So last week was my daughters 7th birthday. My week was busy to say the least.
She has been excited about her birthday for weeks counting down the days. So she came to me a few weeks ago and she was telling me what she would like to take to school to treat the other kids. She started off with I know its not so good for us but can I take snickers bars? I look at her at say yeah sure , but you know what I can make them better than the store bought!!! Her eyes light up..
Yes we can make them together. More excitement …
And wrap them …. Now ecstatic!!!
Ok great so she's on board.. I smile to myself remembering Eddie Murphey Raw (A stand up comedy from the late 80's - If you haven't seen it - its a must - Just be warned it has a lot of colourful language!!!) Any how there is a part when he's talking about the kid that wants Mc Donalds Hamburgers and the mother tells him I ‘ll make you burgers Better than Mc Donalds. And the boy says Better than Mc Donalds ??
So in between white square wonder bread with the sides torn off , and a big hunk of home made beef burger, with the grease dripping down, the kids wondering how in the hell this resembles and is better than McDonald!!
So the pressures on ...God the stress … I have to really make these look like snickers bars and make sure that the other kids will eat them.
So the day before her birthday we set to work.
First we made a base. So we make it with some oat flakes , cashews a few dates , coconut oil and agave syrup. Press it into a dish lined with baking paper and set it aside.
Now I’m not really one for taking exact measurement but it went something like this
1.5 cup oat flour , 1.5 cup cashew flour, 8 dates , 3 tablespoon coconut oil, 3 tablespoons agave syrup. Placed everything in a food processor and blended until crumbly and sticky.
Next caramel layer .
In a pot we put 2 cans full fat coconut milk , 6 tablespoons coconut sugar , 6 tablespoons agave and teaspoon of vanilla. Boiled it ,then turned it down to a simmer and let it cook until it reduced and caramelized.
We poured it over the base. Next we topped the caramel with course chopped peanuts and transferred to the freezer to set.
Once set we cut it into bars and placed them back in the freezer.
Now for the chocolate we made our own by using 150 grams cocoa butter, 90 grams cocoa powder and 90 grams agave syrup.
We then took each bar and dipped it in the chocolate. And of course we also had to do some lines on top.
Then we put them in the fridge to set.
Next up we got some gold foil wrapping and wrapped each one individually and put them in a box ready to be taken .
So the next day Elissa woke up and happily took her sweats to school proudly telling everyone she made them with mummy and that they were healthy treats.
So when she got home , I was curious to see if the kids enjoyed them. She said most of the kids had them at school and said they were really nice.
Hooray mission accomplished !!!!