No bake Raspberry Cashew Granola Cakes

by Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit) on April 18, 2011

Have you ever set out to do something to benefit your health only to realize it’s made you absolutely miserable?

Story of my life last week.

I began my yeast killing plan last Saturday with the best intentions, but by Tuesday I was exhausted, stressed, consumed by guilt, and craving anything I could get my hands on.

As someone who has struggled with an unhealthy relationship to food in the past, this is not a good place to be.

It’s taken me years of forgiveness, perseverance, countless hours listening to my body, and removing the fears I had around eating foods like animal proteins, fruits, oils, nuts, and seeds, to create a positive connection with food.

Being tossed into a yeast killing plan that eliminated some of my favorite foods and restricted me with portions and guidelines, just isn’t right for me.

So, out with the previous plan and in with a new plan statement. [Statements are much better when it comes to drastic changes. It's all about setting the intention!]

I will support my body and health by choosing foods and supplements that will nourish my digestive system.

aka baby steps. Although it means I may have to live with these yeasty beasties for a bit longer, at least I’ll be in a healthy place when I get to the end!

And that to me, is what it’s all about :)

… that, and healthy treats to keep my body smiling!

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No bake Raspberry Cashew Granola Cakes

Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free, Sugar free, Yeast free

Pump up your healthy fats with this no bake treat! My favorite way to enjoy them is 1 minute out of the freezer as a super chewy and satisfying snack.

Inspired by my Original Granola Cakes

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup raw unsalted cashews or 1/2 cup cashew butter
  • 3/4 cup dried fruit *see note
  • 1/4 cup fruit juice sweetened raspberry jam *see note
  • 1/4 cup ground chia seed
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 3 tbsp quinoa flakes or uncontaminated quick oats
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • rind from 1 lemon

Directions

  1. Place cashews and coconut oil in the bowl of a processor and process until smooth. It will take about 6-8 minutes and you’ll have to scrape down the bowl a couple of times.
  2. Meanwhile, combine dried fruit, chia seed, coconut, and quinoa flakes in a large bowl.
  3. Once cashew butter is complete, add raspberry jam, vanilla, and lemon rind. Pulse to combine.
  4. Drop cashew mixture into dried fruit + nut bowl and stir until combined.
  5. Spoon mixture into large muffin liners or a muffin tin, pressing down firmly on each one, flattening with hands.
  6. Place in the freezer for 30 minutes to firm up.

Makes 6 cakes.

Note: You can use any dried fruit you have handy. My dried fruit choices were: 1/4 cup mulberries, 1/4 cup dried pears [diced], 1/4 cup dried cherries.

Feel free to use any type of raspberry jam you have handy. I like fruit juice sweetened opposed to corn syrup or cane sugar sweetened as it has a bit less sugar.

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Have you ever had to step back, check in with yourself, and readjust your goals? How did it make you feel?

How do you keep a positive connection with food? Is it something you think about?

If you made these granola cakes, what dried fruit would you put in them?

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{ 47 comments… read them below or add one }

Cait @ Beyond Bananas

I love no bake stuff. Right now, I only have a magic bullet express.. and am nervous about testing nuts in it. I am afraid it will break/burn the engine.. and then I will be left with nothing!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

That would scare me too. You can use nut butter in this recipe too.. just pick your favorite or whatever you have on hand.

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chelsey @ clean eating chelsey

I have definitely had set backs – and when I first has to give up gluten.. and corn.. and dairy, I was an emotional wreck. All for the better though!

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Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)

“I will support my body and health by choosing foods and supplements that will nourish my digestive system.”– love it.

and love the recipe! i made something today with 3/4 c cashews and 1/4 c shredded coconut that’s 180 degrees from what you made. post up in 5 days or so. ironic how diff the same ingredients can be in terms of finished product.

yours looks awesome!!!!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Interesting… I can’t wait to see it!!

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Deanna

Excellent reminder for all of us. Sometimes baby steps are the best way to go. And, I love this recipe!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Thanks Deanna :)

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Sam

OH those look sooo yummy! I think i would use dried pear too…dried pear is the bomb! Actually your entire combo sounds delicious :) I need to make these this week!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

I know, right? I can’t get enough of dried pear, that and figs! I could eat them by the handful, easy peasy!

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Heather @Gluten-Free Cat

I think once we’ve recovered from unhealthy food relationships we constantly need to check in. It’s easy for the “old” ways of thinking to sneak in if we’re not careful. One of my “rules” is “no rules”. Yes, there are things I stay away from because of how it makes me feel, but banning food groups or even something like refined sugar starts the slippery slope back to food bondage.

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

I love that – One of my “rules” is “no rules”. It’s what we should live by, 100%!

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Heather @Gluten-Free Cat

Oh, and I love your recipe and pictures!

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Parsley Sage

I’m the queen of baby steps. Proly a result of living in a place where its the same day, over and over. Change comes slowly and gently. It may drive the tourists mad but its a lovely way to live if you can embrace the ‘chill.’

Sorry about the frustration. I’m sure your new statement is just the right fit :) It’s always better to make adjustments that set impossible goals. Love this recipe. Mine will be packed with dried mango!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Embrace the chill – it has a ring to it, no? Reminds me of when I went to the Caymans. Everyone was so laid back, it was unreal. It takes awhile to get used to the mentality, but it’s a great skill to have! I LOVE dried mango, great choice :)

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Alice

At the moment I’d have to put some dried mango and papaya in them – I’m in a tropical mood as the weather gets better.
Keep up your hard work with the yeast – it’ll be worth it in the end and you’ll be rewarded when your body reaches its happy state.

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Papaya and mango would be fantastic in these. I sense a tropical granola cake around the corner…
Thanks for your encouraging words, Alice!

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Stefanie @TheNewHealthy

Your are amazing – I love that you reevaluated and decided upon a statement rather than rules! Now that is the proof that you have a positive connection with food!! :)

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Thanks Stefanie :) you’re pretty amazing yourself!!

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Fresh and Foodie

Very nice! I love these types of no-bake snacks — especially healthy ones like yours. These are especially appealing since they have cashews in them — my favorite nut.

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Cashews are pretty fantastic, aren’t they? They’re so sweet and delicious. I’ve just come to like them in the past couple of months.

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Lauren (Diary of a Vegan Girl)

These look so yummy! I love no bake treats like these :)

I try to keep a positive connection with food every day. I think “how is this benefitting my body?” every time I eat a meal. It really helps!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

“how is this benefiting my body?” – that’s a great approach, I love it! Staying aware of the foods we eat and the impact it has on us is key. That’s great, Lauren. Do you have a favorite no bake treat? I’m obsessed with them right now!

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Brittany @ Eating Bird Food

I am the exact same way with diets or plans that limit what and when I can eat. I can follow it for 1 or 2 days but then I end up feeling exhausted/irritated and end up eating everything in sight. It definitely backfires for me. I’ve come to realize small baby steps is how I have to make changes and so far that’s worked out great!

These granola cakes look amazing. I admire your creativity. :)

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

It’s so great to hear I’m not the only one that gets totally overwhelmed. Thanks for your insight, Brittany :)

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Jenny (Fit Girl Foodie)

Wow these look so yummy! :D I think for most people it’s hard to keep a positive relationship with food but I try to eat a variety of foods and take things day by day. I’m not perfect and sometimes it is a love/hate kind of thing but I’ve been trying to do the whole moderation thing. :)

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

You’re right, so many of us have a difficult time keeping a healthy relationship with food. Moderation is a difficult [but extremely rewarding] battle, good for you for working on it!

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Laura @FoodSnobSTL

Sometimes I get frustrated on the diet restrictions my husband has to follow, but I really try to focus on what he can eat and how good he feels when he is able to follow his diet. It isn’t always easy though.

I would use dried cherries and figs for this recipe. They are my favorite dried fruits.

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

What restrictions does your husband have? Has he had them for a long time?
I’m loving figs right now, figs and cherries would be fantastic in this!

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(what runs) Lori

AMEN to this post! It’s taken me a while to be ok with eating fat and enjoying food but I’m there now and loving it!

These look SO GOOD.

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

I’ll trade you a granola cake for a ABG Raw Bar.
Fair trade.
Ugh, if only we were neighbors?!

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Stephanie

It’s important to listen to your body. Sometimes, I think we can get so caught up in “healthy” that we forget WHY we’re doing it…to feel better, not worse! Your no-bake cakes are lovely!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

You’re so right! It’s good to step back and reevaluate!

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Michelle Wood

I’ve had to readjust my goals so many times, I can’t count. Still now I continue to adjust them almost every day. My biggest and simplest goal is to just stay healthy and provide my body with what it tells me it needs to do that. But my daily, weekly, monthly goals are constantly changing and I just have to stay in tune with myself. It’s a bit of an adventure.
When (not if) I make those cakes I’ll probably end up using cranberries because I love them oh so much. Your recipes are amazing. I really need to look into keeping coconut. I never have it on hand, and it’s so delicious. I see many health bloggers using it a lot. :)

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Good for you for listening to your body and being open to what it tells you it needs! That’s unreal :) Keeping coconut is essential in our house, in fact we keep about 2lbs in the fridge at all times!

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Happy When Not Hungry

These granola cakes look delicious! Love the flavors in them too!

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Baking Serendipity

My body tells me ice cream more than I think it should :) But I balance it out with running and eating healthy otherwise. These cakes would be a fantastic pre or post-work out snack. They look fantastic!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

My body says ice cream a lot, so I make my own with coconut milk! Last night I had some with hemp oil and flax seeds. But, we do need those indulgences once in awhile.

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RavieNomNoms

These look great! Just keep remembering to support yourself and what your body needs and you will be just fine!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Thanks for the words of encouragement :) You’re so right!

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Kayla @ Fitter Than Choc

Thanks for sharing this on foodbuzz! These babies look gorgeous. I have been going ga-ga over no bake treats lately. I love how this recipe doesn’t require added sugar. I’ve bookmarked it, and can’t wait to try it!

I know what you are going through, and how hard it is. 2 years ago, I discovered that dairy, yeast, eggs and gluten was affecting my digestive system, and was asked to stop eating those stuff. Thankfully, I can take some yeast now. I was totally miserable back then. I think taking baby steps does help:) What really helped me control my cravings was a big cup of green smoothies in the morning – it was what my doctor recommended. Basically, I blended some spinach, apples and berries, and drank it. It may sound awful, but it’s pretty good. Also, I made sure I always had a handful of nuts in my bag. The first 3 weeks will always be the hardest. It takes 21 days to break a habit:)

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Good for you for taking the advice of your doctor [and awesome that they suggested a greens smoothie!] I find smoothies really help me too. You’re right about 21 days, it sure is a long process, but totally worth it!

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carrie

I just stumbled upon your website and I am in love. Just this morning I decided I HAVE to start eating better and taking care of myself. I am overweight and just dont feel good most of the time. I am soo anxious to start trying all these wonderful recipes and to start changing my life for the better!!! Thank you!!!!!!

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Good for you, Carrie! Please stop in once and awhile and let me know how it’s going!

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Laura Dickerson

I have recently discovered your blog and LOVE it! I am so excited to try these recipes. I have noticed on a lot of them you note the protein, fiber, vitamin DV content. Do you have caloric content for your recipes as well?

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Leanne (Healthful Pursuit)

Hi Laura, thank you! You will find the caloric + marco-nutrient content on many of my recipes, but not all. I recently stopped calculating them but direct my readers to the best calculator I’ve been able to find so far: http://caloriecount.about.com/cc/account/flog_add.php?tab=new_recipe

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nicole

Hi Leanne! I’ve been following your blog for a year now and love love love everything you create. I’ve been making these bars for a while, and I love them! I’ve been curious about making a version with not as much dried fruit to cut down on the sugar a bit. What do you think about using fresh fruit instead of dried? Thanks!

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Leanne Vogel (Healthful Pursuit)

Hi Nicole – I’m so happy that you like my recipes and am thrilled that you’ve been following me over the last year. You know, I’ve never thought of adding fresh fruit, that’s smart! I’d go for fruits that were a bit drier just as the more moist the fruit; I would imagine, the harder for the cakes to hold together. Things like blueberries, apple pieces, and banana may work well. I wouldn’t try something like a juicy pear or orange segments. May get a little crazy! Hope that helps :)

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