Too much indulgence left you feeling really sluggish and craving goodness? I FEEL YA. If you’re really really disciplined and focused you can maybe switch to eating healthily and “cut the crap” cold turkey. Unfortunately I am not that kinda girl and will get my sweet tooth fix in any way I can. SO, I had to trial and error a tonne of recipes until I created something I found that worked for me and didn’t make me feel so deprived!
Now don’t get me wrong, these bars are full of healthier foods, that are better than a chocolate bar but try not to eat them all in one go (guilty). I find they’re the perfect treat that’s, sweet and somewhat nutty with a kick of chocolate. You may see a lot of coconut in here but do not be afraid if you’re no coconut lover, neither am I but trust me it works. I find the best place to get all these ingredients tend to be the “big” supermarkets like Sainsburys, their offering is much wider ranging. It’s also super easy and minimum messiness so really you can’t go wrong. So give these a go and let me know what you think!
What You’re Gonna Need:
1 Cup of Cashews
1 Cup of Chopped Dates – I like to use these out of easiness (chopping dates can be a very sticky business)
1/4 Cup of Coconut
1/2 Cup of Coconut Flour – You can now get this in sainsbury’s!!! Failing that Holland & Barrett do too!
1/2 Cup of Maple Syrup – maybe add an extra tbsp or so to this if you would like a strong maple taste running through but no more, otherwise it won’t set that well!
1/2 Cup of Almond Butter – This is A LOT of almond butter so I buy Pip and Nut (which is free of palm oil) 1Kg tubs from Amazon as it’s more cost effective. You can find it here
1 Cup of Dark Chocolate Chips – Dr Oetker now do Extra Dark Chocolate Chips at 70% – these are are great %, they set better than any other chocolate I’ve used in the past and don’t taste bitter at all, I find these at Sainburys.
1 Tbsp of Melted Coconut Oil – I swear by this bad boy! Using this means you don’t have to melt it either!
What You Need to Do:
- In a food processor blitz the cashews and dates until they look like this.
- In a bowl add the coconut, coconut flour, maple syrup and almond butter to the cashew and date mix. Stir it well and make sure everything is covered.
- Line a a baking tin with parchment and put the mixture into the tin. Pop this in the fridge and ideally leave over night. This allows the mixture to really set.
- In the morning, melt the chocolate chips and the oil and then combine together, this helps create a tempering effect and makes sure it sets and doesn’t melt when out the fridge! Get the tin with the mixture out the fridge and lather the chocolate over the top of mixture, then pop it back in for a couple hours until its set!
This should make around 16 pieces, a little goes a long way so remember that! But if you want to make big slices then I’d probably say about 10 or 12. Keep this refrigerated up to 2-3 weeks and you are good to go!
Not So Guilty Super Easy Sweet Treat, Enjoy!