I don't claim to be an expert cook. Or a fancy cook. In fact, I never used to really enjoy cooking. So this is mostly about low fuss, filling and tasty meals, and really just anything I have a go at and decide to share along the way!! My top priority is avoiding additives and preservatives wherever possible closely followed by using whole/less processed/healthier ingredients. But for those who would like conventional options that are quick tasty and cost effective, I would like to share tips on all of these as well!!

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

A Healthy Chocolate Alternative

This is a super easy recipe based on the Chocolate Alternative recipe in the Taste of Vegetarian Cookbook.  It is fantastic because it allows you to have a treat that has nothing bad in it.  And as usual, because you make it yourself, you can choose high quality ingredients - organic, preservative free etc.  And it's yummy!

I use almonds but you can use any combination of nuts.

200g almonds
250g pitted dried dates
65g desiccated coconut (mine is sulphur free - no preservatives)
20g Cacao powder or organic cocoa.
1/4 tsp Celtic sea salt or quality salt
20g raw honey (find in Health food shops or buy through co-op)
70g coconut oil (cold pressed, unrefined, again Health food shops or co-op)

Grind nuts for 8 seconds on speed 7. Set aside
Chop dates, coconut, cacao, salt and honey for 30 seconds Speed 7.
Add nuts, add coconut oil and mix for 20 seconds on speed 5, or until completely mixed. 
Press mixture into slice tin and set in refrigerator.  
Chop into squares for your chocolate fix!

This is also a dairy free chocolate option (as long as your cocoa doesn't have milk solids - check label).

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