vegetarian

Choc Mint Cheesecake Swirl

Created by Rachel Larsson

Have you ever found that when you have decided you are ‘going to get healthy’ or you are determined to ‘feel better’, an all-or-nothing approach to food can sometimes make the process a whole lot harder?

Food has many roles and meanings; it’s nourishing, fuel for your body, a way to socialise and a source of enjoyment.

Food shouldn’t be a source of anxiety, guilt or fear.

Whatever diet you choose to follow that best supports you in your ability to thrive, I hope there is room for delicious treats to enjoy in moderation (there certainly is in mine)! 

I wanted to share with you a recipe that is delicious and you can enjoy without guilt, remorse or regret. It is perfect for Christmas (or any occasion for that matter) and you’ll have your family & friends begging for more.

The best part is - it is gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, vegan/vegetarian friendly and refined-sugar free, but tastes just like a rich, classic cheesecake.

You’re welcome guys!

Ingredients

Base

  • 2/3 cup medjool dates
  • 1 cup raw hazelnuts ground
  • 1/2 cup linseed/flaxseed meal
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup cacao nibs

Filling

  • 600ml full-fat coconut cream
  • 3/4 cup cashew butter*
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted + additional 1/4 cup
  • 1/4 cup rice malt or maple syrup 
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder
  • 4-8 drops of peppermint extract/essence (more or less depending on personal preference)
  • 12-20 baby spinach leaves or 2-3 drops of green food dye (depending on how green you want the mixture).

Decoration

  • Dark chocolate, melted
  • 1-2 tablespoons cacao nibs (optional)
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Method

1. Line a cake tin with baking paper

Making the Base

2. In a food processor add ground hazelnuts, linseed/flaxseed meal, dates, coconut oil and salt to a food processor and blend until crumbly in texture. Add in cacao nibs and blend until they are mixed in.

3. Evenly press mixture into the cake tin, and place tin in freezer for 10 minutes

Making the Filling

4. In a blender/nutribullet add coconut cream, cashew butter, 1/3 cup coconut oil, maple/rice malt syrup and salt. Blend until combined.

5. Split the filling into two even quantities.

6. To one half of the mixture add cacao powder and blend until smooth.

7. Pour this cacao filling into the base and set in the fridge for 10 minutes (until slightly firm).

8. Whilst the chocolate filling is starting to firm, make the mint filling.

9. Add to remaining half of the mixture baby spinach leaves or green food dye, remaining coconut oil and peppermint extract/essence and blend until smooth.

10. Carefully pour the mint filling onto the chocolate mixture gentle swirling with the handle end of a spoon, to create a swirled chocolate and mint design.

11. Place in fridge overnight

Decoration

12. Take the dessert out and drizzle over your melted dark chocolate to create a decorative pattern. Whilst the chocolate is still wet, sprinkle over some cacao nibs for an extra crunch.

13. Serve, sit back and wait for the smiles

Notes

*I made my own cashew butter using soaked 1 ½ cups of cashews, soaked in water for 24 hours. I then drained these and blend in a Nutribullet (or something similar) until smooth – adding some water one tablespoon at a time to help.

Storage. This dessert will last 3-4 days in the fridge, a few months in freezer.

Warm sweet potato and lentil salad

This gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and vegetarian friendly recipe, developed by our naturopath Rachel, is the perfect meal or side dish to your favourite protein. 

There are so many elements to this salad that nurture and support your gut health with our favourite being fibre!

Adequate intake of fibre for men is 30g/day and women is 25g/day (1), which most Australian's fail to meet (2). High fibre intake is proven to have health-protective effects and disease-reversal benefits including heart disease, stroke, hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and certain gastrointestinal diseases (3). Resistant carbohydrates and dietary fibre, from sources like sweet potato and lentils, influences the variety and number of bacteria we have in our gut, as well as their bacteria's metabolic abilities (4), which influences so many aspects of our health, including mood and immune function. So dig in to this delicious recipe and feed your gut some fibre.

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Serves 4-5. Preparation and cook time 1-hour 20min

Ingredients

  • 800g sweet potato cut into 2 cm cubes
  • 2 cloves crushed garlic
  • 1 ½ C bite sized broccoli florets
  • 150g snow peas, cut into thirds
  • 1 can (400g) brown lentils, drained and rinsed
  • 1-2 handfuls of rocket
  • Coconut oil 
  • ½ lemon juiced
  • 2 tsp seeded mustard
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Feta or parmesan (optional)

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius.
  2. Add sweet potato to a lined baking tray and coat in coconut oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Place baking tray in oven and bake for 1 hour or until golden brown.
  3. In a large bowl add snow peas, rocket and lentils. Sit this aside.
  4. To make the salad dressing, in a small bowl add lemon, mustard, olive oil, oregano, salt and pepper. Stir until combined and pour into the large bowl.
  5. After the sweet potato has been in the oven for 45 minutes, add the broccoli florets to the bake try and bake for the remaining 15 minutes.
  6. After the baked vegetables are done, add them to the large bowl and mix well.
  7. Serve in your favourite plate or bowl with the option of adding your favourite parmesan or feta.

Dish created by Rachel Larsson