Something wild happened in my kitchen today: This drink!!! I hate punctuation. I think it takes away from the pure expression of things but my word, this drink breaks the rules. The flavours are unexpected and shouldn’t really work at all, but they rock your palate out like nobody’s business.
With ingredients of cacao nibs, golden berries and raw chocolate, these bars will make you want to shake-em-up and shake-em-down! I’ve not tried cacao nibs before this and after trying it, immediately thought “This shouldn’t be legal!” The energy you get from nibs is instant and sustaining. Plus, they’re super healthy for you.
There’s lots of recipes online for raw chocolate bars, power bars, snack bars, but they have too much nuts and too many power foods. Also, my constitution wants less nut protein as it bogs me down. This recipe happened in 15 minutes in my kitchen without any thought. Those are the best. It also follows the dictum, “less is more” and boy, oh boy, SO much more.
2 cups oat flour (PS: if you don’t have a flour mill, just blend)
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup honey/ maple syrup
1/2 cup chopped almonds (see? just a constituent, not the base)
Mix everything in a bowl until you have a dough. Taste. If you need more of anything listed above, add it. If it’s too dry, add more oil.
Once you have your dough ready,press it into a container using the base of your palm. Flatten with a spatula. I used my oven tray, lined with parchment/ aluminum/ plastic wrap. Let it set for a few hours in the fridge, then take it out, and cut into bars.
Since raw cacao butter is not yet available in Taiwan, make a simple ganache dipping as follows:
1/4 cup coconut oil (GOOD fat!)
1/4 cup honey
1/2 – 1 cup of raw cacao powder (this is available in Taiwan and please don’t cut corners, get this. It’s good.)
Whisk all three together in a bowl, dunk the bars in, let the excess chocolate drip off, lay on parchment paper on a plate or tray and chill. Once set, transfer to a tupperware container and store in the fridge.
Note, ganache is less stable than chocolate made from butter so the bars will melt if left out at room temp.