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I'm Mikhaela.

I quit sugar four years ago when I was pregnant with my first son. It was making me fat, sick, lethargic... miserable. It was hard, but I got there. The reward has been incredible. For me and my family.

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Raw Cashew Caramel Slice

Raw Cashew Caramel Slice

I have seen all sorts of wonderful raw desserts taking over every cafe cake fridge I see. And instagram.. well it's hard not to be inspired.  I love how so many people have started making this a permanent part of their diet. Sure, there is still decadence but it's nice to have the option of a refined sugarfree treat. For me personally, the raw options are far yummier and far less damaging to my sugar levels. I feel fuller afterward (and don't continue wanting more sugar!). Knowing I didn't just put a whole bunch of processed crap in body, makes me feel good too. Physically and mentally.

This Cashew Caramel slice came about because I wanted to make something for a group of mothers. I wanted to see what they thought as some of them have never tried anything raw before. I also wanted to make something they would be happy to give to their children. It went down treat. So here I am posting the recipe.

These are some of the ingredients I used. How awesome are nuts and seeds :)

Cashews:

Full of good stuff....

  • Copper in raw cashews helps your body process iron, aids in the production of energy and strengthens your blood vessels.
  • Cashews have Zinc which activates hundreds of proteins within your body, including proteins needed for healthy cell growth and a robust immune system
  • Raw cashews also offer health benefits thanks to their Manganese content. Each ounce of raw cashews offers 0.463 milligram of manganese. This provides one-fifth of the daily manganese intake recommended for men, and 26 percent for women. Manganese supports your metabolism, it helps you process cholesterol, proteins and fats and helps you make proteins needed for wound healing. Low manganese levels are linked with poor control over blood sugar.

Almonds:

High-protein almonds are ideal for satiating the appetite in a healthy way. They are rich in monounsaturated fats; much research now links this type of fat with a reduced risk of heart disease. These nuts are one of the richest sources of vitamin E, which seems to protect against UV light damage and Alzheimer's disease. Almonds top you up on important minerals: manganese, which helps the body form strong bones and regulates blood sugar; and magnesium, which is essential for organ, muscle and nerve function, blood glucose control, and regulating blood pressure. You should always try to eat almonds with the skin on: it contains an impressive collection of flavonoids that act as antioxidants and enhance the effect of vitamin E that could be beneficial as we age.

Tahini:

It's a paste made from ground sesame seeds. It is also called sesame paste or sesame butter. It is like peanut butter but made from sesame seeds. There are several available options when you

Why you should love it?

  • It’s rich in minerals such as phosphorus, lecithin, potassium, magnesium and iron
  • It’s one of the best sources of calcium out there
  • It has 20% complete protein, making it a higher protein source than most nuts
  • It is easy for your body to digest because of its high alkaline mineral content, which is great for assisting in weight loss
  • It is high in unsaturated fat (good fat!)

OATS:

  • High level of fiber and protein with low level of fat
  • Blood sugar stabiliser
  • High in manganese
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Oats are also a good source of vitamins and minerals like thiamin, folic acid biotin and vitamin E. These all have a positive effect on the immune system and can speed you body’s reaction to infection and can help your body heal faster from illness.

 

 

 

You won't need to wash the food processor in between the base and filling ingredients ******

Raw Cashew Caramel Slice

Base

  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1 cup dessicated coconut
  • 10 pitted medjool dates
  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1 tsp salt

Filling

  • 1/4 cup unhulled tahini
  • 2 cups pre soaked cashew nuts - drained
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 1 tsp salt

Topping

  • 50 grams 80% dark chocolate (best quality)

 

1. Line your baking tin (I used a square 8 x 8inch tin) with baking paper.Place all base ingredients in food processor and blend until it forms a dough. Press into tin firmly and evenly. Cover and place in the freezer.

2. Add the filling ingredients to the food processor and blend until the mixture becomes a smooth paste. (this could take a few minutes depending on the power of your blender) Using a spatula, pour onto the base and smooth over. Use the back of a spoon if necessary. It should be flat and smooth. Cover and place back in the freezer for 1 hour before adding the topping.

3. Lastly, melt the dark chocolate. Place two sheets of cling wrap on top of one another. Ensuring the chocolate is not too hot, pour the melted chocolate in the middle and bring the edges together. (like a piping bag) Twist the top together so you have some pressure. Put a small hole in the bottom with a fork or cake tester. Decorate in swirls/lines the top of the slice. The larger the whole you make will determine how big the lines are. test on the kitchen bench before decorating the slice to see.

4. Freeze for at least 4 hours before slicing with a sharp knife and serving.

***Keep in the freezer covered for up to two months. 

 

Tip 1: After a day in the freezer, I sliced it up into small pieces (two bites) and put back in the freezer for when guests may drop in.

Tip 2: It tastes like a mini icecream sandwich straight out of the freezer. Perfect for a Summers day!

Delicious straight out of the freezer or defrosted.

Enjoy

Mikhaela x

 

 

 

References: The Guardian.com, Mindbodygreen.com, Livestrong.com,

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