Raw Raspberry Coconut Cashew Frozen Bars (Paleo, Gluten-free, Refined Sugar-free)

Hi friends! I’m currently up late wrapping up this post as I’m working this week in San Francisco! I’ve had an incredible time adventuring through the city. If you’re reading this straight away, you can see more of my exploring on IG stories, and more to come also in the next several days.

Excited to share this recipe for raw raspberry coconut cashew frozen bars! They’re all kinds of amazing, and can you believe it – also gluten free, refined sugar free, dairy free, and paleo to name a few. You might be thinking, how can these be so beautiful and vibrant and still taste like dessert??

Here’s the deal – I’m continually moving towards developing recipes that are not only incredibly delicious but also make you feel great. Over the last year or two, I’ve consumed less and less white sugar, using alternative sweeteners like dates, pure maple syrup, etc… In my testing, I’ve found that using purer ingredients results in not only feeling better (like skipping the sugar rush and crash!), but the taste is much richer and enjoyable. So why not?

And secret — the final layer isn’t just raspberry, but beets as well! Can’t taste the beets, but they add a great healthy addition plus make the color super vibrant.

Love to see your weekend cooking over on social through the hashtag #ckweekends! Enjoy this week’s recipe, and I’d love to hear what you think : ) .

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Raw Raspberry Coconut Cashew Frozen Bars (Paleo, Gluten-free, Refined Sugar-free)

Yield 10 bars

These Raw Raspberry Coconut Cashew Frozen Bars are incredible and perfect for summer plus they are free of refined sugar, dairy and more.

Ingredients

Hazelnut Crust

  • 201g (1 ½ cups) hazelnuts, raw
  • 2 tablespoons buckwheat flour
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 medjool dates, pitted
  • 52g (¼ cup) coconut oil, melted
  • 3 tablespoons honey, warmed

Cashew Coconut Cream

  • 175g (soaked, drained weight) (1 cup) raw cashews
  • 78g (1/3 cup) coconut cream (only thick layer on top)

  • 25g (1/4 cup) unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 
32g (2 tablespoons) pure maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons water
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon lime juice
  • pinch salt

Beet & Raspberry Purée

Tip : double this recipe! Add to almond milk, pour on ice cream  or over yogurt- so delicious

  • 
290g (2 cups) fresh raspberries
  • 135g (2 small beets), raw, peeled and coarsely chopped or grated (depending on the strength of your blender)

  • 78g (⅓ cup) coconut cream (only thick layer on top)
  • 
4 medjool dates, pitted
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 3g (2 teaspoons) lime juice



Additional:

Pistachios, chopped (optional)


145g (1 cup) fresh raspberries

Instructions

Prepare the crust - layer 1

  1. Line an 8” pie or tart pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a food processor, combine the first 4 ingredients and pulse until the nuts are finely chopped.
  3. In a small bowl, melt coconut oil in microwave. Add honey and stir to combine.
  4. Slowly pour into food processor to coat mixture, pulsing as you pour. The mixture should start to stick together. Set aside.

Prepare the cashew coconut cream- layer 2

  1. Soak cashews in filtered water for 2-4 hours. Drain.
  2. In a blender, combine all ingredients. Puree until smooth. Set aside.

Prepare the beet and raspberry puree- layer 4

  1. Soak cashews in filtered water for 2-4 hours. Drain.
  2. In a blender, combine all ingredients. Puree until smooth. Set aside.

Layer the bars

  1. Press crust into pan
  2. Spread cream
  3. Layer raspberries
  4. Spread puree
  5. Freeze for at least 2-3 hours and allow to warm at room temperature for about 20 minutes before slicing and serving.

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