This clean refreshing yet rich dessert is totally free of dairy, refined sugars, soy, grains, and eggs. And it's so easy to put together! Its gorgeous enough to serve at a party, or just to enjoy over a cozy dessert date. In short, it's a no-fail recipe! And, no one will be able to tell that it's totally dairy-free.
If you don't have blueberries, use raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, or whatever fruit you'd like. Make sure it's not a watery fruit like watermelon or your cream filling won't be as thick. Also use very ripe fruit so you can have a luscious, sweet tasting cream filling rather than a bland one.
The cashew cream is quite light tasting but in fact this dessert is quite rich thanks to all the nuts and dried fruits. So I wouldn't recommend eating it as a meal, although some of us might want to :-)
makes: 8 - 10 servings
Crust:- 10 dried medjool dates (or any other variety of dates)
- 8 - 10 dried figs (~1/2 - 3/4 cups)- 1/2 cup sprouted raw almonds (or unsprouted will do as well)
- 1/2 cup raw hazelnuts (or any other kinds of nut)
- 2-1/2 - 3 cups cashews (soaked overnight)- 2 cups fresh blueberries
- 1/2 cup raw honey- 1/4 cup raw unrefined coconut oil
- 2 lemons, juiced- 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
- Line an 8 in. spring-form tin or any similarly sized container with wax paper (or plastic wrap), leaving a little extra over the edge. Make room in the freezer for the lined tin. Drain the cashews really well.
- Put the ingredients for the crust into a food processor and pulse until the mixture resembles crumbs. Transfer to the lined tin and press firmly into an even layer. Put it into the freezer while you make the filling.
- Except the blueberries, add the ingredients for the filling into the food processor (you can use a blender for this but why use two gadgets when you can clean just one?!) and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust the sweetness, or add more lemon if you want it more lemony.
- Remove the tin with the crust from the freezer and spread half of this filling over the crust to make a thick layer. If you're making this on a warm day, put the tin back into the freezer while you make the next layer. If it's cool enough, no need to freeze the tin while you make the blueberry cream layer.
- For the blueberry cream layer: add the fresh blueberries to the remaining filling in the food processor and blend into a smooth, blueberry-flecked cream. Take the tin out of the freezer and spread the blueberry cream over the first layer. Freeze the whole thing for a few hours, or overnight until firm.
- Thaw for 15 or 20 minutes, slice, serve, enjoy! Refrigerate or freeze leftovers.