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  • Writer's pictureJane Syme – Registered Clinical Nutritionist

RECIPE: Dairy & Gluten Free Chocolate Peppermint Slice

This slice is a dairy-free chocolate peppermint slice that is perfect for a sweet treat. Cut slices in smaller bits to help prevent overindulging!

RATING (1-10) • Taste – 9 • Ease – 5 • Nutritional Value –a treat food! INGREDIENTS: Base layer • 1 cup almonds • 1/2 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder • 8 Medjool dates, pitted • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted Mint layer • 1 1/2 cups raw cashews, soaked overnight and drained • 1/2 cup coconut oil, melted • 1/2 cup cacao butter, melted • 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey • 1 1/2 tsp peppermint extract Chocolate layer (on top) • 1 cup dark chocolate chips • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted

INSTRUCTIONS: Line a 9x9 square baking pan with parchment paper and set aside. To make the base layer, toss all base layer ingredients into a food processor. Pulse until finely until mixture resembles coarse sand. Then, transfer this to your lined baking pan and press down firmly with your fingers or an offset spatula until smooth. Place in the refrigerator for 5 minutes.

In a high-powered blender, add all the mint layer ingredients. Blend until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed. Then, pour this on top of the base layer and spread until smooth. You can also tap the baking pan gently on the counter to smooth the top. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm.

To make the top layer, melt the chocolate chips in a double boiler or in the microwave, in 20-second increments. When melted, stir in the coconut oil. Pour the melted chocolate on top of the mint layer and spread until smooth. Again, gently tap the baking pan on the counter to smooth the top.

Refrigerate for 15 minutes or until firm.

Once firm, lift out the dessert and cut into individual peppermint chocolate slices. It's best to keep these slices chilled until serving.


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