Lemon and Coconut Slice – a delicious makeover

There are some recipes that just about everyone loves and I think that the good old Lemon and Coconut Slice is one of them. It is the perfect marriage of buttery biscuit base with a zesty lemon topping scattered with coconut. This delicious slice can often be seen making its entrance at afternoon teas, bakeries, high teas and grandparents abodes.

Of course, this moorish treat is not something one should eat every single day but imagine if there was a healthier alternative that tastes just as delicious but is low in sugar, full of healthy fats and has a secret anti-inflammatory ingredient. I’m not teasing because I have just the thing that ticks both the nutrition and taste boxes. Really.

Lemon and Coconut Slice

200g raw unsalted cashews
100g desiccated coconut
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons turmeric
Juice and rind of one lemon

Place all ingredients into a food processor and whiz together until well combined. Press into a 15 x 20cm lined container and chill overnight. Cut into 12 pieces and serve.

If you would like to see me making this slice in action just click here now.

Turmeric might seem like a strange ingredient to add to a sweet recipe but because it doesn’t have an overpowering flavour, it works. Turmeric is a very distinctively coloured spice that has been around for thousands of years and is right up there in the ancient stakes. Although traditionally used in curries and savoury dishes, in recent times turmeric has found a new place in golden hued lattes, teas, tonics and smoothies in many cafes around the globe. The active ingredient in turmeric is curcumin and it’s this compound that has been linked to many health benefits including:

  • Natural anti-inflammatory properties which can assist with inflammatory related disease
  • Powerful antioxidant
  • Possible breakdown of the amyloid plaques in the brain that contribute to dementia and Alzheimers Disease
  • Some research shows that curcumin may help to prevent some cancers by reducing the size and number of tumours
  • Helps to fight colds and flu’s
  • Assists with digestion by increasing the production of bile
  • Possible decrease in blood sugar levels in diabetics

In it’s natural form, turmeric is a root from the ginger family (and does in fact look very similar to raw ginger) and the roots and bulbs are generally boiled and dried to make the powder. The root can also be grated like ginger and added to food or taken as a supplement in the form of capsules, drops or fluid extract.

The other great thing about this Lemon and Coconut slice is the healthy polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats and the bundle of resistant starch that comes with the cashews. It’s no surprise that as the name would suggest, resistant starch is resistant to digestion and nourishes our gut bacteria, which naturally helps us to maintain our intestinal health. But that topic is another story for another day.

For now, spend the grand total of five minutes that it takes to make this Lemon and Coconut Slice with the added benefits of turmeric and sit back and listen to the ooh’s and aah’s of everyone that samples it.

A Life Performance

NanLast week I experienced one of the toughest moments in my life. I had to say goodbye to my beautiful 92-year-old Nan. She has been there for me through thick and thin, encouraged me through good and bad and just loved me for who I am. All who knew her will forever remember Nan’s epic generosity, love of a good laugh, legendary knitting skills and love of cooking.  Some of my best childhood memories are at Nan’s eating melted cheese off a tin plate straight out of the oven, coconut macaroons, ginger cake, the best fried rice and stuffing balls, chicken and vegetable soup plus all the usual treats and treasures that Nan’s love to give their grandchildren.  Rushing home on Wednesday afternoons knowing that Nan would be there with special treats and of course, Sunday evenings with fish and chips, brown pickled onions and white bread for the chip butty’s on the table. There is nothing softer than Nan’s knee or her cuddle, especially if you were the first to get into bed with her when she was having a sleepover. I know that there are not many people who get to have their Nan in their lives for so long and I feel so lucky to have been one of them. Being English and a dedicated supporter of the monarchy, Nan has always wanted a special letter from the Queen to mark her 100th year. She didn’t quite get there but I know that Her Majesty the Queen would have congratulated her on a life well lived. A life full of love, laughter and happiness. Becoming a nonagenarian (90+ years) like my Nan doesn’t just happen though.  Nan was sharp as a tack till the very end and it was her body that just couldn’t keep up.  There is a bit of effort involved in reaching this milestone and I know that walking for miles on end, remaining calm in all kinds of storms, keeping social networks alive and well, eating good food and enjoying life are all performance enhancers that Nan used to her advantage.  I know that when I reach the same milestone as my Nan I want to be confident that I have done everything in my power to live my best life. Are you doing everything you can?  

“The history of our grandparents is remembered not with rose petals but in the laughter and tears of their children and their children’s children.  It is into us that the lives of grandparents have gone.  It is in us that their history becomes a future.” Charles and Ann Morse