Raw chocolate ganache bars

30 minutes


For the base

  • 100g of ground almonds
  • 100g of Oats, gluten free
  • 100g of dried dates, pitted and very finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp of solid refined coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp of honey, raw
  • fine sea salt

For the ganache

  • 100g of solid refined coconut oil
  • 80g of cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tbsp of honey, raw (or to taste)
  • fine sea salt


Line a small lipped tray (it does not matter on the size of shape, it will just change the thickness of your bars) with a sheet of baking parchment
In a large bowl, combine the ground almonds, oats, finely chopped dates and a good pinch of salt
Depending on where I keep my coconut oil affects solidity, but if it is solid you’ll need to melt it in a small saucepan over a very low heat. Stir the coconut oil and the honey into the mixture until it is all combined and has formed large crumbs
Press the mixture into an even layer in the tray, and refrigerate while you make up the ganache mixture
Melt the coconut oil and whisk in the cocoa powder until the mixture is smooth. Whisk in the vanilla and the honey until the honey has dissolved, and add a good pinch of sea salt. Taste the mixture; you might want to add a bit more honey to taste depending on how much sweetness you enjoy. However, remember as you’ve used honey as a binding agent in the base, and the base contains dates for a bit of fruitiness, it in itself will be quite sweet
Pour the ganache mixture over the oat base, moving the tray around to make sure it is all covered with chocolate. Transfer to the freezer to set for about 10-15 minutes
Remove from the freezer and leave to stand for about 5 minutes. Use a sharp knife to release the sides, and lift the slab out of the baking tray using the baking parchment. On a cutting board and using a very sharp knife, cut the ganache bars into squares; I find this mixture usually makes 12 pieces. Store in the freezer, and enjoy when you fancy something sweet, and you want to be a bit more virtuous than if you were to just reach for a chocolate bar