These free-from chocolate bars look absolutely incredible! Give them a go for a sweet vegan chocolate treat…
By Emily of This Rawsome Vegan Life.
HOLY CRAP YUMMMMM. So these actually taste like the candy bars I used to greedily inhale when I was a kid. Sweet, creamy decadence in the shape we have come to recognize as holy: the chocolate bar. When you think about it, there is nothing intrinsically appealing about chocolate; it’s brown, solid and sold in unnatural brick or chip forms. But why we love it is because we’ve got brains that allow us to remember good experiences, like eating a sugar-dense meal (chocolate bars).
It’s a good memory because all our cells run on carbs, and sugar is fuuuull of ’em. So we have this awesome time eating super sweet chocolate, and from then on whenever we see it, we know what it is beyond it’s unassuming and kinda drab – unless you’re crazy about earth tones – appearance. Anyways, evolution ramble over. These were a random creation because Jack wanted chocolate this morning and since I am the best life partner ever I threw some stuff in the Blendtec mini twister jar (I love the thing) and magically mylk chocolate bars came out. There’s not even any vegan mylk involved in this recipe but no one ever said this blog was based on logic or consistency. So the ingredient amounts listed are not exact, since I wasn’t keeping track while I tossed stuff in the blender. In any case though, taste as you go and the result is gonna be THE BOMB DOT COM. This is not the healthiest recipe I’ve ever posted – although it’s still raw, vegan and gluten-free – but when you want to satisfy that sweet tooth craving and miss the chocolate bars you used to get from the corner store after school and not tell your mom about (a lot of people did that, right?), you’ve found the right recipe. Also, if you’re just starting to get into healthy living or vegan treats, this is a wise one to try because it’s gonna make everyone flip out in a good way. Let’s chocolate. I did just use chocolate as a verb and I’m okay with it.
This recipe is refined sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and vegan.
Ingredients | Makes two (very decadent) bars
- 3 tablespoons coconut sugar
- 2-3 tablespoon hazelnut butter (ideally from Prana Bio cuz it’s like Nutella)
- 2 tablespoons cacao powder (I used this though)
- Pinch of Himalayan salt
- 1/4 teaspoon chopped vanilla bean (or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract)
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- A few dates if you want there to be chewy middle (you do)
- Blend everything – except the dates – together until smooth and liquid.
- Taste it: it should be unreal.
- Then pour into chocolate bar moulds or whatever shape you fancy.
- Dump in a date to create a chewy centre.
- Let them get hard in the fridge, and then eat. YUSSS.
Jack and I decorated ours with pomegranate and pumpkin seeds. Plus figs. Oh and I put some peanuts in Jack’s, he loved that.
About the author: Emily is a vegan, plant-based foodie blogger over at Rawsome Vegan Life, documenting her inventive recipes as she experiments with raw foods. She believes in eating for happiness, and eating what you want.