Healthy Raw Chocolate and Coconut Slice
I was playing around in the kitchen yesterday with 20 minutes up my sleeve. Not long I know! I had prioritized vacuuming and folding washing to experimenting with sweet treats. Albert's nap time is precious for chores! This wonderful slice allowed me to accomplish all three. They took 20 minutes to make. Including washing dishes and putting all the ingredients away. I love ticking things off lists... (crazy list person here) !!
I have found having healthy energy bars in the freezer, ready to go, has stopped me and my family snacking on less nutritious food. (I'm talking about the packaged crap) The great thing about a healthy bar is, if they are made right, they will satisfy hunger AND the sweet cravings.
I know you could buy an energy bar. But apart from being ridiculously expensive, do you know what every ingredient is in them? The xantham gums, preservatives XYZ, sucrose, fructose, corn syrup, extracts blah blah blah?? Well, in short, they are not good for you. They are synthetic. FAKE. And offer your body no nutritional value at all.
If you make these, you know what you are eating. Every ingredient.
And you'll be proud of yourself for making them.
Raw Chocolate and Coconut Slice
Makes 16 squares
- 3/4 cup rolled oats
- 2 cups flaked coconut
- 1 cup pepitas
- 2 tbs sesame seeds
- 3 tbs chia seeds
- 2 cups pitted dates (firmly packed)
- 4 tbs raw cacao
- 6 tbs coconut oil melted
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
1. Start by boiling your kettle. Now line a square 9 x 9inch square slice tin with baking paper and set aside.
2. Place dates in a bowl. Cover with boiling water and allow to sit.
3. Add the rolled oats to a food processor. Blitz for 30 secs - 1 minute. You do not want flour, but they do need to break down.
4. Add all other DRY ingredients to the processor and blitz for no more than 30 seconds. (Pepitas should still have crunch)
5. Pour the DRY ingredients into a large bowl. Set aside.
6. Drain the water from the dates.
7. Add soaked dates and all other WET ingredients to food processor and blitz until it forms a paste.
8. Using a spatula, scrape the date paste into bowl with the dry ingredients. With wet hands, mix together until WET and DRY ingredients are all combined.
9. Press into the slice tin. Use wet fingers to press down firmly. Making sure it is compact and even.
10. Cover and place in the freezer for at least 2 hours before cutting into desired sized pieces.
***Store the slices in an airtight container in the freezer.
Let me know how you go.