This super quick and easy raw vegan chocolate slice is very nutritious and definitely satisfies the strongest chocolate craving. They are gluten and dairy free – a bit of a change from the dried fruit, high sugar energy balls or bars about. I think they are so delicious – a bit of a cross between a coconut rough and chocolate crackle. There’s something distinctly nostalgic about these beauties.
Makes 15 – 20 squares
Why are they so good?
The almond meal offers good fats and mood elevating amino acids and minerals. The cacao adds antioxidants and the chia seeds, more protein, and omega 3 fatty acids. The coconut oil, for all the wonderful reasons I’ve outlined here and here!
100 gram (1 cup) almond meal
80 gram ( ¼ cup) sweetener (either rice malt syrup or maple syrup, the more you use the sweeter they are)
50 grams (1 cup) shredded coconut
100 grams ( ½ cup) raw extra virgin coconut oil
20 grams ( ¼ cup) chia seeds (optional)
2o gram (or 2 heaped tablespoons) of cacao powder (or more for a richer dark chocolate)
1 tablespoon vanilla bean powder or paste
1 tablespoon cacao nibs
1 good pinch of sea salt – I quite like a sweet and salty taste
Add a few drops of peppermint essence for a delicious mint chocolate flavour.
Use hazelnut meal for a chocolate hazelnut slice.
Choose rice malt syrup as your sweetener.
I used 200 gram of roasted hazelnut meal (hazelnuts roasted or dehydrated, skins rubbed off and then ground to a meal), to replace the almond meal and I increased the coconut to 100 grams. Roll into balls. Mix 1 tablespoon of cacao powder with 3 tablespoons of desiccated coconut and coat each ball. Set in the fridge or freezer. Makes approx. 30 truffles (if you can stop yourself eating the mix). These remind me of Cadbury Roast Hazelnut Chocolate.
These must be kept chilled or they will melt on a warm day. I often double this recipe to make a bigger batch (trust me, you’ll be wanting more)!
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Note the feature image (top of the page), I have used much more cacao hence the darker chocolate slice. Taste it as you make it and adjust as desired.