Chia Cheesecake Bars with Matcha Frosting
I was thinking the other day of how I could make a cheesecake that’s not made of nuts or coconut. Then, by accident, I made such a huge amount of chia pudding and didn’t know what to do with all of it, so I blended it and put it in the freezer. It came out delicious, and I knew I had the recipe I needed to make these chia bars. They are like creamy ice cream, sweet, melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness. Raw, healthy, full of goodness, easy to eat right from the freezer. And, don’t be intimated by the list of ingredients. This recipe is all about throwing stuff in the blender and waiting ten seconds, then pouring it into layers. It’s not hard, but will wow anyone you serve it too. Feel free to substitute ingredients, just make sure the consistency is right.
The chia nutrient profile consists of; fiber, protein, omega 3 & 6, calcium, copper, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, vitamins A, B, E, and D, sulphur, iron, iodine, magnesium, manganese, niacin, thiamine, essential fatty acids such as alpha linoleic and linoleic acid, and antioxidants. This seed is a true winner for skin health, aging, digestion, essential nutrition, heart health, diabetes, energy and metabolism, bones and muscles, dental health, and fighting cancer. The soaking process, which essentially sprouts them, turns them into a gelatinous pudding. The ratio is 4 parts water to 1 part chia, and can be eaten as soon as 10 minutes later.
Matcha comes from a sophisticated process of steaming green tea leaves then grinding them into a powder. Ancient Chinese and Japanese Buddhists started preparing this tea for meditation ceremonies, and now it’s recently become popular among modern culture. You’d need 20 cups of leaf green tea to equal the potency of one cup matcha. Matcha strengthens the immune system, helps burn fat, improves metabolism, lowers bad cholesterol, regulates blood sugar, provides energy and endurance, boosts brain function and memory, helps detoxify the body, and brings about a sense of calm and tranquility while remaining alert. It’s also loaded with chlorophyll (great for the liver), vitamins, amino acids, and minerals.
Brazil nuts are seeds that grow from Brazil nut trees, which are some of the tallest trees in the world found in the Amazon. These trees can grow up to 200 feet tall, live anywhere from 500-800 years, and produce an abundance of 250 pounds of Brazil nuts a year. It’s actually illegal to cut these trees down in Brazil. They are the most selenium rich food in the world. Selenium is an important mineral for lifting mood and alleviating depression, thyroid control, antioxidant activity, anti-inflammation, anti-cancer, heart protectant, and helps to reduce heavy metals in the body including mercury. They also contain Ellagic acid, a powerful anti-inflammatory (in addition to the selenium), is neuroprotective, anti-cancer, and anti-mutagenic. These nuts are heart healthy, full of essential unsaturated fatty acids, selenium, magnesium, copper, manganese, phosphorus, thiamine, calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, and vitamin E.
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