Sometimes I feel like there should be an extra day in the week to help me take care of all the little things I’m not able to accomplish in the day. Well if I can’t extend the days in a week or the hours in the time, I’ll have to settle for extending my life. What’s that? Life extension? The simple act of eating a handful of nuts most days of the week can actually extend your life by up to two years. That’s one tasty solution!
What better way to enjoy better health than by enjoying delicious foods. Some of my favorite ways to utilize heart healthy nuts are recipes like my Sriracha Queso or fresh baked Cinnamon Rolls and now this Vanilla Frosting.
Why use nuts? Nuts are most definitely a staple in a plant-based home, so load up on almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts, pistachios, cashews and yes, macadamia nuts. In this Vanilla Frosting recipe I used macadamia nuts (cashews are a great substitute) and these creamy, slightly sweet nuts are packed with vitamin A, protein, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, calcium and potassium… and if that’s not enough for you, they’re delicious, too!
Try macadamia nuts in all their goodness in these oh-so-healthy Strawberry Shortcakes!
- 1 cake recipe
- Vanilla frosting recipe below
Frosting (… more frosting recipes here)
- 1c soaked (and drained) macadamia nuts (can sub cashews)
- 1/2c coconut water (or non-dairy milk)
- 1/4c coconut butter
- 1t lemon juice
- 1T vanilla extract
- 1t coconut oil (optional)
- stevia (or 3T maple syrup) to sweeten
- pinch of salt
Prepare the batter for your mini shortcakes but rather than baking them in a pie pan, press the batter into a mini muffin pan. Bake 10-12 min at 330°F. When finished, allow the muffins to cool 15 minutes or so on the counter top.
Meanwhile, as the shortcakes are baking, begin preparing your vanilla frosting. Place macadamia nuts in a food processor along with the vanilla extract, lemon juice and pinch of salt. Blend a minute or two, add coconut butter and blend another minute. Finally, add coconut water (or non dairy milk) until you’ve reached your desired consistency.
Add whichever sweetener you’d like and be sure to taste along the way to achieve your desired level of sweetness and consistency;.
To finish off these shortcakes, place a dollop of frosting on half of your shortcakes. Now top each of the frosted shortcakes with the remaining shortcakes and add another dollop of frosting. Top with sliced strawberries.
And there you have it, a deliciously healthy dessert that is not only sweet to look at but will satisfy your sweet tooth, too!