Raw Cherry Cream Cups and the Benefits of Raw Foods

Summer is the perfect time of year to enjoy raw foods. Fresh produce is in abundance, cold food is refreshing when it’s hot, and the kitchen remains cool since raw foods are prepared under 118 degrees.

Why eat raw foods?

  • Enzymes in food begin to break down when food is cooked above 118 degrees.
  • Plant-based food is nutrient-rich in its raw state.
  • Many raw foods recipes incorporate soaked and sprouted seeds, nuts, and grains. When we eat sprouted seeds, we benefit from the nutrients of live, growing plants.
  • Raw foods are dairy-free.
  • Raw foods are not processed. By eating raw foods you can guarantee that you’ll be eating cleanly.
  • Raw foods are refined sugar-free. Desserts are sweetened naturally such as with fruit, dates, and raw coconut sugar.
  • A raw foods diet cuts out the junk and infuses your body with nutrients in its strongest form leaving you feeling amazing!

But even raw foodies eat dessert! These Raw Cherry Cream Cups are a delightful summer treat that take advantage of seasonal cherries.

Raw Cherry Cream Cups

Makes 12 cups

Crust Ingredients:

  • 1 1/3 cup raw almonds, divided
  • 5 dates, pitted, soaked in water for 30 minutes, then drained
  • 1 teaspoon raw coconut sugar

Cherry Cream Ingredients:

  • 1 cup pitted cherries
  • 1/2 cup organic raw coconut butter
  • 2 teaspoons raw coconut sugar
  • 1/4 cup raw cashews

Topping Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cherries, pitted and quartered

Instructions:

  1. Place 1 cup of almonds, dates, and coconut sugar in a food processor and process until a sticky dough forms. Then add 1/3 cup almonds and pulse, leaving some almond chunks.
  2. Press dough into the bottom of 12 muffin cups using the back of an ice cream scoop. Place in the freezer while you prepare the cherry cream.
  3. Place all cherry cream ingredients in the Vitamix and blend until creamy. Stop to scrape down the sides and blend again several times.
  4. Place a spoonful of Cherry Cream in the center of each almond crust and spread to the edges with the back of a spoon.
  5. Top with quartered cherries and serve immediately or freeze to serve later.

Other raw desserts you might enjoy:

Do you enjoy raw foods? What is your favorite raw dessert?

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Heather is a kindergarten teacher by day and a fitness instructor and blogger by night. She writes Gluten-Free Cat and writes about healthy, gluten-free living and shares gluten-free recipes, product reviews, and restaurant reviews on her blog. You can connect with her on Facebook and Twitter.

Read all of Heather’s posts here.

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