Freedom's Raw Recipes

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Chocolate Salad
Does it sound gross? Does it sound non-vegan? Does it sound too good to be true? Well read on my friends...

2 tbsp raw cacao nibs
2 medjool dates
8 tbsp orange juice, water or a combination
1 1/2 tsp raw tahini

5 bananas
5 sticks celery

Okay I hate to publish recipes on here that need specialised equipment but there is something you're going to need to make this recipe and you really can't do it without... that is a coffee grinder attachment for your blender. It's just essential. I actually use mine several times a week, I think is is great and if you're getting a new blender, definately go for one with a coffee grinder attachment.

Okay, with that said, lets get onto the recipe. For the salad part, just chop up your bananas and celery however you like and mix them together in a bowl. For the chocolate sauce, start by grinding the cacao nibs to a powder with your coffee grinder attachment. Put this powder aside in a bowl and put the dates (minus their stones!) in the blender with half the liquid. Blend to a smooth consistency with the coffee grinder blade. Then put the rest of the liquid and the cacao nib powder in and blend the whole lot together. Pour it over the salad and voila!
You can shock people by having chocolate sauce for dinner or you can use this as a chocolate dip with fruit skewers at parties or you can use it for anything else you can think of! Enjoy!