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Dragonfruit Cheesecake – Weekend Treats

This dragonfruit cheesecake is a great vegan-friendly option for when you and the family get those post dinner cravings. A unique dairy-free recipe, its a cheesecake that even the lactose intolerant among us can enjoy free from worry. Its devoid of all the most common allergens except for nuts.

Ingredients 

COCOA BASE 

  • 110g walnuts
  • 280g Medjool dates 
  • 30g cocoa powder 
  • pinch of salt

DRAGONFRUIT SWIRL 

  • 175g chopped dragonfruit
  • 125g raspberries
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup

CHEESECAKE FILLING

  • 300g raw cashews, soaked overnight, then drained & rinsed
  • 230g coconut cream 
  • 6 tbsp coconut oil 
  • 350g brown rice syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • juice of 1 lemon

Description 

1. Line an 8×8 inch tray with baking paper and set aside. 

2. Add the walnuts, cocoa powder, dates, and salt in a food processor. Pulse until it forms a dough. 

3. Use your fingers or the back of a large spoon to press the dough evenly into the bottom of the baking tray. 

4. Place the tray in the fridge while you prepare the cheesecake filling. 

5. Add the dragonfruit, raspberries, and maple syrup to a small saucepan. Cook on medium heat, stirring for 2-3 minutes. Then, reduce the heat to low and allow to simmer for 5 minutes until the fruit breaks down into a syrup. Set the pan aside for later. 

6. Blend the cashews, coconut oil, coconut cream, brown rice syrup, vanilla extract, lemon zest, and lemon juice together in the food processor until smooth. 

7. Pour your cheesecake mixture into the baking tray, spreading evenly. 

8. Next, add dollops of the dragonfruit sauce on top of the cheesecake mixture. Using a knife, start making swirls through the cheesecake layer until you achieve the desired marble look. 

9. Store in the freezer for 2-4 hours to firm up the cheesecake.

10. Can be served frozen, or thawed for 10-15 minutes for a softer texture. 

Do I Have a Dairy Intolerance or a Dairy Allergy?

If you’re someone who knows that dairy is something that your body has trouble dealing with, but can’t quite put your finger on exactly how, you’re probably asking yourself “Do I have a Dairy Intolerance or a Dairy Allergy?” If you don’t know the answer, you won’t know whether to have an allergy test or an intolerance test to properly diagnose the problem.


It’s a simple enough question, but the answer can completely change how the problem is managed, meaning you could well be avoiding some of your favourite foods unnecessarily. An intolerance test could uncover the source of the problem if that’s indeed what it is but won’t help if it’s an allergy.


The good news is that the symptoms of allergies and intolerances are quite different, so with a little education on the subject, it should be quite straightforward to distinguish between them. With that in mind, we thought we’d explain the facts that will help you to determine whether you need an allergy test or an intolerance test.


The Symptoms


Dairy Allergy


By their very nature, allergies are reactions to specific triggers and as a result, can be quite severe. A dairy allergy attack can manifest in the following ways:

❏    Wheezing

❏    Shortness of breath

❏    Hives

❏    Tingling or itching in or around the mouth or lips

❏    Swelling in the throat, lips or tongue

❏    Persistent coughing

❏    Vomiting

Because of the severity, dairy allergies can be life-threatening and sometimes require the use of an EpiPen. Another indicator that the side effects which you may be experiencing relate to an allergy is the rapid way that the symptoms manifest. The chances are that if you have a dairy allergy, you’ll probably already be aware of how sudden and dangerous they can be.


Dairy Intolerance


Intolerances are much slower in the way that they show up and the specific symptoms tend to be much milder than an allergic reaction. Several hours can pass before any ill effects are felt after ingesting dairy that your body doesn’t agree with.


Common dairy intolerance symptoms include:

❏    Diarrhoea

❏    Nausea and/or vomiting

❏    Flatulence

❏    Abdominal discomfort e.g. pains and/or cramps

Since these symptoms can be slow to develop, a dairy intolerance can be much more difficult to diagnose. The waters are muddied further, as some people are intolerant to all dairy, whereas others may only be intolerant to specific dairy products like milk or cheese.


To get to the bottom of dairy intolerance, an elimination diet will be required, with cheese, then milk, then butter etc.. being removed from a person’s diet. It can take a while, but eventually, you’ll find the culprit and be able to stay away from it.


The Benefits of An Allergy/Intolerance Test


The fastest, most efficient way to determine exactly where your problems lie is to get yourself tested. At Lifelab Testing, we offer affordable intolerance and food allergy testing, which involves blood screening to determine the exact nature of your physiology and how it reacts to specific food groups.


If you’re still not sure which type of dairy intake problem you have, you can find out more by reading through our website or by chatting with one of our friendly experts via our LiveChat facility. They have the knowledge and expertise needed to help you pinpoint your areas for concern.


From as little as £68.99 for a comprehensive food allergy test and £74.99 for a thorough intolerance test, you can get all the answers you need to take back control and free yourself from the misery of food issues. Anyone who suffers with intolerance or allergic food problems will know just what good value that represents.


Thanks for reading our blog and we’ll see you next time with lots more advice and guidance on a range of intolerance and allergy matters.

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