15 April 2009

Raw, Y'all

I've been trying to incoorporate more raw foods into our diet.  While working at Arden's Garden, I learned all about the benefits of raw food (the enzymes!).  Last night I made a raw chocolate pudding.  It was delicious, and it really didn't taste very different from regular pudding.  Here's the recipe, from Jennifer Cornbleet's Raw Food Made Easy: for 1 or 2 People:

1/4 c pitted dates, soaked about 30 min
1/4 c maple syrup or agave nectar
1/2 tsp vanilla exract
3/4 c mashed avocado (1 1/2 avocados)
1/4 c + 2 T unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 c water

Blend dates, maple syrup and vanill and food processor until smooth (make sure it's smooth, otherwise you'll have little date lumps in your pudding, like I did).  Add avocado and cocoa powder and process until creamy, scraping down sides occasionally.  Add water and process briefly.  Sotre in a sealed container up to 3 days in refrigerator or 2 weeks in the freezer.

The book says this makes 1 cup, 2 servings, but mine made a little more than 1 cup and it was definitely more than 2 servings, more like 4 or 6, unless you really really love pudding.

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