Sunday, July 31, 2011

Lisa's Raw StRAWberry Shortcake

Want a very quick and easy raw recipe to satisfy your craving for summer shortcake?? Well, here is Lisa T's incredible raw recipe. Lisa is the coordinator of our local living foods group and at our last potluck Meetup she had this on the raw buffet; along with her raw pizza which was out of this world. I hope to make that soon and post that recipe as well. Her pizza tasted like the real deal, the best raw pizza I have ever had and she even served it warm from the dehydrator--oh man was it good!!
For her shortcake I started with the crust which was simply raw, soaked cashews, dates, Himalayan salt and vanilla. A secret ingredient was added and I'll share that in a minute.

In my mini food processor I pulsed together the cashews and dates. I pulsed it until it looked like course crumbs.

 My processor is small so I did this in batches, emptying each batch into a mixing bowl. Once all of the crust was pulsed and in the mixing bowl I added some flavoring. In went a pinch of Himalayan pink salt,

Next a pinch of raw wild crafted vanilla,
And finally the secret ingredient that really makes this taste like shortcake
I added 2 tablespoons of raw Maca Powder. Stir crust until completely combined. Reserve about 1/2 cup for the topping. Lisa stressed adding the Maca if you want your crust to be more "cakie". Is that a word? I don't care, all I know is she was right!
Next I pressed my crust into a pie dish using my hands, that always seems to work best with raw recipes I have found; our hands make the best tools.
Next it was time to prepare the strawberries. I used 1 carton of organic berries and left the green stems on. I just can't see wasting an opportunity to get more greens, I think it is criminal that people cut off the tops and discard them! EAT them I say. Not to mention the little green flecks look beautiful in the finished product.

I gently pulsed them in the food processor with 1 T of agave, you could use raw honey or some steevia if you prefer. You want the berries to be in small chunks.
Pour your filling onto the crust and sprinkle on the reserved crust mixture as a topping. Garnish with a big, beautiful berry.

Take a big bite and enjoy. Insanely good!! Thanks Lisa for sharing the recipe with me. NOTE: This kept very well in the refrig for three days; tasted just as great as day 1.

Lisa's Raw StRAWberry Shortcake
(measurements are not exact--eyeball it)
2 C raw cashews, soaked
4 medjool dates, pitted and soaked
1 tsp vanilla
pinch of Himalayan salt
2 T raw Maca Powder
Process the cashews and dates. Stir in the vanilla, salt and maca. (my note:Taste and adjust as needed.) Reserve some of this mixture for your topping. Press remaining crust mixture into a pan.
1 large carton of organic strawberries (my note: keep green tops on)
3 T raw honey or Agave or a few drops of steevia
Pulse into small chunks or dice by hand. Top crust with berries and sprinkle on the reserved crust mixture. Store in refrig.
+JMJ+ Today I am grateful for loving friends like Lisa.


kt said...

Oh yum, that looks soooo good! Your pictures are beautiful, especially the strawberries! I love that I already have all of the ingredients. Thanks for the recipe.

Cynthia said...

Yum-o looks great. I'll have to give it a try. Thanks for sharing

Catherine said...

Oh Yum! Love that! My maca is beige... why is yours black?

Elizabeth said...

Hi Catherine,
That is the wild crafted raw vanilla that is dark brown not the Maca!! Look at the picture of the Maca on the bag, mine is light beige as well. Too funny...maybe it was confusing the way I put the pics and the text, sorry!
Peace & Raw Health,

St├ęphanie D. said...

Oh, silly me!! Where did you find the vanilla?

Elizabeth said...

I bought it while I was at my Raw Chef course up in Michigan it is from "Ultimate Superfoods, Inc."
Peace & Raw Health,

HiHoRosie said...

Wow, that looks great! Need to make some.

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