hormonal balancing raw green cheesecake
Women, gather around. This one is for you.
The other day, the lovely Soaring Free Superfood guys sent me an exciting superfood-packed package filled with their latest products. What an oh-so-peachy day! Overflowing with high amounts of super nutrients and minerals, all densely contained in powders, fruits and chocolate, I couldn’t help but make some raw, vegan, desserts that were energising and healing while still sweet and just a tad decadent at the same time.
It also happens to be Women’s Month in South Africa; and as someone who has gone through some female hormonal challenges over the last two or three years (read my blog post on all of that here), I wanted to create some treats that were beneficial for us women. They needed to not only taste great, but fill our bodies with important ingredients that helped in stabilising our hormones and made us feel all happy and Goddess-like.
And on the topic of being a Goddess, I would also like to pay tribute to Dr Shaki Mari Malan who recently passed. Her teachings, Sexual Awakening for Women, were instrumental in my hormonal balancing journey. In fact, a few days after I started my first 8-week Sexual Awakening workshop, I got my period - which I hadn’t received in nine months after coming off the contraceptive pill. I believe her work was the missing piece I needed to connect to my feminine flow and power. As in Shakti’s words, Sexual Awakening for Women is “an initiation into the deep mysteries of female sexuality. It is a journey within; an opening to embodied bliss from the inside out which ripples through the body as a deep relaxation and an ecstatic aliveness.”
If you happen to a man, I would like to say, “Welcome”. If you happen to not have hormonal problems, welcome. The health benefits from nomming these raw, vegan, super green slices are great regardless! And they still taste dang fine.
So how do these little slices of magic help balance hormones? Well, I’m glad you asked…
Spirulina (found in the Soaring Free Superfoods Super Shake: The Green Alkaliser): This blue-green algae comes from lakes and ponds and contains high amounts of calcium, magnesium and potassium. These hormonal balancing nutrients can assist in reducing cramps, breast tenderness, mood swings and overall inflammation.
Maca: An excellent superfood for helping hormonal imbalances! It works by regulating the hormone-stimulating hypothalamus and pituitary glands, thus reducing PMS and hot flushes, and increasing libido. However, if you have higher testosterone levels or Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), it may be best to avoid it as it does have subtle testosterone-boosting effects.
Cacao (found in the Soaring Free Superfoods Super Chia Chocolate Blend): If you’re having “one of those days”, then cacao is the way to go, loves! Cacao helps to release hormones that are responsible for euphoria and happiness. It also contains a whole lot of antioxidants, phytochemicals and minerals.
Chia seeds (found in the Soaring Free Superfoods Super Chia Chocolate Blend): Chia seeds are high in alpha linoelic acid (ALA), a plant-based Omega 3 fat. Omega 3’s are essential for our cell membranes which control what nutrients come in and out and are the building blocks for hormones. With high amounts of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc and iron, chia seeds happily balance our hormones. They are also packed with fibre that gets rid of old oestrogen, reducing our risk of having too much of it in our body!
Almonds: Containing zinc, these nuts help stabilise mood - just what the doctor ordered for Negative Nancy on her first day of her period! Almonds also are stuffed with vitamin E which helps to improve the appearance and condition of your skin. Maybe you’ll start getting asked to show your ID again.
Coconut milk: As a healthy fat, coconut milk provides the building blocks for hormone production as it contains lauric acid which is not only healing to the skin but also beneficial for hormone stimulation. Coconut also helps in reducing inflammation and keeps you satiated.
Mulberries: Mulberries are a powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, high in potassium, manganese and magnesium, helps with constipation and are an excellent source of iron. What else could you ask for during those tender, roll-under-the-bed-covers kinda days?!
for the base:
1/2 cup almonds
3/4 cup oatmeal flour
1 cup medjool dates, soaked before in hot water for a few minutes
1 tsp maple syrup
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of salt
for the cheesecake layer
1 cup cashews, soaked in water for a few hours before
1/3 cup coconut milk (use the cream from the top only, not the liquid)
3 tbsp water (you can use the water left over from the soaked dates)
3 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp maca powder
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- Prepare the base by blending everything a high powered food processor. The mixture should be slightly textured, not finely blended. Press the base mixture evenly into a bottom of a springform pan. Set in the freezer while you make the cheesecake filling.
- To make the cheesecake, drain the cashews and blend in a food processor with the water. Blend until smooth. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend on high until creamy. Scrape down the sides of the food processor ensuring everything gets blended.
- Pour the cheesecake filling on top of the crust. Place back in the freezer. Freeze for at least 5-6 hours.
- Before serving, set on the counter or refrigerator to soften so you can slice.