This recipe is sure to please the fussiest crowds or people who think plant based food is tasteless. This recipe just shows how you can be daring with your cooking and improvise. The result is a scrumptious dessert with a whole range of health benefits: improved digestion, more sustained energy, a feeling of lightness and wellness.
And you don’t have to compromise on taste because the recipe uses wholesome, high quality, unprocessed ingredients! Plus some of them are Fairtrade so we are all doing our bit to help farmers in developing countries.
- 1 cup almonds
- 1/2 cup walnuts
- 2 cups pitted dates
- 1 cup water/ Redbush tea – freshly made
- 3 tbsp raw cacao or Dutch Processed cocoa (I used Cadbury’s Bournville cocoa- Fairtrade)
- 1 tsp coconut oil (I used Tiana- Raw, Fairtrade)
- 1 tsp higher quality cinnamon (the best place to get this in St Andrews is the Health Foods Shop)
- Soak the dates in water or Redbush tea: place the them in a bowl and cover with the liquid. You may not need to use the whole cup. If you are using the warm tea, the dates will be softened in a few minutes. If you are using water just allow them to soak a little longer. This also depends on the type of dates you have.
- Place the nuts in a food processor and blend them until they have a floury texture, with a few chunkier bits. Add the coconut oil and blend a little more until the oil is mixed in.
- Add the dates, cinnamon and cocoa powder. Now blend intermittently until everything is mixed and you get a chunky, pasty mixture. You may need to scrape the bowl with a spoon.
- Take a sheet of baking paper and place the mixture onto it. Press the mixture into a square about 1cm thick. Wrap the square in the baking paper and place it in the fridge. Once it is cool enough and firm, take it out of the fridge and cut into smaller squares.