Before I went off gluten, chocolate bars were my little indulgent treat. Probably not very healthy treat, but nonetheless! Chocolate log, snickers, TV bar, Inside Story, Lunch bar were my favorite to name a few! Going off gluten probably saved me from diabetes in the long run! All that refined sugar I was eating was not healthy. Going off gluten definitely made me more aware of what I was putting into my body and my outlook on food choices changed drastically. That is not to say I don’t eat anything with refined sugar in it, but the times I do are very few and far between now.
Now I opt for healthier treats that still taste delicious. Like my chocolate peanut bars! Made with only 5 ingredients and no refined sugar, they are not only healthy, but super delicious too. In fact, they could quite easily pass as an ice-cream bar as you eat them straight out the fridge! These bars are dairy free and vegan too. I use dairy free chocolate and they can easily be made sugar free too just by opting for a sugar free chocolate.
These yummy bars contain: coconut cream, coconut flour, peanut butter, dates and dark chocolate. That is it!
We start off with the “nougat” layer which is made with the coconut flour, cream and peanut butter. This is pressed into a dish and placed into the freezer. The “caramel” layer is made up of dates that are simply steeped in boiling water to soften them and then blitzed into a paste. The paste is then spread on top of the coconut layer. The dates make them gooey and sweet, almost like a caramel layer. Raw peanuts (unsalted) are then pressed into the date layer. It then goes back into the freezer to set.
The final layer is chocolate. Melt some chocolate, add a bit of coconut oil to thin it out. The slab is then removed from the freezer and cut into bars and then each bar is dipped into the warm chocolate and placed on a sheet of baking paper to set and harden.
These chocolates are perfect for a summer treat as they are best eaten cold. Store them in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or freeze them on day of making/purchase.
The recipe for these yummy chocolate treats is in my new recipe booklet which you can purchase from me. I accept paypal and can do international shipping. Within South Africa, I use Aramex courier. Order Here.