Raw vs Real Food Challenge

I've been a little caught up in packing and moving house so I'm reblogging a post I did for my friend Elle over on her blog Keep it SimpElle. You should definitely check her out!

In the meantime, here's my first (hopefully of many) Raw vs Real food challenges. Enjoy. xx

As you probably already know, I love my various types of fitness and being active. What you may not know is that I also LOVE baking. So part of what fit & happy is all about is balancing out the two.

Now, a lot of my recipes involve huge amounts of refined sugar, butter and all those other 'baddies' that make things sooo delicious. And I've wondered if I could make raw recipes that would taste just as good but be better for me (and all the friends I 'force' my baking onto). So when I came across the recipe for raw key lime pie, I knew what I had to do. I used a recipe from Kimberly Snyder for the raw version and the Hummingbird Bakery version for the real pie. Other than limes there wasn't a single ingredient that was the same. I couldn't imagine how they would both end up like a key lime pie. First, the crusts:

Real, on the left was crumbly and buttery while the raw one was actually nice and moist and tasty. It tasted a bit like a raw fruit snack bar (yum!). Next came the fillings.

So, on the left we have the raw. I tried this filling straight out of the bowl and it was delicious!! I could've eaten the whole thing. Real? Well, it had 8 raw egg yolks in it so--no tasting before cooking! Ew! (That said, I have no problem at all eating raw cookie dough. Go figure.) For the taste test I invited International Key Lime Pie Expert and wonderful friend Shahla over to weigh in on how they compared.

Here's her expert opinion. Real: 'So good I wouldn't change a thing about it.' And 'I could actually picture this in a Hummingbird Bakery'. Aww! Love this girl! Raw: 'It's not as limey.' And (when there was some left on her plate that clearly wasn't going to be eaten) 'The texture was a bit much after a while.' Oh dear. My opinion? The real was definitely lime-ier but the creamy, gelatiny filling was a lot for my taste buds after a bit. The raw wasn't as citrusy but it had a hint of coconut from the coconut oil in the filling which gave it a really nice tropical feel. In the end, when you compare them beside each other only one is clearly a key lime pie BUT as a stand-alone dessert I actually really liked the raw version and would confidently serve this if I needed a vegan-friendly dessert. Health-wise I'm not sure there's much advantage to the raw since there is sooooo much maple syrup and so many nuts in it, but if you're vegan, have egg allergies or are trying to cut down on refined sugar and dairy, it's a delicious treat.

The winner: REAL

With Shahla's vote and some other opinions factored in, this Raw v Real challenge goes to the traditional pie.

You can find the real recipe in Hummingbird Bakery's cookbook and here's the raw recipe (from Kimberlysnyder.net)

CRUST INGREDIENTS* *Organic if possible

  • 1 cup raw walnuts, soaked for 15 minutes and rinsed well

  • ¾ cup raw pecans

  • 4 dates, pitted

  • 2½ Tbs. coconut nectar or maple syrup

  • ¼ tsp. high quality sea salt

FILLING INGREDIENTS*

  • ¾ cup fresh lime juice

  • 2 cups raw cashews

  • ½ cup coconut nectar or maple syrup

  • 1/3 cup coconut oil

  • ¾ tsp. vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS:

Put all the crust ingredients together in the work bowl of a food processor with the blade in place and process until the ingredients form a ball.

Press into a 9-inch Pyrex pie pan.

Wash and dry the food processor bowl and blade.

Add the filling ingredients to the bowl with the blade in place.

Blend the filling ingredients together in the processor, and pour over the crust.

Place in the freezer and allow to set for at least 3 hours or overnight.

Take out and let rest at room temperature for about 10 minutes, or as long as it takes to soften, before serving.

Do you have a favourite raw alternative dessert? What should I do for the next Raw v Real challenge?

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