Sunday, August 28, 2011

Raw Peach Crumble

Funny how people new to raw foods start with complicated recipes that come with a long list of ingredients - and are quick to give up on the idea of raw foods when the recipes don't work out.

But as you progress, you will begin to notice that the raw foods you prepare over and over are often the simplest! Less ingredients, purer foods, less work, a taste explosion in your mouth - all good incentives to keep going!

To me this acronym says it all - KISS (Keep It Simple Silly)! As a Raw Chef I have learned this lesson well. When a dish turned out to be a disaster, usually there were so many ingredients that I overly complicated what should have been a quick and easy meal to prepare. So here is one of my all time favourite desserts - FAST, SIMPLE and EASY - I can come home and make it up in 5 minutes or less.

Here are THREE REASONS you may want to soak all nuts and seeds before using them.
  1. Soaking makes nuts and seeds easier to digest.
  2. Nuts/seeds naturally contain enzyme inhibitors for the purpose of protecting the nuts/seeds until they have what they need to grow. Once soaked, rinse nuts/seeds well, and throw away the soak water containing the enzyme inhibitors which are very acidic to the body . 
  3. Soaking activates a powerful germination process in the nuts and seeds.
Raw Peach Crumble

1 or 2 fresh peaches, sliced
1/4 to 1/3 cup raw pecans (that have been soaked and dehydrated)
2 Medjool dates (soaking makes them easier to process)
pinch Himalayan salt
Agave (Optional)
  • Place sliced peaches in a small bowl (Optional - drizzle Agave over peaches)
  • In a food processor, or mini chopper, process pecans, dates and salt
  • Mixture should resemble a course crumble
  • If too moist, just add a few more pecans and process again
  • Crumble topping over peaches - and enjoy
  • Yield: about 1 cup for one person

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