A tart hit of colour, flavour and powerful antioxidants. And rather beautiful to look at too!
Blueberry Mini Cheesecakes - serves 8 people
- To make the base, place the almonds into a food processor and process until finely ground.
- Add the dates, vanilla and water and process until the mixture sticks together.
- Press half the mixture into a small spring pan cake tin (8cm diameter) and the other half into an identical cake tin. Place in the freezer to harden while you prepare the filling.
- Place all of the filling ingredients into a food processor and process on high speed until very smooth, scraping down the sides every 45 seconds. It will take several minutes to reach the desired consistency.
- Pour half the mixture over the first base, and repeat with the other. Freeze for at least 2 hours before adding the topping.
- Once the filling has set, place the water, honey and half of the blueberries into a food processor and process on high until smooth. If the blueberries are frozen, leave them to thaw for 10 minutes first.
- Spoon half the topping on one cheesecake, and repeat with the other. Decorate with the remaining 1/2 cup of blueberries and freeze for at least half an hour before serving.
A word from The Raw Food Girl
We've all heard that blueberries contain a heap of antioxidants, which are absolutely essential in protecting the body from damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals. In truth we should be eating them every single day, and preferably organic as berries are typically heavily sprayed with pesticides.
One landmark study showed that just one cup of berries provides all the disease-fighting antioxidants you need in a single day. Berries and other foods figured in a major study published in Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, detailing a comprehensive report of antioxidant content in fruits and vegetables. Berries won hands down in terms of antioxidant content and availability, and anti-inflammatory properties (1). So they're pretty darn good.
There's also something just visually appealing about the colour purple too. Some say that the first taste of food starts with the eyes, and I think that's so true. When I see a dish that's bright and colourful, I can't wait to sink my teeth into it. The colours just call to my taste buds and it's pretty hard to resist.
Purple is a very significant colour too. Purple has been used to symbolise magic and mystery, as well as royalty. Being the combination of red and blue, the warmest and coolest colours, purple is believed to be the ideal colour (2).
Some other interesting facts about purple (3):
- Associated with spirituality
- Represents passion
- Symbol of fulfilment, and vitality
- Helps align oneself with the whole of the universe
- Historically, purple robes were worn by royalty and people of authority or high rank
- Increases imagination
- Remove perceived spiritual obstacles
- Calm confrontations
It's a beautiful colour, and maybe the reason I enjoy this recipe so much. I hope you love it too!
This recipe is very low in sodium.
This recipe is a good source of protein and dietary fiber.
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