This one is for you, Christos. I know you have a sweet tooth and I know what makes you smile. Its mummy’s food, wholesome and good for you. Even when we allow you to have sweets every now and again (and you cheekily ask for more), I can’t say no to you even though I should.
You’re a good boy, my baby and my little love. So, here’s a little something for you, just because I love you.
(you can only eat it after you have finished all your lunch and all your fruit) !
For the base of the slice:
– 1 cup of dates
– 1 cup of almonds
– 1 cup of pecans
– 3 tablespoons of almond butter (also can use cashew/almond/nut spread)
For the middle peanut layer:
– 2 cups of peanuts (unsalted)
– 5 tablespoons of tahini
– 3 tablespoons of golden syrup (you can probably also use maple syrup)
– 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
– 4 tablespoons of honey
For the top layer:
– 1/2 a cup of cacao butter (buy from health food shop). A little tip the 1/2 cup of the cacao butter should be 1/2 when it is in liquid form, not solid form)
– 2 tablespoons of raw cacao powder
– 2-4 tablespoons of golden or maple syrup (depends how sweet you like it)
– 2 tablespoons of almond butter
– 1 cup of dates
Make the base first – Place the almonds and pecans in a food processor and blend for a minute or so until a crummy texture forms, then add the dates and almond butter and blend again until the mix becomes sticky. Then place the mix in the bottom of a baking tray, pushing it down firmly with a spoon or spatula before placing the tray in the freezer. Ensure you have baking paper on the bottom too, so it’s easier to remove.
Next make the chewy peanut layer- Put all the peanuts into the food processor and pulse it until half the peanuts are fine, and most are chunky. Then, simply remove and place into a container. Using a clean bowl, add the other ingredients and mix gently and well, adding more maple or golden syrup as you please to ensure it is as sweet as you like it (tahini tens to be quite bitter on its own). Add and fold in all the peanuts into the bowl. Take the base layer out of the freezer and place the sticky peanut layer on top of the base layer. Place it back into the freezer for another 20 or so minutes and continue to the top layer.
Finally make the chocolate layer- Put the cacao butter in a small saucepan and melt on a low heat with the almond butter. Once they’ve melted pour the liquid into the food processor with the remaining ingredients and then blend it all up until smooth. After the peanut layer has become solid spread the chocolate layer on top, place the tray back into the freezer and freeze for about 1 hour before enjoying! If all the slices aren’t eaten at once then store in the freezer or in the fridge!
Hope you enjoy this recipe, it was a lot of fun to make and I can’t wait to see my son’s face when he takes his first bite. I hope he really enjoys it!
Love, Barbara xo