Ben’s Chocolate Seed Bars

Several people have asked me to post this recipe. I wanted particularly to mention Vikki from Ugly Apples who has asked on more than one occasion, so finally, its here! Yeay!!

These are my son’s favourite lunchbox treat, so I should perhaps have included it in my recent blog on healthy lunchbox ideas! They are easy to make, require no baking, and are really nutritious and filling.

Ingredients:

Base:

  • 1 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 3 tbsp. coconut oil
  • handful of raw cacao nibs (optional)
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup (optional – we don’t use it but you may prefer a sweeter taste)

Topping:

  • 1/2 cup raw cacao butter
  • 3 tbsp. raw cacao powder
  • 1 tbsp. maple syrup (this is less optional – it is extremely bitter without it!)

Instructions:

  1. Blitz together the desiccated coconut and seeds to make a powder.
  2. Gently melt the coconut oil in a glass bowl over a pan of hot water.
  3. Mix the powder with the coconut oil (plus the nibs and maple syrup if using).
  4. Spread the paste out into a brownie tin lined with grease-proof paper.
  5. Place in the fridge to harden while you make the topping.
  6. Gently melt the cacao butter in a glass bowl over a pan of hot water. This can take a good few minutes but be patient as avoiding the extra heat means you retain many of the nutrients present in the cacao butter.
  7. Add the cacao powder and maple syrup and mix well to make a lovely dark chocolate sauce!
  8. Pour the chocolate over the base and return to the fridge for half an hour to set.
  9. Cut into bars and store in the fridge in an air tight container.

 

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