Saturday, 9 November 2013

CHOCO MINT ALMOND BARS


You cannot really go wrong with any of the ingredients included in this recipe. For that reason, I don't take much credit for how delicious these bars taste. This is another excellent recipe for sharing with your skeptical loved ones, non-vegan friends or anyone you know who is hesitant to jump on the health food wagon. Their minds and taste buds will be BLOWN. In a good way. 


I know you guys have been asking for more savoury recipes (don't worry - raw vegan enchiladas are COMING), but today I couldn't get my mind off the idea of a sweet, nutty, chocolatey bar with maca and mint involved. Success was reached. These are exactly what I wanted. I think I'm gonna make brown rice paper wraps for my dinner, and these will be the perfect dessert. I don't even know how people find time to eat junk food when there are endless amazing whole food combinations to try! No time for refined white flour on my watch! 


How is your weekend going? I've gotta say that my Friday night was pretty fantastic. First I went over to my friend's place and sat in her sauna for an hour, where we proceeded to spontaneously burst into laughter, look at possible hiking trails for Sunday, punch-dance to this (just wait for it), and cleansed our pores until we were as smooth as new born babes. Then we headed over to a hippie vegetarian restaurant downtown that is literally always open and drank *all the tea*. Finally drove to this rad underground-ish dance party thing and it was basically spiritual boogying - it's a word, alright - until 3 am. Sleep was amazing.


Back to food though! This recipe is pretty rich so I doubt you'll want more than one or two slices but hey, it's a free country. Do what makes you happy. All the ingredients are excellent for you, and when they're put together, this is practically a nutritional supplement... THAT TASTES LIKE HEAVEN ON EARTH. Everyone and their grandma are gonna love these. Make 'em. Eat 'em. Smile. You're welcome.


CHOCO MINT ALMOND BARS

Almond layer:
1 cup almonds
1 cup raisins 
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Pinch of Himalayan crystal salt 

Coconut mint layer:
2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
Peppermint oil, to taste 
1/8 teaspoon stevia (optional)

Chocolate layer:
2 tablespoons melted cacao butter 
2 tablespoons cacao powder
1 tablespoon maca powder
1 tablespoon coconut nectar

To make the almond layer: pulse the nuts in a food processor until they are crumbs. Add the rest of the ingredients and process until it all sticks together. Press into the bottom of a lined bread pan. Put in the freezer.

To make the coconut mint layer: whisk together the ingredients and then allow the coconut oil to resolidify a little bit, so you can spread it onto your almond layer. Do that. Put back in the freezer until it is totally solid.

To make the chocolate layer: whisk together all the ingredients until smooth. Pour on top of the solid coconut mint layer and put back in the freezer (or fridge) until it has hardened. Cut and serve! These will keep for weeks in the fridge.

24 comments:

Dominique said...

All of your recipes are really mouth watering! This one is really my type. But what is «coconut nectar»? By the way, I just finish your Lemon & lavender cheesecake for a birthday tomorrow. The only who disappoint me is that only have 2 teaspoon of lavender buds left... I like the flavor of lavender. Thank you for sharing your inspiration.

Maisy said...

yum, this looks so good ! i wish i wasn't the type of person who WILL eat the whole thing in one go... which isn't very slimming, lol. but i will definitely save this recipe for a birthday :)
all the best ~ maisy

Kate said...

These look divine- thank you!

Mallory Frayn said...

Looks good to me! This is really simple too, not too many ingredients.

Joy Messier said...

These looks spectacular! I wish I had all the ingredients on hand, looks like a trip to the store is needed!

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vanessa said...

These sound simply DIVINE. And I am not allergic to ANY OF THE THINGS in the recipe. AND I have all the ingredients on hand. Needless to say, you have rocked my world <3

The Vegan Cookie Fairy said...

Sounds like an amazing Friday night! (Your friend has a sauna, what?!)

And these bars - erm yes please.

Leslie said...

I just made these and they're awesome! Super easy too, make these now, you'll love them!

Katy said...

These look delicious, and your night sounds like a lot of fun! Listening to that song right now, it's pretty great :)

Emily von Euw said...

It's a liquid sweetener that is healthier than agave nectar. Maple syrup or agave nectar will work just as well though.

Sara said...

Yum! The coconut-chocolate-almond is one of my favorite flavor combinations. Can't wait to try this delicious recipe. I love the texture, and it's probably good they're a bit rich so I won't eat them all at once ;)

leah said...

HUGE fan of your recipes and website! I was wondering if you have a cook book?
Gave your site a shout out on my blog, i hope thats alright:)
www.zanderscorner.com
Xx Leah

Chef Matsui said...

OMG, they look amazing. I could eat 10 of these right now!

Emily von Euw said...

Of course! I'm always honoured :) yes you can pre-order my cookbook here: http://www.amazon.com/Rawsome-Vegan-Baking-Un-cookbook-Beautiful/dp/1624140556

:)

Lisa Root said...

Hi there,
I LOVE your blog....
I just tried this recipe and I am in love.
It is the perfect balance of everything....
It reminds me of a healthy Nanaimo Bar :)
Being a pastry pastry chef, I am always on the look out for gluten free , veggie ideas, since there are so many people heading in that direction.
I am a big fan...

DivaSkyChick said...

OMG!!!! Want to make right now. I have everything except maca powder. Can I substitute anything for that?
Thank you, you are rawmazing!

Anonymous said...

Was wondering the same thing about the maca powder or the whole chocolate topping in general - any alternatives that you like?

Anonymous said...

Hey!
Just wondering what size pan did you use for these?
Thanks! :)

Emily von Euw said...

It was about 2X5 inches? :)

Michelle said...

These look A.M.A.Z.I.N.G for Family Dessert Night. Did you use peppermint *extract* or peppermint essential oil?? Peppermint EO is waaaayyyy stronger than peppermint extract, so I'm wondering which you used and how many drops YOU prefer. Just discovered you through a friend who shared your Super Food Energy Bars. Can't wait to try those too. I love your work!! Thanks so much!

Emily von Euw said...

Oh I used EO... and used maybe 5 drops? Thank you!! x

Emma D'Alessandro said...

Have you tried using coconut manna instead of oil? I think I'm going to try this and see how it comes out!

Emily von Euw said...

No but I bet that would work :) Lemme know!

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