By Nicola Brown
Today we share a recipe for raw chocolate peppermint slice. Completely plant-based, gluten and dairy-free, vegan, clean and totally delicious. We hope you love it as much as we do!
1½ cups almonds
1½ cups currants
½ cup shredded coconut
¼ cup ground flaxseed/linseed (see note)
½ cup cacao or cocoa powder
½ -1 teaspoon peppermint extract (or flavouring of choice e.g., freeze-dried berry powder/grated orange zest/vanilla extract)
2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
Dash of lime juice (or orange juice)
½ cup coconut oil
¼ cup pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons cashew butter (optional)
¾ cup cacao or cocoa powder, sifted
½ teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons shredded coconut (for garnish)
To make the base, place the almonds in a large bowl and cover generously with filtered water. Cover, leave to soak overnight and drain well, discarding the soaking water.
Place the currants in a large bowl and cover with filtered water. Cover, leave to soak for at least two hours (or overnight) and drain well, reserving the soaking water (if the currants are organic) and use to sweeten another recipe (e.g., a smoothie).
Line a slice tray (18 x 28cm) with baking paper.
Place nuts and coconut in food processor and process into fine crumbs. Add remainder of base ingredients and process until they are the consistency of biscuit mixture (add a little of the water used to soak fruit if too dry). Press firmly into lined slice tray and leave in fridge for an hour to set.
To make the frosting, gently melt coconut oil, maple syrup and cashew butter together over hot water. Place sifted cacao/cocoa powder and cinnamon in blender, pour in oil/syrup mixture and mix in blender on low speed until glossy and smooth. Spread over slice, sprinkle over additional coconut and place in fridge to set (approximately 30 minutes). Once icing is firm, remove slice from tray and cut into small squares.
Store in fridge or freezer. Makes approximately 30 pieces.
Note: Grind flaxseed/linseed in a coffee grinder or mini blender. Alternatively, health food stores sell LSC (linseed, sunflower and chia) powder – use in place of the above.