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Citrus “Cheese” Cake

If you are anything like me then Cheese cake used to be your favourite dessert.
this is a healthier alternative to the traditional cheese cake and will be sure to impress your friends and family. 
 
This Cheese Cake is a simple no bake recipe and will be ready in 1-2 hours. Depending on your freezer. – Easy! 
Once you understand flavour you can recreate almost anything.  
You will need
High speed blender or food processor
Muffin tray – that will fit in freezer
Baking paper/parchment paper
Crust – 
1 cup of Walnuts 
1 cup of dates (pitted)
Filling – 
1 cup of Cashews 
1 fresh Lemon or orange (juiced)
1/3 cup of melted coconut oil 
4-6 Tbsp full fat Coconut milk
1.5 cup of Maple syrup or liquid sweetener of your choice    
 
Before you start cut the parchment paper into medium strips and place in muffin tray (see picture below) 

Method!

Crust
Place walnuts and dates in the food processor, pulse until everything is mixed together ~
Scoop out crust with a Tbsp into a muffin tray you want to make a thin to medium layer and then place in freezer ~
Filling 
Add the cashews, lemon juice and coconut oil to processor and pulse until mixed together~ add coconut milk and sweetener of choice then pulse a few more times ~
Spoon the filling on top of your already made crust and then place in freezer for 1-2 hours or until set. 

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You can add a topping of your choice – I added Blueberries and Raspberries. 

 They are best kept in the freezer as they melt very quickly.

Why is it better?

Walnuts – High in Calcium, Iron, B6 and Magnesium. 1 cup exceeds the RDI (Recommended Daily Intake) of plant Omega 3. Walnuts are high in Antioxidants that help protect the body from free radical damage and Oxidative stress.


Dates
– Helps with Digestive Relief due to the high content of fibre. Health benefits of Dates include – Potassium, Maganese, Magnesium and B6, Dates are Anti-Inflammatory and help support a healthy heart. Dates are also sweet so you do not need to use a lot of them.

Cashews – Packed with Vitamins, Minerals and Antioxidants like E, K, B6, Zinc, Magnesium, iron and Selenium Cashews also support heart heath and over all good bodily function.

Lemon – High in Vitamin C, B6, A, E, Folate, Niacin Thiamin, Riboflavin, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium and Zinc. Lemon or any citrus food aids in the absorption of Iron due to the high Vitamin C.

Coconut Oil – Gentle on digestion, Does not readily store as fat meaning immediate energy release. Coconut is Anti Microbial, Anti Fungal and Anti Viral. Coconut helps to support the immune system, brain and memory, bone/joint and heart.

Coconut Milk – With all the benefits of the coconut oil listed above and more.
Coconut milk is a good substitute for anyone with a Dairy or Lactose intolerance as it is Lactose free and plant derived.

Maple Syrup – High in Antioxidants and Nutrients such as Riboflavin, Zinc, Magnesium, Calcium, and Potassium. Maple Syrup is Anti Inflammatory and gentle on the digestive system. It has a lower GI (Glycemic Index) than Cane Sugar and a healthier alternative to artificial sweeteners.

Optional – But recommended. 

Soak nuts in filtered water over night or for at least 2-8 hours.
for a quick rinse you can soak the nuts in hot filtered water for 20 minutes to an hour.
WHY?
Nuts contain Phytic acid, Also known as an Anti Nutrient which means it can reduce your ability to absorb minerals such as Calcium, Iron, Zinc and Magnesium just to name a few. 
The most effective way to reduce Phytic Acid is to slightly grind the nuts before soaking.

Any questions please feel free to comment below.

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Have a wonderful day!

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