When discovered my secretly- ‘good’ -for-you version of caramel slice I was a little bit excited. Healthy AND yum. So I experimented some more, with inspiration from Ascension Kitchen once again (Where I discovered the raw caramel slice) and before you knew it, my own version of a raw peppermint slice was complete.
I made this a couple of weeks back, but because I am started up uni again, I haven’t had time to sit down and upload some more recipes. So i’m just doing it now! 🙂
I’d say this is quite a rich slice, very minty, but a good balance with the chocolate topping. It’s smooth and creamy, with the cashew filling, and has nice crumbly base that is to die for. Except you won’t die from this slice, not from a heart attack anyway, as this is another awesomely healthy slice. om nom nom.
Peppermint Slice (The healthy version)
(Adapted experimentally from: Ascension Kitchen’s Raw Chocolate Peppermint Slice)
1/2 cup white flour (or another substitute of your choice, just make it up!!)
1/4 cup cocoa
1 cup cashews (or other nuts)
20 dates (less probably if using medjool date- they’re a bit juicier)
3 tablespoons coconut oil
1/4 cup desiccated coconut
1/4 cup oats
1 tsp vanilla extract
MINT CASHEW CREAM FILLING
1 cup of cashew (soaked overnight in water- put in covered bowl in fridge)
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste/extract
Peppermint extract/flavouring, to taste
CHOCOLATE TOPPING (same as the caramel slice!)
1/2 cup maple syrup (or other)
2/3 cup coconut butter, melted
4 tablespoons of cocoa
Vanilla, to taste
For the crust: Place dry ingredients into a food processor and blend until floury and combined. Add in coconut butter and vanilla and blend to combine also. Finally, gradually add in dates and process again in the food processor. Stop and test the base- it should be okay when it looks like it has come together to form a crumble like consistency, but sticks together at the touch.
Press into a lined slice tin and refrigerate/freeze until firm.
For the filling: place all ingredients into the food processor or use a hand held stick blender and blend until smooth. Pour onto base and set in fridge/freezer as with base.
For the topping: Again! all in a food processor or blend with a stick blender until just smooth. Spread onto refrigerated slice and set.
Store in the fridge and cut into squares to enjoy.
There you go! Another healthy twist on a yummy slice!
Eat, share and enjoy,