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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Key Lime Pie Bars

I cannot bear to keep this recipe from you any longer. I am abnormally excited to share with you one of my new favorite guilt-free dessert recipes. And just like all recipes I share on my blog, it's vegan, refined sugar-free and gluten-free but you wouldn't even know it. These key lime bars are sooo creamy!

 Two mega important criteria to qualify as being one of my favorite desserts are simplicity and tastiness and this one passes by leaps and bounds. Best of all, raw coconut nectar has a lower glycemic index than table sugar meaning that it won't spike your blood sugar since it doesn't require as much insulin as refined sugar. Remember - our bodies are always trying to maintain stable blood sugar levels to support normal body functions.

I must confess, I couldn't stop eating the key lime mixture as I was making it. As impatient as I am, I probably could've eaten it just as it was blended without even freezing it but alas, I needed a pretty picture for my blog. Is it sad that I can't make it through a recipe without eating a good portion of it before it's done? ....Don't answer that.

This dessert recipe comes from clinical nutritionist, Kimberly Snyder, who I've mentioned before as being one of my greatest inspirations in the holistic health field.

For today's ingredient spotlight, I present to you...

• Limes - Much like lemons, limes are a great source of the powerful antioxidant and immune-booster vitamin C, which works to eliminate free radicals, a primary cause of illness and aging, from the body. They possess even more cancer-fighting properties due to flavonoids called flavonol glycosides that prohibit the division of cancer cells.

• Coconut Oil - Coconut oil contains healthy fats such as lauric acid, a medium-chain fatty acid, said to increase good HDL cholesterol and also fight viruses. It improves thyroid function, which increases energy and metabolism and in turn encourages weight loss. Applied topically, coconut oil is beneficial as a moisturizer and protectant for the skin due in part to the antioxidant vitamin E, which helps to fight free radicals caused by pollution and sun exposure. It's important that you use unrefined organic coconut oil as opposed to refined. 

Update: A quick word on honey (because I had originally included it in this recipe before I was 100% vegan)... The decline in bees is truly worrisome considering that they pollinate many of our food crops. According to a recent Purdue University study, bees are constantly exposed to pesticides that are sprayed on genetically engineered crops such as corn. Those chemicals have been found in dead bees near the hive and in pollen. Several countries have taken action to protect their bees and ban certain pesticides but the U.S. has not, since our risk assessment is different from countries like Europe. The U.S. regulatory agencies only step in when harm has been done; European agencies require substances to be proven safe first. Europe has also banned millions of pounds of contaminated honey that has unfortunately made its way from China into the U.S. and is loaded with heavy metals and chemicals linked to cancer. As author and activist Michael Pollan says, "you are what what you eat eats" meaning these unethical agricultural practices are not only threatening the health of animals and the environment, but human health as well.

Key Lime Pie Bars
Recipe from Kimberly Snyder

YIELD: 15 bars

• 4 cups cashews
• 1 cup organic lime juice (preferably freshly squeezed)
• 1/2 cup organic unrefined coconut oil
• 1/4 cup raw coconut nectar
Liquid stevia, to taste (I used about 30 drops)
• 1/2 - 1 cup filtered water
Organic coconut palm sugar, to garnish, and to taste (optional - I sprinkled it on top. It's an awesome low glycemic sweetener.)


1. Combine the first 5 ingredients, except for the water and coconut sugar, in a high-quality blender and blend on high until smooth. Add the water last and as needed to facilitate the blending process.
2. Pour the mixture in a pan/container and freeze for at least 4 hours.
3. Cut into bars and serve.

Let me know if you make them and how they turn out!

Until next time... <3

"Doubt kills more dreams than failure ever will." Unknown


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