Usually when I ask people if they have ever had a raw dessert, they look at me with the one cocked eyebrow look. You know the look I’m talking about? If you are among those eyebrow scrunchers, don’t worry, I was too. The first time I ever had a raw dessert was a year ago and it changed my life. I will always think they are the best things ever!
If hearing the word raw is scary, let me explain a bit. Raw only means that the food is not heated above 105-115 degrees. This process helps keep all the great enzymes in your food. Enzymes are what assist in breaking down your food during digestion. Once food is cooked above 115 degrees, the molecular structure of your food changes and a lot of those helpful enzymes go away.
This raw dessert is one of my favorites. Lightly Lemoned Icebox Bites! Yum! They have a rich pecan crust and a slightly lemoned cashew filling.
The filing is made from soaked cashews, lemon juice, zest, vanilla, maple syrup, and coconut oil.
The crust is even easier. Put the dates in a food processor and mix a few times. Then add the pecan and process until a crumbly mixture has formed. The crust practically makes itself….almost.
Scoop out a heaping tablespoon full into each muffin paper and press down firmly with your fingers. Sometimes the dates can be sticky. If you wet your fingers with a little water, it helps with the stickiness.
Add spoonfuls of the lightly lemoned cashew filling until the muffin papers are almost filled to the top.
Freeze for two-three hours. And Tah-dah! Lightly Lemoned Icebox Bites are on their way to being devoured! But don’t forget to toss on heaps and heaps of strawberries!
Have you ever had a raw dessert? What’s your favorite? What else do you like to do with strawberries? Tell us what you think if this is your first raw dessert.