Lucuma is a flavored tropical fruit native to Peru. I’ve not seen the fruit much here in Ireland but have been reading up on its use as a replacement sweetener for baking, Having ordered it some time ago from i-herb, I have been busy trying out some recipes – as a sugar replacement, it is considered superior to sugar, being an excellent source of fibre, vitamins and minerals. It has lots of beta-carotene, niacin (B3) and iron. In my opinion, it is also better than agave syrup which I don’t like using due to its fructose composition – actually I would rather use sugar. The Lucuma I used is raw, vegan and organically certified. Tastewise it tastes quite creamy, not floury as you would expect tasting it raw and it also has a reasonable base sweetness but not the obvious sweetness of sugar.
I used it to make these raw chocolate bars and they are delicious and easy to make:-
Raw Chocolate Bars
For the base
200g mixed nuts including brazils, pecans, walnuts, hazelnuts
1 tsp pink Himalayan salt, or any other good-quality salt
150g dates, stoned and chopped
For the filling
2 medium sized ripe avocados
80g coconut oil
1 vanilla pods, seeds only or 1 tsp vanilla extract
100gr 70% Dark Chocolate
3 tbsp cocoa
3 heaped tbsp Lucuma powder – If you cant get this, I suggest you use 40gr coconut palm sugar)
Pinch of salt
Line a tin approximately 6 by 10″ with cling film overlapping the edges so you can pull it out.
Blend the nuts and dates until you have a crumby mixture which is a bit sticky.
Press into the base of the tin and put into the fridge to set
For the filling, blend everything together until really smooth – I suggest you blend for at least 5 minutes for a lovely glossy mixture then pour onto the base.
Leave to set in the fridge for a couple of hours and cut into fingers and enjoy.
6 thoughts on “Raw Chocolate Bars”
Chocolate not chic sorry !
Hi Caroline, depends on the chocolate, I have drops so don’t bother. I just blend really well. if you have a block of chocolate, either cut up really well, or melt but let it cool slightly before tipping into the blender as you dontwantto cook the avocado with the heat. Same for coconut oil, it blends fine if you don’t melt, but if you do, again let it cool slightly.
Thanks for droppinin, let me know if you have any more questions!
Hi Grainne where did you get the dates? Going to go in search of them at the weekend but I haven’t heard of those before
Hi Catherine, They should be widely available in most supermarkets. I know that Dunnes Cornelscourt have them. They come in a oblong box and in dunnes are in the fruit and veg section. They are also in asian markets, the mosque in Clonskea, and the indian market at the back of blackrock market. Hope this helps.
perfect thanks alot!!! i’ll try my local Dunnes