20 Aug, 2009
Cashew-Almond Raw “Milk Chocolate” Bars
When I released my “Super Chocolate” Raw Chocolate Truffle Bar recipe, I had a request from one reader for a “milk” chocolate recipe…and so here it is. Lighter, creamier, and smoother, it still has that intense chocolate flavor that dark chocolate lovers adore, but is milder for those that prefer the milkier variety.
Obviously, in a raw vegan world, there’s no way to make milk chocolate because dairy ingredients are out, as is the possibility of taking fresh almond milk and cooking it down.
Cashews, however, have a milky quality when blended. So I “lightened” this chocolate a bit with cashews, and added a bit less raw cacao than in my “Super Chocolate” recipe. The result: another great nutrient-packed, superfood energy bar.
You can get your chocolate fix a good dose of naturally occurring magnesium and calcium.
These are great natural, nutrient-packed energy bars!!! Forget the store-bought stuff and make your own!
Recipe for: Cashew-Almond Raw Chocolate Bars
- 1 cup melted raw cacao butter
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 1 cup raw honey
- 1 cup raw cacao powder
- 1 cup rapadura (unprocessed granulated cane sugar)
- 1 cup raw almonds, loosely chopped
- 1/2 teaspoon quality natural salt
- 2 teaspoons organic vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons organic almond extract
Melt the cacao butter on the stove. Remove as soon as melted. (I approximate the measurement of the cacao butter while it is cold by placing cut up chunks in a measuring container, then I do the final measurement when melted. If you need to melt some more, it’s no problem — it melts quickly but doesn’t solidify quickly.)
Blend the cashews and the honey in a food processor or blender (I do it in my Blendtec blender) until smooth.
Measure remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Add the cashew-honey mixture and mix loosely, then pour in the melted cacao butter and combine well.
Press into 13X9X2 pan or dish and place in refrigerator or freezer til firm. Slice into small pieces (it’s rich… obviously) and remove into sealed container. Keep in cool place, such as fridge.