Graving something sweet-Banana Cocoa almond squares

Sometimes you just need something really sweet and savory 😛 So I decided to try this delicious healthy treat. All of the ingredients used are raw, meaning that you’re ingesting all of their live vibrant enzymes. This recipe is not “technically” vegan, as I use raw honey (which has incredible anti-inflammatory properties!), but feel free to experiment with vegan sweeteners like maple syrup or agave. This came out so sweet and delicious its hard to believe it’s actually good for you 😀 I couldn’t wait long enough to eat it so I already ate it when it was half soft but it tasted still so good 😛 Who says it cant be delicious and good for you at the same time 😉

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Bottom ingredients:

1.5 cup raw walnuts
1 ripe banana
15 dried dates

Top Ingredients:
1 ripe banana
4 tbsp almond butter
4 tbsp raw honey
1/4 cup raw cacao

Instructions:

1. Combine bottom ingredients in a food processor and process until well blended. There were some chunks remaining, but as long as it’s predominantly smooth, you should be good.

2. Spread blended bottom ingredients in a glass pan. I put some plastic wrap in the bottom to make removing the bars from the pan once frozen so much easier! Spread out the mixture until evenly distributed.

3. Combine topping ingredients in a food processor and process until well blended, should be smooth. Beware, this stuff is dangerously delicious. Try and contain yourself from eating it all at once!

4. Spread blended topping ingredients over bottom ingredients in pan.

5. Place in the freezer for a 2-4 hour until hardened.

6. Remove from pan, cut into squares and serve! (Makes 18 or so 1-inch squares).

Make your own almond butter:

Turn the food processor on, and let it do it’s job.  At first, you’ll have nothing but nut dust and you’ll have to scrape down the sides of your processor several times with a rubber spatula. Scrape, scrape, scrape.(I have this and I just shake it when it starts accumulating on the sides. So no scraping needed for me :P) Allow the processor to continue running.  Eventually, your nut butter will begin to clump. Let the processor continue running until nut butter reaches desired consistency. I promise it will get creamy, but a little patience is involved. Using my food processor raw nut butter takes 15 minutes maybe?

You can add anything you want: salt, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla, etc.  I prefer mine plane.

Cashew Almond Butter

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