12 Jun 2014

CHOCOLATE COCO MINT BARS


Hello, my love. Yes, you. How are you today? I am genuinely curious.

In case the interest is mutual, I'll let you know I am feeling swell. I mean, I've got these chocolate coco mint bars in my fridge... so what could REALLY be wrong, right? Even when I am not considering these healthfully decadent wonders, my week has been going very well. My Oma and Opa are visiting from Ontario, so the family has been spending a lot of time together. My younger brother recently graduated from high school, and my older one has just graduated from university, wasting no time in getting accepted into law school two days ago! So in September he will be moving a few hours north and be living on residence for 3 years. It will be unfamiliar territory without all of us here. Although we have our issues, my family is close, and we've always been in one big house together. Now as we get older, we are starting to head out and find our places in the world. Greg is leaving for law school, I am planning on moving out soon so I can have my own space... Daniel is a very independent person so I know once he has enough money, he'll be off. My parents, I think, are happy to see us each succeed in our own paths, but they must be a little nostalgic seeing us grow up as well. At the same time, this means a new chapter in their lives! One free from the endless verbal, physical and emotional noise that comes with three children. One filled with each other, and the prospect of this thing called "free time", which they probably cannot remember exists since they haven't experienced it in 23 some odd years. My dad is excited to retire soon, and my mom is having almost too much fun swinging back into her acting and theatre career, which she put on hold while she raised a family. They are looking at little islands around the coast to buy property on, but I think they may end up a bit north somewhere, close to the ocean, where they can have a big garden, and where there are great hiking and off road trails for my dad to bring his motorcycle on.

It's surreal, unsettling, and exciting to understand that where I am now in time - and where my brothers are, even where my family is - is so very temporary and still just the beginning! I feel like everything is the beginning until it's really over. (Although is anything ever really over?) The morning of the day I die, I will probably be thinking "it's just the beginning!" I don't say this out of naivety, but rather optimism; it is my way of looking at the world. Humans seem to have this tendency of seeing everything as finally complete in the moment. In other words, we look to the past and think "Hah! I was so young then, I am much older now and actually mature." I suppose what I am trying to say is that we see and consider ourselves in the past and present, but don't look to the future and consider it's influence. Of course, I believe deeply in the living in the moment. I have "BE HERE NOW" tattooed on my wrist! At the same time, I think it can be important and useful to think of ourselves as at a point in time, and never at the end! Another example is how we think this is the most modern and civilized time of all, but certainly 100 years from now people will look back and think "I am amazed they actually wrote on paper and used pens!?" Just like how we are fascinated by horse-drawn carriages from 100 years ago today.   We are in a timeline of infinity, and I like to think about that often. So in that sense, it's exciting to be experiencing all these changes in the dynamic of my family and our home. Where will we go and where we will be 5 years from now? 10, 20, 50 years? I have so much yet to experience, at times it seems overwhelming, but as I said said earlier; I strive for optimism, and so I am mostly excited for whatever is to come.

This is just the beginning.


CHOCOLATE COCO MINT BARS

Chocolate layer:
1 cup walnuts
1 cup dates
1 tablespoon cacao powder

Coco mint layer:
2 cups dried coconut flakes
1 tablespoon coconut nectar (optional) 
1-5 drops peppermint oil, as desired

To make the chocolate layer: put the walnuts in a food processor and process until they turn into a powdery consistency. Add the dates and process until it all begins to get sticky. Add the cacao powder until fully incorporated. Press half this mixture into the bottom of a small lined bread pan and put in the fridge. 

To make the coco mint layer: put everything in the food processor and process until the dried coconut flakes turn into a crumbly buttery-like mixture; this can take a few minutes, so be patient. Press this mixture onto your first chocolate layer. Refrigerate for until it's solid. Add the remaining half of the chocolate mixture on top and press down evenly. Refrigerate until solid. Sprinkle with coconut flakes if you like. Slice and serve!

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21 comments:

  1. Waw, Emily! These choco-coconut bars look so appetizing & just stunning too.
    Mmmmmmmmmm! 😀

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  2. I am in a transition period as well (about to graduate from college) and your words really resonated with me. I just had to comment and tell you that I appreciate your wisdom!

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  3. AnonymousJune 12, 2014

    I sit here teary-eyed at your lovely uncomplicated pictures and recipe of choco-coco mint bars. Wishing desperately that you had a restaurant so I could work there learning how to make such sophisticated foods...beautiful, simply beautiful

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  4. AnonymousJune 12, 2014

    I have made many of your decadent recipes and they have been absolutely amazing! Coconut is not at the top of my favorite list (coconut oil is), any suggestions on a replacement?

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  5. These look so tasty Emily! Love coconut anything!
    http://youtube.com/addalittlefood

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    1. AnonymousJune 12, 2014

      im home now thank you for your kind words, you really are a kind soul and brought light to me heart during a rough time- I emailed you today I hope you received it...Thank You

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  7. Your outlook on life is like summer sunbeams and fistfuls of cookie dough! I've been living away from home and family for almost two years now and still feel the transition pangs sometimes. Thank you for your sunshine!

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  8. SOOO I have a question about dates... it's hit and miss when I buy them sometimes they are really moist and blend well, other times I am left with chunks... do you soak yours or have tips for processing them so I don't have large chunks when I get a dry batch?

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  9. So beautiful and wise words - I feel close to it: time has no limits, it is not about finish point. We do not know what is going to be the in the next second and also in the next stage after our die. We live now, in present, but future is always in it - cause everything is flow. We can be now and now has no finish point. Chaotic words, sorry...just thank you for all your light!

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  10. What a lwonderful picture you paint with the words of your family and of what's going on around you. It felt like I was Peeking through one of your Windows looking at the time passing by your lives. I could even see all of the colours.
    Thank you for sharing !
    And this lovely recipe, oh boy! Have to make these today for My family.
    Sometimes I feel like you have a really old soul, cause you carrie around such a big wisdom, sounds like you have been living many lives before and have so much experience and now you share this with us. I love to "listen" to you.
    Now I wish you the most beautiful day and I wish your family big good luck with all the new beginnings.
    ❤️ Moni from Sweden

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  11. My Oma and Opa were just visiting too!!! :D

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  12. True, it's only just the beginning. Lately all I can think 'where is the time going?!' it just seems to be flying past. But you're right, it's only the beginning, and we should enjoy life every day. Lovely to hear you're going through exciting times! xoxo

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  13. What an amazing journey, eh? Life is just the best thing ever :-)

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  14. @Sandy Wessel - when they are not as gooey - soak them for 30-60 minutes before using :)

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  15. Just made this yum yum and too easy thanks for sharing all your wonderful creations. I just love your blog - you inspired me to do a liquid feast the other week and I found it very beneficial and more achievable than a juice cleanse ! I also made your vanilla cheesecake for my colleagues at work for our charity morning tea and they couldn't believe it was healthy ;-P soooo yummy lucky I made a few spare individual ones for myself haha thanks again

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  16. I really want to make this! When you say peppermint oil, do you have to buy a special culinary peppermint oil, or can you use peppermint essential oil that one would find in aromatherapy?

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  17. @Shauna Roloff - I like doTERRA brand :) They are edible! I suppose a small amount of aromatherapy ones would work? Best to get edible though.

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  18. Nice article, and perspectives meeting perception, or perhaps the natural beautiful insights the raw foods share with us delicious humans ;)

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  19. Would I be able to use shredded coconut instead of coconut flakes as I don't have any at the moment? :)

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  20. Your coffeecake would be a lovely way to start my day with a cup of tea.

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