Remember, remember the 5th of November. Now we know we’ve all over-sugared it with Halloween, so today I wanted to give you something for Bonfire night. Something much healthier than a Toffee Apple.
Now, what I find with a lot of the ‘Clean/Healthy Eating’ recipes, is that the food is yuck, my kids close their mouths to it, and we end up eating ice-cream to drown our sorrows. So I for one am a huge fan of the Hemsley Sisters’ recipes. Not only are the dishes beautiful to look at, they actually taste as good as they look. And double bonus, they are G.O.O.D. for you! And today you lucky things, triple bonus, they have shared with us their recipe for these Paradise Bars. Let’s go!
Here’s what you need:
200 g bar of creamed coconut
6 tbsp. coconut oil
3 tbsp. raw honey
1½ tsp vanilla extract
A pinch of sea salt
150 g desiccated coconut
200 g (85% cocoa solids) dark chocolate
Then do this:
1 Line a 20 cm square tin with baking parchment. In cold weather, place the unopened packet of creamed coconut in a bowl of warm water to melt it through (you can massage the packet to help it along). In warm weather, the creamed coconut will already be fluid enough.
2 When it’s soft all the way through, pour into a bowl and mix in the coconut oil (it will melt if it’s hard), raw honey, vanilla, salt and 2–4 tablespoons water if you like a softer centre.
3 Stir in the desiccated coconut evenly to create a doughy consistency.
4 Pour the dough into the prepared tin. Press the mixture down with the back of a spoon to make it level and set in the fridge for 15 minutes until hard.
5 Turn the tin of coconut mixture out onto a chopping board and slice into 6 horizontal slices by 4 vertical. Place them onto a baking tray lined with baking parchment and keep in the freezer while you prep the chocolate.
6 Melt the chocolate in a glass or metal bowl over a pan of warm water – make sure the water does not touch the bottom of the bowl and do not allow the water to boil or simmer – you may have to keep removing from the heat. This should take about 30 minutes.
7 When the chocolate has almost melted, take the bowl off the heat and place on a tea towel to avoid slipping. Leave it to cool as much as possible without it hardening to give a thicker coating to the paradise bars – stir occasionally.
And the last step – and this is my very own addition to the method, is stuff one into your mouth before your kids eat them ALL UP as they really are super yum!
A giant thank you from us to Melissa and Jasmine – who by the way, not only have an incredible blog, written recipe books, have a column in Vogue, launched a Spiralizer, have a H.U.G.E. Instagram following – but also look like models. How is that fair?
Extracted from The Art of Eating Well by Melissa and Jasmine Hemsley (Ebury Press, £25)
Photography by Nick Hopper