Macadamia-Cashew Bars

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 RAW HEALTH BARS!!!

 

There is just something so great about indulging and not having to feel guilty about it.  And although these do have a lot of calories because of the nuts, at least they are good for you.

I was very sceptical a few years ago when I stumbled upon the whole “raw”movement. I tried it for a month or two to give it a fair judgement and although it’s not for me, I do admire people who can live that way.

I found it hard to follow and I missed cooking too much. The great thing I discovered were the raw desserts. I mean, they really are the business, again, very calorie rich but also very rich in flavour and nutritious at the same time. A lot of days I do eat raw ’till four but it’s certainly not a rule but more of a coincidence. To be honest I love food way too much to stick to any style of eating.

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Vegan ✔

Vegetarian  ✔

Gluten free  ✔

Dairy free  ✔

Ref. sugar free  ✔

Egg free  ✔

 

Makes 16 bars


Ingredients;

Base:

  • 1 cup of pitted dates – soaked in warm water for 10 minutes
  • 2/3 cup of almonds
  • 2/3 cup of walnuts
  • 2 tbsp cacao
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

Cream top;

  • 1 cup cashews, soaked in  water overnight
  • 1 cup macadamia nuts, soaked in water overnight
  • 1/2-1 cup coconut water
  • 1/2 cup coconut nectar
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • dash of salt
  • a few drops vanilla exract

Fruit top:

  • 2 C. mixed berries or other fruits of choice

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Method;

The Base:
Into a food processor add your dates, and pulse for 10 seconds.
Add the rest of your ingredients and pulse for 10 seconds,  until combined. Don’t pulse for too long or your mixture will end up in one big lump.
Transfer your base into your 8×8 tray lined with baking parchment  and pat down evenly. Put in the freezer to set!

Cream base:
Into a blender add your  nuts,  1/2 cup coconut water, coconut nectar, oil, salt and vanilla. Blend till smooth. Add more coconut water to get a good consistency.
Put on top of the Base layer, and then freeze.
Let it sit in the freezer for about two hours before cutting in to squares and decorate with a variety of fruits.

Enjoy!

Myra XO

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