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Chocolate Alternative
September 20, 2013

When the sugar cravings hit or you just need that sweet treat, this is a great snack to have on hand – guilt free.   It’s a favourite as it’s another blender recipe, quick to assemble and super delicious and nutritious!

Chocolate Alternative
Ingredients:

  • 130g almonds
  • 75g cashews
  • 250g medjool dates
  • 65g  dessicated coconut
  • 25g organic cacao powder
  • ¼ tsp celtic sea salt
  • 20g honey (rapadura or maple syrup or leave out altogether – the mix is pretty sweet)!
  • 70 to 80g raw coconut oil (if hard, warm first)
  • 2 drops of your favourite essential oil e.g. peppermint, spearmint or wild orange (optional)

Directions:

  1. Grease or line a square biscuit tin or lamington tin with baking paper
  2. Place nuts into blender and grind until ‘nut meal’ is made.  Set aside
  3. Add dates, coconut, cacao, salt and honey (or preferred sweetener) into the bowl and blend until finely chopped (or almost a paste forms)
  4. Return nut meal to the bowl, adding the coconut oil and blend through thoroughly or until mix has a shiny appearance
  5. Empty mix into the prepared tin and press down with the back of a spoon to create a flat surface.  Using a knife, score lines one way and then the other, to create squares.
  6. Decorate each square with nuts or dried fruit or leave plain
  7. Refrigerate
  8. When solid remove for the tin and break into squares
  9. Store refrigerated or freeze for another time

 Variations

  • add other superfoods, to give it an extra boost, eg 2 tsp of maca, 1/2 tsp of vanilla powder, goji berries or mix through 1 tbsp of bee pollen
  • for nut free, replace the nuts with 1 cup desiccated coconut and 1 cup of mixed seeds
  • add 2 drops of your favourite essential oil into the mix e.g. peppermint, spearmint or wild orange.
  • or rather than a slice, make your own power balls from the mix

Adapted from, ‘A taste of Vegetarian’, Thermomix book p. 106

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