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Exceptionally Tangy No Bake Gluten Free Mini Lime Cheesecakes

Exceptionally Tangy No Bake Gluten Free Mini Lime Cheesecakes
Exceptionally Tangy No Bake Gluten Free Mini Lime Cheesecakes
photo by recipe author

 

Servings: Approx. 24
Preparation Time: Approx. 20-25 minutes active + chilling time

Raw Base:

Fresh Lime Filling:

  • 2 cups freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 3 cups cream cheese, room temperature
  • 2/3 cup raw honey
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime zest, optional
  • 2 teaspoons gelatin

Source ingredients that you know are organic and pesticide free.

Raw Base:

Pulse ingredients in a food processor until mixture sticks together; some texture should remain.

Press mixture evenly into muffin tins and chill in the fridge while you make the lime filling.

Fresh Lime Filling:

On low, heat all ingredients, except gelatin in a small pot. Once heated, whisk in the gelatin. Bring mixture to boil then reduce heat & allow to simmer for a few minutes. Remove from heat.

Allow the mixture to cool a little before pouring evenly into chilled bases. Allow to set up in the fridge for a few hours or overnight. Overnight is best.

Mini cheesecakes are best enjoyed straight from the fridge while still cold. Before serving, decorate with your favorite organic fresh fruit pieces + edible or decorative pesticide free flowers.

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All-Natural Jello Fruit Cups with Coconut Oil

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All-Natural Jello Fruit Cups with Coconut Oil
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Servings: about 10
Preparation Time: 15 minutes

  • 1 cup water
  • 3 teaspoons unflavored natural gelatin
  • 1 tablespoon whole sugar, optional
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh fruit of your choice

Heat half of the water then add gelatin and sugar, stirring until dissolved. Add coconut oil and mix vigorously until all oil is melted.

In blender, mix fruit and the other half of the water, blend to a smooth paste. (For this recipe, one batch was made with peaches, and the other batch was made with blueberries.)

Add fruit puree to gelatin mixture, and mix well. Pour into individual serving cups, like cupcake molds.

Refrigerate overnight or until firmly set-up. Eat with a spoon, enjoy!

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Frozen PB and Banana Cups

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Frozen PB and Banana Cups
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Servings: 4
Preparation Time: 40 minutes

In a blender, blend banana and peanut butter until smooth. In a small glass bowl, break chocolate bar into small pieces (or add chocolate chips) and add coconut oil. Melt chocolate slowly on low heat using a double boiler. Stir until chocolate and oil are combined.

Pour about 1 teaspoon melted chocolate into each muffin mold. Carefully swirl chocolate up the sides of the mold. Place molds in freezer for about 10 minutes. Remove from freezer and gently spoon banana mixture into each mold. Top with remaining chocolate and return to freezer for about 20 minutes.

Carefully pop out the chocolate cups from the molds* and serve.

*Silicone molds work best for these.

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Cutesy Cannoli Cups

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Cutesy Cannoli Cups
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Servings: 8

Preparation Time: 2 hours

The Crust Cups:

The Filling:

  • 1 cup raw almonds – must be soaked for at least 4 hours & drained before use
  • 1 tablespoon arrowroot starch
  • 2 tablespoon raw honey
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

Tip:  The filling can be made the day before to give it more time to set up.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees °F

Crust Cups:

In a mixing bowl, combine almond flour, coconut flour, arrowroot starch and salt.  Cut in shortening, vanilla and honey until crumbly.  Slowly pour in milk until mixture forms a dough ball – adding more milk if necessary.

Press pieces of dough into greased muffin tins.  Bake for about 12-15 minutes or until slightly brown.  Remove from oven and let cool completely.

Filling:

In a high powered blender, combine ingredients for filling and puree at least 3 minutes or until completely smooth.  The longer you blend, the less grainy the texture will be.

Refrigerate filling for at least 2 hours.

Spoon a dollop of filling into each prepared cup and top with drizzled chocolate, cocoa powder or berries.  Enjoy!

*You can grind your own almond flour by placing whole almonds in a blender/food processor and blending until you get a fine meal.

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