June 22, 2013

Chocolate Filled Peanut Coconut Barfi

This one is made on special request from my son who loves peanuts. Now who does not like the chocolate and peanut combination. I wanted to make something that he can eat like a treat and still does not compromise on our healthy eating practices. Though I decided to name it barfi, it actually does not involve any 'cooking' or 'thickening' like a conventional barfi. It can be easily put together using wholesome and nutritious raw ingredients. My son loved the addition of the chocolate layer.

For the peanut-coconut layer:

  • Raw organic valencia peanuts - 1 cup
  • Organic shredded dried coconut - 1 cup
  • Medjool Dates - 4
  • Himalayan salt - a pinch

  • Add peanuts and half of the coconut a into a dry blender or food processor and process till everything powdered, add dates and continue processing till everything binds together like a 'dough. 
  • It will take less than a minute in a blender. Food processor might take a little longer.
  • Transfer the 'dough' to a bowl and add the remaining coconut and mix well.
  • Put the dough in between 2 sheets of parchment paper and roll into a big rectangle of about 1/4 inch thickness. Cut the rectangle into 2 halves and keep aside.

For the chocolate layer:

  • Raw organic cacao butter - 1/4 cup *
  • Raw organic cacao powder - 1/4 cup
  • Medjool dates - 4

  • Process everything in a blender or food processor to make your chocolate. (You will have stop and scrape the sides every few seconds to help the blender run with the dry and sticky ingredients).
  • Take out the chocolate and spread over one half of the peanut-coconut sheet. Try to spread as evenly as possible and put the second peanut-coconut sheet on top. Slightly press from all sides. You can keep it refrigerated for about 30 minutes to make it extra firm.
  • Cut into 1 inch squares and enjoy !!

1. Cocoa butter comes in blocks, I shaved them to small slices and used it.
2. You can substitute virgin coconut oil instead of cocoa butter, might want to adjust quantity a little bit.

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