19 Jun 2015

RAW VEGAN MYLK CHOCOLATE BARS


HOLY CRAP YUMMMMM. So these actually taste like the candy bars I used to greedily inhale when I was a kid. Sweet, creamy decadence in the shape we have come to recognize as holy: the chocolate bar. When you think about it, there is nothing intrinsically appealing about chocolate; it's brown, solid and sold in unnatural brick or chip forms. But why we love it is because we've got brains that allow us to remember good experiences, like eating a sugar-dense meal (chocolate bars).


It's a good memory because all our cells run on carbs, and sugar is fuuuull of 'em. So we have this awesome time eating super sweet chocolate, and from then on whenever we see it, we know what it is beyond it's unassuming and kinda drab - unless you're crazy about earth tones - appearance. Anyways, evolution ramble over. These were a random creation because Jack wanted chocolate this morning and since I am the best life partner ever I threw some stuff in the Blendtec mini twister jar (I love the thing) and magically mylk chocolate bars came out. There's not even any vegan mylk involved in this recipe but no one ever said this blog was based on logic or consistency. So the ingredient amounts listed are not exact, since I wasn't keeping track while I tossed stuff in the blender. In any case though, taste as you go and the result is gonna be THE BOMB DOT COM. This is not the healthiest recipe I've ever posted - although it's still raw, vegan and gluten-free - but when you want to satisfy that sweet tooth craving and miss the chocolate bars you used to get from the corner store after school and not tell your mom about (a lot of people did that, right?), you've found the right recipe. Also, if you're just starting to get into healthy living or vegan treats, this is a wise one to try because it's gonna make everyone flip out in a good way. Let's chocolate. I did just use chocolate as a verb and I'm okay with it.


RAW VEGAN MYLK CHOCOLATE BARS
Makes two bars but they are VERY decadent so you only need a few bites at a time

3 tablespoons coconut sugar
2-3 tablespoon hazelnut butter (ideally from Prana Bio cuz it's like Nutella)
2 tablespoons cacao powder (I used this though)
Pinch of Himalayan salt
1/4 teaspoon chopped vanilla bean (or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract)
2 tablespoons coconut oil 
A few dates if you want there to be chewy middle (you do) 

Blend everything - except the dates - together until smooth and liquid. Taste it: it should be unreal. Then pour into chocolate bar molds or whatever shape you fancy, dump in a date to create a chewy centre, let them get hard in the fridge, and then eat. YUSSS. Jack and I decorated ours with pomegranate and pumpkin seeds. Plus figs. Oh and I put some peanuts in Jack's, he loved that.

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19 comments:

Jerk Johnson said...

~ Well, consider me totally inspired! This fabulous looking snack will be created in our Gabriola Island kitchen tonight. Thank you so much!

Ron
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Anna said...

looks amazing and I think that the figs and pomegranate combine perfectly with chocolate!! so yummyy

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Tamanique @ The Maximalist! said...

Yum girl, those look amazing, and I love that you've thrown a little hazelnut butter in there. Maybe I'll try them with pumpkin seed butter! It's my new favourite, and soooo decadent.

Om Nom Herbivore said...

Sounds delicious!! Your photography is always so beautiful!

-KJ
@omnomherbivore

June Burns said...

Finally someone agrees with me!!! On the fact that chocolate isn't exactly that pretty in its ordinary form...you know, brown and brick-shaped. But all the best-tasting things in life look funny. Like nutella. Or peanut butter. Yah.

These chocolate bars look amazing, and I just love your photography! P.s. finally picked up Rawsome Vegan Baking, I am super pumped to try like everything in there. :)))

Ana's Rocket Ship said...

Wow.... it's like.... an actual chocolate bar!

Cassie said...

These are so cute!

Steph said...

I'm eating one of these right now and OMG. I used almond, Brazil and cashew spread and upped the amount of salt, and just mixed it all together in a bowl, then set them in paper muffin cases. Delicious.

Oliver Gilbert said...

great recipe, thanks so much for sharing!
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Christine (The Raw Project) said...

Agreed these look absolutely amazing, just wow! Gorgeous pics!

Sarah | Well and Full said...

Your photographs keep getting better and better, Emily! I've been loving seeing your work progress. You're such a huge inspiration! :)

Blue Earth Grrl said...

Ain't nothin' like chocolate to celebrate surviving my exams, or just to feel good,.....or cheer you up when you don't feel so good. Damn, chocolate doesn't need a reason, it is good for everything!

Blue Earth Grrl said...

Chocolate is just the thing to celebrate surviving my exams, or just to celebrate feeling good.....or cheer me up when I don't feel so good. Dang, chocolate doesn't need a reason, it's good for everything!

Rebecca said...

Hi, I'm new to the vegan/raw diet scene (am doing it mainly to lose weight) and have an honest question - please don't be offended cause you look great - but how can you eat the way you do, work out the way you do, and not be like, 2 pounds? I thought a raw diet would be the key to losing the weight but now I'm confused and wondering if it's worth it?

Margaret @ Veggie Primer said...

I'm enjoying the chocolate theme of your last several posts! I never considered making my own chocolate - but you have inspired me. I'll be sure to share the results!

Sarah | Well and Full said...

These photos are stunning, Emily! Love everything about this

Laura Black said...

Hey Emily! I've been seeing your lovely smile a lot lately!! :) I've been following One Green Planet and a lot of the raw recipes that inspire me are by You!!! How wonderful. And these candy bars look sensational. I just bought some great easy pop out candy molds and I would love to try this recipe using the molds. I'm always so motivated to create when I see your recipes. Thanks!

Susanne said...

Waauww.. beautiful photos!!

Anonymous said...

Hey Emily, so I just made these and they tasted deeeeeelicious, BUT the sugar never dissolved? It was pretty grainy no matter how much the mixture got blended, and the granules stayed crunchy after it was refrigerated.

Any ideas on how to make sure the sugar dissolves to get a creamy texture? Merci! :)