Choc Top Minty Moments – Cheesecake Medallions

This recipe is an absolute delight if you love chocolate and mint with a splash of coconut cream flavour on a delicious crumbly biscuit bottom.  If you don’t like mint, simply leave that out of the recipe.  Although this recipe is not difficult, it does take some time to prepare but the time taken is […]

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Choc Top Minty Moments Cheesecake Medallions
This recipe is appropriate for people who are following the Full GAPS Diet.
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Prep Time 1 Hour
Passive Time 40 Minutes
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Prep Time 1 Hour
Passive Time 40 Minutes
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Instructions
Biscuit Bottom
  1. Pre-heat oven to 150 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes (no hotter)
  2. Mix all ingredients in a bowl with a spoon, followed by massaging all the contents and squeezing the ingredients in your hands where you can feel the mixture starting to stick together. Depending on the consistency of the mixture, add more nut butter or coconut oil if it is too dry or more nut flour if it is too moist. You want to create a cookie dough so keep mixing and squeezing the contents with your hands so that the mixture can form a big ball ready for making smaller balls.
  3. When you have rolled the cookie mixture into a ball on the bench top, pinch a section of the dough and roll the section into a ball approximately 4cm in width. Continue this until you have 20 balls ready.
  4. Place each ball into mini round cardboard baking cups. These will be used as the mold for the entire cheesecake and they should be 5cm wide measured from the bottom.
  5. Press the first layer with your thumb by pushing the ball down flat to make a base in the bottom of the cup ensureing it reaches all the sides with good coverage.
  6. Place the baking cups onto a baking tray and place the tray in the preheated oven at no more than 150 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes, keeping a close eye on them to ensure they do not burn. Almond flour burns easily so do not cook any higher than 150 degrees Celsius.
  7. Remove the tray from the oven after 10 minutes and let the cookies cool for 5 minutes and then place them in the fridge for 15 minutes to cool whilst you prepare the next layer.
Mint Cheescake Layer
  1. Soak cashews in water for 20 minutes and then rince them and drain off the water.
  2. Add Cashews to the thermomix or strong mixer and mix on a high speed to break down the nuts into a flour like consistency.
  3. Add coconut oil and coconut milk to the mixture and continue to blend whilst occasionally stopping to wipe down the sides with the spatula to ensure all the ingredients are blended together evenly.
  4. Add honey, vanilla essence, mint flavour and mint leaves. The mint leaves are optional because they do require a lot of blending and pulsing to break them down into a paste along with the nut and coconut mixture. They do contribute slightly to the flavour and add some colour.
  5. If you wish to add more colour, add the spirulina powder.
  6. Continue to mix and blend whilst occasionally stopping to wipe down the sides with the spatula to ensure all the ingredients are blended together evenly. Keep blending until you establish a nice creamy like texture.
  7. Remove the baking cups from the fridge and add a spoonful of the mixture until all the ingredients is evenly dispersed in each cup.
  8. With the back of a teaspoon, level out the mint layer so that it is reasonably flat and place the cups in the freezer for 15 minutes.
Coconut Cream Layer
  1. Mix all coconut meat ingredients in a saucepan on medium heat until all ingredients is well combined and melted
  2. Remove from stove and mix ingredients in a food processor to grind the desiccated coconut a little finer.
  3. Add a spoonful of the mixture
  4. With the back of a teaspoon, level out the mint layer so that it is reasonably flat and place the cups in the freezer for 15 minutes.
Chocolate Top
  1. Simmer some water on a low heat in a saucepan and place a glass bowl over the simmering water. I like to use a pyrex jug (size measures 4 cups) for this as it works nicely to pour the ingredients later.
  2. Add the cacao butter to the glass bowl and melt the cacao butter completely. (CAUTION: Keep the heat at a low temperature so that the steam does not cause any water residue within the glass bowl and make sure all your utensils and materials do not have any water on them because any water contaminating the mixture will cause lumps and clumps and spoil the smooth chocolate result).
  3. Once melted, turn off the heat and add the cocao powder gradually whilst stirring continuously with a bone dry whisk until mixed well with no lumps. Add honey and vanilla essence and continue to whisk.
  4. Remove the baking cups from the freezer and pour chocolate mixture over the top until all the ingredients is evenly dispersed in each cup to provide good coverage as the top layer. Try not to make the top layer too thick to make it easier to bite into the cheesecake.
  5. Refrigerate for 1hour to set.
  6. When all ingredients have set, you can tear the cardboard paper cups and slowly remove the cheesecake medallions from the cup casing to expose them for serving. I recommend you keep them in the baking cups until you are ready to serve or eat.

Coconut Milk

Here we have two coconut milk recipes for the GAPS Diet for people who cannot tolerate nut milks. Canned coconut milk often contains, preservatives and other additives that the GAPS Program does not allow for. BPA is also usually lined within the tin cans containing coconut milk as well. For these reasons, we encourage you […]

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Coconut Milk
This recipe is appropriate for the Introduction diet when nuts have been successfully introduced and tolerated from stage 4 onward.
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Prep Time 20-40 mins
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Raw Coconut Milk
  • 4-6 Young green coconuts Enough to produce 1-2 cups of fresh coconut meat and 1/4 - 1/2 cup of coconut water
Equipment for Raw Coconut Milk
Coconut Milk from Shredded Coconut
Prep Time 20-40 mins
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Ingredients
Raw Coconut Milk
  • 4-6 Young green coconuts Enough to produce 1-2 cups of fresh coconut meat and 1/4 - 1/2 cup of coconut water
Equipment for Raw Coconut Milk
Coconut Milk from Shredded Coconut
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Instructions
Raw Coconut Milk
  1. With a sterilised kitchen flat head screw driver, use a hammer to pierce three holes into the top of the young green coconut ensuring that it penetrates the nut inside.
  2. Line a strainer with a cheese cloth over the jug or bowl and pour the coconut water from the three holes into the jug and set aside
  3. When all the coconut water is drained, open the top of the coconut by slashing the top off with a strong knife or cleaver. This may take a few slashes on each side at the top of the coconut. There are many videos online that you can view to learn how to do this.
  4. When the top of the coconut is open, spoon out the coconut meat from the sides of the shell. Try to avoid collecting the brown husk and only set aside the white soft meaty flesh. The meat from a young coconut should be soft and moist. If you have lots of coconuts you can do this all at once and freeze the coconut meat for later use.
  5. Repeat the above 3 steps with all coconuts until you have two cups of coconut meat flesh.
  6. Place the coconut meat into a good strong blender, vitamix or thermo mixer and mix the ingredients for as long as it takes to reach a smooth thick consistency whilst gradually adding the coconut water for the desired thickness result. It is important to ensure that the coconut milk mixture is not grainy or lumpy if you wish to have the best yoghurt like resemblance to make yoghurt later.
  7. Contain in a glass bottle with a screw top lid and store in the fridge. Keeps for up to one week in the fridge or can be frozen.
Coconut Milk from Shredded Coconut
  1. Add 1 cup of shredded coconut to one cup of water in a saucepan and bring to the boil. Boiling the coconut will rehydrate the coconut and release the natural coconut fat making it thicker.
  2. Allow the mixture to cool for 15 – 20 minutes and then add the mixture to a good strong blender, vitamix or thermo mixer and mix the ingredients well for a few minutes or so.
  3. Line the top of a jug with a strainer and cheesecloth and pour the mixture through the cheesecloth.
  4. Lifting the edges of the cheesecloth and gathering the strained coconut flakes, twist the cloth and squeeze with your hands allowing all the coconut milk to drip through the strainer and into the jug.
  5. When all the milk has been squeezed and collected in the jug, contain in a glass bottle and store in the fridge. Keeps for up to one week in the fridge.