Its about time for a dessert recipe don’t you think?
I love it when i can have a sweet thing in my house, that is actually completely plant-based while also being a healthy thing to eat. You could theoretically have a slice of this (or two?) for breakfast and it would be quite balanced in terms of protein, antioxidants and fats! There is nothing in here apart from nuts, lime, coconut derivatives and the antioxidant-rich Matcha 😍
For those of you that dont know, Matcha is a premium, powdered green tea used in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Its been around for bloody centuries and is regarded by some Monks as “the ultimate mental and medical remedy with the ability to make one’s life more complete and full”. Having this dessert in my fridge definitely makes my life more full. Okay, my life and my belly 😊 Personally i use the brand EvZin Bio for my matcha tea since its also organic, serious bonus! If you’re from Cyprus you can order it online (HERE) or find in many health food stores. I gave a slice of this to my father, the ultimate dairy-fiend, and didn’t tell him that it was raw and vegan (of course). I listened for comments: “I like this cake. Its soft and light”. Basically a giant compliment if you know my dad. So basically guys, its passed the Omnivoure test! Definitelyrecommend topping with chocolate sauce and pistachios, without them, its not quite the same
1 1/2tsp.agar agar powder -- 1.5κγ. σκόνη Agar Agar
1lime, juice of -- χυμός ενός λάιμ
1/3cmaple syrup -- 1/3φλτ σιρόπι σφενδάμου
1/4ccoconut oil -- 1/4φλτ λάδι καρύδας
1 1/2tsp.organic matcha powder (I use EvZin Bio brand!) -- 1.5κγ. σκόνη τσάι μάτσα
Possible toppings: Pistachios, Lime Zest, Chocolate Sauce
Πιθανές προσθήκες: Φιστίκι, Σάλτσα σοκολάτας
* Put your cashews in a bowl and cover with very hot/boiled water. Allow to sit for one hour, but no more than 80 minutes.
Make Base: Put your dates (make sure stone is removed!) in the processor. Blend until it looks like a paste, or forms a ball. Remove this and set aside. Clean your processor's blade.
Next, Put the nuts into the processor and Blitz until they look like fine breadcrumbs. Once they do, put your dates back in along with a pinch of sea salt. Blend all this together until a 'wet dough' forms (it should form little balls if you roll it between your fingers). [If its too dry, add a little bit of warm water.
To the bottom of a spring-form pan (i used a 23cm) add the base mixture, pressing down with wet fingers. Smooth the surface of it over with the back of a wet spoon. Place in the freezer
After an hour, drain the cashews. Add to the processor with 100ml of coconut milk, the lime juice, maple syrup & coconut oil. Blend on a high speed for about 2 minutes , till it looks thick and creamy.
In a small pan heat up the 100ml of coconut milk and add in the agar agar, stirring constantly until it is dissolved. Keep stirring or else it will stick to the bottom! Once it is dissolved, add this to the processor's bowl too
While your processor is running, add in the matcha. Blend until its a uniform green colour! Taste it, if its not sweet enough for your taste, add more maple syrup or stevia sweetener (if using)
Pour the filling onto the base, and tap a few times, releasing any bubbles. Set aside.
Cover with cling film and place back in freezer until set - roughly 4 hours. When set, it will be firm to the touch. When set, you can add the optional toppings (highly recommend chocolate sauce and pistachios!!)
Remove from the freezer about 20minutes before serving so that its nice and soft