Monday, February 21, 2011

Raw Vegan Strawberry Banana Dessert with Chocolate Crumbles

Organic strawberries and bananas with chocolate topping

A Quick and Easy Raw Dessert
You may have used the Raw Vegan Dessert Helper posted in May of 2009 as a fruit topping or a crust. This fresh fruit combination of strawberries and bananas screamed for a bit of chocolate so I whipped up some English walnuts, dates and raw cacao and made a quick topping. The flavors meld perfectly and I think you'll really enjoy this simple, raw dessert.

Blend walnuts, dates, cacao and a pinch of salt in a food processor
Raw chocolate crumble makes a great topping for fresh fruit

Preparing the Fruit
For this particular dessert, it's important to cut the strawberries and the bananas very thin. To make the strawberries less tart, I mix them with a single teaspoon of organic granulated sugar. This also makes the strawberries become juicy. Do this before mixing in the bananas.
Sprinkle a tiny teaspoon of sugar on the strawberries
Omega 3 Bonus
This healthful dessert has an added bonus. Each serving has nearly a gram and a half of ALA omega 3 with a 4:1 ratio of omega 6 to omega 3 fatty acids. It also provides 6 grams of fiber per serving.

Strawberry Banana Dessert with Chocolate Crumbles
[makes 4 servings]
1/2 cup raw English walnut pieces
2 medjool dates, pitted and chopped
1 tablespoon raw cacao or unsweetened cocoa
A pinch of salt
2 cups thinly sliced bananas, (2 large)
2 cups thinly sliced, cleaned, organic strawberries
1 teaspoon organic cane sugar

To make the crumble, add walnuts, dates, cacao and a pinch of salt to a food processor with an S blade and process until crumbly. Set aside.
Cut strawberries very thin and place in a bowl. Sprinkle with sugar and mix well. Let them sit for a few minutes until they get juicy.
Add bananas and mix well making sure all the slices are separated.
Put 1/2 cup of fruit in each of four small glass serving bowls.
Top each with a heaping tablespoon of chocolate crumble.
Add another 1/2 cup of fruit to each bowl, topped with another heaping tablespoon of crumble.
(Each serving will have one cup of fruit and 2 heaping tablespoons of chocolate crumble.)
Serve immediately.

Per serving: 222.7 calories, 9.8 g fat, 0.9 g saturated fat, 1.4 g ALA omega 3 and 5.7 g omega 6 fatty acids, 0 mg cholesterol, 3.5 g protein, 34.8 g carbohydrates and 6 g dietary fiber.

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1 comment:

Health Seeker's Kitchen said...

It doesm't get any better than chocolate, strawberries, bananas & nuts-YUMMY!!! I love how beautiful this looks in your serving dish:)