Carrot Chocolate Squares (yes, of course it’s raw)

P1070317Up to my eyeballs in carrot pulp. I love what carrots do for my skin – bright glow almost instantly. I made this raw carrot curry soup with lots of fresh tumeric and miso. It’s from “Everyday Raw Detox” by Matthew Kenney and Meredith Baird:

P1070304I cannot reproduce the recipe here but will say that this recipe is outstanding if you appreciate the full and beautiful violence of flavours as is contained when fresh tumeric and ginger root are used. When I use these roots it is because I am defending my body against potential ill health, not because of the flavour – well, this applies to tumeric. I love the taste of ginger as well as its burn. With tumeric, I just thank it without a smile on my face. Heart full of gratitude.

So…that left me with buckets of carrot pulp, out of which I made an exceptional “fish” dish as well as these carrot chocolate squares.

P1070326Enough babbling, here’s the recipe:

2 cups of carrot pulp

4 cups of oats

(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 honey/ 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 honey 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 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. 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.

Enjoy!

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Shake-Em-Up, Shake Em-Down Bars!

P1040369With 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. 

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These products are now available in Taiwan, not just Taipei, but throughout the island. Just when you thought living here, couldn’t get any better 🙂

Recipe:

2 cups oat flour (PS: if you don’t have a flour mill, just blend)

1/4 cup coconut oil

1/4 cup honey/ maple syrup

1/2 cup chopped almonds (see? just a constituent, not the base)

1/4 cup raw cacao nibs

1/4 cup chopped golden berries (amazing!)

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.

Chocolate Coating

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.

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Key ingredients

Taiwan distributors of raw, organic goods: https://www.facebook.com/WConceptInt