This is another of my recipes to come out of my weekend spent in the smallest kitchen in Paris. Luckily, it is fairly simple - all you really need is a good blender. Since I don’t have an oven at the moment, I am trying to cheer myself up with lots of yummy raw food to try and kid myself into thinking that I’m not missing out. Up until now, I haven’t done very well at this, and I was craving roasted peppers, courgettes and red onions, slow cooked cherry tomatoes and baked potatoes. I wanted homemade warm, nutty bread and fruity carrot cake. And I still want to make all those things, but these lemon squares will definitely cheer my up until the weekend, when I am going to invite myself over to my friend’s apartment to make him lunch/cook all the things that I can’t at home!
This is without a doubt my favourite sweet recipe to go up on the blog so far. The base is sweet and sticky (and does not taste at all how you would imagine a raw vegan treat to taste) and the top is deliciously sharp and creamy, it tastes just like lemon sherbet. If there is any dessert you can make to convert non-vegan skeptics, I think this has to be it.
Seeing as everyone is starting to get a bit fluey, it seemed a good idea to come up with a recipe packed full of vitamin C, to try and fight all the bugs that are flying around. Lemon juice has been found to have anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, and it is thought to help clear skin from blemishes, and increase alertness which is great if you are beginning to feel a bit lethargic and ill. It also has a strong alkalising affect on the body and is very cleansing for your stomach, which is why so many people like to drink warm lemon water first thing in the morning. It is also a good way for people who don’t drink enough to make sure they stay hydrated, because it tastes so refreshing.
Coconut oil is another ingredient with some really amazing health benefits. It boosts immunity, speeds up your metabolism. It is also thought to fight bacteria, help digestion and reduce bloating. The best part is that it isn't just good to eat - it is the best natural moisturiser, giving you super soft skin and gorgeously glossy hair!
For the base:
1 cup of oats
1 cup of almonds
1.5 cups of medjool dates
For the topping:
Juice of a lemon
1 cup of macadamia nuts
1 cup of coconut oil
Blend all the ingredients for the base until the oats are almost smooth and press the mixture down into a baking tray. Place in the fridge while you make the topping. Blend all the ingredients for the topping until completely smooth then pour over the base and put it back in the fridge for an hour to firm up. Cut into squares and keep in the fridge until serving.