From Denny: There are devoted fans of the raw food diet. While not everyone can partake of this lifestyle there are many recipes anyone can enjoy. This Raw Chocolate Pudding is one of them - and so easy and quick to make!
Who doesn't love the taste pairing of chocolate and coconut? An added bonus is that in place of refined sugar the recipe uses agave nectar which is far superior on the glucose meter for diabetes and others sensitive to sugar.
The raw food diet, and this very simple and quick version of chocolate pudding, may seem unusual but it sure is tasty!
* * * RAWvolution * * * (Amazon)
Raw Chocolate Pudding
From: Sam Bridges from “Rawvolution” by Chef Matt Amsden
2 cups young Thai coconuts (available at Whole Foods and various Asian markets)
1/4 cup or less of agave nectar
2 tbls. cocoa powder
1 tsp. liquid coconut oil
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1. In a high speed blender, combine all of the ingredients and blend until thick and smooth.
2. Transfer to a bowl and refrigerate.
3. Garnish with fresh strawberries.
Here's the book review from Amazon of RAWvolution:
"Following a vegan, raw foods diet does not mean you have to give up your favorite delicacies or condemn yourself to a life of celery and carrot sticks. As renowned raw foods chef Matt Amsden reveals in this vibrant, inspiring book, raw cuisine represents the discovery and innovative use of luscious natural ingredients.
"From imaginative new dishes such as cactus salad, onion bread, and spirulina pie, to tantalizing variations on everything from pizza, tacos, and cookies, to the signature "Big Matt with Cheese," Amsden's mouthwatering recipes feature soups, sauces, salads, appetizers, entrees, and even desserts.
"More than a cookbook, RAWvolution is the indispensable, all-inclusive guide to the many powerful benefits of raw food. Beginning with his personal account of "How I Went Raw," Amsden shares essential advice, information, and encouragement for adopting a raw foods lifestyle.
"His delectable recipes are organized by type, level of difficulty, and what equipment, if any, is necessary in their creation. Accessible to both beginners and experienced cooks, RAWvolution addresses everyone from vegetarians who want to take the next step in natural cuisine, to those who simply want to diversify and improve their everyday diet."
* * * * * Try adding some raw food dishes to your diet or go completely raw food diet:
Fans of this diet claim the benefits are great and the food is tasty too. To get you ready for seriously considering a raw food diet you will require some essential planning and preparation along with the right tools.
Here are the basics:
■ Food processor.
■ Spiral slicer.
Raw food essentials
If you’re interested in experimenting with a raw food diet, stock your pantry with the following:
VEGETABLES: Fresh, preferably organic, of all varieties, especially dark, leafy greens.
FRUITS: Fresh and dried, the latter of which is a main ingredient in many desserts.
NUTS AND SEEDS: Key sources of fats and proteins and, when soaked and ground, the base ingredient in many dishes.
GRAINS: Quinoa and wheat berry are especially popular and are sprouted to aid in digestion.
OILS: Natural oils like cold-pressed olive oils are a source of fat and a key ingredient in many dishes.
AGAVE NECTAR, DATES AND RAW HONEY: They act as sweeteners in most of the dishes.
HERBS AND SPICES: They’re a welcome part of raw food dining.
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