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Raspberry Shortbread Bars – Paleo/Gluten-Free/Vegan


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The human mind truly is an amazing powerhouse!

It is the one thing that – in this seemingly uncontrollable world – we can gain control of in order to subsequently gain control of our own lives for the better.

Just the other day I was watching a ‘show’ about two brothers who, both having gone through the exact same experiences as children, went on to live very different lives with one going on to be ‘a success’, whilst the other went on to be a bus driver…

For years, one brother was deemed by those in his circles to be a ‘success’ on the basis that he appeared to have a lot financially, which he somewhat did (he even paid his bus driver’s brother’s rent).

The ‘successful’ brother would give the outward impression that he was happy and made.

He had a ‘wife’ at home he gave the impression to others he loved, two grown children, three grandchildren and was somewhat established in his profession, to the extent that he had his work shown in galleries and published in books…

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However, if you dug just a little bit deeper – and you actually didn’t have to dig too far beyond the paper-thin facade – it became very apparent that the ‘successful’ brother was in fact an extremely disturbed and unhappy being who had spent his entire meagre existence attempting to keep up the facade that he was a ‘nice person’, all the while knowing full well the type of being he really was and thus, rather sadly strenuously attempted to prevent the rest of the world from also knowing… that he was a criminal and an abusive, narcissistic psychopathic serial sex offender.

To the women he literally had to pay to be in his presence, the evil brother would often lament about how much he hated his wife, hated his wife’s parents (and even callously wished that his father-in-law would “join his dead wife in the pits of hell where they both belong” after his mother-in-law sadly passed away… all because the lonely old man wanted to move from France back to England to live with his daughter), and how much he detested his youngest granddaughter because in his eyes, she was ‘pig ugly’ due to having red hair just like her father… who he especially hated and wanted to pay to get ‘done away with’ were it not for the fact that his own daughter would hate him

Bit deep for a recipe post, I hear you say, but the crux of the matter is that the one who had to think of himself as ‘better’ had done so all through the power of his thought, as he had no greater opportunities than his brother but believed himself to be better and more clever than most (a typical psychopathic trait) and thus, had set about convincing the world of such.

Of course, it was his obsession with how he was perceived by others – or rather, how he could MAKE the world perceive him –  that ultimately fuelled his desire for success.

How he was perceived by others was of paramount importance because if the world believed his charade, then this would serve to strengthen it as fact… to himself.

However, regardless of what it took, it primarily took his mind to ensure that he lived up to his facade and from this his actions followed.

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Inevitably, the evil brother’s joke of a world came crashing down all around him (and it was exhilarating to witness) however, this did not take away from the fact that the major difference between the two brothers was neither their upbringing nor their intelligence (they both went to the same boarding school and in fact, the bus driver brother was a prefect before his psychopathic brother started boarding)… but their minds.

As ugly as the evil brother’s mind was, he thought ‘success’ and did not stray from that which he had focused, albeit his reasons behind his quest for success were fuelled by his unhealthy desire to prove – and maintain – his ‘worth’ at any cost (which ultimately led to his downfall).

Ironically, the very steps he took in attempting to prevent people from discovering his true self were the very same steps which ultimately exposed him and DESTROYED HIM…

The ENTIRE WORLD swiftly saw him EXACTLY for what he was:


But hey, he had a good run… and all because of the power of his own mind.

With our minds, we can think and create.

With our minds we can POSITIVELY pray and meditate.

With our minds we can hate … or congratulate.

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It really is a vital process if one is to gain a more beautiful life (which is something we should all be striving for) to firstly gain a more beautiful mind.

How you think makes all the difference.

That’s not to say that people who think ‘success’ are of a nicer quality than those who do not as I am sure that many of you have seen ‘successful’ people who were not the nicest. Likewise, there are some people you may know who are so nice that they wouldn’t hurt a fly, yet seem to be unable to get a lucky break and look like they will end their days working in a job they don’t like, living in a house they don’t like and being pushed around by people nowhere near as ‘nice’ as them, who they don’t like..

(Of course, success is relative as one person’s idea of success will not be another’s.

For some, being a bus driver by the coast with no rent to pay could be many people’s idea of success whilst for other’s, having to tirelessly work all the hours available to be able to maintain the facade of ‘success’, as well as your ENTIRE family’s rent … is many people’s idea of FAILURE.

Life has a wonderful way of filtering out and exposing the truth, anyway.)

The point is that just because you are the type of person who would rescue a cat up a tree at the drop of a hat doesn’t necessarily mean that you are using your positive thought processes that you apply so easily to others to your OWN SELF in order to fulfill your OWN potential for YOUR OWN SUCCESS.

Likewise, people who are geared towards attaining their own ‘success’ unfortunately are often the type who do so at the expense of all others…

This NEEDN’T be the case.

I’ve had haters all my life try to hinder me from progressing.

Heck, I’ve had haters try to stop me from basically existing solely because my presence made them feel inferior and thus threatened but, instead of bettering themselves, they would rather destroy anyone whom THEY perceived to be better than them and this type of stupidity (wickedness and stupidity go hand in hand) is what has blinded them from realising that this is not how the NATURAL flow of life goes….

Negative, wicked people tend to think on the competitive field, in that they think that blessings or opportunities are limited and thus, will get jealous of anyone they perceive to have more opportunities or blessings than they.

This is the type of negative thought process that will ultimately keep them from the true happiness and peace that they don’t want for others.

Serves them right, I say!

All the while, I just keep on thriving and succeeding and SMILING. 🙂

All because I think positive, KNOW MY WORTH and more importantly… know the power of MY GOD within.

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You have to be of a strong mind to recognise that NOTHING and NO ONE can break you unless YOU let them…

Nothing can stop you unless YOU want it to…

Nothing is impossible unless you THINK so…

Whatever you perceive, you most certainly CAN achieve and this is a fact/formula that cannot be denied or prevented, whether you are good or bad.

However, the flip side of this is that whether or not you believe in God or just karma, any negativity you send out to others will come back on you (and your closest) tenfold, so the moral of this is that regardless of however strong your mind is, if you are ultimately evil, ULTIMATE EVIL WILL RETURN TO YOU (I have witnessed this happen to my haters time and time again), destroying EVERYTHING you have worked hard to attain and maintain, and thus, the ultimate aim for any sustainable, prolonged and REAL success is to THINK GOOD – ALWAYS, AND TO ALL whilst aiming high!

Don’t pay any mind to spectators/hecklers/haters!

Leave them to their own destructive thoughts!

Don’t EVER watch another person’s ‘success’ as you really have no idea of the cost involved.

Just stay positive, live good (without being mugged off!), stand tall and go for yours!

Do this and you WILL get there, regardless of all the fiery darts thrown at you…

Trust me.

Just remember to take a break every now and again to appreciate the beautiful world you are creating with your mind that is manifesting into your reality (as a result of thinking increasingly beautiful, positive thoughts)… as well as to eat healthy and delicious foods on your journey to success… such as these Paleo Raspberry Shortbread Bars!

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These raspberry bars are simply delicious!

Rich, crumbly, sweet and healthy… what more can one ask for!

Stuffed full of fresh homemade raspberry jam and raspberry pieces, each bite fills you with a warm fuzzy feeling you can only get from such home-baked goodness!

100% Paleo/vegan and gluten-free, your mind will be working overtime trying to figure out how such a treat can also be so healthy… but it is!

Take a few minutes out of your beautiful day to enjoy these beautiful raspberry bars… your beautiful mind will love you even more for it.

Love… X

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Raspberry Shortbread Crumble Bars
These raspberry bars are simply delicious! Stuffed full of fresh homemade raspberry jam and raspberry pieces, each bite fills you with a warm fuzzy feeling you can only get from such home-baked goodness!
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For the Shortbread Crust
  1. 2 cups almond flour
  2. 2 tbsp. coconut oil
  3. Pinch salt
  4. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  5. 1/3 cup syrup
For the Jam Filling
  1. 2 cups frozen raspberries
  2. 1 tbsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice
  3. 2 tbsp. syrup
  4. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  5. 1 tsp. chia seeds
  6. 1 tsp. tapioca flour
For the topping
  1. 1/4 shortbread crust
  2. 1/4 cup chopped almonds
For the Shortbread Crust
  1. Preheat the oven to 180c.
  2. Add all of the crust ingredients together and mix well until everything is combined evenly and the dough is crumbly but still forms a dough when pressed together.
  3. Spread the dough onto a greased baking tray and press down slightly with a spatula until the layer is evenly spread.
  4. Prick the crust all over with a fork before baking for approximately 15 minutes.
  5. Remove from the oven and set aside.
For the Jam Filling
  1. Combine the raspberries and syrup in a pot and allow to cook for approximately 5 minutes on a medium heat.
  2. Stir often to prevent the jam from burning.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and continue to cook until the mixture is a thick consistency.
  4. Break down any raspberry pieces which may be too big before removing from the heat and allowing to cool down.
  5. Once cooled, spread the jam evenly all over the shortbread base.
  6. Add the topping by sprinkling over the jam spread, before placing the tray back in the oven to bake for a further 15-20 minutes.
  7. Once golden brown, remove from the oven and allow to cool.
  1. If the crust does not form well, add a few drops of water to the mixture.
  2. Leaving the jam to stand overnight (either in the fridge or at room temperature) will create the perfect consistency for this recipe.
Justina Elumeze


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