I was going to call this a ‘Raw Snickers Bar’ but then my friend tried one (loved it) and thought it tasted more like a Lion bar. So I thought I’d let you decide on the similarity after making a batch yourself.
There is nothing more exciting than making something gooey, sweet, delicious and healthy when it comes to cooking (in my opinion). This treat is RAW which means the ingredients remain in their most natural state and maintain all their goodness. And personally I find that you can’t really go wrong when it comes to creating things RAW, as you can ‘taste try’ everything as you go along, and it’s not like you can over or under cook (unlike using an oven).
So anyway, I saw this creation on Food Matters website and just had to try it! They use tahini in their recipe, but I thought I’d substituted it for peanut butter to create a different taste! Food Matters is a great site for daily health and wellness inspiration, with a whole host of informative articles. They have an awesome documentary on Netflix too.
Place dates, almonds, coconut oil, cacao powder and honey in a food processor and pulse until a crumble has formed.
Press this mixture tightly and firmly into a lined loaf tin.
Place in the freezer while you create the middle layer.
Place dates, coconut oil, peanut butter, vanilla bean powder and honey in a food processor and process till smooth.
Add in the chopped pecans and pulse lightly.
Pour this layer evenly onto the base and pop back into the freezer.
Simmer a few inches of water in a saucepan and place a glass bowl over the top and melt the coconut oil.
Take the glass bowl off heat and add the maple syrup and cacao powder. Stir well to thicken into a smooth chocolate sauce.
Once the middle layer is fully set, pour the this chocolate layer on top, then sprinkle the chopped pecans on.
Return to the freezer for the top layer to completely set.
Remove from freezer after 30-40 minutes and slice while frozen into square pieces.
Keep them stored in the freezer. When you want one just let it defrost for a few minutes at room temperature.
To make sure this is extra healthy with no preservative, additives or hidden sugars be sure to use the best quality ingredients.
Coconut Oil - Extra Virgin Cold Pressed
Honey - Raw or Organic
Dates - Medjool or Organic
Cacao Powder - Raw and Organic Cacao Powder (I use this one from > Amazon)
Peanut Butter - 100% roasted/raw peanuts, no palm oil, salt or sugar
Vanilla Bean Powder - This can be hard to get a hold of. Use pure vanilla bean pods, vanilla bean grinder or vanilla bean powder if you have it available. (I wouldn't worry too much if you don't have it to hand.)