Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Blueberry Fool ~ a Raw and Vegan Recipe

serves 4 ~ $.62 per serving


ingredients
  • 1 cup nuts (cashews) ($1.00)
  • 2 ripe bananas ($.30)
  • juice of 1 lemon ($.69)
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup water for blending, as needed
  • 4 ounces blueberries, frozen and thawed ($.50)

  • whole blueberries
  • walnuts
  • agave

I was looking for ways to cut some of the fat in regular nut yogurt and decided to use ripe bananas and nuts in about equal amounts. This worked out wonderfully and as a bonus, eliminated the need for more sweetener.
 
A "fool" is basically a yogurt dish layered parfait style. Greek yogurt, which is very thick, is traditionally used. This yogurt isn't that thick as I've made it here, but could easily be thickened by draining some of the liquid through cheesecloth. 

In a blender, puree the bananas until very smooth. Add the nuts (I used cashews) and lemon juice and about a half cup water for blending. Puree on high for several minutes, until smooth and creamy. Refrigerate for at least a few hours. It will thicken quite a bit as it chills.

To make the "fool," take half the yogurt and puree with a handful of blueberries. In each serving bowl, put a spoon of regular yogurt and another of blueberry yogurt, add a few whole blueberries to the top. Garnish with a couple chopped walnuts and a drizzle of agave, if desired.
 
 
nutritional information:       calories: 268      fat: 38 gr      carbs: 24 gr      protein: 5 gr

15 comments:

  1. Where do you find cashews for $1/cup? Where I live (Miami) they are so expensive!

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    1. Hi Anon, I'm in a little rural town in southern Michigan. All the prices I use here are what I paid for things in my one local grocery. Sometimes they have excellent sales. And, I don't always buy organic (though I'm just about totally switched over).

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  2. I made your cashew/banana yoghurt tonight and served it with mixed berries. Delicious,thank you! I loved that it was lighter than all cashew sauces. I linked to it on my blog. :)

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    1. Glad you enjoyed it! I checked out your blog, very nicely done!

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  3. That looks so delicious! And it's been so unusually hot here in the last week, that heating any kind of food is less than desirable. I'll definitely make this tomorrow :)

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  4. Sound delicious for this vegan recipe! I can't wait to eat this! It's make so me hungry :)

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  5. I'm trying SO HARD to get myself to eat breakfast. I can't bring myself to cook a thing in the morning because I'm running around like a blindfolded chicken trying to get out of the house. So I'm looking to the raw community for inspiration!! I love that I could make this ahead & chill the night before. Think the nut+banana will stand up to ~10 hours in the fridge?

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  6. why are you cutting fat? cutting sugar is a bit more logical perhaps...

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  7. We tried this with walnuts instead of cashews as the base. My children enjoyed it and so did I. I made two recipes because I have 5 children. The first time I used lemon, the second time lime because I only had one lemon but also had some limes. Delicious and thank you for another option for breakfast.

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  8. articles very inspiring at all .. new motivation for me ..

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  9. I'll try it at home, thank you for the recipe.

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