Happy Wednesday friends! I was in a total mood today to make a healthy dessert and I think I nailed it! It's got the perfect cross between healthy, delicious, sweet and sour, it's that healthy quick dessert we all want and need sometimes in our lives.
The first layer is a cashew and lemon icing which is paired alongside a chewy base made with cashews, coconut and cranberries. I love a sour or bitter taste in my baking and I find that if something is too sweet I can't really enjoy it with tea (the taste combinations don't work), so this works amazingly well with a hot drink. I think next time I might add a thin layer of vanilla sponge just to give it a more rich texture and taste but as a first try- I am loving this!
I used my Kenwood food processor for the entire recipe- both crust and filling, and I find it so great that the two blades in the Kenwood machine are able to breakdown both hard ingredients and smooth the softer more liquid ingredients to your desired consistency. The one I used for this recipe was the Kenwood Multi Pro Classic, and I find it to be so easy to carry around the kitchen (makes it easy for vlogs and videos) and cleaning especially-definitely my favourite go-to kitchen appliance!
This recipe is amazing for the holidays because of how easy and appealing it is. I styled mine with meringue but you can use cashew nut cream as well and just whip it up.
Recipe: Lemon Meringue bars
Type: GF, DF
For the crust:
1cup of cashews
1 cup desiccated coconut
1/2 cup dates- pitted
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1 tbsp. lemon juice
2 tsp. peanut butter
A dash of water if necessary to combine everything together.
For the lemon icing:
1/2 cup cashews
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1/4 cup honey
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 lemon zest
2 tbsp. lemon juice
Line a small square baking tray with parchment paper and set aside.
Add all the base ingredients to a good food processor (I used my Kenwood food processor).
Blend until the ingredients together until smooth and here you can add the water to make it easier for the ingredients to combine.
Dish out the contents and add to the lined tray and put in the freezer for about 30min to an hour.
In the meantime, add all the lemon icing ingredients to the same food processor (just wash it out and make sure it's clean) and then blitz until the mixture is smooth and there are no lumps.
Drizzle on top of the base and smooth out to make it even, freeze for another 20-30 minutes and when you are ready, cut into long bars and enjoy! Keep in the fridge in an air tight container:)