Sweet Treats

Spring Recipe – Fruity Raw Mousse

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:

http://www.farmonplate.com/2013/12/22/vegan-dessert-papaya-mousse/

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

rawpawpawmousse

Servings: 2

By: gfchopstix

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cooking time: none

ingredients:

  • 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

ingredients

instructions:

  1. Soak the cashew nuts in hot water, overnight. Drain before using
  2. Soak the dried dates in boiled water, an hour before using
  3. Place the cashews, dates, pawpaw, and flaxmeal into a blender
  4. Blend until a smooth, creamy paste is formed*
  5. Pour into two glasses
  6. Garnish with kiwi fruit and pawpaw, or chopped nuts and a non-dairy cream
  7. Refrigerate for two hours, or overnight

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* 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

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