It is a brand new year, Happy New Year!!! I hope you are all off to a bright start. I have a new recipe for you that is delightful, light, satisfying, creamy and totally guilt-free. I didn't use any sugar, oil, dairy, syrups and you don't even have to bake it. Soak, blend, top, refrigerate or freeze and you can be enjoying your very own Cranberry Bliss Bars. Cranberries are glowing on top of an orange cream center that lays slathered on a sweet oat and date crust. Light, healthy and naturally sweetened with dates and cranberries so you can enjoy a slice or two and still feel and look great!
3/4 Cup Dates - Soaked for 1+ hours until soft
3/4 Cup Gluten-Free Oats - ground lightly
Opt: Pinch Sea Salt
Process together in a food processor until combined and sticky, press into a bread pan lined with parchment or wax paper. Filling:
3/4 Cup Cashews Soaked 4hrs+
1/4 Cup + 2 Tbsp Orange Juice (*Fresh Squeezed preferred)
Blend until smooth, scraping down sides, repeating as necessary until completely smooth. Spread on top of the crust. (This can also be used as a frosting!) Topping:
1/2 Cup Cranberries
Sprinkle on top of the dessert. Place in the fridge or freezer for 2-4 hours or overnight. Slice and serve. I found it was great both ways yet preferred frozen!