Raw slices have become very in vogue lately. Who doesn’t like the idea of a healthy dessert? Whilst I have eaten them in cafes, I have never been bothered to make them myself. Mostly because I don’t need a non-yoghurt dessert that much that I can justify spending $20 and hours of soaking and prepping nuts on a single recipe.
However, recently I stumbled across a simple raw chocolate slice recipe on the blog My Darling Lemon Thyme using ingredients that I aways stock. Dates, cacao, salt, coconut oil and almonds (you can get all of these things from Cosco – how could I resist?). Dates are such a fabulous natural sweetener that I have started to use more and more.
The result was a fabulous afternoon tea treat that definitely met my afternoon chocolate need.
- 1.5 cups pitted dates
- 3 tbls coconut oil
- 1/2 cup almonds (or almond meal)
- 1/4 cup cacao powder (plus extra for dusting)
- pinch Himalayen sea salt
- Place all the ingredients into the bowl of a food processor and blend for about a minute or until paste-like. If using whole almonds, leave a few small chunks of almonds still visible. Transfer the mixture to a cake tin and using your hands or the back of a spoon to press down evenly. Cover and chill for about 4 hours or overnight. Remove from the tin, dust with cocoa powder, if desired and slice into 12 even slices. Store in the fridge for up to a week.