Caveman Cuisine: Frozen Berry Cobbler
"Cobblers originated in the early British American colonies. English settlers were unable to make traditional suet puddings due to lack of suitable ingredients and cooking equipment, so instead covered a stewed filling with a layer of uncooked plain biscuits or dumplings, fitted together. When fully cooked, the surface has the appearance of a cobbled street. The name may also derive from the fact that the ingredients are "cobbled" together."
-Wikipedia.com, "Cobbler (food)"
While most people equate nuts and berries with the term "superfood", lately, both have been catching a bit of heat. Despite the best efforts of Dr. Oz, the former's proportions of fatty acids (such as omega 6) as well as anti-nutrient content (phytic acid) and the latter's fructose have led to a good old fashioned shunning that almost rivals that of the oft-ostracized potato.
Fortunately, however, these whole foods have been the subject of substantial scientific study, and a recent review of the available literature by SuppVersity's Prof. Dr. Andro reveals that a compound found in nuts and berries, ellagic acid, has been identified as "a potential heart protectant (Kannan. 2011a, 2011b); it has been shown to ameliorate the progress of cancer (Losso. 2004), to protect from Staphylococcus aureus biofilm formation (Quave. 2012), to exert potent anti-inflammatory effects (Umesalma. 2010), to protect the gut (Gonzalez-Sariaz. 2010)".
Before we get too excited though, Prof. Dr. Andro has this disclaimer:
"Despite those scientifically 'proven' benefits I should yet not have to tell you that it would not be particularly wise to take this study as an opportunity to ransack Trader Joe's dried fruit and nuts warehouses... As unreasonable as the contemporary condemnation of real (not dried!) fruit and (non-rancid!) nuts may be, it did not come out of nowhere, but has its roots in the detrimental overconsumption of both, nuts and fruits in the media-driven believe that adding tons of those healthy "superfoods" to your diet would allow you to live into your late 90s without ever having to worry about any of the ailments of the Western society. Both, nuts and fruit are yet only two "superfoods" within a "superfood diet", ... ah pardon, a whole foods diet, where neither of them is a "treat" or "cheat", but simply nutrition!"
Well, I guess that means they are "just real food" after all!
So, rather than expecting "miracles" or "malaise" why not "kepp relax" and enjoy this little recipe that I cobbled together.
Mixed frozen berries (blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, etc.)
1/4 cup full fat coconut milk (Native Forest brand)
1/2oz Baker's chocolate (chopped)
Put the frozen berries in a small bowl and allow to defrost for a few minutes. Mix the berries around a bit with a spoon, and then pour in the coconut milk. Top with cinnamon, walnuts, and chocolate. Enjoy in moderation without reservation.