Raspberry Cheesecake Brownie Bars

Care of Andrea Howe – www.glowingongreens.com Makes 25-30 squares Ingredients Brownie Layer 2 cups walnuts 1/2 cup almonds 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder  2 cups pitted dates 1/4 cup cold water 1/4 tsp salt Cheesecake Layer 1 1/2 cup cashews, soaked and drained 1 can coconut cream 1/3 cup maple syrup 1 lemon, juiced 2 tsp vanilla 3/4 cup raspberries 1/2 cup chocolate chips, melted (optional) 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted (optional) Directions 1. Cover cashews in water and soak overnight, or soak in hot water for 2 hours to fast track. 2. Grease a baking dish with coconut oil and set aside. 3. In a food processor, add walnuts, almonds and cocoa powder. Pulse until crumbly. Add the pitted dates, water, and salt, and process until it’s fully combined. Add more water if it does not come together. 4. Remove from the food processor and place in a baking dish, pressing down to form a 1” layer. Place in freezer. 5. Add soaked cashews, coconut cream, maple syrup, lemon juice, and vanilla to food processor. Process until it reaches a creamy consistency. Add raspberries and process for… Read More

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Rockin’ Raspberries

Care of Amy Symington     A descendant of the rose family, these tart and tasty little red bundles of goodness are once again in season! And it’s so easy to see why everyone loves their tangy yet mildly sweet flavour profile as it lends itself to endless dessert and even savoury possibilities. Raspberries are an excellent source of manganese, vitamin C and dietary fibre and are a low glycemic food, aiding in the regulation of blood glucose levels.  They are rich in the flavonoid anthocyanin, which has been shown to have antioxidant/anti-inflammatory benefits, lowering oxidative stress present in the body. This in turn could potentially lower one’s overall risk of chronic disease. Raspberries also contain raspberry keytones. Raspberry keytones are the primary aroma compound found in raspberries and are used in perfumes and as flavouring agents in food products. However, most recently they have been heavily marketed in the supplement world as the latest weight loss/fat burning miracle. With that said, currently, there is no conclusive, substantiated evidence to prove that this is in fact the case and it is not recommended to take raspberry keytone supplements to assist with weight issues.  The leaves from a raspberry bush are used to… Read More

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