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Delicious, handcrafted, organic, plant-based, mostly raw desserts. 100% gluten-free, vegan+refined-sugar-free. Made with love.
88 backers pledged $8,500 to help bring this project to life.

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Raw Monje is a healthy lifestyle brand. We create yummy, beautiful, mostly raw, plant-based, whole food desserts and snacks and we need to make sure the community has access to them. We need our commercial kitchen space to create the most delicious and beautiful desserts we can to enhance daily life and also celebratory occasions for ALL. We also want to build community and welcome people into our space for fun events and learning experiences. One taste of our treats and you will see that healthier desserts can be delicious and make you feel good.

Waldorf Holiday Fair & Craft Bazaar November 2018
Waldorf Holiday Fair & Craft Bazaar November 2018

We believe what goes into our body has the potential to help or harm us. Our products are: 

  • organic + non GMO
  • gluten-free
  • soy-free
  • corn-free
  • vegan*
  • refined sugar-free
  • made in small batches with love and care 
  • made with seasonal and local ingredients where possible
  • all ingredients ethically sourced from organic suppliers across the globe, supporting families and communities, who routinely test their products

*Please note our current wholesale products (energy donuts, chocolates, cheesecake slices) and rewards in this campaign are 100% vegan (For the Celebrate Monthly Level, you will be able to specify if you require vegan and we'll be sure the products are honey-free). We do use honey in a few of our seasonal flavors of custom order "cheesecakes." 

There is nothing artificial or bad in our treats and along with being beautiful, they taste amazing! The feedback we've had has been one of pure ecstasy. We've even been told our truffles are "toe-curling good."

Thank you to Melis from Gluten-Free Vegans of NYC for the honest review. You can see the video here and follow them @gfvegans on Facebook + Instagram.

We offer local wholesale, custom/special event cakes, catering and online ordering for pickup and local delivery from our kitchen. We also ship our chocolate truffles within the US.

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We are all about community and are working to heal and beautify, from the inside out. We want everyone to have access to celebratory cakes and treats that they can enjoy without worry about their health and food allergies. We don't mess with items that do not taste good gluten-free, but have tested and created 100% delicious and also nutritious foods that incorporate "superfoods" and don't use refined-sugar. We were unimpressed with many of the gluten-free items available and we saw a need for a delicious, indulgent, healthier dessert. We also saw ourselves and our families dealing with chronic conditions and autoimmune diseases and illnesses including Cancer, Diabetes, Fibromyalgia, Lyme Disease and Alzheimers and we decided we all need a better dessert. We know the amount of sugar used in traditional desserts and we know there is still a tasty way.

Being born into an Italian family that knows a thing or two about from-scratch beautiful desserts, Monje has extremely high dessert standards and let's just say: it's in her genes. Centuries of kitchen-loving goodness passed along and a childhood of baking with her Mom and family have prepared her in her own way for all this gluten-free goodness.

We need our own commercial kitchen so that we can have a 100% dedicated gluten-free kitchen and eventually get Kosher certified as well. This is important for us to be able to serve those with Celiac and severe gluten allergies and other dietary needs. Many of our current products need to be refrigerated or frozen, so having this space will allow us to make desserts available directly to our customers but also allow us to wholesale to local cafes, groceries, restaurants, hotels, gyms and yoga studios. 

Our front door!
Our front door!

We are hosting small classes (including Truffle Night Out + Smoothie Making, so far!) in this space. We want to expand our offering to baked gluten-free goods and snacks and a subscription service available to those outside of the Philadelphia area.

In addition to our (expensive) quality ingredients, we will need to pay for our initial setup, including:

  • Commercial refrigerator $1200
     
  • Commercial freezer $1500
     
  • Food Processor $550
     
  • High Speed Blender $550
     
  • Stove Top $100
     
  • Tabletop oven $400 (to start)
     
  • Food Dehydrator $300
     
  • Work Tables/Shelving $500
     
  • Oven $2,299.00 
     
  • Mixer $600
     
  • Misc supplies, packaging $1500
     
  • Initial advertising/marketing/printed materials/website: $3,000
  • Rent/utilities/insurance (first 3 months): $5,000

The cost of the initial large and small appliances and supplies alone is around $8,000, not including our monthly rent/utilities/insurance and all the other items that we've had to purchase including packaging, marketing/printing, business licenses, Kosher certification (our goal!), delivery, etc. and the other bakery items we will still need to purchase. So when you subtract the cost of filling the orders - Kickstarter fee - shipping and card processing fees... you can see how we quickly will need much more than the listed $8,500 goal! We've put our own money, loan money and savings in but to be able to get up and running we need your support TODAY!!! We are beyond committed to this project. 

Rewards

Check out our awesome rewards. We know you will love what we have to offer and they also make a great consumable or experiential gift. We are so excited to bring you and your loved ones the good stuff so everyone can celebrate together and feel good, too. 


Assorted Truffles: Love: Rose/beet powder Relax: Lavender/cacao Just Be: Cacao nibs/cacao Simple: Plain/cacao, Vegan + GF
Assorted Truffles: Love: Rose/beet powder Relax: Lavender/cacao Just Be: Cacao nibs/cacao Simple: Plain/cacao, Vegan + GF
Truffle Night Out! Vegan + GF
Truffle Night Out! Vegan + GF
Energy Donut Holes—Chocolate Lover, Vegan + GF
Energy Donut Holes—Chocolate Lover, Vegan + GF
Brownie Mint Swirl "Cheesecake" Vegan + GF
Brownie Mint Swirl "Cheesecake" Vegan + GF
CBD Chocolates (Vegan + GF)
CBD Chocolates (Vegan + GF)

 Thank you!
  THANK YOU so much for your support and belief in Raw Monje Healthy Treats to serve and change the world one dessert at a time. We can't wait for you to get a taste! The possibilities of what we can create our endless with your support.
  Check out more on our website and social media pages and sign up for our monthly email list via our website. We'd be honored for you to help spread our news!
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Gluten Free Expo 2018, Monje + Matt
Gluten Free Expo 2018, Monje + Matt

Risks and challenges

First off, food business requires A LOT of upfront cost as well as ongoing costs. We are going to need to figure out delivery of the items since many do need to be kept cold, and while initially we can deliver ourselves, we are going to need help in this area. Also, there is a high upfront cost, as all of the whole food ingredients are more expensive than standard eggs, flours, sugar and fillers. There is a higher than average cost, since these are organic, whole and healthy food ingredients including lots of nuts and also superfood powders.

Monica knows about marketing and branding and will be able to save money by doing that. She is able to position the brand as established and quality and provide beautiful branding and packaging solutions. She has already run multiple businesses including a jewelry shop and a Graphic Design, service-based business. Monica has worked in restaurants and knows the importance of customer service and quality, which is something we value. We believe in authenticity in running a business and are ready to serve the community with an honest company that brings good to the world.

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    Good Vibes (Anywhere)

    Good vibes, a virtual hug and a social media thank you sent your way! What more could you ask for?!? Gluten-free, soy-free, corn-free, vegan and totally healthy!

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    Chocolate Lover Energy Donut Holes (US)

    Includes 2 packs of 3 Chocolate Lover Energy Donut Holes shipped to your door. They're great for breakfast, snack or a treat anytime of day. Gluten free, soy free, corn free, refined sugar free and vegan.

    Contains certified GF oats, nuts (cashews, almonds) and coconut.

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    Share the Love: Chocolates (US)

    One box of organic chocolates. These are beautifully designed with a hard shell and melt-in-your-mouth inside. Contains both "milk" and dark chocolate.

    Our truffles are organic, gluten-free, egg-free, soy-free, refined-sugar free and vegan. They do contain coconut.

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    • 1 box of 8 chocolates, variety
    • Custom Raw Monje insulated reusable lunch bag
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    CBD Chocolates (PICKUP)

    Get a pack of 4, 10MG each, CBD chocolates. Hard chocolate outside with a smooth ganache inside.

    Breathe: CBD + Hemp hearts

    These contain NO THC. They're made with 99+% Pure CBD (Cannabidiol) Isolate, it is derived entirely from Industrial Hemp Oil, that was extracted from the mature stalks and stems of the plant.

    Our chocolates are organic, gluten-free, egg-free, soy-free, refined-sugar free and vegan. They do contain coconut and CBD as well as hemp hearts.

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    • 1 box of 4 (10MG each) chocolates
    • Custom Raw Monje insulated reusable lunch bag
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    CBD Chocolates (US)

    Get a pack of 4, 10MG each, CBD chocolates sent to you. Hard chocolate outside with a smooth ganache inside.

    Breathe: CBD + Hemp hearts

    These contain NO THC. They're made with 99+% Pure CBD (Cannabidiol) Isolate, it is derived entirely from Industrial Hemp Oil, that was extracted from the mature stalks and stems of the plant.

    Our chocolates are organic, gluten-free, egg-free, soy-free, refined-sugar free and vegan. They do contain coconut and CBD as well as hemp hearts.

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    • Custom Raw Monje insulated reusable lunch bag
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    Assorted Raw Truffle Box (Local)

    Swing by our kitchen and pick up your own pack of melt-in-your-mouth truffles along with a reusable insulated Raw Monje lunch tote and our custom "plant-based family" organic tea towel.

    Assorted flavors include 1 of each:
    Love: Rose/beet powder
    Relax: Lavender/cacao
    Just Be: Cacao nibs/cacao
    Simple: Plain/cacao

    Our truffles are organic, gluten-free, egg-free, soy-free and vegan. They do contain coconut.

    We cannot deliver or ship these. Pickup only from our kitchen in Manayunk, Philly, 19127.

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    • Custom Raw Monje insulated reusable lunch bag
    • 1 box of 4 assorted, organic truffles
    • Organic custom printed tea towel
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    Seasonal Spring "cheesecake" (Local)

    Creamy, filling and deliciously satisfying and nutritious version of a cheesecake. You’ll actually feel good after indulging in a slice. When frozen, they are like an ice cream cake. Gluten free, soy free, corn free, refined sugar free and vegan.

    These will be ready for pre-Easter pickup and are Passover friendly!
    Medium 7"-serves around 10.

    Contains nuts (cashews) and coconut. This "cheesecake" is organic, gluten-free, egg-free, soy-free, refined sugar-free and vegan.

    We cannot ship this item.
    Shipping cost covers local delivery within 5 miles of 19127 or you may pickup from our kitchen in Manayunk, PA.

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    Seasonal Spring "cheesecake" (PICKUP)

    Creamy, filling and deliciously satisfying and nutritious version of a cheesecake. You’ll actually feel good after indulging in a slice. When frozen, they are like an ice cream cake. Gluten free, soy free, corn free, refined sugar free and vegan.

    These will be ready for pre-Easter pickup and are Passover friendly!
    Medium 7"-serves around 10.

    Contains nuts (cashews) and coconut. This "cheesecake" is organic, gluten-free, egg-free, soy-free, refined sugar-free and vegan.

    We cannot ship this item. You may pickup from our kitchen in Manayunk, PA.

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    1 month Treats Sampler Box (Local)

    1 month supply of surprise Sunday treats and snacks (for 4 people) of Fresh healthier treats in seasonal/limited edition flavors + 1 custom reusable Raw Monje insulated bag + custom tea towel. Pickup in our Manayunk kitchen or choose delivery. We can deliver within 5 miles of 19127, including: 19444, 19035, 19072, 19066, 19004, 19128, 19144, 19118, 19119. If you are beyond 5 miles, you may still order and pickup from our kitchen in 19127.

    All of these treats are organic, gluten-free, vegan, soy-free, corn-free and refined sugar free. No artificial ingredients. Our products do contain coconut and nuts.

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    • 1 month box of treats and snacks
    • Custom Raw Monje insulated reusable lunch bag
    • Organic custom printed tea towel
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    Truffle Night Out Party-8ppl max (Local)

    Join us in our Manayunk kitchen to make our signature, rich, melt-in-your-mouth organic truffles. You’ll have a fun night and go home with packaged truffles to eat or share, a tea towel, our reusable lunch bag and a full heart and belly. No experience needed.

    Classes run select Thursday, Friday + Saturday evenings, 7-9pm or we can arrange a special date for your group. Includes tea, tonics and snacks. Must be used within the year (2019).

    Our truffles are gluten-free, refined sugar-free, organic, vegan, corn-free, soy-free, non-GMO. They do contain coconut. Our chocolate ingredients do not have the certification, but our supplier pays wages above what is considered fair trade, ensures safe working conditions and tests for contaminants.

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    • Truffle Night Out class for you and 7 friends, including truffles
    • Organic custom printed tea towel
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    Bring Raw Monje to You (Local)

    Surprise your office or family with a beautiful catered dessert spread or cake spread. Serves up to 50 people. Can be used for one event anytime in 2019, must be arranged in advance following our catering terms and conditions. All products in this reward are gluten-free and vegan. Includes delivery (within 15 miles of 19127), setup and styling/flowers.

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    Celebrate Monthly for 1 Year (Local)

    Celebrate 2019! Seasonal desserts and treats (10 servings) delivered monthly. Will vary by month and will include raw cheesecake, truffles, mini tarts, cookie dough and more. Also includes 1 custom Raw Monje reusable insulated bag + a beautiful custom tea towel.

    All of these treats are organic, gluten-free, vegan (upon request), soy-free, corn-free and refined sugar free. No artificial ingredients. Some items must be kept refrigerated or frozen (bonus: you can enjoy them longer!). Our products do contain coconut and nuts.

    Includes local delivery within 15 miles of 19127 or you may pickup monthly from our kitchen in Manayunk, PA.

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    • Monthly box, delivered (19127). Seasonal treats and snacks.
    • Custom Raw Monje reusable insulated lunch bag
    • Organic custom printed tea towel
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Funding period

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