Valentine's Day Chocolate Love Bars!
Not that I believe there is anything wrong with buying into all the heart-shaped paraphernalia that adorns shop-front windows or supermarket aisles at this time of year, but, I decided to get a little creative in the comfort of my own kitchen instead today. I will be showing my favourite person in the world an extra slice of love this evening with my homemade Valentine’s Day Chocolate Love Bars!* Yes, they are a take on your classic Snickers Bar, but, a much healthier alternative (no artificial flavourings here!), and, without wanting to blow my own trumpet, actually more seductively delicious! There, I said it! Ah, right. The likelihood of you now sitting with crossed arms and raised eyebrows… But, before you head off, why not have a go at whipping up these for yourself and then you can give me your verdict? I promise you the recipe will take next to no time at all, and once you’ve locked your lips around them you can tell me whether I am outrageously wrong, or, I have just cleverly conjured up your new favourite snack!
*Inspired by The Little Loaf Blog’s Healthy ‘Snickers’ Crisp Rice Slice
Here are the ingredients you will need:
2 tbsp coconut oil
3 tbsp of smooth peanut butter
1 cup of pitted Medjool dates (roughly chopped)
1 cup of Rice Krispies
1/4 cup unsalted peanuts (roughly chopped)
90 grams of dark chocolate (I used Green & Blacks Velvet Edition Dark Chocolate 70%)
Handful of desiccated coconut
Pinch of sea salt flakes
Firstly, melt two tablespoons of coconut oil in a saucepan over a low heat. Remove the pips from the Medjool dates and roughly chop. They will go all squidgy and sticky but don’t worry, that’s the consistency you are looking for. Now pop them into the saucepan of melted coconut oil along with the Rice Krispies, chopped unsalted peanuts, smooth peanut butter, and pinch of sea salt flakes. Stir the ingredients together carefully, making sure everything is coated and combined evenly. Now spoon the mixture into a square cake tin or baking dish lined with baking parchment and press the mixture down with the back of a spoon until the surface is even. Place in the fridge until the base is set. Meanwhile, crack on with melting the chocolate topping. Simply melt the whole bar of dark chocolate either in the microwave, or over a bowl of simmering water, keeping an eye on the chocolate so it doesn’t overheat or overcook - you are wanting a silky, glossy, smooth consistency to pour over your fudgey, nutty base. Now that the base has chilled, pour the molten chocolate over and finally decorate with a handful of desiccated coconut. Return to the fridge once more until your chocolate love bars are completely set (this should take about 15/20 minutes). Then it’s time to cut them into bars and present your homemade love token to your Valentine!
Perfect alongside a cup of tea or coffee, or, better still… It’s Valentine’s Day, so think not a moment longer and crack open a bottle of bubbly instead!