Pistachio ‘Mars’ Bars

These delicious little treats are the perfect snack whenever you’re craving something sweet. And most importantly they are made from pistachio & salted caramel covered in chocolate, do I need to say more? I also decided to add some cinnamon into the mix because pistachio and cinnamon happen to be a heavenly combination, which I just discovered recently.

My favorite thing about this recipe is the fact that it proofs how simple it is to create sweets using just a few ingredients that are healthy and taste just as good, if not better, than any store bought version. You don’t need refined sugar, flavor enhancers or animal protein at all.

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Makes 5 bars

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups or 270g dates
  • 1 1/2 cups or 185g ground unsalted pistachios
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup or 80ml of water
  • 100g dark vegan chocolate

Method:

  1. Start by making the salted caramel paste. Transfer 1/2 a cup (90g) into a sauce pan and add the water and a 1/2 tsp salt. On medium heat stir until the dates are completely dissolved. Keep adding a little more water if the mixture is too dry. The final result should be a thick caramel like paste.
  2. Next add the ground pistachios and the remaining dates together with the cinnamon and 1/4 tsp salt in to a food processor and mix for a few minutes until everything sticks together.
  3. Use the date-pistachio mix to form 5 bars using your hands. Spread the date paste on top and put in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours to allow then to set.
  4. In a double boiler melt the chocolate and cover the bars. Put into the refrigerator again for about half an hour.

 

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