Raspberry Lamington Slice

This super quick and nourishing treat saves the day every time when we are after that chocolate fix and is the perfect addition to any Australia Day gathering. When it comes to nourishing treats we love to keep some in our freezer more often than not, to call upon when in need. Oh, and if you are worried about eating them all in one go (which we may do sometimes) freezing them helps to combat this issue too. Take a look below to learn how you can introduce nourishing ingredients into your diet to create sweet treats such as this slice.

Ingredient Highlight

Cacao

Cacao is one of our favourite ingredients on the planet not only for its glorious taste but also for its incredible health benefits. Cacao provides our body with a delicious source of magnesium to support energy production, improve mood, balance mood swings, helps to make our skin glow via cell regeneration plus lots more.

Raspberries

Not only are raspberries oh so delicious, but they are also an incredible source of antioxidants, vitamins and fibre. Raspberries high concentration of ellagic acid, a phenolic compound that helps lower the risk of cancer, boost your immune system and are incredible for anti-aging and help to lower blood pressure, thanks to their high concentration of Vitamin C, Manganese and quercetin. 

Coconut

Coconut provides our body with a high source of fibre to help to get our digestive system moving, a rich source of manganese and copper to support strong bones and immunity, selenium for thyroid function, defend against heart disease and acts as a powerful antioxidant.

Maple Syrup

This glorious gift from nature contains 24 different  Antioxidants, low GI when compared to other sweeteners to help prevent insulin resistance, helps to fight inflammatory and neurodegenerative diseases as maple syrup helps to reduce oxidative stress, helps protect against cancer preventing DNA damage and cell mutation. Maple Syrup helps to protect skin health, provides a great alternative to sugar for those who suffer from digestive disturbances such as IBS and leaky gut, a rich source of zinc, manganese, and potassium to assist immune function, fat and carbohydrate metabolism.

Chia Seeds

Despite their small size, chia seeds are one of the most nutritious foods on the planet, as they are loaded with fiber, protein and omega-3 fatty acids to increase satiety, lower risk of heart disease, increase bone density, regulate blood sugar, reduce chronic inflammation and promote glowing skin.

Lamington slice

Raspberry Lamington Slice

Ingredients

Base

1 cup almonds

½ cup cacao powder

¼ cup coconut oil, melted

½ cup shredded coconut

Pinch ground cinnamon

Pinch sea salt

 

Filling

2 cups frozen raspberries

½ cup cacao powder

1 cup cashews, soaked in hot water for at least 15 minutes

1/2 cup pitted dates, soaked in hot water for at least 15 minutes

2 tbsp water

¼ cup maple syrup

2 tbsp chia seeds (don’t add these until step 4)

 

Topping

½ cup cacao butter, melted

¼ cup coconut oil, melted

2 tbsp hulled tahini

½ cup cacao powder

2 cups shredded coconut

 

Method

  1. Line a 20cm square baking pan with enough baking paper to overlap two sides of the pan. This makes things much easier when you are ready to lift the slice out at the end.
  2. To make the base combine all the ingredients in a high powered blender for 30 seconds.
  3. To make the filling, place the raspberries, dates and cashews (strained), cacao powder, maple syrup and water into a high powered blender. Give it a good whiz until the ingredients have combined nicely. You may need to pause and give it a stir a few times. If the mixture is too thick, simply add a dash of water until you reach your desired consistency.
  4. Now add the chia seeds, and whiz again for 5 seconds.
  5. Once combined, transfer the mixture onto the base and spread evenly with a spatula. Place in the freezer once again while you are making the topping
  6. For the topping, place all the ingredients (excluding the shredded coconut)in a clean blender, and give it a whiz for 10 seconds just to allow the ingredients to come together. Pour the dreamy chocolate mixture over the filling and place it back into the freezer again now for an hour.
  7. Once the topping has set, remove the baking tray from the freezer, then, using the baking paper, slowly lift the slice out of the pan. Using a hot knife, cut into 14 bars to serve. Keep frozen or refrigerated until ready to serve so they don’t melt everywhere, especially in this heat!

Author: Sol Cleanse

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