We thought we'd kick off the New Year with a super healthy Choc Recipe featuring nothing but superfoods (raw cacao, dates, walnuts, avocado, coconut oil, honey). The slice is gluten-free, sugar free, lactose-free, vegan and raw. What's not to love. :)
For the Topping
8 dates (about 170 grms), pitted
1 1/2 avocados, peeled and pitted
Heaped 1/2 cup (40 grms) raw cacao powder
3 tablespoons (60 grms) honey
2 tablespoons/30 ml coconut or olive oil
1/2 cup (50 grms) walnuts, chopped, to decorate
For the Base
3 cups (300 grms) walnuts
1 cup (75 grms) raw cacao powder
1 cup (150 grms) dried fruits, such as apricots or raisins
15 dates (about 340 grms), pitted
1/4 cup (90 grms) honey
For the Base: Line an 8-by 8-inch/20-by 20-centimeter baking pan with parchment or wax paper allowing some of the paper to hang over the sides.
Place the walnuts, raw cacao powder and salt in a food processor and blend until the mixture forms a sticky ball, about 2 minutes. Scrape the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula as needed. Add the dried fruits, dates and honey and blend again until combined, 1 to 2 minutes longer.
Press the mixture into the prepared pan with a rubber spatula. Refrigerate at least 20 minutes.
For the Topping: Soak the dates in cold water for 20 minutes. Drain them and pulse them in a food processor along with the remaining ingredients until completely smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Scrape the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula as needed. Chill at least 2 hours.
For the Assembly: Pull the base out of the baking pan using the excess paper and place it on a cutting board. Spread with topping and sprinkle with the chopped walnuts. Run a sharp knife under hot water and cut into 12 slices.
These slices, which are gluten-free, lactose-free, sugar-free, vegan and raw, can be stored in the fridge for five days.
Recipe by Papa Kazmi, at Hills and Mills in the Netherlands.
Photograph by Daniël Sumarna.
Source Kinfolk Magazine.