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Superfood Series – “Lucuma”, Sweet Gluten-Free Goodness

    From Dr. LJ’s Superfood Series with recipe for Coconut Plantain Cookies

Superfoods are foods that are exceptionally high in essential nutrients. Some examples of these that you may already know are blueberries, salmon, almonds, walnuts and organic apples.

These nutritional powerhouses are extremely popular with raw foodists,  as they offer great taste and variety to the lifestyle, along with particularly potent vitamins and minerals.

Lucuma powder comes from a small fruit that grows in Chile, Ecuador and Peru. It surpasses even chocolate and vanilla as the favorite ice cream flavor in most of South America—and even some European countries! High in phytonutrients, this superfood serves as a sweetener substitute easily metabolized with a very low glycemic index, making it a safe, sweet option for diabetes and hypoglycemia disorders. Naturally gluten-free, it is chock-full of fiber, antioxidants, carotene, minerals and Vitamin B3.

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Raw Fusion Pumpkin Custard Pie

A Vegan and Gluten-Free Halloween and Winter Holidays Recipe

  Puttering around in the “Raw Fusion Kitchen” the other day, I made this pumpkin custard pie for company.  I had purchased a can of organic pumpkin puree and was looking for a way to use it in a recipe.  Naturally you can use fresh pumpkin to make this a completely raw dish, but considering my sketchy knife skills, carving or peeling pumpkins is not my forte, so I was happy to have this alternative.  Raw Fusion is a practical approach to integrating more raw and living foods into your lifestyle.

For the crust you can substitute with just about any nuts or seeds that you have on hand.  The pecans blended beautifully with the taste of pumpkin.  I had extra custard and extra crust and had some sprinkled over a dish of the pudding the next day.  Also found that the custard (and even the leftover pumpkin puree) was very popular with our three dogs.  Pumpkin is loaded with fiber, potassium, zinc and anti-oxidant-rich beta-carotene.   They are great for humans and their furry friends!  My husband has never been a big fan of pumpkin pies but claimed that this was the best pumpkin-based dessert he had ever tasted.

Pumpkin Custard Pie

RAW, VEGAN, GLUTEN-FREE

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