Whenever I’m creating a new dish or dessert, I usually need some sort of inspiration to start at. It can be from pictures I see on social media or even unhealthy dishes that I think have potential to be healthy! The other day, I was telling my friends my need for inspiration so they started throwing out some names of their favorite candy bars… Snickers, twix, butterfingers were a few to say the least. The following night at 10 PM, I found myself rummaging through my cabinets looking for candy bar ingredients. I wanted to make something yummy and delicious but healthy.
I started with the obvious, almonds. Most candy bars have nuts or nut butter so starting with almonds was a given. And I was stocked with more than enough almonds! I also used raw cacao which is chocolate in its natural, purest form. I love using cacao because you can control what sweetener you use to sweeten your dessert with. Its definitely a staple in my cabinet and it’s actually a really healthy source of natural fats. This way, if your sweet tooth is craving chocolate, you can indulge without the added sugar and junk. The chocolate coating I created is slightly bitter but works so well with the sweetness of the dates in the middle layer.
I trusted my gut and just went for it. And I think the results paid off! Yes this is healthy, but it is also naturally sweet and naturally high in fat. So it goes without saying a small square goes a long way. It’s super rich and decadent…. It’s hard to stop at just one!
Ps. dont be overwhelmed by all the steps! I just tried to make it really clear for all of you, it’s not that complicated you only need 6 ingredients–dates, almonds. nut butter, coconut oil, cacao and pure vanilla extract.
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 1 cup of dates
- 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
- In a food processor, process dates, almonds and vanilla extract until a doughy ball forms.
- line an 8 inch pyrex with parchment paper, press your almond and date mixture into the pyrex. Note I didn’t fill the whole pyrex I used 3/4 of it, you want a this layer to be thick.
- 1 tablespoon of nut butter
- 1 tablespoon of organic coconut oil (melted)
- 1/4 chopped raw almonds
- In a small bowl combine nut butter and coconut oil.
- Drizzle the mixture over your base layer.
- Sprinkle the almonds over your base layer.
- Place your pyrex in the freezer for around around 20 minutes to set.
- 3 tablespoons organic coconut oil (melted)
- 2 tablespoons raw cacao
- 1 tablespoon of nut butter
- Combine all ingredients in a small bowl, mix well to combine.
- Take your pyrex out of the freezer and cute them into 15 evenly sized bars.
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Dip each bar separately into the chocolate mixture coating each side (this might get messy).
- Place each square on prepared baking sheet, you can top with additional nuts or coconut at this point.
- Place your baking sheet with chocolate squares in the freezer for at least 2 hours or until chocolate hardens. You can leave it as is or cut them in half.