Raw almond fudge bars

I’m excited to share a fantastic recipe I created a couple of weeks ago when I came home from work one evening with no desire to cook. The thing is, I’m a long-time vegan who enjoys mostly salads or soup for my evening meal, and my husband is a vegetarian kickboxer who requires a much more hearty dinner. I’m very grateful to have a partner who no longer eats meat—he whole-heartedly supports my ethics and stopped eating meat soon after we started dating—but I’m still left with the challenge of preparing two separate meals each and every night. Good thing I like to cook, right?

Well, sort of. It’s really only when I don’t have baking or raw dessert-making on the brain, which, in truth, is a rare occasion. So there are some nights when, by the time I’m finished prepping and cooking my husband’s dinner, I have no desire to make my own. But, as you can see, my time can be spent creating something even better. Who needs dinner when you can make these?

Raw Almond Fudge Bars | A Dash of Compassion

These raw almond fudge bars were born after experimenting with layers of my favourite textures and flavours: a raw almond crust, soft chocolate fudge, and crunchy granola. I really liked how these came out. Actually, I loved them. And I hope you do, too!

Just like my St. Lucia muffins, these bars also happen to fit into the guidelines for this month’s SOS Kitchen Challenge, which features coconut oil. Enjoy!

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Raw almond fudge bars

Ingredients:

Bottom layer:

    • 2 cup raw almonds, soaked for 8 hours
    • 1 cup oat groats or raw oat flakes, finely ground in a spice grinder
    • 1 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
    • 1/2 cup flax meal
    • 1 1/4 cup chopped dates + 1/4 cup soaking water
    • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
    • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
    • 1/4 tsp salt

Top layer:

    • 1/2 cup reserved bottom layer mixture
    • 1/4 cup raw oat flakes
    • 2 tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes

Middle layer:

  • 1 1/2 cup raw almond butter
  • 1/3 cup raw agave nectar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup raw carob powder, sifted
  • 1/3 cup raw cacao powder, sifted
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil
  • pinch of salt

Directions:

Bottom layer:

    1. In a small bowl, soak the dates in warm water for about 10 minutes.
    2. In a food processor, process the almonds to a coarse meal. Add the ground oat groats, coconut flakes and flax meal and process until well combined.
    3. Add the soaked dates, soaking water, vanilla, cinnamon and salt to the food processor and process until well combined. You might need to scrap down the sides of the mixing bowl a few times. The mixture should look like wet cookie dough. If it seems too dry, add another tablespoon or two of water.
    4. Line an 8 x 8-inch square pan with plastic wrap, making sure it hangs over the sides. Reserve 1/2 cup of the mixture for the top layer and press the remainder of the mixture in the bottom of the pan, using the back of a spoon to press it down firmly and evenly.
    5. Carefully lift the pressed layer out of the pan by pulling up the sides of the plastic wrap and place it on a dehydrator tray. Remove the plastic wrap and dehydrate the layer at 110 degrees for about 1 hour.

Top layer:

    1. In a medium bowl, combine the reserved mixture from the bottom layer with the raw oat flakes and coconut flakes. Crumble it using your fingers.
    2. Spread the mixture evenly on a dehydrator tray and dehydrate at 110 degrees for about 30 minutes.

Middle layer:

  1. In a food processor, process the almond butter, agave nectar and vanilla until smooth.
  2. Add the carob powder, cacao powder, coconut oil and salt, and process just to combine. It should resemble a thick fudge consistency.
  3. When the bottom and top layers have finished in the dehydrator, return the bottom layer to the pan and spread the fudge layer over top, carefully spreading it evenly with the back of a spoon. Then sprinkle the top layer over the fudge layer, pressing it firmly in place. Place the pan in the fridge for 1 hour to set before cutting into squares. Store the squares in a tightly covered container in the fridge.
      

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16 Responses to “Raw almond fudge bars”

  1. Jennifer and Jaclyn @ sketch-free vegan — January 24, 2011 @ 9:15 pm

    :O i cant believe those ingredients!

  2. Ricki — January 25, 2011 @ 3:56 am

    I'm in love ;) These look fantastic! And I agree with Jennifer and Jaclyn–such fabulous, healthy ingredients. I can't wait to give them a try. Thanks so much for an amazing entry to this month's SOS Challenge!

  3. Mihl — January 25, 2011 @ 4:31 pm

    I wish I could grab through the screen…

  4. Kat @ Cupcake Kat — January 26, 2011 @ 3:07 am

    This is great and delicious idea

  5. Cara — January 26, 2011 @ 3:17 am

    These remind me of a MUCH healthier version of what I'm about to post tomorrow. I gotta splurge sometimes ;) But I might have to try these instead to hit the craving next time!

  6. The Blissful Chef — January 26, 2011 @ 3:47 am

    Wow those are stunning! YUM!

  7. Lisa — January 27, 2011 @ 7:20 am

    Those look so chocolatey. How wonderful that they're delicious and so much healthier than other recipes. I have a linky party on my blog every Saturday called "Sweets for a Saturday" and I'd like to invite you to stop by this weekend and link this up.

  8. Kim - Affairs of Living — January 27, 2011 @ 5:20 pm

    Please send one of them to MInneapolis as soon as possible, thank you!Seriously, those are just making my mouth water. I dont want dinner, I was raw dessert bars! I will try this with cashews (no almonds for me) and let you know how it goes. AH!Thanks for entering this month's SOS Ktichen CHallenge!

  9. weggebobblesfruit — January 28, 2011 @ 9:16 pm

    These look phenomenal. I'm pretty sure I would enjoy eating each layer by itself, let alone together.

  10. Pam — February 1, 2011 @ 4:28 pm

    Yummy blog you have! Are you on Facebook? Have a lovely day!

  11. Nicole — February 2, 2011 @ 2:02 am

    Thanks for all the wonderful comments everyone!Pam: No, my blog isn't on Facebook yet. But I am on Twitter (@aDashofVegan)

  12. Pam — February 2, 2011 @ 2:23 pm

    Don't do Twitter, but glad you are considering FB! Have a great day!

  13. bittersweetblog — February 2, 2011 @ 4:27 pm

    From the photo, I would have never guessed that these were raw treats! They look positively amazing.

  14. Jess - The Domestic Vegan — February 2, 2011 @ 4:31 pm

    These are beautiful & they look so delicious!!

  15. themommybowl.com — February 10, 2011 @ 12:12 pm

    Wow – these look amazing – much like some very decadent and not raw or healthy bars that I used to eat. I'm going to have to try them! Sadly, I do not have a dehydrator that fits large squares, so I'm going to have to get creative on the shape of this. But, I think I can manage that.

  16. Nicole — February 10, 2011 @ 3:12 pm

    themommybowl.com: Thanks! I hope you like them. If you have a smaller dehydrator, try doing half the recipe in a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan instead. You should get about 8 squares out of it. Enjoy!

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