Raw 4th of July Torte – a little bit of heaven!

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Visualize topped with whipped cream and blueberries…To be updated

This week I was looking for a fantastic recipe to incorporate into my Children’s Nutrition Cooking Class and found this great recipe courtesy of Whole Living

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups pitted dates
1/4 cup raw macadamia nuts
2 tablespoons old-fashioned rolled oats
Pinch sea salt
1 cup strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced

Directions:
1. Pulse dates, nuts, oats, and salt in a food processor until combined.  If using a vitamix or other blender do not over blend.  It changes the consistency of the shell.
2. Press the date mixture into the bottom of a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan.
3. Mash half the strawberries and spread on top of date mixture. Top with remaining strawberries. Slice into rectangles

To make it my own, I made it several different ways.

1. First Instead of making bars I made them in a mini cupcake tin. First the date/macadamia nut mixture, crushed strawberries, sliced strawberries, dollop of whipped cream and topped with blueberries.

2. For a nut free facility I used gram cracker instead of nuts

3. I also tried prunes instead of dates on occasion and it worked as well.  However, the dates are preferred.

 

These are a healthy delicious treat and could be adapted many ways. Enjoy and please share your results!

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