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Raw Maqui Berry & Coconut Cheesecake

21 March, 2014

"This Nourishing Hub raw cashew nut cheese cake is a powerhouse full of super foods and nutritious ingredients. It is very rich in antioxidants deriving form the maqui berries and the blueberries (both boasting high ORAC values). The deep purple colour from the anthocyanins (the pigment responsible for this stunning colour and the antioxidants) make this a beautiful dish to serve for any occasion."

Add some coconut, coconut oil and cacao nibs to the mix and you really do have a delicious superfood powerhouse.

What amazed me even more than the amazing taste of this one, was how easy it is to make.

For the crust:

1 cup of almonds, (walnuts or 1/2 pistachios 1/2 almonds is ok)
1/2 cup dates, pitted and chopped
1/4 cup of shredded coconut
1/4 cup cacao nibs

For the Filling:

3 cups chopped cashews, soaked for at least 2 hours
2 cups of blueberries (if frozen allow to defrost)
1/2 cup of coconut nectar
3/4 cup coconut oil
Juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
2 tablepoons of Maqui berry powder
Cacao nibs to garnish

What to do:

Using coconut oil lightly grease a 20cm (8 inch) spring-form cake tin. Line the bottom of the tin with baking powder.

To make the crust, blend all of the crust ingredients in a food processor until well combined. Press the mixture evenly into the bottom of the tray. Refrigerate while you continue to prepare the filling.

To make the filling, gently melt the coconut oil (if required) over a low heat. Or place your jar of coconut oil in a pot of hot water until it is melted in the glass. Add the coconut oil to the food processor together with the cashew nuts, blue berries, coconut nectar, lemon juice, vanilla and maqui berry powder. Blend until smooth and adjust to taste.

Pour the berry filling mixture onto the crust. Lightly tap the tin on a firm surface to remove any small air bubbles.

Place in the freezer until firm. Remove the whole cake from the pan while frozen and place on a serving platter.

Defrost in the refrigerator.

Healthy and beautiful

All of the ingredients in this delightful cheescake have nutritional benefits. This cheesecake is sweetened with dates and coconut nectar, which are low GI sweeteners making it a healthy sugar free sweet treat.

Super foods, in particular those packed with antioxidants are also known as beauty foods for the skin benefits they offer.

Recipe from Nourishing Hub

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