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Today, on Jazzy Vegetarian Radio, the fabulous Chef Mark Reinfeld, who specializes in healthy raw and vegan cooking techniques and recipes, and is the author of six plant-based healthful eating cookbooks, joined me to discuss healing with vegan foods. Mark's tasty Vegan Raw Apple Crumble recipe (from his newest book) is featured below, in this blog!

 

 

You can listen to the episode here.

 


 

Plus, today we featured music from the exciting and amazing new CD from Dr. Neal Barnard! The CD is called Carbonworks and the track is entitled Monaco!

 

 

The new Carbonworks album showcases 11 tracks of Barnard’s original music that is a fusion of rock, blues, jazz, contemporary and Vietnamese music. Equally diverse are the Carbonworks members, comprised of a classical string quartet, a jazz band, rock musicians, traditional Vietnamese musicians, and Barnard himself on guitar and piano.

 

 

You can listen to the episode and hear the music here.

 


 

Chef Mark Reinfeld's newest cookbook is excellent! "Healing the Vegan Way: Plant-Based Eating for Optimal Health and Wellness,  talks about the powerful potential of plant-based ingredients to prevent and reverse disease. What a wonderful book for helping us to getting healthy in the new year!

 

 

Mark talked about his Raw Apple Crumble recipe on the show today and he shares the recipe with us here today! Thank you, Mark!

 

 

You can listen to the episode here.


 

Raw Apple Crumble

by Mark Reinfeld

 

Excerpted from "Healing the Vegan Way: Plant-Based Eating for Optimal Health and Wellness,” by Mark Reinfeld. Copyright © 2016. Available from Da Capo Lifelong Books, an imprint of Perseus Books, LLC, a subsidiary of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

 

Yield: 5 cups

Prep time: 30 minutes, Total time: 30 minutes, Serving size: 1/2 cup, Number of servings: 10

 

Chef Mark says: There’s some truth to the saying that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, mostly because of the antioxidant flavonoids contained in the peel. Another important health component in apples is a special fiber called pectin, making for a unique fiber-plus-phytonutrient combination. This is a raw version of the commonly baked dessert, so you get all the health-boosting properties of the ingredients without having to turn on your oven (and a toothsome, crispy texture, to boot!). Raisins are energy boosters with all their natural sugar, not to mention iron and potassium. Walnuts are a favorite for their cancer-fighting, heart-healing, brain-boosting nutrients, and combining forces with dates, coconut, and spices, they create a perfect crumble topping for a healthy spin on this classic dessert.

 

Apple Layer

 

4 cups unpeeled, cored and thinly sliced apple (about 3 apples)

1 cup raisins

½ cup pitted Medjool dates

½ cup water

¾ cup freshly squeezed apple or orange juice

¼ teaspoon orange zest

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Pinch of ground nutmeg

Pinch of ground allspice

Pinch of sea salt

 

Crumble

 

1 ¼ cups chopped walnuts

¼ cup pitted Medjool dates

2 tablespoons dried shredded unsweetened coconut

Pinch of ground cinnamon

Pinch of ground cardamom

 

To prepare the APPLE LAYER, put the apples and raisins in a bowl. Place the dates, water, apple juice, orange zest, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and sea salt in a blender and blend until creamy. Add to the apple mixture and mix well. Transfer to an 8- by 8-inch casserole dish.

 

To prepare the crumble, put all of the CRUMBLE ingredients in a food processor and pulse chop until the walnuts are finely ground. Do not overprocess. Sprinkle on top of apple layer.

 

Variations:

 

Replace the apples with pears, peaches, or pineapple.

Replace the walnuts with hazelnuts, pistachio nuts, or sunflower seeds.

Replace the dates with dried figs or apricots.

 

Nutrition Facts per serving (122 g): Calories 250, Fat Calories 105, Total Fat 12 g, Saturated Fat 3 g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Sodium 19 mg, Total Carb 38 g, Dietary Fiber 5 g, Sugars 29 g, Protein 4 g

 

Excerpted from Healing the Vegan Way: Plant-Based Eating for Optimal Health & Wellness by Mark Reinfeld. Copyright © 2016. Available from Da Capo Lifelong Books, an imprint of Perseus Books, LLC, a subsidiary of Hachette Book Group, Inc.