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Monday, 13 July 2015

No-Bake Berry Cheesecakes

Earlier in the year I attended a media breakfast at Fresh Earth and absolutely fell in love with this little one stop health shop and cafe. The folks over at Fresh Earth were kind enough to offer me some ingredients to make a diabetic friendly cake for my birthday. Unfortunately with my broken foot I didn't manage to get to them in time and so I decided to make some little cheesecakes over the weekend instead.

I gathered all the fresh ingredients together and began to make these delicious little treats with my mom. I got the Recipe directly off the Fresh Earth website and left it showing on my laptop whilst we baked. The website is full of lovely healthy recipes and it is definitely worth a visit to get some ideas! 

150g Fresh Earth Mocha-choc gluten free cookies
60g butter
175g strawberries
150g raspberries
4 tbsp clear honey
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
650g cream cheese
5 tbsp organic double cream

Wash and dry four 340g jam jars. Place the biscuits in a plastic bag and crush with a rolling tin. Meanwhile, melt the butter in a large saucepan and stir in the biscuits until well coated. Spoon the biscuit mixture into the base of each jar and press down well. Chill for 15 minutes.
Set aside 75g each of the strawberries and raspberries, and blend the remaining berries to make a puree. Sieve the mixture, then stir in half the honey.
Beat together the remaining honey, vanilla and cream cheese until smooth.
Beat in the cream and half of the sieved fruit, until thickened. 
Divide between the jars, spreading the mixture evenly over the biscuit bases.
Chill for 10 minutes.
Slice the reserved strawberries and raspberries and arrange on top of the cheesecakes. Drizzle over the remaining sieved strawberry mixture. 
Cover and chill until ready to go.

It's not the quickest recipe but it's very simple to follow and let's be honest, the baking process is half the fun. My mom and I had a great time putting everything together and tasting things along the way! 

The gluten free cookies were so delicious but did have a bit of sugar in them which makes this a real TREAT for me. The raw honey was absolutely divine! Coming from Zimbabwe I am used to fresh organic honey and usually get my mom to bring up honey for me when she visits as I just cant seem to find reasonably priced raw honey here. The honey you can get at Fresh Earth (you can also order all products online and they will deliver) definitively has my Zimbabwean thumbs up! 

Everything from the cream cheese to the butter was farm fresh and you can immediately notice and taste the difference. 

I am very happy with how my little berry cheesecakes turned out - it's always great when they resemble the original photo in the recipe! I sprinkled some almond flakes on top just to finish them off - what looks good, tastes better!

As if making cheesecakes wasn't enough, we also decided to make a spirulina smoothie. I had one at the media breakfast and thought it was just so tasty. Spiruina is a blue-green algae with MANY health benefits and can be bought at Fresh Earth  (R140 for 200g)

My mom is allergic to pineapple so we substituted the pineapple for kiwi.

Thank-you Fresh Earth for making healthy eating easy, tasty and fun!

If you're in Joburg then please pay the store a visit. They have such a lovely restaurant which serve great healthy food options as well as vegan buffets etc. They also have an incredible bakery where you can grab some yummy guilt free treats. The store has everything you need and all the staff are super helpful at helping you find exactly what you need. 

If Emmarentia is a little far for you then give their online store a squizz. For those not in Joburg, go get some food inspiration off their social media sites:

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