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Chocolate Nut Log


by Teniel Moore–Raw Foods Contributor

I am a sucker for anything sweet. I always have to have something in my fridge I can grab to enjoy for that sweet fix.

My chocolate nut log is another super fast treat to make that you can adjust to include what ever you have in your cupboard.  This recipe is full of some great healthy fats and lots of chocolatey goodness from the raw cacao.  I hope you enjoy making this the next time your sweet tooth calls!


Chocolate Nut Log


1/2 cup of raw cacao powder

1/2 cup of raw coconut oil

Few pinches of good quality pink salt

1 heaped tsp of peanut or almond butter

1/4 cup of rice malt syrup * see alternatives

Large handful of macadamia nuts and almonds

Handful of shredded coconut



Turn your oven on and toast the nuts and coconut until the coconut is slightly golden.

Keep an eye on it as it can burn fast. Should only take about 10 minutes.

Melt your coconut oil and mix in all the other ingredients including your nuts and coocnut together in a large bowl.

Line a small dish or tin (I use a loaf tin) with wax proof paper and pour your chocolate mix in making it even and level. Then set in the fridge for at least an hour.

Cut into small squares and keep in fridge.

I have also made this log using walnuts and brown rice puffs. I’ve even skipped the cacao & sweetener altogether and used carob powder instead. So feel free to play with this recipe and add your favourites. Just keep it healthy!



If you can’t find rice malt syrup then add any sweetener that you enjoy.

maybe 2 -3Tbs of maple syrup tasting as you go and add more or less as needed.




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No Bake Chocolate Peanut Butter Freezer Slice

I will be making this recipe for years and years to come.  Yes, it is that good. It is the perfect chocolatey peanut butter treat!  It is healthy, easy to make, everyone loves it, and it keeps forever in the freezer.

It starts with nuts, and we all know how good nuts are for us.  They are full of protein and all of those good oils that help with digestion and make your skin shine!

There is no processed sugar in these, but they satisfy a sweet tooth and are plenty sweet thanks to the dates, raisins and honey that are in them.  The coconut oil adds a bit of sweetness, too.

Start with processing the nuts in a high speed blender or a food processor until crumbly.  I have a little one who does not like nuts, so I went pretty powdery with my nuts to keep her happy.  She devoured these and kept asking for more!

Add dates, keep processing until they are in small pieces & mixed well.

Add the rest of your ingredients.  Process until consistency can be rolled into a ball…a messy ball.  Keep scraping the sides of your blender or processor to help blend.

Make sure you lick that spoon!

Press mixture into a lined pan. I used my fingers but then smoothed my prints out with the back of a spoon to make it pretty for all of you!

Mix up the icing.

Are you drooling yet?  This is the best part.  Mmmmmm.

Top bars with icing.  Use a bit of water to thin if too thick.  If too thin, don’t worry, it will firm up in the freezer.

Slice it up and hide it in the freezer.  If you share it will be gone in minutes.

The texture of this slice is so satisfying.  It is chewy even when frozen, easy to bite into.  The frosting melts so creamy in your mouth.  I love that they are cold, too, which really adds to the satisfaction!

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Freezer Slice

6-8 Fresh medjool dates
¼ cup of raisins
1 cup of nuts (they can be mixed nuts or not. I like to use macadamia nuts, Brazil nuts or walnuts)
pinch of good quality salt
1/2 cup cocoa
1/4 cup peanut butter
1/3 cup of honey
2 Tsp of water
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 Tbsp coconut oil (melted) (no substitutes)
2 Tbsp honey
2 Tbsp peanut butter
1/2 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt

~Place your nuts into your food processor or high speed blender and process until crumbly.

~Add your dates and raisins and process again. 
~Now add your salt, cocoa, honey and peanut butter.
~ Process till it starts to come together. If the mix is too dry add a little water a bit at a time till the mix sticks together when pressed into a ball. 
~Press this mix into a small lined container. 
Directions For Icing 
Mix cocoa, melted coconut oil, honey, vanilla & a pinch of salt to bring out the flavor. Add water if too thick, if too thin, don’t worry, it will firm up in the freezer.


Pour or spread the icing onto the raw chocolate slice. Pop back into the freezer till the icing firms up, then slice and enjoy. This slice keeps great in the freezer if it lasts that long.

This post was inspired by our amazing Raw Foods Contributor Teniel Moore from Addicted To Raw. She wrote about a similar chocolate slice minus the peanut butter and high raw.


No Bake, No Sugar Chocolate “Larabar” Truffles

You are gonna like these!  They are really good.  They are make from very healthy ingredients, and contain no sugar.  They taste very much like a Chocolate Coconut Larabar.  I have always been a fan of Larabars because they are made out of just a handful of healthful ingredients…
… the above bar contains-dates, almonds, walnuts, unsweetened cocoa and coconut. That is it!!

I knew these would be easy to replicate, so I was excited to see that the Nourishing Gourmet had already tried and succeeded!  I used her recipe and was really happy with how they turned out!

I packaged some of mine pretty to take to my Radiation Oncologist as a thank you on my last day of radiation.  He is a diabetic, and I knew he had been staying away from refined sugars.  He seemed pleased to have a treat that was sugar free, tasted them and approved!
You DO NOT have to be a date lover to like these.  I do not like dates!  In this recipe, they provide the sweetness and I could not tell there were in there. 2 of my 3 girls loved these and couldn’t get enough. My oldest is not a fan of coconut, so no luck with her.  The neighbor kids gave them 2 thumbs up and asked for more.
Here is the recipe, adapted from the Nourishing Gourmet:
 Chocolate “Larabar” TrufflesMakes about 20 truffles
    20 dates, pitted
    1 cup of coconut flakes, fine
    1/4 cup of coconut oil
    Heaping 3/4 cup of cashews, walnuts, pecans, or nut of choice
    2 ounces of unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    A few dashes of unrefined salt
1) In a food processor, combine the pitted dates, coconut flakes, and coconut oil. Process until the mixture is finely ground.
2) Add the nuts to food processor and process until the nuts are in very small pieces (some even completely ground)
3) In the warm pan, add the chocolate to melt. If you need a little more heat, put on the very lowest heat on the stove, just until melted to prevent burning. Scrape into the food processor and add the salt and vanilla. Process until well mixed.
4)  Roll into balls (refrigerate for 30 minutes if too sticky…mine were not) and place on a plate or in a container and then harden completely in the refrigerator. Keep cool until you serve and enjoy!

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Chewy No Bake Granola Bars

I’ve posted a recipe here at New Nostalgia for Homemade Granola bars that I like, but I’ve been wanting one that is less dense and more gooey and chewy.  I found what I was looking for thanks to Allison at AllinSon!
They are easy, they make a whole 9×13 pan full, and my kids love ’em!  They are on the sweet side, but that is what I was looking for, something that tasted sweet but with some fiber and wholesome goodness along with it.  These pass for dessert around our house, and that makes me very happy!

{I used Chia Seeds in mine, read more below}

 Chewy No Bake Granola Bars

  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar (I used Sucanat)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2-1/2 cups oats or leftover granola
  • 1/2 cup total of the following ingredients: wheat germ {about 1/4 cup}, ground flax seeds {about 2 tablespoons} and whole flax seeds {about 2 tablespoons}.  Or substitute with more oatmeal, rice cereal, or nuts. 
  • 1/2 cup Craisins 
  • 1/2 cup chopped almonds (I used sunflower seeds)
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips (didn’t use, I was out)
  • *I added 2 Tbls Chia seeds
  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the brown sugar with the honey and butter. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, then lower the heat to medium-low and simmer until the sugar dissolves, about 2 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients, except for the chocolate chips, to the saucepan and fold the ingredients to evenly coat with the sauce. Transfer the granola mixture to a 9-by-13-inch ungreased baking pan and press firmly to evenly fill. Gently press the chocolate chips onto the top of the granola. Let the granola mixture set in the fridge until firm, about 15 minutes, then cut into 2-1/4-by 3-inch bars.
  3. Store in the fridge.

These seem very flexible as far as ingredients go.  I want to add some cinnamon next time and maybe try a peanut butter version.  The recipe is GREAT just how it is, too!

A little bit about:

Chia Seeds

Chia seeds and I are becoming fast friends.  Why?
~the are jammed packed with protein and minerals and healthy fats and fiber
~they provide more plant based Omega 3’s than any other food, even FLAX
~they have 5 GRAMS of fiber PER TABLESPOON!
~they are flavorless and dissolve in juice, soups, stews, shakes etc..
~they are FILLING!


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