Baking & Dessert

By Aine Carlin | May 26, 2011

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Like most people I usually need (okay, want) a mid-afternoon pick-me-up. Trouble is, it’s normally something sweet I’m after. But, ever conscious of my health, I don’t want to indulge in chocolate everyday – and my hips tend to agree. In order to satiate these urges I go

in for treats of the raw variety. Not only are they a much better alternative to a calorific “choccie” bar but they also taste unbelievably good.

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If you had told me a couple of years ago that raw sweets were the way forward I would’ve rolled my eyes and muttered something to the effect of ‘yeah right!’ under my breath. Mind you I was never one for cheap confectionery either, although I will admit to having a weakness for chocolate peanut butter cups (it’s that sweet, savoury thing – gets me every time). Whilst these nibbles do contain nuts you wouldn’t know it, as they are pretty sweet and uber chocolatey; just the way I like it.

Photo: Aine Carlin

Aside from their appeal in the taste department, the absolute best thing about these babies has to be how ridiculously easy they are to make. The only piece of equipment you’ll need is a food processor or blender and you’re good to go. This is a throw together kinda dish. There is a teeny bit of fiddling in the shaping of them but other than that they could not be simpler.

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I’ve shaped the Mint Chocolate Nibbles into half moon shapes, like little domes, but in the past I’ve just rolled them into balls so if that’s easier for you then do that, no worries – I’m about solving problems not creating ‘em. Do make sure you purchase a good quality peppermint extract that is suitable for vegans, as the cheap stuff will basically ruin the overall taste and that would be a travesty, my friends.

Photo: Aine Carlin

I hereby pass along the mint choc nibble baton to you (yeah, that’s you!) – keep spreading that raw vegan love and keep smiling. And remember, food equals love.

Raw Vegan Mint Chocolate Nibbles Recipe

Servings: Makes 10 or 11 nibbles

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup halved deglet noor or medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 2 tbsp raw cacao powder(you can also use regular cocoa powder)
  • 1 tsp high-quality peppermint extract
  • A handful of cacao nibs

Directions

1. Place everything in a food processor or hand blender and blitz until it forms a rubble.

2. Line a dish with greaseproof paper.

3. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and take a teaspoon amount in your hands. Press it together tightly until forms a squidgy ball. Press onto a chopping board and shape into a half moon/dome.

4. Place nibble on lined dish and repeat. You should get about 10 to 11 nibbles out of the mixture.

5. When you have finished shaping them, place a nib into the centre of each nibble and gently press until it is secure.

Eat immediately or refrigerate for a few hours/overnight for a firmer texture.

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