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CHOCOLATE C A R A M E L TART

Yum, Yum, YUM! This recipe is SO GOOD (and I am not just being bias)! So sweet, tasty and SIMPLE, this is sure to please ANY crowd! Not only will it satisfy their dessert cravings but it will provide them with an array pf health benefits thanks to the use of DATES instead of processed sugar! Read below for the benefits on DATES!

BENEFITS.

The following is a list of the many benefits a serve (1/3) of dates can provide to you!

  • CONSTIPATION - Dates are well known as a laxative food. This is why they are so frequently eaten by people suffering from constipation. In order to achieve the desired laxative effect of dates, you should soak some of them in water over night, then consume it in the morning when it becomes like a syrup! Their high levels of soluble fiber, are essential in promoting healthy bowel movements and the smooth passage of food through the intestinal tract, which can relieve symptoms of constipation.

  • BONE HEALTH AND STRENGTH: The significant amounts of minerals found in dates make it a super food for strengthening bones and fighting off painful and debilitating diseases like osteoporosis. Date contains selenium, manganese, copper, and magnesium, all of which are important for healthy bone development and strength, particularly as people begin to age and their bones gradually weaken.

  • INTESTINAL DISORDERS: The nicotine content in dates is found to be beneficial for curing many kinds of intestinal disorders. Continuous intake helps inhibit growth of pathological organisms and thus, help stimulate the growth of friendly bacteria in the intestines.

  • ANEMIA: Dates have super impressive levels of iron, which make them a perfect dietary supplement for people suffering from anemia!

  • ALLERGIES: A very rare element found in dates is the presence of organic sulfur in them. The presence of sulfur can reduce allergic reactions and seasonal allergies! COOL!

  • ENERGY BOOSTER: Dates are high in natural sugars and subsequently, are the perfect snack for an immediate burst of energy!​

  • SOBER UP: Have I got your attention? Dates provide quick relief and have a sobering effect in case you have consumed a few too many gin and tonics! They can also be used the following morning to prevent severe hangovers, so chuck some in a smoothie and you’ll feel fine in no time ;)

USES

Here are some of my favourite uses for dates:

[if !supportLists]· [endif]Eat as is!! YUM!

[if !supportLists]· [endif]Stuff them with peanut butter!

[if !supportLists]· [endif]Add them to a salad!

[if !supportLists]· [endif]Soak overnight and add to smoothie!

[if !supportLists]· [endif]Use them as a natural sweetener in bliss balls/ baking!

WATCH OUT!

Some of the not so happy side effects that can occur if you overdo it are:

  • INCREASED BLOOD SUGAR - Given the high levels of sugar dates contain, one has to limit their consumption in order to escape from high blood sugar! But keep in mind it is dry dates that have a high glycemic index of 103 (more than glucose) and so should be avoided!

  • WEIGHT GAIN – Dates are super high in carbs and in turn calories so if you overdo it you’ll gain excess weight! So be mindful when consuming!

  • STOMACH ACHE – Due to the high fibre and sulfite in dates, when you consume too many it overwhelms the bacteria in your intestines and leads to a stomach ache!

  • EXTRA GAS – Dates are high in fructose and high fructose foods are well known to be blamed for gas! WATCH OUT!

  • DIARRHOEA – Dates are high in fibre which can lead to constipation if you have excessive amounts of fibre in your diet!

RECIPE.SERVES 12

INGREDIENTS.

Base:

  • 1⁄2 cup rolled oats

  • 3 tbsp almond meal

  • 3 tbsp cashew butter

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • Caramel Layer:

  • 1⁄2 cup rice malt syrup

  • 1/4 cup peanut butter

  • ¼ cup tahini

  • 1 cup chopped macadamias

  • Chocolate Layer:

  • 75g 70% cacao chocolate, melted

TO DO.

1. Line a 16cm spring form, round cake tin with baking paper.

2. Make the base by processing all ingredients in a food processor until a thick dough forms.

3. Press the mixture into the base of the prepared tin, then keep in the fridge

4. Place all ingredients for the caramel layer (except the macadamias) in a small saucepan set over low heat. Melt and stir to combine, but make sure you do not boil as the mixture will become thick and gluggy!

5. Remove from heat and mix through the nuts

6. Pour over the base, spread evenly and return to fridge for 30 minutes to set.

7. Once set, pour over melted chocolate, smooth the top and return to the fridge for an extra 30 minutes to set.

8. Once set, remove from the pan and cut into wedges. If you do not eat it all (good luck) store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

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