I can’t even begin to explain how good these are.
I have made these for friends and family and not only did adults rave about it, but after a taste, a sweet 11 month old waved his arms at the dish calling “ahhhhhhh!!!!” which translates to: “More please… now!”
Now my three year old sees the baking dish (which is now completely devoted to these bars) and immediately says, “I want some please.” She doesn’t even check to see if it is empty… they just MUST be there!
It seems we can’t live without these chocolate bars anymore. Sometimes I call them raw vegan brownies. Either way they are heavenly.
The great thing is there is only good stuff in them, so they are healthy too!
There was only one ingredient that I wasn’t sure about: Coconut Manna. I just didn’t know if it was truly healthy or not. Then I found out something really interesting about Coconut Butter (I’m using Nutiva’s Coconut Manna as it’s my favorite) by Dr. Thomas Cowan:
“Another food worth mentioning is coconut butter, which should be started in the first month that the child is eating food. Coconut oil is nature’s richest source of Lauric acid, one of the predominant fats in human breast milk. This valuable fat helps protect the child against fungal and viral infections, thereby giving them a chance to build up their natural immunities.”
So I researched this Dr. Cowan to see his background, interests, creditibilty etc. Overall, I liked what I found. He is a a founding board member of the Weston A. Price Foundation™, which is based on Weston Price’s work. If you don’t know much about Weston Price, he studied the link between nutrition and physical health. You can read about his unbelievably important work on the Weston A. Price Foundation website. I highly recommend reading about his work as it is so crucial to solving many of the health issues that are happening in our world today. There is lots of information about healing tooth decay naturally.
Back to the bars…
I can’t go long without thinking about them.
I took these on vacation to visit my family in Florida and they loved them! We ate them regularly for dessert. Or snack. Or even as part of breakfast…
I was inspired by this recipe off of Elana’s Pantry. It is a good recipe, but I found those bars were very crumbly and difficult to eat. They tasted good, but not “I want to eat the entire dish NOW because it is that good” kind of good. So I improvised, and after several versions, this one is my favorite.
Raw Vegan Chocolate Bars
- 1 cup organic hemp seeds (you can substitute with soaked and blanched almonds if you must)
- 1/2 cup organic golden flaxmeal
- 1/2 cup organic currants
- 1/2 cup organic Coconut Manna (Nutiva’s brand is sooo good)
- 2-3 Tablespoons of organic almond butter (you can substitute your favorite nut or seed butter)
- 2 Tablespoons of organic Coconut Oil
- 1 organic date, pitted (optional, but makes it hold together better)
- 1 1/2 cups organic dried coconut flakes
- 1 Tablespoon organic cocoa powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon Sunrider’s Sunectar (Stevia) – or you can substitute with 1 tsp of maple syrup or honey
- Food Processor
- Square 8×8 glass baking dish
- Spoon and measuring cups/spoons
- Place all ingredients into food processor.
- Turn on until well mixed and starting to stick together (about 2-3 minutes).
- Spread out evenly into baking dish and pat down well with a spoon. Score them in squares now so they are easier to cut later.
- Place in fridge 1 hour. (Longer if you are in a warmer climate)
- Cut into squares and enjoy!