I have been working hard on my health and fitness of late and am determined not to completely blow my work over the holiday period. The trouble is though, Christmas for me has always meant preparing rich, calorie laden foods.
In the past I have spent days preparing homemade truffles, chocolates and slices.
Rich puddings and sweets were the standard Christmas fare, but not this year my pretties. For this year I have decided to continue my clean eating habits throughout the Christmas period – with a few clean treats thrown in of course!
I guess I am lucky in a way, for me sweet foods no longer hold the appeal that they once did. If however I do find that a sweet craving hits, I can simply have a small piece of this AMAZING Chocolate Almond Slice.
My Chocolate Almond Slice is gluten, lactose, sugar and grain free and super easy to make. This slice is a simple combination of power punching nuts and seeds held together with coconut oil and sweetened with a little rice malt syrup. I must point out that this is a definitely an every now and then treat – the nuts and coconut oil make it high in fat……..so eat with caution! Also – beware that as the coconut oil is the only binder in this slice, it will need to keep refrigerated or you’ll undoubtedly end up with a big sticky mess.
- 2 cups raw almonds
- I cup shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup almond butter
- 4 tabs rice malt syrup
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1 tsp vanilla powder
- 1 tbs coconut flour
- I tbs. chia seeds
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 2 tbs. cacao powder
- 1 tbs. 100% maple syrup
- Spray a slice tin with olive oil and line base and sides with baking paper (you want to overhang the baking paper so that you can easily pull the slice out)
- Process almonds in food processor until they start to resemble crumbs
- Place all other ingredients for the slice into the food processor and process until combined
- Firmly press mixture into slice tin and refrigerate
- Combine all ingredients in bowl and mix until smooth
- Top slice with icing and refrigerator
- Once chocolate is set, remove from pan and cut into small sections
- Keep refrigerated
- This slice must be kept refrigerated otherwise the coconut oil will melt and the slice will fall apart