Coconut Cashew Dream Bars

[Makes 16 bars]

vert-1-1170x1755.jpgFor the base:
1 cup raw walnuts
1/2 cup raw Brazil nuts
1 cup finely shredded coconut
1/4 cup coconut nectar
1 Tablespoon coconut oil
1/8 teaspoon pink salt

For the filling:
3 cups raw cashews, soaked in the refrigerator overnight
3 Tablespoons coconut oil
1 can full-fat coconut mylk, use all of the liquid and 1/2 of the cream
2 Tablespoons coconut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla bean powder
1 teaspoon sunflower or soy lecithin (optional)
1/2 cup freeze dried strawberries, crushed
1/2 teaspoon blue algae powder (makes blue filling) or 1 teaspoon Matcha powder (makes green filling)

Toppings: Lavender flowers, powdered matcha, sun flower seeds

 

1.) In a high-speed blender or food processor, process the walnuts and Brazil nuts into small pieces. Add all the other ingredients for the base and process into a sticky dough.

2.) Line an 8×8 cake or brownie pan with parchment paper or plastic wrap. Press the mixture into bottom of cake pan evenly to create your base layer. Transfer to freezer to allow to chill while making your filling.

3.) Drain and rinse the soaked cashews. In a high-speed blender, blend the cashews, coconut oil, coconut mylk, coconut butter, vanilla bean powder and lecithin (if using) until very smooth, about 2-3 minutes. [Note: you may have to stop and start your blender and use a rubber spatula to help this process along.]

4.) Divide filling into 3 bowls. Using a rubber spatula, spread the contents of 1 of the bowls on top of your base to create a cream-colored first layer. Transfer back to freezer to allow to chill while making the other layers.

5.) Create the pink layer by blending the contents of 1 of the bowls and about 1/2 of the freeze dried strawberries. Set aside.

6.) Create the blue/ green layer by blending the contents of the last bowl and the blue algae powder/ matcha powder. Set aside.

7.) Once your first layer has set for 1-2 hours, using a rubber spatula spread the pink layer over the set cream layer. Sprinkle then press the rest of the freeze dried strawberries onto the pink layer. Allow to set in the freezer for another 1-2 hours.

8.) Spread the blue layer over the pink layer using a rubber spatula. Top with dried rose petals, cornflowers and finely shredded coconut. Allow to set in the freezer for another 1-2 hours.

9.) Remove from freezer. Using the parchment or plastic wrap, pull up to remove the “cake” from the pan. Using a sharp knife, cut into 2″ x 2″ squares. Bars will keep in the refrigerator for 2-3 days, or in the freezer for a month. If you didn’t use lecithin, I would recommend storing in freezer.

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