Summer Strawberry Cobbler

Here's another great recipe from Kristen Suzanne, natural foods chef extraordinnaire. Her recipes are great for taking baby steps towards eating more raw foods, and this dessert looks perfect for summer!

I am a fool for Raw vegan cobblers because they're satiating, super easy to prepare, and nutritious. Here's a fun, delicious recipe for exactly that, Summer Strawberry Cobbler. It's refreshing with flavors that keep playing in your mouth, well after you've swallowed a bite. Strawberries are rich in folate, fiber, vitamin C, potassium, and loads of phytonutrients. This recipe yields one 8x8 glass-baking dish

The Crumble
2 cups raw pecans or walnuts
3/4 cup dried coconut, shredded & unsweetened
1 teaspoon fresh orange zest
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
2/3 cup currants
1/3 cup prunes, chopped

The Strawberry Filling
25 oz fresh strawberries, destemmed (or use frozen and thaw them)
1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
8 soft dates, pitted
2 tablespoons raw agave nectar

The Crumble
Place the nuts, coconut, orange zest, cinnamon, and salt in a food processor, fitted with the S-blade, and process until coarsely ground. Add the currants and prunes, and process until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs and lightly holds together when gently pressed between two fingers. Set aside.

The Filling
Take about 15-16 ounces (approximately two-thirds) of the strawberries, chop them and set aside in a large bowl. Then, place the rest of the strawberries along with the orange juice, dates, and agave in a blender and process until smooth. Pour into the bowl with the chopped strawberries and stir.

The Assembly
Pour half of the crumble in the bottom of the glass-baking dish and give it a firm but gentle press. Spread the strawberry filling on top. Sprinkle the remaining cobbler crumble on top of the strawberry filling, allowing some of the beautiful strawberry filling to show through. Serve at room temperature, or warm in a dehydrator for up to an hour at 130 degrees for extra deliciousness. Covered, Summer Strawberry Cobbler will keep for up to three days in the refrigerator.

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