Raw Chocolate Dessert Again. It tastes as good as it looks.
I use one special ingredient in the recipe this time: Coconut Manna.
It is a whole-food product, meaning it is 100% coconut with very little processing. The difference between this and coconut oil is that coconut oil is put through a cold expresser process to get the oil out. Both are fresh-harvest coconut
It’s that are dried, but the Manna is ground into a very fine powder right after drying. Then, they add some of their coconut oil. Manna is lower in calories than coconut oil. Nutiva Organic Coconut Manna contains 12% fiber and 9% protein, whereas coconut oil contains none.
You need to soften the product and mix thoroughly to truly appreciate the full spectrum of this amazing product. It must be softened by achieving a temperature above 76 degrees and then mixed thoroughly. If you live in a warm climate, you won’t have to worry about softening. To soften:
Run tap water to the very hottest setting, then fill a bowl and put the Manna container in the bowl for 10-15 minutes. You may need to replace the water several times to get the butter real soft. Boil water in a tea kettle and pour into a large bowl, placing the mana jar in the center. Allow it to soften.If you have a food dehydrator, open the lid of the Manna container and put it in the dehydrator on 105 degrees. After 15 minutes, stir the Manna, and then put back in for another 15 minutes, then mix well before serving.
You can find it at any health food store, Amazon.com, Whole Foods. By the way, Whole Foods has it on sale most of the times.
Raw Chocolate Almond Bars.
1 cup raw almonds
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1/3 cup cacao powder
1 cup dates
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
pinch sea salt
1. Put all ingredients in the blender and mix them together. Make the first layer of the bars, pressing your almond, chocolate dough into the form. Put in refrigerator while making toping. The bottom layer should be set up (but not completely hard) before adding the next layer.
2 cups of dried, unsweetened, raw coconut
2/3 cup coconut butter, or Coconut Manna
3 tablespoons raw maple syrup (or liquid sweetener of choice)
1. Place coconut in medium bowl.
2. Whisk coconut butter or manna, and agave. Pour over coconut and mix well.
3. Pat over first layer, top with chopped almonds and chocolate sauce( I mixed 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, with 1 tablespoon of cocoa and 1 teaspoon of maple syrup)
4. Refrigerate to set.