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. 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 (for custom orders). 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."
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 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 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 sugar 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.
are they vegan + gluten free? WHat about nuts? are they kosher?
Our kitchen is 100% gluten-free as are all the ingredients. 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. Most of our products are dairy free and vegan, but we do use honey in some recipes. Please refer to the ingredients on the product description or ask. Our current wholesale product line is 100% plant-based and vegan (including our chocolates and donuts) and do NOT use honey, but we DO currently use honey in a few cheesecake flavors available for custom order.
Many of our recipes use nuts and a few use peanuts. We always use clean equipment after handling peanuts, but we are NOT a peanut-free or nut-free facility. Our recipes rely heavily on nuts and so we cannot accommodate nut-allergies at this time.
We are currently working on getting Kosher certified.
Most of our products are also free from soy, corn and refined-sugar. Some small toppings on custom items may include processed organic sugar, but we always notify you if there’s any regular sugar.
how do i get your treats?
Besides your freezer… and picking up or local delivery from our Manayunk kitchen… We will be available in your local restaurants, co-ops and studios soon. If you know somewhere in the local area where we’d be perfect, please reach out or have the business fill out our Wholesale contact form. We also create special event cakes and provide 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 and you must order ahead. We are not a storefront or open to the public besides for classes and scheduled pickups. We do ship our donuts and plain truffles within the contiguous US; see next question. And yes, subscription boxes are coming in 2019!
If you backed our campaign, we will be fulfilling your Kickstarter rewards in the next couple of months. thanks for your support!
product pickup + shipping
You may pick up your orders from our Manayunk, Philadelphia kitchen on Thursdays between 11am-5pm or another day by appointment only. Please note which Thursday when you place your order or you may email or call us to arrange a different day.
Chocolates/donuts: We do ship our plain chocolates and our donuts. The cutoff for Thursday 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 (no Alaska or Hawaii at this time). 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 Northeastern US area. Chocolate order cutoff is 8pm Tuesday evening or your order will ship out the following Monday. Please 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 chocolates. Be sure to ship overnight if your destination temperature is above 80 degrees.
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 or tarts at this time but please check back or reach out if you are interested in this.
For specific holidays, cutoff times for orders, delivery and pick-up windows may vary.
Delivery is Saturday, April 20, 8am-10am.
Pickup is Saturday, April 20: 10:30am-12pm.
Please let us know your preference when placing your order.
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. Thank you for understanding and supporting our small, woman-owned business. We appreciate any comments, feedback or suggestions you may have.