St. Patty’s Day Chocolate-Mint Bars

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With St. Patrick’s day coming up this weekend I felt the need to include a green recipe, even if I had to recycle it from a year ago December.  Take another look at these beautiful green no-bake bars that satisfy your sweet tooth, provide you with a perfect dose of chocolate and give you energy-rich healthy fats from walnuts, cashews and coconut:

Chocolate-Mint Bars

Bottom Layer:

  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup medjool dates (pitted)
  • 1/4 cup cocoa or carob powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • sea salt to taste

Process walnuts first in food processor.  Add the rest of the ingredients and process until mixture begins to stick together.  If necessary, add a touch of maple syrup or agave to help binding.  Press firmly into small square pan ( I used 6X6).

Middle Creamy Mint Layer:

  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup dates
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon coconut butter (melted)
  • 1 teaspoon chlorella powder (optional for green color– or try spinach!)
  • 7 drops peppermint oil (food-grade) or use about 1 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • sea salt to taste

Process all in a high-speed blender until smooth.  Spread evenly over the bottom chocolate layer and place in freezer to set.

Top Chocolatey Layer:

  • 2 tablespoons coconut butter (melted)
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa or carob powder
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • sea salt to taste

After the first two layers are chilled, spread on the top chocolatey layer.  Or… if you are impatient you can carefully spread it on top of the mint layer before it’s hardened up.  It’s just easier and less messy if you’re not spreading a soft layer on a soft layer.

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After they firm up, cut them into whatever size you like and  store them in the freezer. These can be eaten immediately right from the freezer or you can let them thaw, soften and warm up a bit.

Have a very happy St. Patrick’s Day weekend~

Get out and run the Shamrock Shuffle 5K on Sunday!

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2 Responses to St. Patty’s Day Chocolate-Mint Bars

  1. No shame in repeating recipes. I find dates make my cashew frostings a bit brown but I like how this one is green with the chlorella. 🙂

  2. Pingback: Healthy Vegan Friday #35 Top Breakfasts, Top Dinners & 5 Minute Muffins

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