Raw Noble makes raw mousse pies in five different varieties. I got to try some samples and do a little Q&A with founder Lisa Dawson!
Lisa Dawson – founder of Raw Noble – was one of my neighbors at Atlanta VegFest this year. It was wonderful getting to know her at the fest, and I spent all day eying the raw mousse pies that she was selling. I sampled the lemon at the show, and she sent me home with the vanilla, chocolate, and sweet potato varieties to review.
You guys. These pies! My mom and I shared the chocolate and vanilla the next morning, and they blew our little minds. My mom is an omnivore and couldn’t believe that these suckers were dairy free. I’ve got detailed reviews of each pie below and a Q&A with Lisa.
Raw Noble Review
All of Raw Noble’s pies have a date and almond crust. The crust is dense and just a little bit sweet to perfectly compliment the real star of the show: the mousse.
Raw Noble offers five varieties of raw mousse pies: chocolate, vanilla, lemon, key lime, and coconut. They’re also making a special sweet potato mousse pie just for the holidays.
Key Lime & Lemon
The key lime is probably my favorite of her pies, because I love key lime pie. Before VegFest, it was the only flavor I’d tried, because once I had it there was no going back. Lisa let me sample the lemon pie at the show, and it is definitely a close second, at least for me. That combo of creamy mousse and bright citrus is tough to beat.
The vanilla pie that she sent home with me was my mom’s favorite, and I can see why. It tasted like real vanilla. I feel like vanilla gets a bad rep as a boring flavor, but real vanilla is rich and complex and all over this mini pie.
The chocolate was a little bit denser in texture but without sacrificing any creaminess. It tastes like a milk chocolate, which I really loved. It’s been years since I got to indulge in milk chocolate! If you love chocolate, this is the Raw Noble pie for you.
Like I mentioned above, their sweet potato pie is a seasonal variety that they’re only making for the holidays. It’s not quite as smooth as the other two, because of the real sweet potato in the recipe, but it still has that decadent mousse texture. The pie is packed with deep seasoning from pumpkin pie spices.
I liked all of these a lot more than the holiday cakes and pies I usually have. I love baked goods, but my blood sugar has other things to say about it. The Raw Noble mousse pies are just as satisfying as baked desserts, but the nuts in the mousse and crust helped me not crash later.
Q&A with Founder Lisa Dawson
Me: What inspired you to found Raw Noble?
Lisa Dawson: That’s actually a long story… The short version is that myself and a dear friend were going to open up a raw food restaurant in Decatur. We were looking at spaces in the Fall/Winter of 2010. Alas, she got cold feet and decided she would rather take another professional career path. 🙂 However, we had already started interviewing chefs.
Once we selected Cory [Kilcoyne], he and I decided to go directly into distribution. He had experience in doing local distribution so we went for it!
So, I found us a shared kitchen for the first eight weeks and we made raw food dishes for local health food stores. Once our customers learned about our desserts, they took off. We continue to deliver those desserts to local health food stores. From there we fortunate to get into Kroger and next Whole Foods. Now we have about 60 accounts in the SE. We are not currently on the shelves at Kroger but we are meeting next week to discuss the options).
Me: On your website, I see that Raw Noble also has a Director of Philanthropy, Kira Walker. Can you tell me a bit about her role?
Well, having a Dir. of Philanthropy is a bit of an ambitious title! Kira is wonderful and has helped with many facets of Raw Noble. We’ve really enjoyed having her be a part of our team!
Where can folks find your amazing mousse pies?
We are in about 25 Whole Foods and about 25 Earth Fares in the southeast Region: GA, SC, NC, TN, AL. We might be in a couple stores in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky but I’m waiting to get Earth Fare’s list.
We are also in some local health food stores in Atlanta. Sevananda, Health Unlimited, Savi Market, Elephant Grocers and Amy’s Natural Foods Warehouse. We are working on getting some more smaller accounts throughout the states I mentioned above.