I must admit that I am finding it challenging to arrange and take photos of tasty, healthy food; especially when I train after work. At that point I am starving and I just want to eat the food. Tonight was one of those situations. I took my paddleski out this morning before work then did a 45 minute run after work. Taking photos of this Frozen mint chocolate slice before I ate my dinner was a struggle.
This slice is incredibly easy to make, requires no baking whatsoever, contains no refined carbohydrates (no refined sugars or grains) and tastes pretty dam good too!! It also looks pretty cool with the green minty layer (thanks to the avocado) and the soft, rich chocolate layer below.
I would actually consider this quite a healthy dessert as it is contains antioxidants from the cocoa powder, some quality fats from the cashews and coconut, which provide a feeling of satiety or fullness so you are less tempted to overeat (it is difficult not to overeat this slice I can assure you), additional quality fats plus vitamins and minerals from the avocado and fibre from the prunes and coconut. I tried to lower the calorie content by using reduced fat coconut cream, prunes and Greek yoghurt and by sweetening it with stevia. The chocolate layer stays slightly soft even when it is frozen making it easier to eat with a spoon.
Frozen mint chocolate slice (no refined carbohydrates)
½ cup cashews
½ cup desiccated coconut
½ cup reduced fat coconut cream
½ cup of pitted prunes
3 tablespoons cocoa powder (I have been using Dutch cocoa powder at the moment and it is delicious)
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
½ tablespoon stevia
½ an avocado
¾ cup of reduced fat coconut cream
½ cup Greek yoghurt
1 ½ tablespoons stevia
½ teaspoon peppermint extract
Measuring cups and spoons
20cm x 20cm baking tray (I used a baking tray that was slightly smaller than this)
- For the chocolate layer, add the cashews and coconut to the food processor and process until the cashews are finely chopped. Add in the remaining ingredients and process until the mixture forms a thick, paste-like consistency (this mixture is quite sticky).
- Spoon the chocolate layer into the baking tray lined with baking paper and spread this out smoothly with the back of a dessert spoon. Place the chocolate layer into the freezer while you prepare the mint layer. Clean the food processor.
- For the mint layer, add all the ingredients to the clean food processor and process until a smooth, even consistency is achieved. Pour the mint layer over the chocolate layer and smooth it out with the back of a dessert spoon. Place the mint chocolate slice back into the freezer and freeze for at least 6 hours. Allow the slice to thaw in the fridge for about 20 minutes before slicing.