Chocolate Almond Butter Slice (GF, DF, Refined sugar-free)

This Chocolate Almond Butter Slice reminds me of caramel slice but without all the usual unhealthy ingredients. It’s also gluten-free, dairy-free and refined sugar-free. Almond butter is so creamy and delicious making it a great ingredient in a slice. If you don’t have almond butter on hand, you could substitute peanut butter or perhaps another nut or seed butter. This is a thin slice but a little goes a long way. You could double the recipe to make a thicker slice.

Why these ingredients?

Almonds and almond butter contain protein, healthy omega 3 fats, calcium, an absorbable form of selenium and other minerals and vitamins. Lightly roasting them gives a nice flavour and makes them more yang in Chinese medicine terms which is healthier.

 

Ingredients:

Base:

½ cup almonds (unsalted and unroasted)

Pinch of sea salt

2-3 tablespoons cocoa powder or cacao (I used 2 but use 3 if you like it darker)

1 tablespoon honey, maple syrup or your choice of sweetener

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 tablespoon almond butter (optional)

 

Filling:

½ cup of almond butter

2 tablespoons honey, maple syrup or another sweetener

2 tablespoons coconut oil

Pinch of sea salt (omit if your almond butter is salted)

 

Topping:

3 tablespoons cocoa powder or cacao

2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup

3 tablespoons coconut oil

1 tablespoon coconut cream (optional but adds creaminess)

 

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 180 C and place almonds on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Roast for 15 minutes.
  • Line a small loaf tin with baking paper (I used a 20cm x 10cm glass one). The smaller the tin, the thicker the slice will be.
  • Put the almonds into a food processor and process until finely chopped.
  • Add in the cocoa powder, honey and coconut oil. Pulse until combined. 
  • Pour your base mixture into your prepared tin, spread evenly and press down with a spoon until firmly packed. 
  • Add your almond butter, honey and coconut to your food processor bowl (no need to wash the processor between layers for this recipe) and process until smooth and well mixed.
  • Pour your filling mixture over the top of your base, spreading the mixture out evenly with a spoon.
  • Add your topping ingredients to the food processor and process until smooth, scraping down the edges to ensure everything is combined. 
  • Pour your chocolate topping over the top of the filling mixture, carefully spreading with a spoon to make an even layer. 
  • Place mixture in the fridge until set for about an hour and then cut into slices.
  • Store in an airtight container in the fridge so they don’t melt. Enjoy!