The raw food diet is experiencing a resurgence among people looking for healthy eating patterns that will boost energy levels, supply all the nutrients for optimal healing and wellness, and facilitate optimal bodyweight.
One of the objections to eating this way is that it seems as if all of the recipes are too involved for most of us with a limited amount of time to spend in the kitchen. Many of the recipes are faux ‘cooked food’ recipes (raw ‘lasagna’, raw ‘meatloaf’, raw ‘pizza’) with huge lists of ingredients and preparation instructions.
Thanks to our good friend Michael, a fitness/yoga/raw food expert, we’ve got some simple favorites that won’t break the budget or take a lengthy amount of time to prepare.
Here are two of our family’s standby raw dessert recipes:
Michael’s Raw Apricot Torte
- 2 cups dried apricots
- 1 cup macadamia nuts (or your choice of nuts)
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- The juice of 2 oranges
Soak the apricots overnight in the orange juice. When you’re ready to make the torte, process the nuts and coconut in a food processor or blender until fine, add a pinch of cinnamon and enough honey to bind it together for a crust. If you have nut allergies, use sunflower seeds. Press into a pie dish. Blend the apricots and OJ together in a food processor until it has a jam-like consistency. Spread the fruit over the crust and either eat right away, or refrigerate until firm.
Michael’s Raw Cherry Torte
- 1 cup dried tart cherries
- 2 cups cashews (or your choice of nuts)
- Vanilla extract
Soak the cherries in water for several hours. Grind the nuts (or use sunflower seeds) to a fine consistency in a food processor, add a pinch of salt and enough honey to bind it together. Press into a pie dish for the crust. Drain the cherries and blend with a dash of vanilla extract until it has a jam-like consistency. Spread the fruit over the crust and either eat right away or refrigerate until firm.
Other fruit and nut combinations also work well for raw tortes, so take these recipes and do some experimenting to find your favorites!
PS: If you need some coaching or raw food/fitness advice, contact Michael through the link above and tell him I sent you. He’s one of the nicest guys I’ve ever known, and is trying to build his clientele.