Raw Cacao & Brazil Nut Hemp Seed Slice with Sour Cherries

Raw Cacao & Brazil Nut Hemp Seed Slice with Sour Cherries

You may have noticed there’s been a bit of a hemp seed theme here lately. Starting with this hemp, pumpkin & sunflower seed bread, followed by these moreish hemp heart clusters, and more recently this apple & raspberry hemp seed crumble.

To even up the savoury to sweet ratio, today I’m sharing this decadent raw cacao & brazil nut hemp seed slice with sour cherries. It has everything you want in a chocolate treat. It’s rich and decadent – yet not overpoweringly so and you can definitely go in for a second without feeling bad afterwards. The best part is it’s packed full of nutritious goodies, it’s completely raw, dairy, gluten, grain and refined sugar free, plant-based/vegan.

This slice is also super quick and easy to make. You barely even need a blender if you’re a happy to chop the nuts by hand, or prefer not to wash up a blender afterwards. Once the nuts are chopped the remaining ingredients can simply be stirred together and pushed into a tin.  After a little chill time, sprinkle the slice with freeze dried sour cherries (or any freeze dried fruit of your choosing), drizzle with melted chocolate and it’s ready to serve!

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It only recently became legal to sell and eat hemp seeds in New Zealand (read more about it here), which means this sustainable, eco-friendly, no waste, nutrient packed food is now readily available. I was pleasantly surprised to discover hemp seeds have a mild, nutty flavour, and are great in both savoury and sweet dishes (unlike hemp protein powder which has a VERY strong flavour).

Hemp seeds are nutritional powerhouses largely due to their unique 3:1 ratio of omega-6 to 3 fatty acids. This is the most beneficial kind of ratio when it comes to omega fatty acids, and is in stark contrast to most western diets. 

If you’d like to read more about the benefits of hemp for us and the environment, you can check out the whole post I wrote on it here.

 

Raw Cacao & Brazil Nut Hemp Slice with Sour Cherries

Makes: approximately 14 bars
Prep time: 30 minutes  Set time: 20 minutes

Base
1 cup brazil nuts
1 cup hemp seeds
1/2 cup raw cacao powder
1/2 cup nut butter (e.g. peanut, almond, cashew)
1/2 cup pure maple syrup or rice syrup
pinch pink Himalayan salt

Topping
1 packet freeze dried cherries (or any freeze dried fruit of your choice)
250g dark chocolate

Line a small brownie pan (18cm x 30cm or 20cm x 20cm) with baking paper.

Place the brazil nuts in a food processor and blend until you have coarse crumbs, or alternatively chop by hand to save on washing up! Put the nuts in a mixing bowl and set aside.

If you used a food processor for the nuts put the remaining base ingredients into the food processor and blend until smooth. Alternatively, place the ingredients into another mixing bowl and stir until well combined.

Add the brazil nuts to the chocolate mix and stir well to combine.

Press the mixture into the lined tin, then into the fridge to chill.

While the slice is chilling, melt the chocolate in a small bowl set over a pan of steaming water.

When the chocolate is melted, remove the slice from the fridge and sprinkle over the freeze dried cherries. Drizzle generously with melted chocolate and return to the fridge to set for approximately 20 minutes.

Use a sharp knife to cut the into bars, and store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Note: this slice won’t freeze well with the freeze dried fruit on it so it you want to freeze it, do so before adding the topping.

Raw Cacao & Brazil Nut Hemp Slice with Sour Cherries - recipe