Dried Fruit Compote with Cashew Cream
Unlike most sweet treats and desserts, which can make you crash shortly after you eat them, this compote offsets the natural sugars in dried fruits with soluble fiber to keep your energy levels steady for hours after eating.
2 cups water
1 cup orange juice
¾ cup brown rice syrup
¼ teaspoon sea salt
½ cup roughly chopped dried pears
½ cup dried cranberries
½ cup raisins
½ cup golden raisins
½ cup roughly chopped dried dates
½ cup roughly chopped dried figs
½ cup roughly chopped prunes
½ cup roughly chopped dried apricots
5 slices fresh ginger
4 cinnamon sticks, broken in half
8 cardamom pods
1 cup raw cashews
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
⅓ cup water, plus more if needed
Nutrition FactsPer serving: 437 calories, 8 g fat (1.3 g saturated), 93 g carbohydrates, 5.6 g protein, 5.6 g fiber, 158 mg sodium (6.8% Daily Value).
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Directions1. Combine water, orange juice, rice syrup, salt, and dried fruits in a medium saucepan. Place ginger, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and cardamom pods in a piece of cheese cloth and tie a knot to form a spice bundle. Bring fruit mixture to a simmer and add in spice bundle.
2. Simmer for 15 minutes or until fruit is fork-tender. Remove from heat and allow to cool fully.
3. Meanwhile, make the cashew cream: Combine ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth. Add additional water one tablespoon at a time as needed to create creamy texture.
4. The compote can be stored in an airtight container in a refrigerator for up to one week. Serve warm or chilled. Top with cashew cream.