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From when I began primary school to when I finished high school, I was obsessed with these Chocolate Coconut Slices that the canteen used to sell. The slice was sweet, moist yet crumbly, and scrumptiously chocolatey and coconutty. My friends and I used to eat them at recess while we were playing handball or ‘1, 2, 3 home’ — such fond memories!
Now 23 years old, I still think about that Chocolate Slice. But gone are the days where I want to eat treats full of refined sugar + flour, milk and butter every day of the week. But that doesn’t mean I shouldn’t be able to enjoy one of my favourite childhood desserts, does it?
So here they are: my healthified Chocolate Coconut Slice.
Moist yet perfectly crumbly, and full of chocolatey, coconutty goodness — made with wholesome + nutritious ingredients, no refined sugar, no gluten, no dairy products, and no baking.
This Raw Chocolate Coconut Slice is so easy to make, perfect as a snack to curb those 3pm sugar cravings, and gives you long-lasting energy. Simply keep them in the fridge for up to a week, or freeze them so you always have a healthy treat to snack on.
Raw Chocolate Coconut Slice
Makes 8 slices
8 dried dates, soaked in water for 30 minutes
2 tbsp water from soaking the dates (or 2 tbsp liquid sweetener, depending on sweetness desired)
1/2 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup raw buckwheat groats
1/4 cup nut butter of choice
2 tbsp cacao powder
2 tbsp desiccated coconut for topping
Start by lining a 20cm X 10cm tupperware container with baking paper and put aside.
Place the shredded coconut and buckwheat groats in a food processor, and blend until they form a course flour.
Add the soaked dates, nut butter, cacao powder and sweetener/date water, and process until you’ve got a crumbly mixture that sticks together if you squeeze it in your hand.
Transfer the mixture to the lined container. Firmly and evenly press the mixture with the back of a spoon.
Sprinkle the desiccated coconut on top and press it down slightly with the back of the spoon.