Healthier Chocolate Alternative – and selling cakes

healthy chocolate alternativeLast week I did my first two “proper” cake sales, where I sold my homemade cakes on a stall as Lovinghomemade. I had no idea what to expect and was quite nervous as it’s a very different prospect, selling something you have made yourself to complete strangers, as opposed to making something to order. Luckily I sold a decent amount and all the feedback I got was positive. Phew. And what made it easier was having a stand next to someone I knew on the Saturday and Denise, who was demonstrating the Thermomix (if you haven’t heard of them, check them out: they are amazing and if I ever have a spare £900 for kitchen appliances I will be getting one!), was handing out samples of this chocolate “alternative” that she had made in it. It’s delicious and you don’t even need a Thermomix to make it, luckily. If you have a food processor this can be made in minutes.

There is no added sugar as all the sweetness comes from the dried fruit. I tested it out at my son’s school cricket match and it was a big hit with the parents. I haven’t tried it on the kids yet (I didn’t take enough!) but I would be surprised if they didn’t like it. I think it also counts as Paleo and vegan so comes with a lot to recommend it.

healthy chocolate alternativeRecipe

by Janene Babauskis


130g almonds

75g cashews

250g pitted, dried dates

65g dessicated coconut

80g coconut oil

40g organic cocoa/cacao

Sprinkling of salt


Line a 7″ square tin with baking parchment.

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Colour co-ordinated ingredients…

Put the almonds and cashews into a food processor and process until they are finely chopped. Tip into a large bowl.

Put the dates and dessicated coconut into the food processor and process until they are also finely chopped: add to the bowl with the chopped nuts.

healthy chocolateIf your coconut oil is still solid, just warm it up to melt it.

Add the coconut oil, cocoa and a pinch of salt to the chopped ingredients and stir well to mix completely:

chocolate alternativeTip into the prepared tin and press down with the back of a spoon to flatten and compress it.

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Make sure the mixture is well pressed down

Refrigerate to set, ideally for a few hours:

healthy chocolateAt this stage it should be easy to cut into squares:

chocolate nut squaresStore in the refrigerator to keep it solid.

Categories: Baking, Biscuits and Cookies, Chocolate, Dairy-Free Baking, gluten free baking, healthy baking, Recipes, Using Alternatives, Vegan baking

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16 replies

  1. They look good. Sugar free!!!! Maybe it’s something for me. Will have to try.

  2. Those look fantastic – kind of similar to the brownies I posted recently.

  3. Gorgeous. These could be considered energy bars as well. Such yummy goodness!!!

  4. These sound SO good! I am definitely making them. And congratulations on the sales! Well done.

  5. It sounds like wholesome bars with so much delicious goodness! Glad the sale went well. must be a great feeling getting positive feedback!

  6. Oh my Goodness, I just tried one of these………and I really am not exaggerating when I say that they are the most delicious sugar free treats that I have tasted……..and believe me ….I have tried many…made with sugar alternatives like rice syrup….agave…and jaggery. Often they are too sweet….Rachel these are excellent and taste indulgent without the enjoy now….suffer later fator for me. Thank you so much. I will be making a nice batch of these when the kids break up. My 10 year old loves them. She said they are ‘sooooo good’ and my five year old thinks they are very yummy….especially because you made them.

  7. It looks really great! But may i ask you, how is it with expiration date? Of course just about, because i really have no idea. 🙂

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