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Health Happy Round-Up: Raw Food Dessert

j0433218Welcome to a new series on Traveling with Baby, Health Happy Round-Up which focuses on multiple aspects of wholesome living and optimal health for the entire family.  Each weekend, Traveling with Baby will share some insightful news, recipes, and tips to help you consider fresh new perspectives on wholesome and happy health.  If there’s a topic or recipe you’d like featured on Health Happy Round-Up, let me know!  [drgarnecki at gmail dot com]

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This week, we’ll explore a raw foods recipe that makes a delightfully satisfying j0436895and beautiful dessert: Raw Peach Cobbler or Raw Bananaberry Cobbler.  We’ll cover a few variations of this sweet and filling treat.

I’m really a novice when it comes to raw foods.  I munch on crudités, fresh fruit, and raw nuts, but I don’t really combine them to make a raw dish.  Two months ago, my friend and colleague Dr. DeJeanne Denet came to visit from New Orleans.  She’s been whipping up several raw food recipes and introduced me to one of her favorite desserts, Raw Peach Cobbler.

j0436433I’m eager to share it with you since my husband and I recently re-created it for Mother’s Day as a raw banana-berry cobbler.  I think raw cobbler is actually a deceiving name, and maybe it’ll get more nods and brave spoonfuls if it was re-named No-Bake Bananaberry Cobbler, because that’s the lovely reality of this savory delight.

I’m going to defy Rule Number One of my rules for ideal cookbooks: include a lovely photo of the desired end-product.  My reason for this is that both times we created the cobbler, it was in a black corningware dish.  All that’s photographable is the gooey and crumbly topping.  Ideally, it would be served in a clear glass parfait/cake dish.  But, I don’t have one of those, so you’ll just have to take my word for how yummy, and messy pretty this dessert will be.

N0-Bake Bananaberry CobblerBy Dr. Dolly & Steve Garnecki

Crust ingredients:

  • 1 c. shelled pecans
  • 1 c. macadamia nuts
  • 1/4 c. pitted organic dates
  • 1/2 c. shredded coconut
  • pinch of salt

Blend crust ingredients in high speed blender or with food processor until ground and crushed and thick paste-like consistency

Line crust paste on the bottom of a ceramic or glass cassarole dish or cake 8″ cake pan

Filling ingredients:

  • 1-2 sliced banans
  • 10 – 12 ounces of sliced fresh strawberries
  • 6-8 ounces of fresh blackberries
  • 1/4 c. shredded coconut

layer banans, then strawberries, and blackberries on top of crust.  Top with shredded coconut.

Drizzle sauce ingredients:

  • 1/4 c. to 1/2 c. organic coconut milk
  • 1 c. pitted organic dates
  • dash (1/4 tsp. to 1/2 tsp.) of organic vanilla to taste
  • dash of cinnamon to taste

Blend or process ingredients until mixed.  Drizzle on top of raw bananaberry cobbler.  Chill and serve later or tuck in immediately and enjoy!

Raw Peach Cobbler variation – By Dr. DeJeanne Denet

Filling ingredients:

  • 2 bags of organic frozen peaches or 32 ounces of fresh peeled, pitted, and sliced peaches
  • 1/4 tsp to 1/2 tsp of cinnamon (to taste)
  • 2 T. of agave nectar to taste

Mix peaches with cinnamon and agave until completely covered.  Evenly spread on crust.  Then, drizzle with sauce.  Chill and serve or enjoy immediately.

Nutritional Info:

Pitted Medjool Dates are a sweet alternative to sugar, evaporated cane juice because of their many vitamin and mineral benefits.  Dates are full of calcium, potassium, magnesium, dietary fiber, and vitamins A, B6, and B9.

Raw macadamia nuts are just plain delicious on their own, but they definitely highlight the raw cobbler.  Their loaded with vitamin E, vitamin B1 (Thiamin), B2 (Riboflavin), B3 (Niacin), and B9 (Folate).  Raw macadamias also have dietary fiber, and they’re high in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and protein.  You’ll also bank on calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, and manganese.

Raw pecans are sweet and earthy.  High in omega-3’s, omega-6’s, protein, B-complex vitamins, and anti-oxidants vitamins C and E and zinc, calcium, magnesium, manganese, copper, as well as potassium, phosphorous, and iron.

Bananas, peaches, strawberries, and blackberries have antioxidants and potassium among other beneficial vitamins and minerals.

This post has also been submitted to Fight Back Fridays at Food Renegade.  Check out more REAL food recipes and discussion topics.

– By Dr. Dolly
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One Response

  1. This looks absolutely delicious! Would you consider sharing it in today’s Fight Back Fridays blog carnival? I think it’d be a great match for our readers as they’re into eating REAL foods (as opposed to edible food-like substances), particularly nourishing and delicious dishes like this one.

    Here’s a link to today’s carnival:
    http://www.foodrenegade.com/fight-back-fridays-may-29th/

    Visit us, check out some of the post, and if you’d like to enter just be sure to try to follow the rules for submission.

    Thanks again,
    KristenM
    (AKA FoodRenegade)

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