Spicy Chocolate Bars

Instead of fighting the chocolate craving – embrace it with a ‘guilt’ free, healthy (but you’d never know that!) option.

This quick and easy Chocolate Bar will satisfy the craving – so instead of trying to deny the chocolate monster, calm it! You’ll stay in control and then you won’t be grabbing for what ever you can get your hands on and be left feeling guilty.

Spicy Chocolate Bars
Nearly everyone enjoys chocolate, but commercially produced chocolate contains damaged fats and oils, which are no good for your fatty brain. You can easily enjoy healthy chocolate treats, if you make your own, being assured that they aren’t contributing to sluggish brain function!
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Ingredients
  1. 150 g melted, raw cacao butter
  2. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  3. 1½ teaspoons fresh ginger, grated finely
  4. 1½ teaspoons cinnamon powder
  5. ½ teaspoon finely grated fresh nutmeg
  6. 4 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  7. ¼ teaspoon sea salt flakes, coarsely crushed
  8. 1 cup macadamia nuts, processed into a ‘butter’
  9. 1 cup finely sliced dates
  10. 1 cup almonds, very coarsely chopped
Instructions
  1. Place an empty, flat, glass, baking dish in the freezer.
  2. Slowly melt the raw cacao butter over a very low heat, adding the vanilla, spices, cacao powder and sea salt when the butter becomes a liquid. Set aside.
  3. Process the macadamia nuts until they form a ‘butter’.
  4. Add the sliced dates and process again, until they are well combined with the macadamia ‘butter’.
  5. Add the almonds and pulse the mixture, keeping the almonds coarsely chopped.
  6. Pour the liquid and spice mixture over the ingredients in the mixing bowl and pulse until the mixture is well combined.
  7. Transfer the mixture to the cold baking dish and leave in the refrigerator for a couple of hours until set.
  8. Remove from the baking dish and cut into squares or triangles using a warm knife.
  9. Sprinkle with raw cacao powder and ground cinnamon and store leftovers in the refrigerator.
Notes
  1. After it’s been in the refrigerator for a few hours, it will have formed a thickish ‘slab’ and you can slice it up as you choose. Whatever the shape, they are tasty and nutrient dense. I add ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg, as they each provide specific health benefits, and also provide a nurturing and ‘warming’ flavor, another aspect of brain ‘nourishment.’
DIANA MILNES http://dianamilnes.com/

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