1 cup dates
1/4 heaping cup of macadamia nuts (see note below)
1/4 cup of finely chopped fresh cherries (or you can used dried cherries)
2 tbs desiccated coconut
1 tbs coconut oil
30 grams 85% dark chocolate (this is just over 1/4 bar of Lindt dark chocolate – about 3 squares)
- Blend the dates and nuts in food processor until it forms a paste
- Mix in 2 tbs desiccated coconut into the past and then form the paste into a smooth rectangular bar. I find it’s easier to do this on a large flat surface and then transfer into a small baking dish
- Sprinkle the bar with salt
- Add a layer of chopped cherries on top of the bar
- Melt the coconut oil in a small pan
- Add chocolate to melted coconut oil and melt, stirring slowly
- Slowly drizzle chocolate over the bar and then sprinkle with desiccated coconut
- Freeze for 1 hour. Transfer to the fridge for 20-30 minutes before eating so the cherries can thaw
My lovely in laws always come to our house bearing fruit. Recently, they brought a punnet of fresh Kent cherries. After a few days, I found about 10-12 cherries lurking around in the fridge, so I decided to make a treat. What better combination than cherries and chocolate! These squares were devoured in minutes! I managed to sneak one tiny square past the crew, and the rest were polished off by Dad, Number 1 & 2.
Macadamia nuts are wildly underappreciated, in my opinion. I love these nuts, and they are a favorite of Number 1 as well. They are just the right side of sweet, and they are naturally oily, which is great for this recipe because it helps to bind the squares together. Kids need essential fats in their diet – and including macadamia nuts is a great way to get the wonderful monounsaturated fats in them.
Cherries & Chocolate: For us older folk, cherries and dark chocolate should be part of our daily intake. They both have supreme antioxidant capacity, meaning they help scavenge free radicals, and protect us from oxidative stress which can trigger disease and speed up aging. For the little ones, the cherries will naturally sweeten up the dark chocolate, as chocolate that is 85% will be a tad more bitter than sweet, but also contain better health properties.
Macadamia nuts are becoming more popular lately, but if you don’t have them to hand, you can use cashews. If you’re avoiding nuts, substitute with tahini.