Do you follow a RAW diet? (diet as in lifestyle, not dieting), then I’m sure that you have enjoyed many healthy, tasty and seasonal fruit dishes. Today I purchased a very ripe, delicious looking pawpaw – also known as papaya. Rather than just peeling, de-seeding, grabbing a spoon and munching away, I decided to make a light, tasty and colourful dish – because it is spring, and although it hasn’t settled in yet, this recipe will certainly encourage warmer weather!
Pawpaws have so many health benefits. Other than being a fruit, which is naturally gluten-free, and nutritious for our bodies, pawpaws also contain these properties:
- Helps with digestion
- Good for your skin (inside and out)
- Contains potassium, beta carotene and vitamins C, E and A
Inspired by a recipe, from ‘Farm on a Plate’, I made my own version of her beautiful, colourful Papaya mousse.
Here is the beautiful, original recipe:
My end result is definitely not as pretty or smooth as Medha’s. I do prefer a rustic look to my food (you could tell, couldn’t you!?) but not only that …. my ‘new’ flashy, powerless blender decided to burn out at the wrong time! So, I used my trusty manual, hand-held potato masher, as a substitute, and as you can see, the consistency is not nearly as lush and creamy as in Medha’s recipe. I would STRONGLY recommend that you use a blender.
Anyway – it’s all in the taste, isn’t it? They are… fruity; nutty and oh, so tropical!
Pawpaw Mushy Mousse
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: none
- 1 pawpaw, peeled and de-seeded
- 15 – 20 cashew nuts, soaked
- 5 dried medjool dates, soaked
- A pinch of sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 1 Tablespoon of flaxmeal
- Soak the cashew nuts in hot water, overnight. Drain before using
- Soak the dried dates in boiled water, an hour before using
- Place the cashews, dates, pawpaw, and flaxmeal into a blender
- Blend until a smooth, creamy paste is formed*
- Pour into two glasses
- Garnish with kiwi fruit and pawpaw, or chopped nuts and a non-dairy cream
- Refrigerate for two hours, or overnight
* I was not able to do this, and so, placed the cashews and dates into a chopping machine. I then added the pawpaw and flax, and using a potato masher, mashed it into a smooth-ish paste