I love using medicinal herbs in my cooking, not only for the amazing health benefits, but also for the wonderful flavour they add. Lavender is a beautiful herb that boasts a wide variety of health benefits. It works well with both sweet and savoury dishes adding a wonderful yet subtle boost of flavour. This slice is one of my favourite raw treats and a great way to introduce medicinal herbs into your cooking repertoire.
Raw Blueberry Lavender Cream Slice (makes 16 pieces)
- 1 ½ cup almonds
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 4 fresh Medjool dates
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- 2 cups raw cashews, soaked overnight and rinsed
- 1 cup coconut milk
- Juice and zest of one lemon
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/3 cup coconut nectar
- 2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries (see NOTE)
- 1 tablespoon dried food grade lavender flowers
For the crust, place the almonds and shredded coconut into a food processor and process until a fine crumb is formed. Add the dates and coconut and process until well combined.
Press crust firmly into a 22cm square cake tin.
Place the base into the freezer while you make the filling.
For the filling, process all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth and creamy.
Pour the filling onto the crust and tap out air bubbles.
Place in the freezer for 2-3 hours until firm. When ready to slice, leave at room temperature for 20-30 minutes prior to slicing.
NOTE: If using frozen blueberries, allow them to defrost prior to adding to the blender
Julia Lette is a qualified Personal Trainer, Raw Cake Creator, Wellness Coach and Lifestyle Writer. She has been working in the health and fitness industry since 2009 and is the founder and owner of Gaia Wellness. She has a strong passion for promoting health and wellness and uses this passion to help others achieve their health and fitness goals. She is currently studying a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Naturopathy and looks forward to becoming a qualified Naturopath and incorporating herbal medicine into her holistic approach to health and wellness in 2017. Julia can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org or through her website www.gaiawellness.com.au