This raw treat I made this past fall and I totally forgot about them until I was deleting pics from my camera the other day. The pretty red leaves on the picture are from our grapevine. The plant does not give us any grapes (yet… or I wonder if it ever will ; ) but in the fall the grapewine makes a wall that totally stands out in our garden with its amazing dark red leaves. I still remember that I had a bad flu this past fall but it was not cold and our hammock was still out there. I took a blanket, placed myself in the hammock and just watched the pretty leaves. I am sure it did me good ; )
Anyhow, back to my little raw treat. I had luckily also written down the recipe while experimenting and I remember enjoying them. I stored them in the freezer and the best part was that I could eat them right away since they do not go all icy instead they stay soft. What I also liked about them was that they were not too sweet. A good balance and the lemon zest made them really fresh. Lucuma powder is great for adding some maple like sweetness. It is also a low glycemic sweetener. Lucuma is natural and comes from the Peruvian lucuma fruit that has been dried at low temperatures and milled into a fine powder. I enjoy it a lot in raw treats and sometimes also in my smoothies. You should really give it a try if you haven´t : ) Recipe below.
LEMON AND LUCUMA FLAVORED RAW SQUARES
6 dried soft dates
5 dried soft figs
1 cup walnuts
1/2 cup hazelnuts
1 cup shredded coconut
1 tbs lucuma (or use more if you want your raw squares sweeter)
2 tbs coconut oil
1/2 medium sized carrot
zest from one ecological lemon
1/3 cup of water (or a bit more)
Topping: plenty of dried goji berries and chopped hazelnuts
Mix all ingredients except the water in a mixer. Add water and mix once more. Use your hands to flatten out the raw “dough” on a baking paper in a suitable form. Generously place goji berries and hazelnuts on top. Place in freezer for a while and thereafter cut squares in the size you desire. You can store the raw squares in the freezer or in the fridge.