Ever hear of lucuma? No, it’s not a disease! It’s a fragrant tropical fruit hailing from Peru; there it makes its way into many recipes, ice cream being one of the most popular. Because of its nutritional properties and slightly sweet taste, in recent years raw foodists have discovered it in a big way, adding it to smoothies, raw ice cream, puddings, and the like.
Though fresh lucuma in this part of the world is a rarity, the powder, bright yellow in color, can be ordered in its raw state online. This healthy fruit is filled with vitamins and minerals, and it imparts a light butterscotch flavor and a creamy texture to smoothies. You can also sprinkle it on top of Raw Granola, Prune and Chia Porridge (opposite), or any other breakfast cereal in place of honey or agave nectar.
1 cup raw dairy milk or Basic Nut or Seed Milk
3 to 4 tablespoons lucuma powder
2 tablespoons raw honey, raw agave nectar, or rapadura
1 teaspoon alcohol-free vanilla extract
Handful of ice cubes
In a blender, combine all the ingredients and blend until smooth. Serve immediately.
Chocolate Lucuma Smoothie: Add 1 tablespoon raw cacao powder.
Keeping Raw Milk on Hand
Freeze raw milk so you always have some on hand for your smoothies, and keep it in single-serving portions so you only need to defrost one for each smoothie. If you happen to have a silicone muffin pan from your baking days, it will come in handy as a milk holder: Place it on a baking sheet, fill the cups with milk, and freeze for about 2 hours, until solid. Then pop the individual portions of milk into a freezer bag for storage and return to the freezer. Alternatively, freeze your milk in ice cube trays.