This is the first time I have experimented with Lacuma and dates! and Wow! A pair made in heaven. Simply divine! They combine, with the steamed sweet potato, to form the most decadent caramel center!
Sweet Potatoes may seem like a really strange ingredient in a dessert/sweet dish, but they really do add the most amazing texture, and earthy sweetness. They are rich in beta carotene, which is a major antioxidant, along with vitamin-C and B-complex vitamins, iron and phosphorus, sweet potatoes are excellent immune system boosters that can defend your body from a wide variety of conditions. They are high in fiber, which is great for digestion.
Dates are a powerhouse of nutrients on their own, packed with various vitamins and minerals. They’re a good source of energy, sugar and fiber. Essential minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium and zinc are found in dates. They also contain vitamins such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin A and vitamin K.
Lacuma powder is a Superfood and is made from the subtropical fruit of the Pouteria lucuma tree, which is native to Peru, Chile and Equador. It provides 14 essential trace elements, including a considerable amount of potassium, sodium, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. The combination of complex carbohydrates, minerals and fiber make it an excellent low-glycemic addition to recipes. The carotenoids in lucuma have powerful antioxidant & immune-enhancing activity and promote proper cell communication.
Almonds are high in several minerals – copper, phosphorous, calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium and manganese. They’re also high in vitamin E, riboflavin, niacin, thiamine and folate. They help to develop and maintain brain health, weight loss, to prevent osteoporosis, to improve skin health and complexion, to regulate blood pressure, and strengthen the immune system.
Quinoa flour is a lovely, light gluten free flour option. I really enjoy using it. Quinoa is an ancient cereal that was cultivated along the Andes for the last 7,000 years. Quinoa has antioxidant properties that help in protecting the heart, liver, kidney, lungs, and pancreas against oxidative stress. It has been highly regarded for its high protein value, not because it has very high protein, but rather because it is a source of essential amino acids like lysine, methionine, and tryptophan, all of which cannot be synthesized in the body. It can be beneficial in regulating blood glucose levels and blood cholesterol levels, is a good source of magnesium, and beneficial for the digestive system. The fiber found in quinoa also helps in reducing the risk of gallstones in that it reduces the secretion of bile juice, which aids in the formation of gallstones.
- 2 Medium Sweet Potatoes
- 1.5 Cups Pitted Dates
- 4 TBS Raw Cacao
- 1 TBS Lacuma
- 3 TBS ground Almonds
- 1/2 Cup Quinoa Flour
- Pinch of Himilayan Pink Salt
- 10 Drops Vanilla Extract
Firstly you’ll want to peel and chop the sweet potatoes. Steam in a steamer for about 20-25 mins, until the are really soft. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees.
Then bring a small pot of about half a cup of water to the boil and add the dates. Turn down the heat and allow to reduce and soften. If the mixture gets too sticky, add a little water, gradually. Once all the dates have reduced you should be left with a smooth date paste.
Add the 10 drops of Vanilla Extract and remove from the heat.
Combine the date paste with the steamed sweet potato in a food processor. Add the Lacuma and blitz until a smooth, delicious creamy mixture is formed.
In a large bowl, mix the caramel mixture with the rest of the ingredients.
Spoon into a greased dish and bake in the oven for about 20 mins.
Allow to cool before removing from the dish. Dust with Raw Cacao and serve.
This is a rather quick dessert option. It’s easy to create and quick to cook, making it a great choice if your pressed for time. It is really delicious and a wonderful healthy treat, that’s loaded with beneficial nutrients.