Do yourself a favour this week and throw together these amazingly good little chocolate treats that taste just as good with a cup of tea/coffee or as a movie snack. They also fit most diets since they are vegan, gluten free, dairy free, egg free and they can also be made nut free. And obviously based on natural and healthy ingredients as usual. But most importantly, of course, is that they taste really good!
What I think is so great with this sort of treats is that you don't need to follow the measurements and ingredients in the recipe precisely. No pumpkin seeds at home? Replace them with sunflower seeds, almonds or walnuts. No shredded coconut? Replace it with some extra nuts or seeds. The chocolate coating is practically a very simple home-made raw chocolate which can also be used to make raw chocolate bars or pralines. This chocolate is partly sweetened partly with lacuma powder. Lucuma is a South American fruit with a sweet and slightly caramel-y taste, but with a low GI value which means that it doesn't raise the blood sugar as much as regular sugar. The lucuma in this recipe can absolutely be omitted if desired though, and replaced with a small amount of extra syrup.
12 small squares
1 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup shredded coconut
1 1/4 cup fresh/soft dates (pitted)
1/4 cup raw cacao or regular cocoa
2 tsp pure vanilla powder
Pinch of salt
1 tbsp peanut or almond butter
50 g raw cacao butter
3 tbsp raw cacao or regular cocoa
1 tsp coconut syrup or maple syrup
1 tbsp lacuma (or replace with 1 extra teaspoon of syrup)
1. Begin with blending together all the ingredients for the base in a food processor. Press out the dough in a bread pan, either in silicone or a regular bread pan covered with parchment paper. Put in the freezer.
2. Melt the cacao butter slowly over a water bath. Then pour it into a bowl and add the remaining ingredients for the chocolate coating. Mix well with a spoon so that no lumps remain.
3. Remove the chocolate base from the freezer and cover it with the chocolate coating. Put it in the fridge to harden for a while. Cut the cake into 12 pieces which then can be stored in the fridge or freezer.