Looking for a yummy dessert to prepare for the holidays!?
Apple Spice Cream Bars with a Walnut Coconut Crust
- 2 cups walnuts
- 2 cups coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup dates, pitted
- 2-3 T honey or other liquid sweetener
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp vanilla bean powder
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- a pinch freshly grated nutmeg
- In a food processor, mix the coconut flakes and walnuts until broken down into a flour.
- Add all remaining ingredients and mix in the food processor until a loose dough forms. Add more honey if necessary to form desired cookie texture.
- Press cookie dough into a parchment paper lined brownie pan or small shallow sheet pan (at least 3/4 inch tall).
- To compact the dough, add another sheet of parchment on top of the pressed dough and even out by rolling with a straight sided glass jar. Set aside.
Apple Spice Cream
- 2 cups chopped apples (organic or heirloom are best)
- 2 cups cashews, soaked 1-4 hours and drained
- 1 cup coconut oil, melted
- 3-4 T raw honey or other liquid sweetener
- 1 T lucuma powder* (optional)
- 1 tsp vanilla bean powder
- a pinch clove powder, fresh grated nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp lemon zest
- 2 T lemon juice
- a pinch sea salt
- Optional ~ cook down apples on medium low heat with the lemon juice and zest, covered, until softened. Or use raw apples.
- Blend all ingredients in a high power blender, adding the melted coconut oil last so it doesn’t solidify, build up from blending slow to the higher setting, using a tamper if necessary to blend smooth.
- Pour cream over crust layer and spread evenly, then tap the sheet or pan on a hard surface to release air bubbles.
- Chill overnight for best results. Remove parchment from the pan and then slice into bars. Serve with fresh apple slices or edible flower confetti**!
*One of my favorite special superfood ingredients is Lucuma powder, a low-glycemic fruit from Peru. This powder has a creamy maple flavor that will add richness to any dessert and body if you want to thicken a smoothie, for example. It is high in B-vitamins like Niacin and rich in fiber. A delicious addition to fruit or chocolate desserts!
**edible flower confetti can be made by drying edible flowers. Just set edible flower petals out on a pan either in a dry place, or in the sun, and let them dry for a few days. Then crumble the petals by hand or in a bag into ‘confetti.’
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