This is the instant sweet treat you’re after. It’s full of fibre and antioxidant rich ingredients, and can be made on the stove top in a matter of minutes. The perfect solution to your winter cravings. All the ingredients are pantry or fridge staples. One of them is water…
Look, I don’t know about you but sometimes I just want something sweet and because my self control isn’t THAT great I tend not to keep chocolate in the house. I do keep ingredients to make something though, things like cacao, coconut and maple syrup. And that’s basically how this slice happened. On a night when I wanted something sweet, and quickly. And couldn’t be bothered with the mess and time that comes with baking. Yes I know, I could have gone and got something, I live a few hundred metres from a supermarket. But I’m a weird type of lazy. I will always just make something from scratch rather than having to go to the shops and buy something. It’s not the walk to the shops that’s off putting it’s the whole engaging in public life thing that I’m sometimes just nah about. Leaving the house means: talking to people, wearing a bra and pants and general adult stuff that I don’t have to do or want to do when I’m all warm and settled for the evening/day/week… For a seemingly extroverted human I really enjoy not engaging with other, sometimes.
But back to how great this slice is for reasons other than not leaving the house to make it…
I’ve made this with olive oil instead of butter too and as long as the olive oil is very light in flavour it still works. But butter is where it’s at. So find the best quality butter you can, organic grass fed is amazing, and indulge a little. You’re only using 30 grams in the whole slice anyway.
If you want to get super decadent you can have this warm over ice cream or nice cream (less decadent, just as delicious) and you’ve got an excellent super fast dessert.
Makes 10 slices or 20 small squares.
3 Tbs maple syrup
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup raw cacao powder
1 cup oats
1 cup shredded coconut
Line a loaf tin with parchment/baking paper.
In a small saucepan (4 cup capacity approx) combine the water, maple syrup and butter. melt over low heat. Once melted whisk in the raw cacao powder, a smooth chocolatey syrup should form.
Turn off the heat and add the oats and coconut to this and mix well. Pour or scoop into your prepared tin, smooth out using a spatula or by using the parchment paper to cover and then smoothing out with your hands.
Place in the freezer for 15 minutes to firm up.
Tip out and chop into bite sized pieces – I went with triangles, I don’t know why. Keeps in the fridge for 1 week.