I have a scrummy chocolate related recipe for you guys today. I started off making these for my husband for his birthday but it turns out he didn’t like them. I don’t mind eating them all myself though as I think they’re bloody delicious if I do say so myself. To be fair on him they had dates in them and are covered in dark chocolate, two things of which he dislikes greatly.
There are 2/3 layers to this recipe but the 3rd is optional. Four layer is you count the coating of chocolate at the end 🙂 Despite the somewhat lengthy method and layers though the ingredients of this pudding are pretty simple.
Ingredients – Makes 15-20 bites (depending on size)
1 Tin Chickpeas
2 Tbsp Maple Syrup
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1/2 Tsp Cinnamon
2 Tbsp Milk
1 Tbsp Light brown sugar
100g Chocolate chips
Peanut butter layer:
3t Tsp Peanut Butter
½ Tbsp Butter
Sweet treat layer (optional)
Lotus biscuit spread, around 1 Tbsp
Dark Chocolate 180g
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
Drain your chickpeas and rinse well
Place them in a blender with all your other ingredients for the cookie dough. Everything apart from the chocolate chips. Whizz it up good!
Once it’s blended well add your chocolate chips and mix together.
It looks like cookie dough right?? It’s pretty darn amazing that it’s made from chickpeas.
Depending on your mix at this stage you will need to add a certain amount of flour. It will need to be more doughy but not quite as dough like as normal cookie dough. The more dough like it is the easier it will be to coat in dark chocolate and cut into pieces in the final stages so it’s entirely up to you.
Once you’re at this step prepare a tub by placing clingfilm in the bottom which will help you take the frozen slab out at the end. You may choose the tub of your preferred size. IT depends on how thick and big you want the bites to me. I went wit ha small and deep tub so my bites were quite chunky.
Add your cookie dough mix to your tub and freeze for at least an hour or two.
Once this layer is set it’s time to make the peanut butter mixture. Things get simpler from here on out. All you need to do to make this layer is to combine your ingredients in a blender once again. This includes the peanut butter, dates and butter. You may want to add milk to help loosen the mixture if needed in order to help blend it better.
Once you have this consistency add the layer on top of your frozen cookie dough layer. Freeze it once again for 1-2 hours.
Once this is frozen you have the option to add your final layer. At this point, you can pretty much add what ever you would like. I added a thin layer of Lotus biscuit spread but desiccated coconut would work well as well or maybe Nutella. Have fun with it and make it your own. Then, freeze again.
Now take your solid block out of the freezer. Use the clingfilm to take it out of the tub and make sure to remove all of the clingfilm before this next step.
Make sure you have a sharp knife for this step. Chop your block into bite sized pieces. They can be as big or as small as you like. This will affect how many you end up with.
Now it’s time to melt your chocolate. All you need is the coconut oil and dark chocolate in a bowl. It’s up to you how you melt it. I placed it in the microwave for 30 seconds intervals. The coconut oil is included in this mix as it helps it melt quicker and it hardens better.
Next place all your bites on their side so you can see the layers and place a dollop of chocolate on the top of each. Then place into the fridge to harden for 5-10minuts. This helps to keep all three layers together as you are handling them for the next step.
Now it’s time for the very messy part. Remelt your chocolate again if it’s started to harden. Then you need to dip each bite into the bowl of chocolate. Try and get them a good layer before placing them on a board of your choosing.
Once done place them back into the fridge again to harden and you’re done 🙂
You can have fun with toppings as well. I added some desiccated coconut to a couple of mine to try the combo which worked well. Have fun with it 😀 These bites are amazing. I’m surprised with how well they turned out and will definitely be making them again and playing around with the recipe.
These certainly won’t win any awards for the prettiest chocolate bar but that can be solved by chopping them at an early stage or playing around with applying the chocolate. Maybe try two layers. I was trying to avoid adding too many layers of chocolate though.
As always make it your own. I would love to see your pictures if you try this recipe!