Silky Choc Almond Bites
My family had a BBQ the other day and I was invited to bring along a “token plate”. You see my Mother being of Ukrainian decent, prefers to make everything herself. And boy does she go overboard.
There is planning and recipe hunting for a month prior and then 48 hours before the event its running around time, shopping, cooking, stressing and basically sleeping in her apron. Needless to say, there is always going to be enough food at one of my Mums shindigs (seriously, its like she thinks she is feeding a small village that hasn’t eaten for a year), but I like to bring a plate of something to feel as if I have helped out.
The only problem with said ‘token plate’, is thusly…
Most of the food I make is healthy, meaning no sugar, nothing refined, no artificial flavouring etc etc. Which means for the untrained palate who has lived a life of sugar, MSG, fake flavour and fake this and that, to suddenly be confronted by a clean food item, it can seem quite boring and lacking in…well…oomph.
I am not for a second saying that my food is lacking oomph (such a great word by the way), but for those who have taught their tastebuds to need extra salt and extra sugar, when you take it all away for the first time, well its kind of like being a Suit who wears Drag for the first time…strange, unusual and you have no idea where to put your package.
So I decided to use a food that I knew would win them over. Chocolate. Ever loving chocolate. It never hurt anyone right? How could I go wrong?
This recipe is a basic one that really can be altered to your preference and depending on what you have in the house at the time. I sprinkled it with silvered almonds, but you could use roasted hazelnuts or shredded coconut or even cacao nibs. And in terms of nut butters, you can use almond or sunflower or even plain ole peanut butter (organic and crap free of course!). The taste will vary slightly as some butters are more oily and others are richer. But thats half the fun, just play around with it each time.
Well in the end the BBQ came to a close and the crowd were pleased with my token plate (even with my husband declaring to the entire room that they were healthy so don’t expect them to be tasty – yessss….thankssss!). And you know, that makes me happy because I really do feel its my duty to reintroduce the world to clean Real Foods again. Its been a long time of feeding our bodies with processed food, stuffing our mouths with cheap crap and its high time we all got Real about our food choices. No more Cadburys. No more Nestle. No more Coke. No more crap full stop.
I sincerely hope we get there some day.
- 1/2 C Raw Cacao Powder
- 1/2 C Almond Butter
- 1/2 C Sunflower Seed Butter (or use another 1/2 C of almond butter)
- 1/2 C Coconut Oil, melted
- 2 TB Rice Malt Syrup or Raw Honey
- 1/2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
- Slivered Almonds
- Pinch of Sea Salt
- 1. Mix all of the ingredients in a bowl
- 2. Using a spoon, keep stirring until the butter and oil has blended nicely
- 3. Taste it - if you want it sweeter, add more sweetener!
- 4. Pour into a cling wrap lined tray (I used an 8x8 but they were bigger pieces than I would've liked)
- 5. Place almonds on the top
- 6. Freeze for 45 minutes or until set (don't rush it or it won't slice nicely)
- 7. Take out the cling wrap with chocolate and slice into desired sizes
- 8. Serve and eat!
- You will need to keep these in the fridge until ready to eat. And if its a hot day, you won't be able to leave them out for long as they melt VERY quickly indeed!!!