I realize the title is quite obviously a run-on sentence but after creating this mouthwatering treat, I struggled trying to find any words to describe all of these BOMB flavors in one bite. So here you have it! I find it’s nutty chewy inside similar to a raw/vegan dessert bar, but it’s outside chocolatey moist layer to reflect the same taste you have when biting into a peanut butter chocolate cup. This dessert was one of those random experimental, “let’s throw everything in a food processor and see what happens” moments, and lo and behold – it turned out to be #1 boyfriend approved (which let’s be honest, anything that’s identified as a “vegan dessert” tends to be shut down immediately as he grabs for his box of girl scout thin mints). See below for details!
What you’ll need:
- Tart tin (I used frieling tart pans) / but a bread tin or cupcake tin will work just fine as well!
- Parchment Paper
For the bottom layer “raw cookie”:
- 1/2 cup soaked & then drained cashews (soaked for ~ 1 hour)
- 3 dates
- 2 TBSP almond butter (I used justins vanilla almond butter)
- 2 TBSP almond flour (via Bobs Red Mill)
- 1 TBSP unsweetened shredded coconut
- Sprinkle of cinnamon & himalayan pink sea salt
- 1 tsp organic vanilla
- 1 tsp organic maple syrup
For the the chocolate layer / recipe inspired via: The Coconut Mama
- 1/3 cup and 2 TBSP coconut oil
- 2 TBSP coconut butter
- 2/3 cup cacao powder
- 1/3 cup organic maple syrup
- 1 tsp organic vanilla
Throw all “bottom layer/raw cookie” ingredients together in a food processor until well-blended. Crust should look a bit crumbly and will feel sticky enough to mold together in tin. Line each tin with a square of parchment paper. Each tin can be filled with about 2 heaping TBSP of the raw cookie layer. See below picture for visual details. Put in freezer and let sit for about an hour.
Once your crust has hardened in the freezer for about an hour, you can begin to prepare the chocolate layer. In a large saucepan, melt the coconut oil & coconut butter on low heat. Once melted, add in the remaining ingredients & mix well for about 30 seconds to a min. Remove from heat and spread evenly over each of the bottom cookie layers. Once your chocolate is evenly spread throughout, sprinkle some extra shredded coconut on top and place in freezer. These treats can be eaten after sitting in the freezer for about another hour or until there is a hard shell formed. Once that process is complete, you should easily be able to remove the entire dessert from the parchment paper and place into an air tight container. Store in freezer otherwise chocolate may melt. Oh and feel free to drizzle with EXTRA Peanut Butter because WHY NOT?!