• Crust
  • •1 cup almond flour
  • •¼ c. ground flax
  • •8-12 pitted dates
  • •3 tbsp. coconut oil
  • •1 tsp. almond extract
  • Filling
  • •2 c.soaked raw cashews
  • •½ c. lime juice (about 4 limes)
  • •¼ c. coconut oil
  • •¼ c. coconut nectar
  • •1/4 c. plus tablespoon or so more of filtered water
  • *In recipe FreeDiet phase 1 substitutes

Ever feel like you just need a little inspiration in life whether it comes to your cooking or even with your exercise routine? Recently I experienced needing a little outside inspiration for both areas.

I finally got back into doing yoga after feeling bored with my exercise routine. One especially hot day, in the yoga room, which seemed extra steamy as sweat was dripping off my nose in downward dog pose.  All I could think about were these raw refreshing lime bars I remembered making years ago.

Daydreaming about food during a yoga pose is not the smartest thing to do because at that point my hands were slipping forward and I almost fell flat on my face.  I did kinda gasp as I realized the predicament I was in.  Good thing it was dark in there and nobody knew I was the fool not paying attention.

Nutritious, delicious, and Limalicious!

Nutritious, delicious, and Limalicious!

I survived the power yoga class and felt all empowered to get home and make those bars.  I was praying all the way home that I had enough limes to make them.  By the way, if you have not tried yoga, you should.  It is for everyone with the side note- if you have a conscious teacher that knows their student’s needs.  A good teacher pays attention so they can challenge one to the deepest degree of a pose or suggest easing up if that particular body shouldn’t go there.

So Thanks to the yoga teacher {Holly} over at Oxygen Health and Wellness Gym in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida for helping me find my mojo in the exercise department.  Also, for Ani’s raw desserts that gave me inspiration to put my own healthy spin on this already popular bar.

Let me ask you who/what inspires you when you need a little lift in life?  I would love to hear who/what inspires you  so please comment below and let me know what your thoughts are about the tangy limalicious bars too!

 

Creamy Lime Bars (Gluten Free, Raw, Dairy Free)
 
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Serves: 12

Ingredients
  • CRUST
  • 1 c. almond flour
  • ¼ c. ground flax
  • 8-12 pitted dates
  • 3 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 2 tsp. almond extract
  • *FreeDiet omit: almond flour, extract & dates
  • Use: 1 c. pecan flour
  • You can grind pecans fine in a strong blender.
  • 2 tsp., vanilla extract, ⅛ tsp. stevia
  • Although we omitted dates the stevia will sweeten nicely.
  • Adding a few tbsp. water can help to bind crust in place.
  • FILLING
  • 2 c. soaked raw cashews
  • ½ c. lime juice (about 4 limes)
  • ¼ c. coconut oil
  • ¼ c. coconut nectar
  • ¼ c. water
  • *FreeDiet omit: coconut nectar
  • Use ⅛ tsp. stevia (mix in the ¼ c. water)
  • taste and add few more dashes

Instructions
  1. To make the CRUST, pulse in a food processor almonds, flax, oil, extract and pitted dates.
  2. You can pulse longer for a finer crust texture or keep it crunchy.
  3. Press crust mixture in a small glass dish. If you use a large dish filling will be too thin,
  4. To make the FILLING, In your food processor, blend cashews, lime juice, oil and nectar.
  5. Slowly add water to get a creamy texture. Spread the cashew mixture over the almond crust. Cover and put in freezer until chilled ½ hour if you can wait that long.
  6. These bars will keep for weeks in the freezer. All I have to say is they are RAWALICIOUS!

Notes
If you are not familiar with coconut nectar you can use maple syrup or ⅛ tsp of stevia in the filling. You can make your own almond flour for the crust by grinding the raw nuts in a strong blender like the Vita mix. For a sweeter crust use 12 pitted dates. If coconut oil is solid you can gently warm the jar up under hot water or in a pan (low heat). Soaking nuts is a great way to wash debris and yeast off. For more information “how to” soak nuts click link in post. Cashews are a soft nut so even if you only have time to soak them for an hour that is helpful. If you are soaking harder nuts like almonds and walnuts overnight is best. At the very least please give nuts a good rinse and pat them dry. I have also baked just the crust for 15 min. at 350 degrees and let it cool then follow with recipes creamy filling. We consider these a great option for a candida free diet as well if you follow the FreeDiet directions.

With a Spoonful of Health,

Dawn-Signature1

 

 

 

P.S. You can click here to learn more about soaking nuts.  This is an update: For my Do terra essential oil friends adding 2 drops of lime and 2 drops of lemon in addition is delicious!