In this recipe, layers of raspberry and coconut come together with a dark chocolate drizzle to create a dessert that's simply decadent. The bottom layer is a mix of creamed coconut, coconut oil, maple syrup, and desiccated coconut which creates a nice solid texture once set. The top layer has raspberries mixed in to create a contrasting color and flavor. The raspberries also give it a nice, sharp, and zesty taste, that's not too overpowering. Finally, it’s all topped with dark chocolate and rose petals, just perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Raw Coconut and Raspberry Bars [Vegan]

Calories

155

Serves

16

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Ingredients

For the Coconut Layer:

  • 1 cup creamed coconut/coconut butter
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • A pinch of pink Himalayan salt
  • 1 1/4 cup desiccated coconut

For the Raspberry Layer:

  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup

For the Assembly:

  • 1/4 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1.76 ounces dark chocolate
  • Dried rose petals, for garnish
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Preparation

  1. Line about 7-inch square dish with parchment paper.

To Make the Raspberry Layer:

  1. Place raspberries into a small pot with the lemon juice and maple syrup and simmer for about 5 minutes, until soft and mushy. Leave to cool down.

To Make the Coconut Layer:

  1. In a different, pot gently melt creamed coconut with coconut oil, stir in the maple syrup, vanilla, and a pinch of salt. Place the desiccated coconut into a bowl, pour the coconut mixture over, and mix well. Spoon 2/3 of a mixture into prepared dish and press down.

To Assemble:

  1. Add raspberry mix to the remaining 1/4 of a mixture together with the desiccated coconut for assembly, and mix well. Spoon on top of the white layer and smooth down.
  2. Place into a fridge for about an hour or freezer for about 30 minutes to set.
  3. In the meantime, gently melt chocolate in a double boiler and leave to cool.
  4. Once set remove from the fridge and with a sharp knife cut into 16 squares. Drizzle with melted chocolate all over and sprinkle with rose petals.
  5. Store in a fridge.
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Nutritional Information

Per Serving: Calories: 155 | Carbs: 9 g | Fat: 14 g | Protein: 1 g | Sodium: 7 mg | Sugar: 5 g Note: The information shown is based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.