I have decided that this year my focus will be on creating food that is incredibly healthy (the body) as well as delicious (the soul). It seems that every time I turn around there are new cookbooks coming at me.
I could never get my head around the “raw food” revolution until I tried some of Ani Phyo’s dessert recipes. It was then I realized that you can have something that is delicious and healthy in under 10 minutes.
It was only a short step from the desserts to other raw foods. Trust me, the word raw sometimes conjures up the wrong picture. Salads and cut veggies…Yawn. The reality is Pad Thai, Pizza, Burgers, Spaghetti, Sushi and my favourite raw food croutons.
I began to incorporate more raw food into my diet and while I will probably never go completely raw I will continue to incorporate more raw food into my daily routine.
The most interesting part of raw food are the flavours. They are powerful natural herbs and spices that take your tastebuds to a whole new level. No longer are you stuck with just sweet or salty you will discover a whole range of taste sensations. This is a bonus for anyone that wants to incorporate herbal medicine into their routine via diet.
For example, the benefits of both garlic and onion are strongest when they are eaten raw. By using them in raw food croutons crackers and various other items, you will get much better health benefits than if you eat them cooked. The same goes for the other herbs used in making raw food recipes.
Let’s talk chocolate for a minute here. The health benefits of cacao are staggering. It is an excellent source of magnesium. It has more antioxidant benefits than red wine, green tea or blueberries. It lowers blood pressure and cholesterol and more. Sadly most peoples favourite way of consuming chocolate is through milk chocolate which has no health benefits. Once you add the sugar and dairy you remove any benefits that were there.
What if you could have a chocolate cookie that you can put together and eat in under 5 minutes and still have all the benefits of the cacao? Such a cookie exists and the recipe will be at the end of this blog.
Since I am on the topic of chocolate let me point you in the direction of another amazing cookbook and blog. The book is called Rawsome Vegan Baking and it is by Emily Von Euw. I dare you to look at her photographs without your mouth watering.
Both Ani and Emily have one thing in common. They give you recipes that you can actually make without having to invest a fortune in gadgets. I will recommend the 4 inch springform pan that Emily uses because once you have tried a raw food dessert you will realize that you can really only eat a small amount. I once made a raw food apple pie in a large pie pan and had to throw most of it out because I could only eat a sliver.
I seem to have turned this blog into a tribute to raw food. Next week I will get into healthy and delicious cooked food. In the meantime if you don’t have any sensitivities to nuts try the cookie recipe below.
Basic Raw Chocolate Cookie
10 medjool dates pitted
8 oz walnuts
1/4 cup cocoa powder
Combine all the ingredients in a food processor until it forms a dough. Roll into balls and eat.
I play with the amount of cocoa till I get the exact chocolate taste I am looking for. If you want to add a bit of almond butter go ahead. This will make a stickier dough. I recommend either putting these cookies in the refrigerator or freezer to set them.