Easter is just around the corner which means its time to prepare for a weekend packed full of eating chocolate for breakfast and cutting everyone some slack about how many sweet treats they are able to consume in one sitting. Eating excessive chocolate is awesome, don’t get me wrong (!!) – but we must all be honest with how ill it can make us feel an hour after gorging on 27 easter eggs.
I wanted to create an Easter treat that would meet the chocolate-guzzlers and health freaks half way, and I’m pretty confident that this Raw Snickers Slice, crammed full of nuts, oozing with date caramel and confined between two hefty slabs of chocolate does just that. It is completely vegan & dairy-free if you substitute your preferred mylk and use dairy-free chocolate. So there you go, a decadent slice that is as good for you as it is for your taste buds!
280g dark chocolate
1/2 cup crushed almonds
1 cup dates
3/4 cup boiling water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1/2 cup ground almond
1/4 cup peanut butter
1-2 tablespoons milk or water
2 tablespoons sweetener (honey, maple syrup, coconut sugar)
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
- Melt dark chocolate with a teaspoon of coconut oil either on the stove or in a microwave, being careful not to let it burn. Pour 3/4 of the chocolate into the bottom of a loaf tin (this and leave in the freezer to set for 8-10 mins or until firm.
- To prepare the nougat layer, blend all ingredients in a food processor and set aside.
- For the caramel, pour boiling over the dates and let them sit for 2 minutes. Then blend in a food processor with the salt until a smooth paste is formed.
- Chop the almonds into halves or quarters.
- With the set layer of chocolate spread the nougat layer over it completely, then do the same with the caramel layer. Lastly add the almonds on top.
- Place the tin back in the freezer and leave to set for .
- Add the rest of the molten chocolate as the top layer and cut the slice into bars.* Decorate the top if desired – try frozen rasberries, activated buckwheat or coconut flakes!
- Place back in the freezer for 30 minutes to set the chocolate.
*when the slice is fully hardened the chocolate will crack easily, hence why I try to cut it before every layer is fully set