Date Nut Torte…Your Guilt Free Dessert

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date nut torteEating favorite snacks and desserts is like a two-edged sword for most people.

They love them for the way they tickle their taste buds and make them feel all warm and happy for the moment as they indulge their textures and flavors and they hate them for the guilt they leave as well as the damage that processed ingredients and unhealthy fats create in the body’s chemistry and healthy functioning systems.

The only solution to this dilemma is to turn your unhealthy snacks and treats into healthy ones. However, it’s not as simple as it sounds and takes years of experimentation through failures and successes before you’ve mastered the art of designing healthy raw snacks.

You cannot take your regular recipe that incorporates sugar, butter and white flour and turn it into something healthy.

Take for example a fruit pie…if you wanted to create a fruit pie using raw foods, you would first figure out what kind of crumbly base you were going to use for your pie. Nuts are a perfect choice for this but you would also need to consider the taste of the nut as some sport big flavors while others are rather tasteless and bland. You would not want to choose a nut that would overpower your dish.

Secondly you need to choose a sweetener for your base. Dates are perfect choices (as are raisins, sultanas and apricots) but you need to decide whether to use them soaked or not. Soaked means more moisture in the dish. On the other hand, if you choose to add cashews or coconut to the recipe it would soak up any excess moisture and allow it to hold together so that you can pick it up without having it fall apart in your hands.

Once those two points are decided you will then need to figure out the pie filling and what sweetener would be best in regards to what color you want the dish to be. You cannot use a dark sweetener like dates if your filling is to be light in color because it will muddy it up and detract from the appearance.

The great news is that you don’t have to worry about digging in and creating delicious dessert and snack recipes. I’ve done all the work for you and all you need to do is follow the recipes contained in “Healthy Raw Snacks and Treats.”

If you are looking for a healthy way to satisfy your snack urges without impacting your fitness and weight loss goals and without sweating over a hot stove then you are exactly the person I created these recipes for.

Whether we are enjoying breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert, it is ultimately important to keep our bodies at the proper pH balance and we can do that by eliminating some highly acidic producing foods from our diets and increasing the alkaline forming foods. The vegetables, seeds, nuts and fruits used in these recipes are alkaline in nature so you can enjoy these in abundance.

These recipes are also wheat free, gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free, unprocessed and incredibly simple to make. And, the best thing of all…packed with serious flavor and nutrition. They are 100% healthy and 100% no cook…so you can enjoy them anywhere (without the accompanying guilt that usually rears its ugly head right after we’ve enjoyed any dessert or favorite treat) and not worry about compromising the pH balance that is so important to your body’s health.

If living a long, vital, healthy life is important to you then you must begin to pay attention to your diet and what you are feeding your body because what you are feeding your body now is directly responsible for how it performs later.

Here’s a sample recipe from “Healthy Raw Snacks and Treats” for you to try:

Date Nut Torte

Base:
2 cup walnuts
2 cups raisins

Place nuts and raisins in a food processor and blend till crumbly and well combined.

This may take a few minutes and you may see it forming a small ball.
Press into the bottom and up the sides of a small pie dish.

Filling:
2 cups dates
1 lemon juiced

In a food processor, blend dates and lemon juice until smooth and creamy.
Spread this filling on top of base.
Decorate as you like, fresh strawberries on top, dried blueberries, or a few goji berries.

Enjoy!