Chocolate Maple Date Squares

These Chocolate Maple Date Squares are topped with coconut and strawberry maple sauce drizzled with raw melted chocolate. They’re lightly spiced with fresh ginger juice and turmeric powder just to add an extra handful of health; and with the strawberry sauce they simply spring to life, in colour, taste and everything! 

Chocolate Maple Date Squares

This maple date recipe is from Mira Manek.

Refined sugar-free, dairy-free

Makes around 10 pieces

Ingredients:

Base
40g cashews
100g dates
1 teaspoon flaxseed oil
¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
2 teaspoons cacao powder
½ teaspoon ginger powder
1 teaspoon ginger juice
15g cacao butter

Coconut topping
60g coconut flakes
2 tablespoons maple syrup

Strawberry maple compote
2 large strawberries
2 tablespoons water
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon coconut flakes

15g raw chocolate

Method:

1. Start by blending the cashews so that it becomes a fine powder. This should take less than a minute in a high-speed blender.

2. Put the dates, cashew nut powder and the rest of the ingredients in a pan and stir on low heat until all the dates are melted and it becomes one thick consistency (5 minutes).

3. Roll or press out evenly on a plate or any surface and while this cools down, mix the two ingredients for the coconut topping in a small bowl. You can spread this topping on the base layer evenly and put in the fridge while you make the strawberry maple compote. For this, chop the strawberries into small pieces and warm in a pan, add in the maple syrup and water, and a few minutes later, add the coconut flakes.

4. For the chocolate sauce, I used Ombar Coco chocolate, which is sweetened with coconut sugar. You only need 15g of chocolate – melt it by placing in a small bowl and immersing the bowl in a pot of boiling hot water. If it isn’t liquidy enough to pour over, add a few drops of coconut oil.

5. Take the macaroon cake out of the fridge and cut into square pieces.

6. Pour the strawberry sauce and melted chocolate and serve.

bedu9EhBAbout the author: Mira Manek is a journalist and writer with a passion for health and wellbeing. Her book Green Daal Stories focuses on adapting some of her family’s Gujarati vegetarian dishes, to ensure they are nutritious, low in carbohydrates and high in protein. For more recipes and info on the release of Mira’s book go to: www.miramanek.com or @miramanek on Twitter.

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