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Lucuma, An Easy-to-use Superfood

Gregg Carroll - Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Lucuma powder is made from the tropical lucuma, an exotic Peruvian fruit. Lucuma powder is a healthy and delicious sugar substitute. Although sweet to taste, it is naturally low in glycemic index and is a good source of carbohydrates, fiber, and vitamin B3. Also a good source of antioxidant betacaroetene and minerals like iron, zinc, calcium, potassium and magnesium. It is particularly rich in the B vitamin niacin that aids in maintaining the ideal cholesterol balance in the body. Low in glycemic index, it is suitable for diabetics as well as those that seek natural alternative for artificial sweeteners. Being a natural sweetener, this super food is used as flavoring for ice cream, smoothies, cakes, pancakes, oat meal, chocolates and pretty much most desserts.

Lucuma Sweet Treats

1 cup Love Raw Foods™ almond meal

¼ cup Love Raw Foods™ lucuma powder

1 cup Love Raw Foods™ mejdool dates

½ tbsp Love Raw Foods™ vanilla extract

¼ tsp sea salt

1 cup agave nectar

2 tbsp Love Raw Foods™ coconut flakes

½ cup Love Raw Foods™ cacao nibs (optional)

Combine dates, lucuma powder, almond meal, sea salt, vanilla essence and process in a blender with very little water for the mixture to achieve a dough-like consistency. Once the desired consistency is achieved transfer to a mixing bowl and stir in cacao nibs (if you are using). Make the dough into a even-sized balls and roll in a plate sprinkled with dry coconut flakes.

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