Tasty Tuesday {revisiting the golden rough}

This is one of the most popular recipes I’ve shared {originally posted October last year}. I was thinking about it when I was driving to work this morning. No judgement people, it’s practically fruit salad.

From a girlfriend who lives overseas: ever since I found that recipe for the Golden Rough you have converted me from hating to loving dates AND you have helped my status as a cook here elevate – everybody loves them!

In case you missed it the first time around …

Day 17 of my cleanse. I can’t believe how well I’ve stuck to it. One 10gm piece of organic raw dark chocolate {in 17 days people!}. No coffee. No wine. My sweet tooth is still very definitely in residence, so I decided to search out some healthier alternatives, so that by the time I am at day 30, I’ll have a stock of sweet without sugar treats to go to. With the occasional raw dark chocolate thrown in for good measure. Of course.

A couple of days ago I was buying something at the store and at the check out was a chocolate display. I swear I could hear the golden roughs calling to me. Put me in your belly pretty lady! Okay, so maybe it was just the voices in my head. But that’s a whole other story.

Then I remembered the crust of my first ever raw cheesecake. I made it a few weeks ago {so good, I’ll share it here soon!} and figured that probably wasn’t too far from the flavour I was after – so this afternoon Love Bug and hit the kitchen. Perhaps because I haven’t eaten sugar for 17 days, or perhaps because it really is good … I liked it. And so did Love Bug.

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What do you need?
10 Medjool dates, pitted
2 tablespoons of coconut cream {I used an organic tinned variety and poured the rest of it into ice trays to freeze and use for smoothies later}
2 cups organic desiccated coconut
1 tablespoon of organic raw cacao powder

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Now what do you do with it?
Put it all in a blender or food processor. Press go. It is quite thick and you may need to scrape the sides down a few times to make sure the dates are totally broken down. We had a few chunkier pieces of date in the end, but we’re okay with that. Once combined, press into a slice tin lined with baking paper and pop in the freezer to firm. We took ours out after an hour or so and it was just right.

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Cut into 24 slices, each slice {about an inch square} is approximately 80 calories. 80 very tasty calories. Without sugar. Who’d have thought?

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This recipe is gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, raw, grain free, nut free and super easy to make – particularly if you have a gorgeous sous chef to assist!

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