Chocolate Mint Cream Bars

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The end result of this minty concoction is a flavorful moussey topping on a dense chocolatey base. Enjoy!

Ingredients

Chocolate Brownie Crust

1 cup almonds

1/2 cup walnuts or pecans

1 cup pitted dates, chopped

1/4-1/3 cup cacao powder

1 teaspoon pure vanilla

1/8 teaspoon salt

1-2 teaspoons water, as needed

Mint Cream Topping

1/2 cup irish moss gel

1 cup cashews

1/3 cup water

1/2 cup packed peppermint leaves

1/4 cup liquid sweetener of choice

5-7 drops stevia

1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla

1-3 drops pure peppermint essential oil*

2 teaspoons melted cacao butter

Instructions

Chocolate Brownie Crust

Grind the almonds in a food processor.
Add the remaining ingredients and process to combine into a dough.
If the mixture is too crumbly and dry, add a little water.
Press into the bottom of a 9x9" pan. Set aside.

Mint Cream Topping

Blend all ingredients until smooth, except the cacao butter. Start with less mint oil and add more, to taste.
Add the butter and blend again to incorporate.
Spread the mixture over the chocolate crust and chill in the fridge for at least 4 hours before slicing.
Drizzle chocolate sauce or any other garnish you like.

*Use a high quality one. Remember, a little goes a long way!

Heather PaceAbout Heather Pace

Heather became a health conscious vegan at the age of 14 after reading the book Fit For Life. She discovered new ways to enjoy her favorite foods, particularly her beloved desserts.  Heather’s curiosity was peaked when she stumbled upon a raw food restaurant at the age of 16, and by the time she was 18, she attended her first raw retreat for a month in California. Her passion for food led her to a two year culinary school program at the age of 18. Despite the fact that she wasn’t interested in most of the food being prepared, she gained valuable experience by learning the basics and all that the food industry has to offer. She went on to work in various restaurants, bakeries, and as a personal chef. Heather's serious sweet tooth led her to author four raw dessert ebooks: Just Desserts, Raw Party Parfait, Moonie Pie Recipes, and The Ultimate Raw Ice Cream Cake. She teaches raw food classes, and hosts dessert challenges on her site: www.sweetlyraw.com.

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