Well, today you’re getting a 2-for-1 deal:) This recipe marries the coconutty flavour of macaroons with the refreshing zing of lemons (without all the sugar and processed ingredients).
There are only 4 ingredients! Cashews, coconut, lemon, honey – so it’s easy and pretty much fool proof!
These ingredients come with a multitude of health benefits - get an energy boost, fend off the common cold, and regulate your bowels.
You’ll need a food processor and a dehydrator for this recipe. But don’t run the other way if you’re without a dehydrator. Plan B is to simply use your oven.
I recently took the “Professional Skills Development” course at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition and it was one of my favourites. Not necessarily because I learned a bunch, but more so because we spent three dreamy classes salivating while observing food demos….and even better, we spent 3 classes EATING. I had the pleasure of sampling healthy and delicious dishes from 30 of my fabulous classmates.
This was the recipe I demoed in class. The only reminisce of my Coconut Lemon Squares was a plate of crumbs, so I figured this recipe earned its right to be posted:)
Note: For this recipe to truly be “raw” I suggest dehydrating at 115 degrees for a few hours then 105 degrees for a few more hours.
What’s in it for your health?
Cashews are packed with calories, but they’re also packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and other essential nutrients.
Cashews provide twice as much zinc as any other nut. Zinc is a mineral used by your body to fight off infections.
Coconut is a source of medium chain triglycerides which provides quick and lasting boosts of energy.
Coconut meat contains lauric acid, which fights bacteria from intestinal parasites and wards off infections ranging from HIV to the common cold.
It’s high fiber content helps digestive and stomach ailments such as constipation and gas.
: Get the most from every lemon by rolling the room-temperature fruit under your palm. This breaks down cells inside the fruit which hold the liquid.
A large lemon contains whopping 75% of the daily requirement for Vitamin C! We need Vitamin C to fight off colds and heal cuts and wounds.
If you use only the juice and discard the peel, you’re doing your health a disservice! Lemon peels contain spectrum of vitamins, minerals and fiber:
Honey can soothe coughs and ease colds. A mixture of lemon juice and raw honey provides relief for sore throats and helps stop the tickle that stimulates coughing.
: Do your research when buying raw honey. About 75% of honey sold in grocery stores is not “real”. The lack of pollen in these products is a result of being ultra-filtered (a process which destroys all medicinal qualities).
CrossFitter in the morning. Marketer by day. Nutritionist by night. Foodie all day long. Danielle gives you a glimpse into her paleo and primal lifestyle with recipes (gluten and dairy free), restaurant reviews (searching for the healthiest spots in Toronto), fitness and nutrition tips. Hope you're hungry!