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Shhhhhh… Dairy Free Cheesecake

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Shhh…This Cheesecake Is Dairy-Free

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You can use the words indulgent and dairy-free in the same sentence. Like to describe this dairy-free cheesecake recipe with blueberry topping. It’s rich yet virtuous, which is achieved without using cream cheese or butter or even flour. (So, yes, it’s technically vegan.) Dessert, anyone?

 

One 9-inch cake (10 servings)

CRUST

1½ cups pecans

2 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons coconut oil

 

FILLING

 

3 cups cashews, soaked in water overnight (see note)

3 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons honey

Zest and juice of 1 lemon

¾ cup coconut milk

½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract

 

TOPPING

 

1 pint fresh blueberries

2 tablespoons sugar

Zest and juice of 1 lemon

 

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Place a springform pan on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

 

  1. MAKE THE CRUST: In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the pecans until they are finely ground. Transfer to a medium bowl and wipe out the food processor.

 

  1. Add the sugar to the ground pecans and stir to combine. Add the coconut oil and stir until the crumbs are evenly moistened. Pour the crumb mixture into the prepared pan and press into an even layer.

 

  1. Bake the crust for 8 to 9 minutes, or until the edges are lightly golden. Let the crust cool to room temperature.

 

  1. MAKE THE FILLING: Drain the cashews and transfer to the food processor. Pulse until the cashews are coarsely chopped. Add the sugar, honey, lemon zest, lemon juice, coconut milk and vanilla extract, and pulse until very smooth (the mixture should be pretty thick).

 

  1. Pour the cashew mixture over the cooled crust and spread into an even layer. Transfer to the freezer to chill while you make the topping.

 

  1. MAKE THE TOPPING: In a medium pot, combine the blueberries with the sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer until the blueberries are very soft and begin to burst, 8 to 10 minutes.

 

8.Puree the blueberry mixture in a blender or food processor until smooth. Pour the puree on top of the filling and spread into an even layer. Chill the cheesecake in the freezer for at least 45 minutes.

 

  1. Transfer the cheesecake to the refrigerator and keep chilled until ready to serve. To serve, unmold and slice the cheesecake.

 

Note: No time to soak the cashews overnight? No problem. Place them in a medium pot and cover with water. Bring to a boil and then boil for 15 minutes. Drain and cool the cashews to room temperature before continuing with the recipe.

 

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Diets and Weight Loss, Foods, Uncategorized

Papaya Tropical Smoothie – Dairy Free

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Papaya Tropical Smoothie

 

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Papayas stand in for bananas and mangoes in terms of making a smoothie creamy. Plus, these tropical fruits are high in vitamins C and A.

Use either 1 cup of coconut water or ½ cup water plus ½ cup coconut milk

 

Ingredients

  • 1 papaya
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup coconut water

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients in a blender.
  2. Blend at high speed until smooth and creamy.

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Spinach Strawberry Smoothie- Dairy Free

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Spinach Strawberry Smoothie

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups spinach, chopped
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon honey

Instructions

  1. Place ingredients in a blender.
  2. Mix until smooth.

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Almonds Reduce Belly Fat with recipe

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Almonds Reduce Belly Fat

 

Replacing a high carb snack each day with a handful of almonds ( about 1.5 ounces) reduces belly fat.

 

For 12 weeks, researchers at Penn State University gave overweight volunteers with high cholesterol identical diets, with one exception – one group got a daily snack of almonds while a second group got a banana muffin snack equal in calories.

 

The almond snack reduced total cholesterol, including LDL (bad) cholesterol when compared to the muffin, and also significantly reduced belly fat.

 

Research found that substituting almonds for a high carbohydrate snack improved numerous heart health risk factors, including the new finding that eating almonds reduced belly fat.

 

People with chronic high cholesterol levels, need to be tested for thyroid problems also.  Almonds have been shown to work with thyroid problems also.

 

Gluten Free Honey Roasted Almonds  (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

 

Ingredients:

2 cups raw whole almonds

1/4 cup sugar (I used evaporated cane juice sugar)

1/2 tsp sea salt

2 Tbsp honey

2 Tbsp water

1 Tbsp coconut oil

 

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Mix the sugar and salt together in a small bowl and set aside.

Rinse the almonds and spread out on a cookie sheet. Bake 12 minutes (stirring every few minutes and watch careful not to burn them.) Set aside.

In a saucepan melt the honey, oil, and water together until it boils. Add the almonds and stir continuously for about 5 minutes.

You can either sprinkle the salt and sugar mixture on top of the almonds or you can stir the almonds into the mixture. Spread the almonds so they are not touching out on wax paper to cool completely. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks.

 

 

 

 

 

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