In parts one and two of the article, “Vancouver: Raw food revolution in the making,” the discussion related to raw foodism in general. Part three below, will show recipes and nutritional information (‘calorie counting’ does not exist in raw foodism since most is in its natural form not filled with empty calories like that of processed foods).
When a new diet is introduced, many people find difficulty with new recipes and drastic changes in palate. Often, it has been found that starting with desserts can be a wonderfully enjoyable and encouraging beginning to a new diet such raw food eating. Foods from around the world can be found in Vancouver, which is a multicultural mecca for interesting fruits and vegetables.
Many Vancourites though, happily accomodate to backyard orchards, community gardens, and are propenents of the slow food movement. Below are three simple recipes which are delicious and satistying to any palate.
HALVAH [Middle eastern dessert, candy or breakfast item]:
1 Cup [raw organic] Sesame Seeds unhulled (Can substitute 1 cup Tahini – Sesame Butter)
2 Tbsp Honey [if allergic to honey, substitute with maple syrup, agave syrup, raw sugar or dates)
1 Tsp Vanilla (Optional)
1 Tbsp Raw Carob Powder (Optional)
Grind sesame seeds past meal stage into a nut butter. Scrape out into a bowl and dribble in the honey. Mix well until you get one sticky mass. For a “chocolate” halvah, mix in raw carob powder – don’t mix will; allow it to become marbled. For more vanilla flavor, add 1 teaspoon of vanilla with the honey.
Line a small (about 4×3 inches) box with waxed paper and press in the mixture. Put in the refrigerator to chill for an hour or so, take out, and slice into cubes.
Makes about 1 dozen 1 inch cubes. Nutritional information: Sesame seeds are rich in iron, magnesium, manganese, copper, and calcium (90 mg per tablespoon for unhulled seeds, 10 mg for hulled)
COCONUT MACAROONS [tasty dessert or cookie to snack with]:
This recipe is the closest I’ve come to English coconut macaroons — truly delicious and so quick to make! Get your Dehydrator out…:)
Adapted from the recipe Macaroon Chews in “Hooked On Raw” by Rhio (rawfoodinfo.com):
2 cups organic coconut pulp — run fresh coconut through the Samson Juicer with mincing screen,
10 large pitted dates [mejdool or bam dates are best]
2 cups of filtered water
sprinkle of vanilla powder, or vanilla essence
Blend all ingredients in food processor, spoon onto Excalibur’s teflex sheets as round cookies, flatten to 1/4-inch thickness, dehydrate at 100F for 24-36 hours. Coconut dries quickly.
Wheat-free macaroons, what more could the doctor order? Nutritional information: Organic coconut pulp is high in iron and manganese, but high in saturated fat (since its from a plant source and there is no animal fat in a raw food diet, this in small amounts is ok.)
PERSIMMON PUDDING [fruit, can be found in market]:
Courtesy of: D. Solorzano
Take 1-2 very ripe Persimmons, blend well.
Add sliced bananas.
Can also be used as fruit salad dressing. Nutritional information on Persimmons:
The above three recipes and much more about raw food eating, can be found on this website:
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