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Hazelnut Cream Slice with Mesquite

December 7, 2014

A nice change from caramel slice

A nice change from caramel slice

On a recent trip to the Eagle Farm markets, I met the lovely Yasmin from Yorganics Health Food Store who sells a fabulous selection of pesticide free products from Australia including nuts, seeds, cacao and healthy pantry staples.

She also makes some very yummy raw food treats including a cracker & granola range which are a labour of love for her.

Yasmin educated me about mesquite powder which is a new ingredient for me. Mesquite is an extremely hardy, drought-tolerant (legume) plant. It is native to South America and the southern US states. Mesquite powder is a traditional Native American food that is made by grinding ripened seed pods of the mesquite tree into a fine powder or meal.

Mesquite powder is full of calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and zinc and is also rich in the amino acid lysine, which is helpful if you are a cold-sore sufferer. It has traditionally been used as a flour or low GI sweetener and can be blended into smoothies, used in baking or sprinkled onto your cereal. It has a nutty flavour with a strong hint of caramel. It is sweet, but not sweet enough to use as a sweetener on its own, I used it to enhance a hazelnut slice without turning my recipe into a caramel slice. I think it worked well.

mesquite

Base
100g blanched almonds or macadamias
70g coconut
1 tab mesquite powder
1 teas cacao powder
1 tab psyllium husks
1 tab chia seeds
40g dates or dried figs
1 teas coconut oil
pinch salt
 
Add all of the ingredients to the TM and grind on SP 8 for 5 – 10 seconds. It will become floury then come together as wet crumbs that press together in a ball when pressed. Add a tablespoon water if it’s too dry.
Press this mix into a square tin and put in the freezer while you make the filling.
 
Filling
120g hazelnuts (toasted and skinned)
100g cacao butter
60g coconut sugar (I used Natvia)
30g dates
1 teas mesquite powder
120g coconut cream
40g butter
1/2 teas gelatine
1 teas vanilla extract
 
Grind the cacao butter, sugar, dates and nuts in the TM for 5 seconds, SP 8. Add the remaining ingredients and cook on SP 4 at 70°C for 5 minutes. Blend on SP 8 for 20 seconds to ensure it is smooth and pour over the base. Refrigerate until firm – about 2 hours. 
 
Chocolate Topping
80g chocolate of your choice
20g coconut oil
 
Melt the chocolate and oil together on SP 3 at 50°C for 2 minutes or until smooth. Pour over chilled slice and leave to set. Cut with a warm knife to prevent the chocolate from cracking.
 
 
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