Healthy Chocolate Slice Recipe
Do you have times when you really feel like or are sometimes desperate for something sweet? If you are anything like me, we indulge ourselves and then spend the next 24 hours wearing a “hair shirt” and remonstrating with ourselves for giving in to our weakness! If you are inclined to do this, the best that we can do is to have pantry ingredients at our disposal that help lessen the guilt.
White sugar is the killer, we are told. There are a few things that you can use to ease your conscience on this one. Coconut sugar, rapadura, honey, maple syrup, stevia, xylitol or rice bran syrup are all ingredients that you can substitute for sugar. Rapadura sugar is still cane sugar bur far less processed than white sugar. Coconut sugar is a palm sugar produced from the sap of the coconut palm and is readily available at the supermarket.
Both Stevia and Xylitol are extracted from the leaves of various trees and xylitol has half the calories of regular sugar. It looks, feels and tastes like regular sugar. Stevia has quite a strong after taste so be aware of that when using this one. Raw honey or maple syrup are good choices.
White flour is the next ingredient that we should try to replaceYou can use spelt flour, wholemeal flour, coconut flour or green banana flourTake care if using coconut flour as this can produce a very dry finished product. Use a little less flour than your recipe suggests and you may have to add a little extra oil. Green banana flour is a great ingredient, and it is readily available in health food stores or at Mrs Flannery's.
You can replace with coconut oil or ghee. Ghee is essentially clarified butter with the milk protein and water removed through heating.
"Healthy Chocolate Slice Recipe"
120 g butter
1 teaspoon Vanilla Paste
100 g rapadura sugar
75 g desiccated coconut (I make sure mine is preservative free)
140 g spelt flour
2 teaspoon baking powder
15 g cocoa powder
Preheat oven to 180°C
Prepare 20 x 28 cm tray with greased baking paper. Set aside.
Place all dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
Melt butter or coconut oil in a jug in the microwave.
Set aside to cool.
Add vanilla paste.
When cool enough, add egg and whisk till well mixed.
Add to dry ingredients.
Place in a 20 x 28 cm tray.
Bake at 180°C for 15 - 20 mins.
Allow to cool slightly before slicing.
"Chocolate Icing Recipe"
200 g icing sugar
15 g cacao
20 g butter
2 tablespoon water
Preservative and colour free sprinkles
Combine all ingredients except sprinkles.
Beat well till thick and creamy.
Ice slice and decorate with sprinkles.
Serve and enjoy!