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Superfood Berry Cashew Cream No-Bake Bars [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

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These beautiful bars embody the delightful pastels of spring and the taste as good as they look. Each layer is luxurious, creamy, and packed full of blueberries, strawberries, and spinach. Don't panic, you don't taste the leafy green; it's just for color.

Superfood Berry Cashew Cream No-Bake Bars [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

Serves

16

Ingredients

For the Crust:

  • 2/3 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped dates, loosely packed
  • 1/2 teaspoon water

For the Filling:

  • 2 cups raw cashews, soaked in water overnight
  • 1/2 cup vanilla non-dairy milk
  • 6 tablespoons agave
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 cups strawberries, roughly chopped and divided
  • 1/2 cup fresh spinach, tightly packed
  • 3 tablespoons blueberries

Preparation

To Make the Crust:

  1. Line the bottom of an 8×8-inch pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang to use as a handle. Place the cashews (for the crust) into a large food processor and pulse them until they’re broken down and crumbly.Add in the dates and pulse them until they’re combined and the mixture begins to form a crumbly dough.
  2. Pour the crust into the bottom of the prepared pan, adding the water to help it stick together. Press this firmly into the pan. You need to press it very thin, so really use your muscle and work it in there. Place it in the freezer while you begin your next step.

To Make the Bars:

  1. Drain the soaked cashews and place them, along with the milk, agave, and a pinch of salt, into a large, high-powered blender.
  2. Blend them until they’re smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides as necessary. Transfer to a large liquid measuring cup. You should have about 2 1/2 cups of cream.
  3. Place just over 3/4 cup (or 1/3 of the total amount) of the cream into a small food processor along with 1 cup of the strawberries, reserving the rest for later.
  4. Blend this until it’s smooth and creamy, stopping to scrape the sides down as needed. Pour the cream over the crust and spread it out evenly. Place this into the freezer just until the top feels set, about 45 minutes to an hour.
  5. Once it’s set, add another just over 3/4 cup of the cream to the small food processor, along with the spinach.
  6. Blend this until it’s smooth and creamy, stopping to scrape the sides down as needed. Pour this over the strawberry layer and spread it out gently.
  7. Place this into the freezer just until the top feels set, about 45 minutes to an hour.
  8. Finally, pour all the remaining cashew cream (should be just over 3/4 cup) into the small food processor again, adding the remaining strawberries and the blueberries.
  9. Blend this until it’s smooth and creamy, stopping to scrape the sides down as needed. Pour it over the spinach and spread out gently.
  10. Cover the pan with tinfoil and freeze it until it’s completely firm and set, about 4 hours to overnight.

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Over-the-top dinners and desserts that are deceptively easy to make. Taylor is the blogger, recipe developer, photographer and general mess maker behind the blog Food Faith Fitness. Her blog aims to show that eating healthfully does not have to break the bank or equal bland and boring! It can be easy to make and totally delicious. Taylor believes in living a balanced, whole life so Food Faith Fitness also focuses on fitness/nutrition tips and working on keeping Christ at the center of daily life. However, Taylor also believes that moderation is key, so sometimes it’s ok to just go and eat a cookie! When she isn’t blogging or messing up her kitchen, Taylor leads a pretty simple life. Places that you could find her include: the gym, her Bible study or just snuggling up on the couch with husband and doggy, watching The Food Network (Chopped in particular!) Taylor also has not-so-secret obsessions with all things peanut butter, cookie dough (even better if they are together!) pink and leopard print. Keep up with her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.


 

 

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