Going raw is a great way to make sure you’re getting the purest, most potent nutrients from the foods you eat. But aside from munching on a piece of whole fruit or crunching on uncooked veggies, how can you add more raw foods to your day? This simple seed and fruit “crumble” makes a satisfying snack as is, or try tucking some into a parfait or piling on your plate along with fresh fruit for breakfast. It’s the perfect combination of crunchy and chewy textures, with plenty of natural sweetness from spices, pure maple syrup and coconut oil.
Raw Pumpkin-Cranberry Crumble
Serves 4 to 6
4 cups rolled oats
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup hemp seeds
1/4 cup dried apricots, chopped
1/2 cup dried cranberries
2 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
1-1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. ground nutmeg
1 cup homemade pumpkin puree
3 Tbsp. coconut oil (in liquid form)
2 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 -1 cup maple syrup or raw honey
1. To make homemade pumpkin puree, peel and cube raw pumpkin. Blend in food processor, then blend again in blender until smooth.
2. In large bowl, combine dry ingredients. In separate bowl, combine wet ingredients. Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and stir to blend.
3. Serve as is, or use mixture as a topping or add in for parfaits, yogurt, oatmeal, etc.
4. Optional: Mixture can also be dehydrated–spread in your dehydrator machine’s tray, set to 115 or 120 degrees and let process for 3.5 hours.
Dana Zucker is a home cook that likes to do it her way! She gets creative with nutritious ingredients to keep her active family—teenage twins and a vegan, triathlete husband—healthy and happy. Cooking with organic, local and whole food ingredients is key, whether she’s whipping up an early-morning breakfast, prepping afterschool snacks or getting dinner on the table at 10 p.m. Dana says, “We do eat out sometimes, and even cheat with some pre-made foods. But I try to balance making delicious foods with the reality of a busy schedule.” Dana’s recipes are a great starting point to find a style of cooking that works for your family. Her advice? Keep it real—and keep it easy!