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your all time favourite recipe since my blog began..........
My gluten, dairy and sugar free chocolate bar that takes minutes to make.
As with many of my favourite recipes, this one came about by accident. I had run out of cacao paste and powder and wanted to make some smooth dark chocolate. I only had cacao nibs which are hard and crunchy and did not blend down in the food processor to a fine powder as I'd hoped.
It is in fact the crunchy texture of the nibs that absolutely makes these delicious bars, along with the combination of the soft, chewy fruit. The best bit is how easy they are to make. Now you have no excuses to run to the shops for a chocolate bar as these delicious bars could be made and ready to eat in the time it could take you to get there and back!
These are a great treat to slip into lunch boxes when school starts back as they are nut free, or if you're out on a summer picnic and want to add something special.
Fruity Chocolate Bars
Equipment needed: food processor
100g cacao nibs
100g cacao butter
100g of dried fruit
(try raisins, apricots, goji berries, mulberries)
1 tbsp maple syrup
2 drops of orange oil (optional)
Have a dish or baking tray with greaseproof paper ready to put your mixture onto to set.
Place cacao nibs in food processor and blend. The nibs will not break down completely which will add the crunchy textue to the bar. You can keep a tablespoon of them back to sprinkle on the top for decoration if you wish.
Then add in your choice of dried fruit and blend again but so that you keep some texture to the fruit. Once again you are breaking down the ingredients but still keeping the texture.
Now add the maple syrup and melted cacao butter. Once mixed you will need to work quite quickly before the mixture sets.
Now scrape out the mixture onto your baking tray and use a metal palate knife to flatten out the mixture. Make it as thick or as thin as you like. Now place in the fridge for 20 minutes to set. Once set use a large sharp knife to cut into bars, the size of your choosing.
Try not to eat them all at once!
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