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May 2018 (Vol. 3 Issue 3)

Pomegranate and pine nut 'bruschetta'
About the author: 
Markéta Bola

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Pomegranate can be a hassle to prepare, but it's absolutely worth it for the delicious taste and amazing health benefits.

The juicy seeds can bring a sweet flavour and interesting texture to a variety of dishes, and they're perfect when paired with tomatoes and used as a topping for this alternative raw 'bruschetta' recipe—which, by the way, is entirely wheat-free.

As for the health benefits, recent studies have shown that pomegranate juice might reduce dental plaque, bring anti-ageing benefits, and even protect against cancer and Alzheimer's.1

Pomegranate and pine nut 'bruschetta'

Makes 8 servings

For the base:

  • ½ cup pine nuts
  • ¼ cup coconut, desiccated, fine
  • ¼ cup flaxseeds, brown, whole
  • ½ Tbsp cumin
  • ¼ Tbsp Himalayan salt

Directions:

  1. Using an S-blade food processor, mix the pine nuts, cumin and salt with a couple of tablespoons of coconut until you get a 'parmesan-like' consistency. Set one or two tablespoons of this mixture aside for sprinkling on top of the bruschettas before serving.
  2. Add the rest of the coconut and the flaxseeds to the remaining mixture and blend. Divide into small portions and, using a spoon, make thin round shapes ready for the topping.

For the topping:

  • 3 small tomatoes, diced
  • 1 medium pomegranate, seeds
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1-2 Tbsp fresh herbs, chopped (such as coriander, basil)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice, fresh
  • 1 tsp olive oil, cold-pressed
  • 1 tsp garam masala, powder

Directions:

  1. Gently mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and blend for one minute.
  2. Transfer to a fine strainer or sieve to get rid of any excess moisture.
  3. Spoon this mixture onto the bruschetta bases, top with the parmesan-like coconut mixture and serve immediately.

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Markéta Bola is a natural nutritionist and raw living-food chef who leads raw-food workshops, classes, dining experiences and Tree of Life Wellbeing & Vitality Festivals in the Midlands.


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