Choco Mint Almond Bars

Choco Mint Almond Bars

Healthy Delicious Snack

Here is a decadent snack which I brought out at a dinner party the other night, which was loved by all.  It’s a delicious healthy snack which can stay in the freezer and be enjoyed as a special treat.  The average scoop of ice-cream has 13 tsp of white sugar in it.  This one you can enjoy guilt free nourishing your body with calcium with almonds,  antioxidants and magnesium from cacao and protein from maca, an amazing superfood.

 

Almond layer:

1 cup almonds

1 cup raisins 

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pinch of Himalayan crystal salt 

 

Coconut mint layer:

2 tablespoons melted coconut oil

Natural Peppermint flavouring extract (Queen brand)

1/8 teaspoon stevia (optional) 

 

Chocolate layer:

2 tablespoons melted cacao butter or coconut oil

2 tablespoons cacao powder

1 tablespoon maca powder (optional)

1 tablespoon rice malt syrup or maple syrup

To make the almond layer: pulse the nuts in a food processor until they are crumbs. Add the rest of the ingredients and process until it all sticks together. Press into the bottom of a lined bread pan. Put in the freezer.

To make the coconut mint layer: whisk together the ingredients and then allow the coconut oil to resolidify a little bit, so you can spread it onto your almond layer. Do that. Put back in the freezer until it is totally solid.

To make the chocolate layer: whisk together all the ingredients until smooth. Pour on top of the solid coconut mint layer and put back in the freezer (or fridge) until it has hardened. Cut and serve! These will keep for weeks in the fridge.

(Recipe can be found at thisrawsomeveganlife.com)

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Maca Powder 

 

What is maca?
Maca is an amazing superfood which is native to Peru.  It is abundant in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants containing similar substances to herbs such as green tea and Echinacea.  It was traditionally used to enhance strength and stamina and is a powerful adaptogen, meaning it helps to buffer the body against the physiological impact of stress.  Maca is also used to balance hormone function.  Maca powder can easily be added to smoothies and baked foods to enhance their nutrient value.

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