I used to be a big fan of store bought chocolate and desserts that you can buy from the patisserie or bakery. However these days, I much prefer to make my own sweets. And to be honest with you, I think they taste so much better and they are much healthier, which is a big win.
This cherry ripe slice was inspired by the popular chocolate bar that I used to have a long time ago!
However my healthy version is gluten, dairy and refined sugar free, making it also suitable for vegan and paleo.
Over the past 18 months, I have created a bunch of amazing recipes that will make it easier for you to avoid buying store bought chocolate or patisserie sweets, including my Raw Chocolate Raspberry Slice, Raw Caramel Slice, Coconut Rough, Bounty Bites and this Raw Cherry Ripe Slice.
This recipe suggests using cacao butter, which is delicious, but pretty expensive. Thankfully, so far it seems like a little bit goes a long way. However, you can substitute cacao butter with coconut oil if you don't have cacao butter handy. I have also recently updated this recipe to include a nut free base option.
Raw Cherry Ripe Slice
Serves 16 - 20
Base (see below for nut free base ingredients)
1 cup of macadamias
1/3 cup of cacao powder
3 tablespoons of melted coconut oil
2 tablespoons of organic maple syrup
2 cups of desiccated (or shredded) coconut
1 cup of de-stoned cherries, (fresh or frozen both work)
10 medjool dates, pitted
1/4 cup of coconut cream
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/2 cup of cacao butter (or melted coconut oil)
1/2 cup of cacao powder
1/4 cup of organic maple syrup
To make the base; place all base ingredients in a food processor and process until well mixed and the macadamias are crushed. Firmly press with the back of a spoon into a lined tin and place in the freezer.
To make the center; place all of the centre ingredients into the blender and blend until smooth. Spoon the mixture onto the base. Place back into freezer and let set for at least 30 minutes.
To make the chocolate topping, melt the cacao butter in a double boiler on low heat (I highly recommend shaving or chopping the cacao butter into smaller portions before adding to the double boiler). Add the organic maple syrup to the double boiler and whisk until combined. Whisk in the cacao powder. When well combined pour over the centre.
Put back into the freezer and let it set completely (around 1 hour). Remove from the tin, slice straight away and store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer (I recommend the freezer as it keeps the slice really firm).
NOTE: Nut free base ingredients
- 13 medjool dates, pitted
- 2 cups shredded organic coconut
- 1/3 cup raw cacao powder
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract