Healthy Zesty Citrus Slice

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Healthy Zesty Citrus Slice

Today I wanted to share another ‘healthified’ recipe with you. This Citrus Slice is my version of an ‘old fashioned’ classic slice.
I’ve ditched the huge amount of butter, loads of not one, but THREE different types of sugar, white, brown and icing sugar, sweetened condensed milk and sweet biscuits, and the result is 10 times better.
If you are thinking lemon and orange sounds like a weird combo, you are about to get a spectacular surprise! You guessed it, I’m keeping the almonds, oats, coconut, orange and lemon for us, and sending the rest to food-heaven.
This healthy citrus slice is an easy healthy, no-bake dessert that is also refined sugar-free and dairy-free. Its a citrus lover’s dream.
It’s the easiest and most delicious recipe with a beautiful tangy moist coconutty base topped with a soft, creamy and tangy citrus frosting finished with a sprinkling of coconut.
A classic slice that's ready to eat in less than 1 hour and is perfect for morning tea or school lunchboxes.
This is for those who love a bit of tang! It's lovely, sturdy and filling, too, which is exactly what we look for in the perfect dessert or snack for ourselves or the kids!
 
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Healthy Clean Eating
Keyword clean eating dessert or snack, healthier citrus slice, healthy zesty citrus slice, no bake citrus slice
Servings 16

Ingredients

Citrus Slice Base

  • 1 1/2 cups almonds, or walnuts or a mix
  • 1 cup oats, instant or quick
  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1 cup dates, soaked 30 minutes and drained
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1 lemon, juice and zest
  • 1 orange, juice and zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Citrus Cream Frosting

  • 2 cups cashews, soaked 3+ hours and drained
  • 1 13.5 oz can coconut cream full fat (solid part only) *see note below
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/4 cup honey or maple syrup
  • 1 lemon, juice and zest
  • 1 orange, juice and zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Toppings

  • Lemon or orange zest
  • Shredded coconut

Instructions

Citrus Slice Base

  • Note: Place the can of coconut cream or milk in the fridge or freezer for at least 1-2 hours before making these bars to allow coconut cream to separate.
    Line an 9 x 9 square or 8-9 inch springboard or round pan with parchment paper on the bottom and sides leaving some overhanging to act as a handle to get the cake out easier for cutting.
    Place almonds into a food processer and process until broken down and crumbly. Add all of the other ingredients - oats, coconut oil, honey,  vanilla, lemon and orange juice and zest  and continue to process until mixture is well combined.
    Be careful not to over process as its nice to have some texture variance and different sized “bits” in your finished slice.
    Press the mixture into the bottom of your pan or dish evenly. Refrigerate while you prepare the frosting.

Citrus Cream Frosting

  • Open chilled can and scoop out the cream that has separated and set hard on the top. Save the remaining coconut water to use in a smoothie, drink, or discard.
    Place all frosting ingredients, cashews, coconut cream, coconut oil, honey, vanilla, lemon and orange juice and zest into the food processor and process until smooth and creamy. Depending on the power of your blender this might take a few minutes.
    Stop blending to scrape the sides if necessary and continue to blend until very smooth. Taste test add more honey or lemon if you think it needs it.
    Pour the frosting on top of the chilled slice and spread evenly with a spatula or the back of a spoon. Decorate as you like gently pushing the preferred topping into the frosting so they don’t fall off when eating.
    Place back in fridge until frosting is firm and set.
    Remove and slice into 16-20 bars or squares depending on what size you prefer.
    Store in fridge for up to one week or 3 months in the freezer and thaw at room temperature for 10-20 minutes before eating.
     
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