Creating Healthy Habits
1 & Â½ cups of mixed raw nuts (chestnuts, pecans & Brazils go well in this)
Grated rind of half a lemon & half an orange
1 scant level teaspoon of mixed spice*
1 Tbs goji berries (optional, but gives it a slightly richer flavour and a few chewy bits, since the goji berries never seem to blend in properly)
1 Tbs raw agave syrup (optional)
2/3 cup mixed vine fruit or raisins
4-6 fresh pitted dates
In a food processor, process the nuts, goji berries, grated rind and spice, until the nuts are all broken down into small pieces. Add the agave syrup and vine fruit/raisins, and process again until the fruit is mostly broken down. Do a taste test, and add more agave if necessary, but remember that the dates will be adding sweetness too and Christmas pudding isnâ€™t meant to be too sweet. (You can make this without the agave if you like, but I find the dates and vine fruit donâ€™t quite cut through the bitterness of the spices on their own, especially if your mixed spice contains mace, cloves or a lot of nutmeg.)
Then, with the food processor running, drop in the dates one at a time, and let each one get processed in to the mix. Keep adding them until the mix starts to stick together. Once itâ€™s nice and sticky, remove from the food processor, then break off portions of the dough and roll them in your hands to form balls â€“ they should end up about the size of a chocolate truffle or a small walnut shell. Eat at once, or chill for a while to firm up. You can even pop them in the freezer.
If you want to make these a bit chewier, try forming the balls around a couple of raisins, or even pieces of candied peel or crystallised ginger. (If only they were prettier, theyâ€™d make a great present for someone!)
*If you donâ€™t have any mixed spice, you can easily make your own. I use an equal mix of ground cinnamon, allspice, clove, nutmeg and ginger.
I know itâ€™s a little early, but I had a hankering for Christmas pud today, and had to do something about it! But, I wanted to stick as close as possible to my raw diet, and, I didnâ€™t want to wait several hours for a real pudding to steam. So, time to break out a favourite raw truffle recipe, & raid the spice cabinet.
The results were divine. Not entirely pudding-like in texture (though none too shabby, neither), but the flavour is spot on.
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I encourage you to make your own health care decisions based upon your research and in partnership with like-minded, qualified health care professional(s). I wish you success on your raw journey!