Reduce inflammation with this healthy dessert. Raspberries and blueberries are loaded with salicylic acid — the same heart disease-fighting and pain-numbing compound found in aspirin. However, unlike aspirin, which can increase inflammation, berries are deliciously anti-inflammatory.
2 cups apple juice*
1/4 cup agar flakes
1/4 cup arrowroot flour or kudzu root powder
3/4 cup unpasteurized liquid honey
4 cups blueberries
1 cup crushed pecans
1 cup raspberries
* Look for apple juice sold in a glass jar, as the canned juice often contains toxic heavy metals and plastics leached from the can.
Step 1: Bring apple juice and agar to a gentle boil in an uncovered pot.
Step 2: As soon as the juice comes to a boil, turn heat to medium and cook for 3 minutes to dissolve the agar. Meanwhile, whisk the arrowroot flour or kudzu powder into the honey in a medium-sized bowl.
Step 3: When agar is fully dissolved, pour the honey and arrowroot/kudzu mixture into the pot. Whisk until thick, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat. Add blueberries and mix well.
Step 4: Line a 10" pie plate with crushed pecans. Pack down nuts with a spoon as much as possible before adding pie filling. The nuts will form the bottom of the pie but won't stick together like a traditional pie crust. Pour blueberry mixture into pie plate and top with fresh raspberries for garnish. Refrigerate for 2 hours until set.
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Reprinted with permission from Julie Daniluk's Meals That Heal Inflammation (2011 Random House Canada).