The importance of the glycemic index in determining which foods to choose for a healthful diet has been brought into public awareness, and with Valentine’s Day coming up, we’d like to inspire you with a recipe for a delicious low glycemic, gluten free raw vegan dessert to celebrate this sweet occasion— Cherry Rose Cashew Coconut Ice Cream with Chocolate Cardamom Crumble! Get the recipe here!
Luckily, a raw food diet is one of the best ways to go if you are concerned about your intake of foods that are high on the glycemic index (which include such relatively innocent sounding foods as rice cakes and pretzels). Low starch vegetables like lettuces, sprouts, cucumber, broccoli, cauliflower, and many others are very low on the index, and even vegetables with a higher glycemic index, like corn, carrots, and beets, and fruits like bananas can still be consumed safely on a high raw vegan diet, since carbohydrates on a healthful raw food diet come from whole plant foods, and nearly all refined carbohydrates are eliminated.
Nuts have a relatively low glycemic impact and even dried fruits, which contain more carbohydrates per serving than fresh fruits, can be safely consumed in moderation in a balanced raw vegan diet. In our dessert recipes for celebration sweets, we choose lower glycemic sweeteners like date paste, coconut palm sugar, Lakanto, and stevia. Recent research indicates that agave, once thought to be a beneficial sweetener, contains too much concentrated fructose, which has been shown to interfere with appetite control hormones, and may contribute to weight gain and elevated triglycerides.
Other studies have shown that high-glycemic foods may trigger pleasure centers in the brain that can lead to food addiction in some people. Many people who consume large quantities of denatured refined carbohydrates tend to “crave” those foods and become addicted to them, causing dangerous spikes in blood sugar, which can lead to obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and other serious health conditions.
Now, let’s get on to the celebration! We hope you enjoy this delicious raw vegan, gluten free, low-glycemic dessert just perfect for Valentine’s Day, Cherry Rose Cashew Coconut Ice Cream with Chocolate Cardamom Crumble.
Would you like to learn more about how to make healthful raw desserts? We’ve got a wonderful program at Living Light Culinary Institute—our Pastry Arts—Unbaked!™ Certification. (Raw Culinary Arts Associate Chef and Instructor Training Certification™ is the prerequisite to this advanced, hands-on pastry arts course.)
Our pastry arts program focuses on raw vegan dessert production through a combination of theory, demonstration and practical hands-on training. Students learn the principles involved in the use of binders, thickeners, emulsifiers and gelling agents; how to choose the right sweeteners and fats for a variety of classic pastry recipes and discover the secrets of making exquisite raw desserts that taste even better than famous cooked desserts. Learn how to create a variety of professional looking and sublime tasting gourmet raw desserts that tantalize the palate without compromising health!