Lucuma and cacao just seem to go together like “bread and butter”. I love the rich maple taste of Lucuma. When I make my raw chocolate desserts I love to add Lucuma. This natural sweetner adds a rich taste to many of my raw desserts and raw ice creams.
Lucuma has long been used by the Peruvian people in South America. The fruit has been celebrated in Incan art, pottery, and textiles as being a sign and symbol of fertility. Lucuma is known for health benefits such as an immune booster and helps to speed healing.
Benefits of Lucuma Powder:
- Lucuma Powder is rich in beta-carotene which is great for boosting immunity.
- It is rich in antioxidants when help to boost vitality
- Lucuma may help to reduce the symptoms of fatigue as it contains iron which is required for energy.
- Contains the minerals calcium and phosphorus which both support bone health.
- High in beta-carotene, niacin (B3), and iron
- May be effective in speeding the healing of cuts and bruises
- A great source of calcium
- May help to support bone formation, digestion and hormone balance
- Studies have shown that it contains compounds that may possess anti-inflammatory properties
- May be beneficial in improving blood circulation and cholesterol levels
- May help to strengthen the immune system
- May be useful in reducing appetite and controlling weight
- An excellent source of fiber so can help people with digestive issues.
- This low-glycemic sweetener contains many nutrients including beta-carotene, iron, zinc, vitamin B3, calcium and protein.
In Peru, Lucuma Powder is a favorite flavor of ice cream. I like to blend Lucuma into smoothies, hot cereals, or use in desserts. For a yummy treat, combine it with some raw cacao nibs, vanilla bean, and coconut butter. Blend into a creamy tasty delight. Yellow lucuma powder has a unique, maple-like taste.
All natural, organic, and with a light maple flavor, lucuma powder can be used to flavor a variety of dishes in place of regular sugar. The texture is similar to granulated sugar, but the taste is more reminiscent of brown sugar. It can be easily substituted for brown sugar in a 2:1 ratio. For every 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, substitute 2 tablespoons of lucuma powder. Lucuma has a low glycemic index number so it makes for a healthier substitute.
Several traditional and folk healing systems note the medicinal use of lucuma. It’s a healthy low-sugar alternative that is safe for diabetics. It is also a good source of trace nutrients, antioxidants, and key micronutrients.
Lucuma ice cream has been popular in South America for years. Now it is becoming increasingly popular among people who enjoy a raw food, sugar free diet.
Lucuma Ice Cream
1 1/2 cups raw cashews, soaked for 4 hours
1/2 cup coconut cream
1/2 cup organic lucuma powder
1/4 to 1/2 cup coconut sugar or raw honey
1 whole vanilla bean
1/2 cup filtered water (approximately)
1/4 cup maca powder
Celtic Sea salt to taste
Optional: Maple syrup drizzles with walnuts!
Put all the ingredients in a Vitamix or high powered blender and blend until it is a thick, creamy consistency. Put in a freeze proof container and freeze until it is ice cream. An ice cream maker is not required, but can be used.