Vitamins E and C and the flavonoids found in Cherries may slow ageing and they may slow or even reverse the symptoms of neurological diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Cherries also contain compounds that can help to slow or inhibit the progression of cancer (Polyphenolics Egallic acid and Lignans).

Fact: Cherries have been grown in Australia since the late 1800’s and we Australians love our cherries, consuming more than 7,000 tonnes of fresh product every year!

 

Rich in vitamins, antioxidants and fibre, Raspberries are a delicious fruit with many health benefits. They have a high concentration of ellagic acid, a phenolic compound that prevents cancer, thereby stopping the growth of cancer cells and eliminating the progress of some cancers.

INGREDIENTS:

Base

  • 1/4 cup date paste (*homemade)
  • 1 cup oven dried almonds / cashews

    Cherries – Nourished by Nature

  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted

Raspberry Layer

  • 1.5 cups fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen cherries (pips removed)
    • (can use strawberries)
  • 2/3 cup raw cashews
  • 4 tablespoons shredded organic coconut
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted

 Chocolate Layer

  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup or honey
  • 1/3 cup raw cacao powder
    • OR – melted 80-90% dark cacao chocolate (eg, Lindt)

INSTRUCTIONS:

To make the base:

  1. Add the base ingredients to a high speed blender or food processor and blend until it resembles fine crumbs and sticks together when pressed.
  2. Spoon mixture into a lined slice tin and press down with the back of a spoon.
  3. Place it in the freezer.

 To make the Raspberry Layer:

  1. To make the raspberry layer, blend all raspberry layer ingredients except the coconut oil in a high speed blender until smooth.
  2. Add coconut oil and blend until well combined.
  3. Add to the base and smooth over with a spatula or back of a spoon and place into the freezer for at least 1 hour to set.

To make the Chocolate Layer:

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  1. Melt the coconut oil in saucepan on low heat. Once melted, remove from heat and add the maple syrup.
  2. Whisk briskly until well combined. Then add the cacao powder, stirring until well mixed through.
  3. Pour the chocolate on top of the raspberry layer.
  4. Place back into the freezer and let it set completely, approximately 1-2 hours OR – coat with melted 80-90% dark cacao chocolate (eg, Lindt)

You can also add some extra cherries to the top of the melted chocolate (see image)

Note: You want to ensure that the slice has completely set, to allow for easier slicing.

Remove from the tin by lifting the parchment paper.

Slice straight away and store in an airtight container in the freezer. I recommend the freezer as the raspberry layer softens easily.

*Homemade Date Paste can be made by soaking dates in boiling hot water to soften (approx 20 minutes).  Drain the water and using a fork mash the dates into a paste.  You can also soak a large batch in water overnight, then drain water and blend / process in suitable appliance such as food processor or blender.  Freeze portions in sip lock bags or small containers.

Enjoy!