If you’ve never tried making raw vegan chocolate before, you are really missing out! It’s super simple to prepare, it’s high in minerals such as magnesium and iron, and it’s so delicious. I’m going to mix the chocolate with a selection of my favorite nuts today, but you can use this chocolate recipe for any dessert that asks for chocolate!

Chocolate Covered Nut Bars [Vegan, Raw, Gluten-Free]

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Ingredients

Chocolate Sauce:
  • 1 cup of coconut oil (or cacao butter)
  • 1 ½ cup of maple syrup (or coconut nectar, date syrup…)
  • 1 cup of cacao powder, unsweetened
  • 2 tablespoons of cacao nibs, finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch of Himalayan crystal salt or sea salt
Bars:
  • 3 cups of nuts of your choice: pecans, walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, macadamia nuts, cashews…
Some ideas for toppings:
  •  Citrus zest: lime, orange, mandarin…
  • Dried fruit: goji berries, mulberries, raisins, shredded coconut…
  • Superfoods: spirulina, maca, lucuma…
  • Green tea, ground into powder
  • Coffee beans, ground into powder
  • Ginger, minced
  • Fleur de sel
  • Chili powder or flakes
  • Dried lavender flowers
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Preparation

Chocolate Sauce:
  1.  Melt your coconut oil on low to medium heat until it is liquid.
  2. Add the coconut oil to your blender together with the sweetener. Mix for 5 to 10 seconds, until well combined.
  3. Gradually add the cacao powder while your blender is running on low. Make sure there aren’t any clumps of cacao powder left in the mixture.
  4. Add cacao nibs, vanilla extract and salt. Mix well.
Bars:
  1.  Line your oven dish with baking paper. You could use chocolate molds too.
  2. Put your selection of nuts in the oven dish and pour the chocolate sauce on top of the nuts.
  3. Garnish your chocolate bars to taste. I added cacao nibs, goji berries, maca powder and lime zest.
  4. Put your oven dish or chocolate molds in the freezer for at least 20 minutes until your chocolate has hardened.

Notes

If possible, it is best to soak & dehydrate these nuts to remove the enzyme inhibitors and make them easier to digest. These Chocolate Covered Nut Bars will stay fresh for at least 1 month in an airtight glass container in the refrigerator (if they last that long…). You could store them in the freezer too.

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