1/2 – 1 cup of raisins/ cranberries/ golden berries (bear in mind what your palate wants)
1/2 – 1 cup of dessicated coconut
1 cup of date paste (blend 2 cups dates with 1/4 – 1/2 cup water until it becomes a paste)
2 tbls coconut oil, melted
1/2 cup raw cacao powder
Give it a good mixing by hand then form into balls or line a glass container with plastic and press the mass neatly and evenly into the container, evening out the edges. If the mass is too dry, add more date paste or coconut oil. Cover and refrigerate.
1/2 cup raw cacao butter, melted
1 cup of raw cacao powder
1/4 – 1/2 cup honey/ maple (start slow, you don’t want a sugar overkill)
Whisk all three together the slowly pour over the mass that is pressed well into your glass container. Set in the fridge for a few hours or the freezer for 10 minutes. As you can see, the truffles are not covered with chocolate but if you want to, using a fork, dip the truffles into the chocolate and then set in the fridge again.
(or 3 cups of oats and 1 cup of flaked almond/ chopped almonds/ almond powder)
2 cups of date paste (soak dates in hot water then blend till pastey)
1 cup of raisins
1 cup of cacao nibs
1/2 cup of maple (taste after you add, you may like it sweeter)
2 tsp of cinnamon
1 tsp of clove powder
2 tsp of ginger powder
I suggest doing the mixing by hand as it gives you more differentiated texture. Chuck your date paste and maple in with the pulp, oats, almonds, cacao nibs and raisins as well as spices and plough that mother down until you have a dough. Press it into a lined over tray then refrigerate. A few hours should do the trick.
Make a quick raw ganache:
1/4 cup melted virgin coconut oil (GOOD fat!)
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/2 – 1 cup of raw cacao powder (this is available in Taiwan and please don’t cut corners, get this. Hershey’s is NOT raw!)
Whisk all three together, pour the ganache over then set in the fridge once again. The cut, remove from the oven tray onto a board and slice into squares.
If you tend to juice regularly, get the most out of your juicing experience and upcycle all that fabulous pulp. You get a healthy dose of phytonutrients and enzymes in the juice then a good dose of fibre and a satisfying and healthy snack to boot. The look of these snack balls above remind me of the Indian dessert – ladoo. Here’s a pic:
Whereas the Indian ladoo is made from chickpea flour, tons of ghee and sugar, mine are made from raw carrot pulp, coconut oil and oat flour. You can add cardamom for a hit of nostalgia (if you have eaten and loved the Indian version before.
1 cup of ground oats (or whole, as you wish)/1杯燕麥粉 (或全燕麥，隨意)
1 cup of dessicated coconut/1杯椰子絲
1/4 cup coconut oi/ 1/4 椰子油
1/2 cup maple/ 1/2 杯子楓糖
1 cup of raisins/1 杯葡萄乾
1 tsp cardomam powder/ 1茶匙荳蔻
chuck in some flaked almonds and cardamom if you wish/您也可以灑上杏仁片和豆蔻，看您口味
Using your hands, mix everything up well. Form into balls, and set in the fridge. They are very filling so don’t eat them to close to meal times. Good to have when you’re on the run. I’m also guessing these would be nice gifts for your friends 🙂
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.