Zesty Lemon Slice

Time: 15 minutes

Complexity: Easy!

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Dietary Requirements: Gluten free, dairy free

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups almond meal
  • 120ml low/reduced fat coconut cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • ½ cup coconut flakes
  • The juice and zest from 1.5 lemons
  • 1 tablespoon stevia/natvia granules or alternative sweetener (for e.g. maple syrup)
  • 5 medjool dates, roughly chopped
  • 2 cups raw nuts of your choice (I used almonds and macadamias), roughly chopped

Method:

Base

  • To make the slice base, place the dates and nuts in a food processor and blend until well combined.
  • Push the mixture into the base of a slice tin and place in the freezer, while you make the filling.

Filling

  • Juice and zest the lemons.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine the almond meal, coconut cream, vanilla, coconut flakes, lemon juice and zest and coconut nectar until well combined.
  • Spoon the mixture on top of the slice base and smooth with the back of a spoon until evenly spread.
  • Sprinkle with extra lemon zest and coconut flakes.
  • Place in the fridge for at least 4 hours until firm (I find this slice works best when made the night before).
  • Enjoy! x

What’s good about this recipe?

Lemon – Packed with vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant which can help to disarm powerful oxygen molecules in the body that contribute to many diseases. The body also uses vitamin C to manufacture collagen needed to help heal cuts and wounds. Vitamin C also helps the small intestines absorb iron.

Almonds – Are extremely high in Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant that protects our cells from damage, helping to maintain a healthy heart and blood vessels. Just a small handful of almonds (30g) provides over half your daily vitamin E requirements. Almonds are also gluten free, low in sugar and are a low GI food, providing sustained energy throughout your day.

Coconut flakes – Contain protein, important for rebuilding cells and maintaining healthy tissues and muscles and iron. One cup of shredded coconut provides 1.69 milligrams of zinc, a mineral crucial to the strength and health of your immune system, and wound healing. Of note, coconut flakes are high in saturated fat, so while you’ll reap some nutritional benefits, it should be used sparingly in your cooking (I find a little goes a long way for flavour).

Dates – Dates are rich in dietary fibre, which prevents LDL cholesterol absorption in the gut. Dates also contain health benefiting flavonoid polyphenolic antioxidants known as tannins, known to possess anti-infective, anti-inflammatory, and antihemorrhagic properties.

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