These are a great little treat and healthy too. If you like After Eight than you are going to love these. You do have to keep them in the fridge because the Chocolate top melts very quickly. You can have these any time of day, with a cup of tea or even serve them as a dessert. No bad Cholesterol or nasty sugar in these little gems, so enjoy a Peppermint slice (or two) completely guilt free.
1 C. Dates – soaked in warm water for 10 minutes if they are very dry
1 C. Almonds
1/2 C. Oats
2 tbsp cacao
1 Tbsp. Chia seeds
1 – 2 Tbsp. coconut oil
To make the base, soak the dates if necessary then cut in half and remove the stones. Put all the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until you have a crumbly consistency that, when you press between two fingers should stick together. Add a drop of water if necessary.
Line a round 8″ tin with baking paper or a square tin, whatever you have at hand.
Press the base in to the tin, pressing really hard so it forms a good base. Put in the fridge while you make the Peppermint layer.
Ingredients Peppermint layer;
2 C. Cashews soaked overnight, drained and dried
2 tsp. Hemp powder
2 tsp. Green vegetable powder
1/2 C. Spinach leafs
1 1/2 tsp. Peppermint extract
4 tbsp. Xylitol or Agave
2 ( or 3) tbsp. Coconut Oil
Place the cashew nuts and coconut oil in a blender and blend until smooth. You may have to stop and press the mixture down a few times. But once it gets going it will get smooth. Now add the rest of the ingredients. Taste for sweetness and add more if you like. If the mass is to solid add a little more Coconut oil. Spread this mixture over the base. Put it in the freezer so it get nice and cold for the chocolate layer. The cooler the Peppermint base the quicker the Chocolate will set.
Ingredients Chocolate layer;
1/2 C. Raw Cocoa powder
1/2 C. Coconut Oil, soft
1/2 C. Agave
Mix all the ingredients in a bowl. Pour over the Peppermint layer and put it in the fridge until ready to serve.
Cut into squares when ready to serve and decorate with flowers or chocolate shavings.
NOTE: I have decorated some with green shredded Coconut. I add a teaspoon of green vegetable powder to the shredded coconut in a bowl and add a drop or two of water. Mix thoroughly and let dry before putting in a container. You can do the same for pink Coconut shreds, using Dragon fruit powder or other fruit powders.