Raw cacao and dark chocolate add antioxidants and rich chocolate flavor to these squares. A layer of unsweetened coconut delivers a nutty taste.
½ cup chopped dates or figs
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 tablespoon coconut oil or unsalted butter
½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes or ½ cup gluten-free rice cereal
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons flax meal or ground chia seeds
½ cup sunflower seeds or sesame seeds or combination
¼ cup maple syrup, rice syrup or honey
3 tablespoons raw cacao powder or cocoa powder
3 tablespoons dark chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
¼ cup unsweetened coconut flakes, for sprinkling on top, optional
1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Lightly grease an 8×8-inch baking dish or line it with parchment paper.
2. Place dates or figs, salt and coconut oil in the container of a food processor with the blade attachment. Pulse until the mixture is somewhat smooth. If fruit is dry, add a little water, 1 teaspoon at a time, until fruit blends easily.
3. In a medium bowl, add coconut flakes, vanilla, flax meal, sunflower seeds, maple syrup, cacao powder and chocolate chips. Mix until combined.
4. Add date paste, blending until ingredients are evenly incorporated.
5. Press mixture into prepared pan. Sprinkle coconut flakes on top, if desired.
6. Place pan in preheated oven and bake 18 to 20 minutes. Let cool thoroughly before slicing.
Each square contains 95 calories, 5g total fat, 3g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 77mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, 6g sugars, 2g protein, 4Est GL.