Lemon Coconut Squares
These Lemon Coconut Squares are loaded with nutrients from whole food ingredients. The sweetness from the raw honey and dates offsets the natural sour flavour of lemons. I like using dates to sweeten recipes as they contain fibre, which helps prevent blood sugar spikes by slowing the release of glucose into our blood stream. The raw honey contains anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. It also contains enzymes, antioxidants, minerals (zinc, potassium, iron, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and selenium) and vitamins (B6, thiamine, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and niacin).
Raw honey is a better option than the more heavily processed honey as heat destroys the enzymes, as well as some of the vitamins and minerals. Raw honey also contains pollen which can help some people that struggle with seasonal allergies. When eaten in moderate amounts, unlike white sugar, raw honey also doesn’t affect blood sugar as easily, because the nutrients it contains help the body metabolize it. This makes my Lemon Coconut Squares a great spring treat that won’t deplete your body of its own nutritional stores.
Lemons are a great fruit that help support liver function and digestion. We need a properly functioning liver to be able to achieve balanced hormones. The liver actually processes excess estrogens and helps our bodies get rid of them. With estrogen dominance being so common, the liver is one of the first places you should look.
Speaking of hormone balance, the coconut and brazil nuts are both great for thyroid health. Coconut oil is primarily made up of a different type of saturated fat, called medium chain fatty acids. The medium chain fatty acids are known to increase metabolism and support thyroid health. To learn more head over to Dr. Mercola’s site.
Brazil nuts are an excellent source of selenium, which is an important mineral and antioxidant for thyroid health. Selenium is needed for the conversion of T4 to T3, which is our active thyroid hormone. Chris Kresser talks about Selenium and how it affects thyroid health in this post. Selenium is also required for the production of “the master” antioxidant, glutathione. Glutathione is another important nutrient needed for healthy liver function. The good news is, you only need to eat a couple of brazil nuts a day to get your required amount of selenium. A piece of one of my lemon coconut squares would count as well!
- 1 c raw, organic brazil nuts
- 1 c medjool dates, pitted
- 1/8 tsp himalayan rock salt
- 2 c coconut flakes, unsweetened
- 3-4 tbsp raw honey
- 2 tbsp lemon zest
- 1/2 c lemon juice
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp finely grated turmeric root
- To make the crust, add the dates, brazil nuts and salt to a food processor. Turn on high and process until it resembles a crumbly mixture and when pressed, sticks together.
- Line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper and press the crust into it. Place in the freezer while making the filling.
- Put 1 1/2 cups of the shredded coconut in the food processor and turn on high to make coconut butter.
- Once smooth add the remaining 1/2 c shredded coconut, raw honey, lemon zest, lemon juice, coconut oil and turmeric. Turn on high until combined evenly.
- Spread the filling evenly over the crust and place in the fridge to harden. Once hardened remove from the fridge and lift out of the pan using the parchment paper. Cut into squares and garnish with lemon rind and coconut flakes.