Q: Why do you call this cheesecake when there is no cheese in the recipe? Does it taste anything like cheesecake?
I think that it definitely looks like and has the texture of a cheesecake. Cashews have an amazing creamy quality to them, which make them perfect for making healthy alternatives to dairy desserts. As far as comparing it to the flavor of a dairy cheesecake, you’ll have to make the recipe and tell me what you think!
Q: What is the nutritional benefit of raw cashews and why do you pre-soak them?
Cashews are actually a seed, and are high in heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids that help with lowering harmful LDL cholesterol, while increasing good HDL cholesterol. They are also an abundant source of helpful minerals. I recommend soaking raw cashews (and other raw nuts and seeds), to remove the enzyme inhibiting coating on the nut, making them much more easily digestible.
Q: Why are blueberries good for us?
Blueberries, besides being delicious, are very high in vitamin C and antioxidants, and have been shown to improve brain health.
Q: When we hear the word cobbler, we usually think of a dessert that we should seldom, if ever, eat. Why is this recipe fine for people who often avoid dessert?
This is a raw version that contains no added sugars. It’s full of living enzymes, and only sweetened with peaches and dates. It tastes indulgent, but is actually good for you!
Q: Where does one buy Medjool dates? OK to purchase online? Is it important that they be organic?
Medjool dates can be purchased online, or from most natural foods markets, and I would always recommend buying organic if they’re available.
Q: Why are you emphasizing peaches in this week’s recipes? How nutritious are they?
Perfectly ripe peaches, when they are in season, are one of the most delicious foods on earth as far as I’m concerned, and I love to use them in both desserts and savory dishes. The desserts in this week’s issue are two of my favorites, and I really wanted to share them with everybody. Peaches, like most fruits, have plenty of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, making them a great nutritional source as well.
Q: This recipe sounds delicious. Describe the taste.
The creaminess of the banana really plays nicely off the sweet, slightly tart flavor of the peach. It’s reminiscent of peaches and cream.
Green smoothies are packed with vitamins and antioxidants – a perfect way to start your day.