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Paleo Dulce de Leche Cheesecake

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Prep time: 20 mins — Cook time: 30 mins — Inactive: 3 hours — Servings: 8-10

Ingredients:

CRUST
– 1 cup raw almonds
– 1/4 tsp. sea salt
– 10 medjool dates, pits removed
– 1/4 cup raw honey, melted
– 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

CHEESECAKE
– 4 cups raw macadamia nuts or cashews
– 1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
– 2/3 cup raw honey, melted
– 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
– 1/2 tsp. sea salt
– 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
– 2 Tbsp. lemon juice

DULCE DE LECHE
– 2 cans full fat coconut milk (about 3 1/2 cups)
– 1 cup raw honey
– 2 tsp. vanilla extract
– 1/2 tsp. sea salt

CHOCOLATE DRIZZLE
– 2oz 100% cacao unsweetened chocolate bar
– 2 1/2 Tbsp. raw honey

Fruit for garnish (optional)

Equipment:
– 6″ to 9″ springpan
– Large saucepan
– Stirring spoon
– Large food processor or blender
– Parchment paper

Directions:

TO MAKE THE CRUST LAYER:
1. Place the almonds in food processor or blender and blend into small chunks. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until combined (you will have a thick paste).
2. Line the bottom of your springform pan with some parchment paper and place the crust ingredients on the bottom of the pan. Press the crust across the bottom of the pan using your hands (you can use another piece of parchment paper to help keep the crust from sticking to your hands). Place the pan in the freezer while you prepare the cheesecake layer

TO MAKE THE CHEESECAKE LAYER:
1. Place the macadamia nuts or cashews in or blender and blend into small chunks. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until well combined and smooth.
2. Pour the cheesecake layer into the pan on top of the crust. Place in the freezer while you prepare the dulce de leche layer.

TO MAKE THE DULCE DE LECHE LAYER:
1. Place a large saucepan over medium-high heat and add all of the dulce de leche ingredients to the pan. Stir to combine the ingredients.
2. Reduce the heat to medium and continue to stir the ingredients frequently to prevent from burning. Continue to cook the dulce de leche until the sauce is reduced by about half and has turned a light brown/caramel color. It can take up to 30 minutes for this to occur.
3. Pour the dulce de leche layer into the pan on top of the cheesecake layer. Place in the freezer for 3-4 hours to set.

TO MAKE THE CHOCOLATE DRIZZLE:
1. To make the chocolate drizzle, microwave the raw honey in a heat safe bowl for about 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until just melted. Add the chocolate and stir. The chocolate should begin to melt from the heat of the honey mixture. If it does not fully melt, you can put it back in the microwave on 50% setting and heat for another 15 second at a time until fully melted, stirring each time. Be careful not to leave the chocolate in the microwave too long or it will scorch.

TO ASSEMBLE:
1. Loosen the cheesecake by running a think knife around the inside of the pan. Remove the cheesecake from the pan and gently transfer to a plate.
2. Take a spoon and drizzle the chocolate over the top of the cheesecake. Top with fruit garnish (optional) and serve. Store any extra in the freezer and allow to thaw for about 5-10 minutes before serving.

Thanks to: http://www.paleocupboard.com/dulce-de-leche-cheesecake.html
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Paleo Watermelon Cake with Coconut Cream “Frosting”

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Paleo Watermelon Cake

Prep time: 15 mins — Cook time: 5 mins — Servings: 6-8

Ingredients:
– 1 large seedless watermelon
– 2 cans full fat coconut milk (left in fridge for 6 hours or more)
– 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
– 1 Tbsp. raw honey
– 1 cup sliced raw almonds
– Seasonal fresh fruit (for topping)

Equipment:
– Cutting board
– Kitchen knife
– Measuring spoons
– Measuring cups
– 2 medium mixing bowls
– Hand Mixer
– Paper Towels
– Can opener
– Medium sized skillet
– Stirring spoon

Directions:
TO MAKE THE COCONUT WHIPPED CREAM
1. Make sure to place the can of coconut milk in the refrigerator for at least 6 hours (or overnight). This will cause the cream to separate from the milk. The cream will be at the top of the can.
2. Open the can of coconut milk and scrape out the cream into a medium sized bowl. Hint: I always open the can from the bottom and pour the milk out into a separate container before scraping out the cream. You can use the saved milk for smoothies and other recipes.
3. Add the vanilla and raw honey to the mixture. Whip the cream with a hand mixer on medium speed and work your way up to high speed until the cream is fluffy. Place the bowl of whipped cream in the fridge until ready to use.

TO MAKE THE TOASTED ALMONDS:
1. Place a medium sized skillet over medium-high heat and allow the pan to get hot.
2. Add the sliced almonds and toss in the pan until they are toasted and turn a light brown color. Remove from pan and set aside to cool.

TO ASSEMBLE
1. Remove the top and bottom from the watermelon and remove the rind from the middle section. You should be left with a cake-shaped piece of watermelon. Cut the watermelon “cake” into the number of wedges/slices you want. I recommend 6-8 slices depending on the size of the watermelon. (See below for a visual on how to cut the watermelon!)
2. Pat the outside of the watermelon dry with paper towels (this is important because it will help the coconut whipped cream adhere better).
3. Dip the outside edge of each slice into the coconut whipped cream and then into the toasted almonds, and reassemble the wedges into the cake shape on a serving platter. Top with more whipped coconut cream and your favorite fresh fruit (I used blackberries, strawberries and kiwi). Serve or store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.

Thanks to: http://www.paleocupboard.com/watermelon-cake.html