I finally made the time yesterday for Easter, and they were so good!
I followed her recipe pretty much, with only a few exceptions, which I’ll note.
4 pitted dates (original recipe called for 2Tbspcoconut sugar, which I thought I had but didn’t.)
4 Tbspcoconut oil(melted) (originally recipe said 4-5, but I went with the lesser due to the dates)
1cupcoconut cream (the hardened portion at the top of full-fat coconut milk-I used the coconut cream from Trader Joe’s which is mostly cream)
1heaping Tbsplemon zest
2Tbsporganic powdered sugar(optional // for topping I didn’t use this)
Lemon Curd Topping
I had about 1/3 cup of coconut cream leftover in my can, so I decided to make a modified version of Minimalist Baker‘s Vegan Lemon Curd. The recipe called for a lot of the same ingredients I already had out, so it seemed like a no brainer. AND…lemon curd on top of lemon bars? YES, PLEASE!! . Here’s how I modified to recipe, and the amount was perfect for a thin layer on top which I added right before serving.
1/3 cup coconut cream
1 tsplemon zest
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsparrowroot starch
Add raw cashews to a mixing bowl and cover with boiling hot water. Let rest for 1 hour (uncovered). Then drain thoroughly.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line an 8×8 inch baking dish with parchment paper (or tin foil).
Add oats, almonds, sea salt, and dates to a high speed blender and mix on high until a fine meal is achieved.
Transfer to a medium mixing bowl and add maple syrup and melted coconut oil, and add more oil if it’s too dry. Stir with a spoon to combine until a loose dough is formed.
I accidentally did ALL this at the same time. It didn’t blend as well, because the moisture made it clumpy… SO, if you see chunks of almonds in my crust that’s why!
Transfer mixture to lined 8×8 pan and spread evenly. I used my fingers to press the mixture down until it was evenly compacted.
Bake for 15 minutes, then increase heat to 375 F and bake for 5 minutes more, or until the edges are golden brown and there is some browning on the surface. Remove from oven to cool slightly, then reduce oven heat to 350 degrees F (176 C).
For the Filling… Once cashews are soaked and drained, add to a high speed blender with coconut cream, arrowroot starch, lemon juice, lemon zest, sea salt, and maple syrup. Mix on high until very creamy and smooth.
Taste and adjust flavor as needed.
Pour filling over the pre-baked crust and spread into an even layer. Tap on counter to remove any air bubbles.
Bake for 20-23 minutes or until the edges look very slightly dry and the center appears “jiggly” but not liquidy.
Let rest for 10 minutes, then transfer to refrigerator to let cool completely (uncovered) – at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.
For the Lemon Curd…Place coconut cream and lemon zest in a small saucepan and whisk to combine.
Add lemon juice and arrowroot starch to a small mixing bowl and whisk to thoroughly dissolve. Then add to coconut cream mixture and stir.
Lastly, add maple syrup and whisk again until well combined.
Place saucepan over medium heat and bring to a low bubble – not boil – whisking often. Once it starts bubbling and getting thick, reduce heat to medium-low and continue cooking until a visible ribbon forms when spooning a bit of the curd across the top. It should be thick and kind of jiggly in texture. During this process switch to a rubber spatula for stirring to ensure the curd isn’t sticking to the bottom or sides of the pan.
Remove from heat and taste and adjust seasonings as needed, adding more lemon zest for acidity/brightness, or maple syrup for sweetness.
Let rest for 15 minutes, then whisk once more and transfer to a glass bowl and cover with plastic wrap, making sure the plastic wrap touches the curd – otherwise a film may form (I didn’t do that and it was fine!).
Refrigerate for 5-6 hours, or overnight, or until completely chilled and set. I only let mine sit for 4 hours, and it was still great on top of the bars.
To serve, spread the lemon curd over the bars, slice and top with fresh berries (optional)
Store leftovers in the refrigerator, covered, up to 4 days, though best within the first 2 days.
I took this with my phone, as I didn’t have a lot of extra time to take pics while we were baking. Super easy to let kids help you zest! She also loved working our Vitamix!
1/4 tsp vanilla extract or seeds from one vanilla pod
For the filling
1 3/4 cups raw cashews, soaked for at least 4 hour and drained well
¼ cup coconut oil, melted
1/3 cup honey
about 1/3 cup water
½ tsp lemon juice
seeds from one vanilla pod
⅛ tsp sea salt
Directions for Frosting
Original recipe says to make the filling a day ahead. I made mine the day of, but made it first and chilled it while I was making the cake.
Place all the ingredients except water in a high power blender and blend until smooth. Add the water, a tablespoon at the time until the filling become silky and you get your desired texture.Having a cute assistant adds even more sweetness 😉 . Ok, that was bad…but true! 🙂
Transfer the filling to a bowl, cover with plastic wrap and chill overnight or for a few hours like I did 🙂
Directions for the cake
Preheat oven to 350.
Original recipe says to line two 8 inch spring-form pans with parchment paper, but I just greased two 8 inch cake pans really well and they popped right out.
In a large bowl or food processor cream the eggs with honey.
In a separate bowl combine flours with salt and baking soda.
Add the dry mixture into the wet mixture and add vanilla extract or seeds from vanilla pod.
Divide the mixture between prepared pans and bake for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted.
For visual reference. The dough will be more dense. And it won’t rise much after cooking.
Remove cakes from the oven and set aside to cool completely.
After the cake is cooled off, smooth half of the frosting on top of one cake layer, and layer sliced strawberries.
Place 2nd layer on top and spread a thin layer of the frosting on top and place strawberries with the top cut off around the cake.
Scoop the rest into pastry bag or you can use a ziploc bag with the tip cut off. Squeeze onto cake for decoration!
I haven’t had much time to bake lately, much less take pictures and blog about it! BUT…I had a client reschedule this past weekend, and I knew it would make Maya super happy if we made something together, so…we did!
I’d been dying to try Feasting on Fruits “Vegan Magic Cookie Bars” recipe ever since I saw her post it on Instagram. The originals are my husband’s all time favorite bar cookie, so I couldn’t wait to try a healthier version.
While they are not as ooey gooey and decadent as the original version, they are really good! I got a thumbs up from all the taste testers, including grandparents, teenage stepson, Maya, AND the Huz!
What you need…
ALMOND CRUST OPTION (she posts an oat crust option too)
I made this with the thought of drizzling it over some pumpkin doughnuts I made (recipe coming tomorrow!). After I made it though, I thought of a kazillion different things it would be great on. Hence…it’s getting it’s own post 🙂
And…it’s only 4 ingredients. Paleo, no added refined sugar, nut free, dairy free, and vegan. BUT…it’s delicious and you’ll want to put it on everything haha.Ingredients
2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
1 Tablespoon Pure Maple Syrup
1 Tablespoon Organic Pumpkin Puree
1 Tablespoon No Sugar Added Sun Butter (if you don’t have to worry about nut allergies, you could substitute any creamy nut butter)
What to do…
Combine all these ingredients and either microwave or heat over the cook top until all melted and combined to a creamy texture. Let it cool a little before you drizzle over whatever you are drizzling it over (doughnuts, cupcakes, banana ice cream, yogurt, oatmeal…the possibilities are endless) or dip fruit into it! It will harden after a few minutes.
Tis the season, no? I’ve been seeing Pumpkin Balls pop up here and there, and I decided to try my own.
I will say that these fall into the category of totally yummy, but…healthy 😉 I want to make the distinction, because I do love myself a decadent dessert!! This is not that. However, Maya chowed them down, and I love that I can make her things that she things are a total treat that are still healthy!
They are nut free, gluten free, and dairy free. So, once again…safe to take to preschool or daycare!Ingredients (Makes 12)
1/2 cup coconut flour
2 cups Organic Pumpkin Puree (got mine at Trader Joe’s)
2 Tablespoons Pure Maple Syrup
1/2 cup Sunflower Butter (can use any nut butter if you aren’t worried about allergies)
1/8 teaspoon pumpkin spice
2 Tablespoons each of coconut sugar and unsweetened coconut to roll the balls in (optional, but I liked the little added sweetness and texture :))
What to do
Mix the first 5 ingredients in a bowl, using a high powered mixer or Cuisinart.
Scoop out 1 Tablespoon amounts of the dough, and roll in your palm to form a ball.
Roll it around in the coconut sugar and coconut and set in the refridgerator to cool for at least an hour. You can eat them right away, but they are much better once they’ve firmed up!
And, because sharing is caring… We brought a few over to my parents house. Maya was a little excited 🙂