. The cutoff for Saturday pickup or Friday delivery is 12pm on Wednesday or your order will be ready the following week. We hand deliver within the immediate NW Philadelphia area, on Fridays, for a $5 flat fee (19127 only; no order minimum) or $10 flat fee (within 5 miles of 19127; zip codes 19444, 19035, 19072, 19066, 19004, 19128, 19144, 19118, 19119; $35 minimum order).
Our plain truffles are shipped with ice packs and can be shipped only within the Contiguous US. These orders ship out M-W USPS 1-3 day shipping (local to Philly, they should arrive in 1 day). Choose UPS next day to guarantee shipping beyond the Greater Philadelphia area. Chocolate order cutoff is 8pm Tuesday evening or your order will ship out the following Monday. In warm weather, it’s best to ship to your work location or be sure you will be home to receive your package. You can choose your shipping preference at checkout based on the best option to your location. We recommend overnight shipping for all raw chocolates going to locations above 75 degrees. Please reach out if you have any questions.
Cheesecakes (online orders): Require 3 day turnaround for pickup/delivery. Due to weight, temperatures and the nature of our ingredients, we do not ship cakes at this time.
For specific holidays, cutoff times for orders, delivery and pick-up windows may vary.
quality commitment + return policy
We are committed to our products bringing you joy. We cannot accept returns on orders since they are perishable and made to order in small batches. If for any reason you are not happy or there is an issue with your order, please reach out immediately so we can have a conversation and make it right. We cannot be responsible for improper storage or handling upon arrival or for shipping issues beyond our control due to storms and natural disasters. We appreciate any comments, feedback or suggestions you may have be given by reaching out to us directly. We value authentic communication and are always here to speak with you. We value and demand high vibrations, honesty and integrity in all words and actions in the Raw Monje community. Thank you for understanding and supporting our small, woman-owned business.