I have a little confession to make...
For the past three years I have been fooling myself by trying to fool you, that raw chickpea hummus can be just as delicious as the cooked one.
I tried so hard to make this a reality, but at the end of the day- everyone will try my recipe, taste it, feel glad that they now know how to do it and then go off to the supermarket to buy their cooked one in a tub again.
Do you know why that is?
Answer: When you apply heat to raw living carbohydrates in food and apply it for long enough, those carbs turn into sugars. So by cooking our nutrient packed sprouted chickpeas, we are actually destroying a heap of goodness and turning them into a sweet by-product. Sugar is of course addictive, so when you try anything else, it simply doesn't compare and the voice of our tastebuds will always be louder than the voice of our intellect.
That's exactly why I always do my best to make my raw recipes taste amazing. I've even revealed my secret of adding dates to raw foods in my Amazon #1 Bestselling DVD Raw Food 101, in order to make a tastier hummus. The result was pretty good, but even I didn't hurry to make it myself. And there is something wrong with that picture. So I went on a quest to perfect my recipe and soon discovered that the secret is not in making raw chickpeas taste better, it was in replacing them with something else altogether!
I can't tell you what a revelation this was! And honestly, I think that if you enjoy a hummus in a tub, you will looooove this one. I do! Here you go...
SUNDRIED TOMATO COURGETTE HUMMUS
3 courgettes, chopped
1 cup sunflower seeds, soaked
1 cup sundried tomatoes, soaked
½ cup raw sesame seeds
½ cup raw tahini
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
juice of 2 lemons
2 tsp cumin
optional: ½ tsp Himalayan salt, only if tomatoes weren’t preserved in salt
Put all ingredients in a high powered blender and blend to a rich consistency.
Doesn't it look and sound divine? It is a must-try, I tell you. Do it, do it! Everyone on my and Polly's Picnic & Punting event last weekend gave rave reviews to my hummus and all the other treats we made for the day...
Mocktails on arrival, curried flax crackers, raw sundried tomato hummus, summer guacamole, creamy cheesy dip, pizza, wraps with sunflower seed pate and fresh seasonal veggies and sprouts, marinated and pesto stuffed mushrooms, chocolate brownie bites, special indulgent cake, strawberries and cream, plus green elixirs. - See more at: http://www.betterraw.com/p/teaching.html
We were so fortunate to have the beautiful and shining Samjhana Moon of www.goddessportraiture.co.uk to capture our day! Here are just a few highlights...