I’m surprised these lasted long enough for me to actually take any photographs to be honest…
I’m going to let the photos do most of the talking here. But I will just say one thing; there is absolutely no reason to deny yourself treats as part of a healthy lifestyle. I have been “eating clean” and avoiding gluten, wheat, refined sugar and some dairy due to a mild intolerance that was making me sick and miserable, and in the process I have discovered a whole new world of eating (and lost 10 pounds!) There are healthy substitutes for absolutely everything, you’ve just got to commit to it. You’re worth it, and your body will thank you in beautiful ways!
These babies are packed with healthy fats and Vitamin E thanks to hazelnuts, almonds and nut butter, and the raw cacao means they’re rich in antioxidants. This is the good kind of a chocolate, the one scientists and researchers are chatting about when they say chocolate is good for you. They feel so incredibly indulgent and the zesty orange kick turns it into something magical.
For the biscuit layer
180g pitted dates
tsp of vanilla or a vanilla pod
3 tbsp fresh orange juice
teaspoon of orange zest
For the caramel layer
130g pitted dates
60g almond butter
For the chocolate layer
70g coconut oil
2 tbsp cacao powder
3 tbsp honey
(you can make this layer as bitter or as sweet as you like by adding/taking away honey)
Start by blending the dates with the orange juice, zest and a vanilla pod. Then blitz the hazelnuts and almonds together with oats to form a flour. Add these two mixtures together. Flatten the mixture down on baking paper and press hard into a small baking tray. Store the tray in the freezer whilst you make the caramel.
For the caramel, blitz the dates and almond butter together. You will need a good-quality mixer for this. Spread evenly over the biscuit layer and put back in the freezer whilst you make the chocolate layer.
For the final layer, blend the coconut oil, cacao, salt and honey until smooth. Spread evenly over the biscuit and caramel and put back in the freezer for around half an hour.
I like to store them in the freezer so they’re ice-cold but they will stay solid in the fridge too.
Tag me on Instagram @georgiaadolpho if you try this!