Healthy Raw Cashew Goji Brittle
26 March 2017 | 0 comments
This Raw Cashew Goji Brittle is a healthy and plant-based version of the classic – made without butter, sugar or corn syrup, using whole food ingredients and goji for an antioxidant hit.
It was my partner’s birthday last week, and, as he does every year, he requested a batch of my Raw Caramel Slice to greedily enjoy all by his piggy little slice. Sharing is just not part of the equation (‘Eat my caramel slice, and I will destroy you!’). So, today’s recipe is something I made in retaliation, something sweet and satisfying to nibble on through the week, just for me.
Now, if you aren’t aware already, cashews and goji berries are a match made in heaven. So, whilst this is a super simple recipe, the creaminess of the cashews paired with the tangy and slightly sweet goji with their fab chewy texture make for quite the taste explosion.Healthier Raw Cashew Goji Brittle! Done in minutes. Recipe here. Click To Tweet
A few things, your traditional cashew brittle is usually made with refined white sugar, butter and the terribly highly processed corn syrup. It’s typical for sugar to make up half of the recipe – no, thank you!
We’re going to use whole food ingredients instead. A little pure maple syrup replaces the cane sugar, while natural cashew butter and coconut oil make up the base of the slice. I think you’ll find it incredibly satiating, thanks to that good amount of healthy fats.
A few nutritional highlights:
- Cashews are rich in heart healthy monounsaturated fats, and provide some minerals in good amounts, such as copper, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc
- Coconut oil contains health-promoting medium-chain fatty acids, including lauric acid, which has been shown to have antiviral and antibacterial actions, and may even help raise ‘good’ cholesterol levels
- Pure maple syrup is a far, far less processed natural sweetener, and contains some minerals
- Goji berries are a nutritional powerhouse, proving a rich source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds. They are a great source of vitamin C and beta-carotenes – the plant pigments that are precursors to vitamin A in the body. For this reason, they are supportive of the immune system and beneficial for healthy glowing skin
If this slice lacks anything, it’s that satisfying crunch you get with a traditional brittle. However, I feel like the whole cashews, coconut flakes and goji berries make up for it. I guess it’s more like a dense fudge, spiked with crunchy chewy goodness.
Best kept in the freezer, and brake into shards to serve. Hope you love it!
- ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons raw cashew butter
- ⅓ cup whole raw cashews
- ½ cup coconut flakes/chips
- ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons 100% pure maple syrup
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon coarse sea salt
- Handful of goji berries
- ½ teaspoon organic soy or sunflower lecithin (to emulsify)
- Soften the cashew butter by standing the jar in a bath of hot water. Melt the coconut oil.
- Blend cashew butter, coconut oil, maple syrup, lemon juice and sea salt till creamy. You may like to add organic soy or sunflower lecithin at the end, to help emulsify and keep the liquids separating from the fats.
- Transfer mixture to a bowl, fold through the coconut flakes and whole cashews.
- Spread over a tray lined with baking paper, sprinkle goji over the top and freeze to set.
- Break into shards to serve.