Citrus Squares

Citrus, Cashew and Coconut are all included in these scrumptious sweet treats that are perfect for high tea with friends through to school lunchboxes. Being raw, these really pack a punch with the fresh flavour from the lemons along with their rich supply of vitamin C and antioxidants. The cashews and LSA add extra antioxidants, healthy fats, zinc and magnesium. Super quick to make, this slice will be a hit with young and old!

Makes 32 – Prep time 10 mins – GF, DF, V

What’s In It?

  • 1 cup raw cashew nuts (pre-soaked)
  • 2 large lemons, zest and juice (about 4 Tbsp)
  • 4 Tbsp honey
  • 3 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 1 cup LSA (ground linseed, sunflower and almond)
  • 1½ cups desiccated coconut
  • A good pinch of salt

How Do I Make It?

Soak the cashews ideally for 2-3 hours covered in warm water with a pinch of salt. If you are short on time just soak the cashews for a few minutes while you assemble the other ingredients. Rinse and drain, then blend in a food processor with an S blade for 3 minutes.

Meanwhile zest then juice lemons. Add all the ingredients and blend until combined, pausing and scraping the mixture down from the sides with a spatula as required.

The mixture will start pulling away from the sides as you blend. Add more desiccated coconut if the mixture is too moist or extra lemon juice or water if too dry. Taste test it to check that it has got enough lemon flavour and the right balance of sweetness, adding extra lemon or honey as needed.

Once the mixture is well blended and starting to form a large ball, press it out into an oblong slice tin lined with baking paper. Chill for 20 minutes or more then cut into squares.

Keep those you wish to use within 2-3 days in an airtight container in the fridge and freeze the rest. Keep chilled before serving.

Variations:

  • Roll the mixture into ping pong sized balls with clean hands, then coat each ball in extra coconut. I usually make the squares as I find them much quicker and less fuss.
  • Swap one of the lemons for two limes to add an extra zesty kick.
  • For a nut free version replace the cashews with sunflower seeds and the LSA with rolled oats. You may need to add a little extra coconut oil.

Lauren ParsonsLauren Parsons is an award winning Wellbeing Specialist and founder of the online programme Get Fit Feel Fabulous and with 16 years’ experience in the health and wellbeing profession she is passionate about equipping and inspiring people to truly boost their health and happiness, for life!

Lauren’s new book ‘Real Food Less Fuss‘ features the above recipe along with other delicious, simple, healthy recipes that you and your family can enjoy. For more information about the book and to discover some of Lauren’s great tips for injecting a bit of health into your lifestyle, read her article ‘How to Instantly Boost Your Real Food‘.

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