There is really very few things I enjoy in the summer more than a beautifully ripe and sweet Ontario peach. The peaches have been especially good this summer and thought I'd share this great recipe to put that gorgeous basket of peaches to work!
The best thing about this recipe is that not only is it absolutely delicious, but it actually supports not only our body, but also our mind.
Yes, you heard me right! A dessert - a pie, no less - that gives your brain a boost? It's a win-win situation!
Let's explore how the key ingredients in this incredible dessert can help boost your mental health.
Sweet, Nutrient-Packed Goodness
Energy Boosters: Dates
These little nuggets of goodness are nature's way of saying "energy on demand." Packed with fibre, vitamins, and minerals, pitted dates release a steady flow of glucose into your bloodstream, helping you maintain a steady level of energy throughout the day.
For ADHDers, stable energy levels can play a significant role in reducing impulsivity and improving focus in individuals.
Cashews: Nourishing Your Grey Matter
Once they've taken their luxurious one-hour soak, these creamy delights are ready to work their magic.
Rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and magnesium, cashews are like brain food in a nutshell (literally!).
Omega-3s have been linked to improved cognitive function and mood regulation, and magnesium plays a role in supporting a calm and focused mind. It's like giving your brain a warm, comforting hug!
Coconut Flakes: Boosting Brain Power
They're not just there for their satisfying crunch!
Coconut flakes are a powerhouse of healthy fats and antioxidants. Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) found in coconut flakes are like rocket fuel for your brain.
They provide an instant source of energy that can enhance your mental clarity and help you stay sharp throughout the day.
Peach: The Vitamin C Wonder
Ah, the peach – a juicy, messy, dripping and delectable addition to our brain-boosting ensemble.
These vibrant delights are brimming with vitamin C, a nutrient that does wonders for your nervous system.
Adequate vitamin C intake has been linked to reduced ADHD symptoms and improved mood regulation.
So, don't hesitate to slice up lots and lots of this oh-so-messy fruit and add a burst of flavour and nutrients to your Cashew Coconut Raw Peach Pie.
Cinnamon: Keeping It Balanced
Spices add not just flavour, but also potential health benefits. Cinnamon is on of my favourites when it comes to balancing blood sugar levels (I put it on anything from yogurt & roasted sweet potatoes to my daily morning coffee).
Steady blood sugar means sustained focus and energy – a game-changer for anyone dealing with ADHD symptoms.
Plus, that irresistible aroma of cinnamon swirling through your pie is evokes a sense of warmth and comfort with a little sweetness.
Maple Syrup: Nature's Sweet Secret
We wrap up our ingredients lineup with a classic sweetener – maple syrup. But this isn't just any sweetener; it's a source of antioxidants and essential minerals like zinc and manganese.
These small but mighty compounds support brain health and mood regulation, making maple syrup a smart choice for your Cashew Coconut Raw Peach Pie without the guilt.
Here's the recipe...ENJOY!
Cashew Coconut Peach Pie
1 cup Pitted Dates (soaked for 1 hour & drained)
1 1/2 cups Cashews (soaked for 1 hour & drained)
1 cup Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
8 Peaches (thinly sliced)
2 tsps Cinnamon
1 tbsp Maple Syrup
Blend the soaked, pitted dates, cashews & unsweetened coconut flakes until well combined.
Press the mixture into a pie or tart dish to form the crust.
Place in the fridge for 15-30 minutes to set.
While the crust is setting, slice the peaches.
Remove crust from fridge & arrange the peaches on top of the crust (you can get all fancy if you like).
Drizzle with maple syrup and sprinkle cinnamon over the peaches.
Place back in the fridge for flavours to meld until ready to serve.
Slice, serve and savour!
Tip: Serve with a scoop a dairy-free vanilla ice cream or @brettsicecream vanilla sorbet - yum!
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