Wholefoods Cherry Ripe Slice - Just in time for Christmas!


This Wholefoods Cherry Ripe Slice is absolutely divine! It is 100% good for you with no nasties added! Just pure ingredients! Enjoy a guilt-free treat this Christmas!

Did anyone else love Cherry Ripe as a kid? I can tell you I did. But with my wholefoods lifestyle, I prefer not to eat them. The highly refined sugars do not agree with me. But I have an alternative, all I can say is thank god cherries are in season now in Australia, just in time for Christmas! Cherries are a beautiful fruit, rich in antioxidants which have anti-inflammatory effects on the body.

Ingredients

Base

- 2 cups of almonds

- 4 mejdool dates (can add more if you prefer it sweeter)

- 2 tablespoons of organic cacao powder

- 2 tablespoons of organic coconut oil

Filling

- 150 grams of flaked, dessicated or shredded organic coconut

- 2 cups of fresh cherries, pitted (measure before pitting) – I use a pitter, they are amazing little devices)

Chocolate Topping

- 2 tablespoons of organic cacao powder

- 1/2 cup of cacao butter

Method

1. In your food processor (I use my Thermomix), combine almonds, dates, 2 tablespoons of cacao powder and 2 tablespoons of coconut oil until a moist crumby consistency forms.

2. Line a 20cm x 30cm slice tin with baking paper and add the crumby mixture, pressing down firmly with your hands. Add to the freezer for approximately 15 minutes or until firm.

3. Next, add to the food processor the coconut and pitted fresh cherries, and blend well combined.

4. Take the base out of the freezer and smoothly spread the coconut and cherry mixture over the top. Add to the freezer for anther 15 minutes.

5. Fill a 1/4 of a small pot with water and bring to a simmer. To a metal/glass bowl, add the cacao butter and 2 tablespoons of cacao powder, and place over the top of the pot. Stir gently until mixture has melted and combined.

6. Pour this chocolate mixture over the top of the slice and place in the freezer for another 30 minutes. Slice up and enjoy! Best stored in the fridge for up to a week/freezer for up to 3 months.


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