Who doesn’t love chocolate? I started craving it BADLY when I had my baby (part of the insatiable hunger caused by breastfeeding), only I was trying to avoid it because it can cause issues with babies. Plus chocolate is full of sugar and other nasties and is generally considered unhealthy! I needed to find something to fill that void – something chocolate-like but healthy and most importantly packed with energy to really satisfy my hunger!
So I started searching for a chocolate alternative and started finding raw recipes that used similar ingredients – raw cacao powder, fresh dates and nuts. Each recipe had something I didn’t have in my cupboard and at the time I was somewhat stranded at home with a newborn. So I threw what I had into the thermomix and accidently made something awesome.
I threw in buckwheat because I had a newfound love for the crunchy treat after making raw granola. I threw in coconut oil because I’d heard it was a good immune system booster. I threw in honey to sweeten it as well as coconut for its sweetness and texture. Add in the rudimentary raw organic cacao powder, fresh dates and some mixed nuts – and we had ourselves an awesome mixture: a chocolate like snack I can cut up into bite size pieces and eat on the go!
My proudest moment was offering a piece to my friend’s three year old who was crying for chocolate (he’d seen her give me some Lindt chocolate as a gift). He refused the slice (not believing my claims that it was “chocolate”) so we left his piece on the table. His Mum then watched him eventually pick it up and take a bite in defeat, then saw his face light up realising it was actually delicious! It was a very proud Mummy moment for me when I tricked a kid into eating something healthy! Mummy power!
Anyway, here’s the recipe!
RAW CRUNCHY CHOCOLATE SLICE
- 1 1/2 cups raw whole buckwheat (buckwheat groats – not flour!)
- 4 tablespoons raw organic cacao powder (different to cocoa powder)
- 1/3 cup organic coconut oil
- 2 cups mixed nuts whole (I use almonds and cashews)
- 2 cups peeled dry coconut (I use peeled coconut as opposed to shredded as it’s the least processed)
- 1/2 cup raw honey -OR- 3/4 cup if you don’t use dates
- 4 fresh dates (remember to remove the pip) -OR-don’t use dates and adjust honey as above
You will need
- a good blender (I use my thermomix), or a some muscles and a mortar and pestle
- a silicone baking tray or a baking tray line with baking paper or glad wrap
Place all ingredients into blender and whiz on high (#6 on the thermomix) for 30 seconds (depending on your blender). The thermomix is a high powered blender, so if you find your mix isn’t blending well or If you know your blender isn’t very powerful, process the larger items first (nuts and dates) then add the rest. Make sure the mix is completely blended. The buckwheat should stay whole.
Place mix into tray. You will notice it appears crumbly. Don’t worry, it will come together! Now press down with your fingers to flatten the mix flat into the pan.
Freeze for three hours.
When it’s ready, remove from freezer and then remove from tray (it should be one solid piece).
Cut into small bite size pieces and keep in a container in the fridge!
Then eat on the go and don’t feel guilty when you can’t stop eating them!
Pressing the mix down
After freezing it comes out as one piece
Chopped into small pieces