Yesterday I visited Naked Treaties…. AGAIN. Naked Treaties is my one-stop-shop when a) I’m away from my raw, superfood filled kitchen b) I’ve somehow managed to RUN OUT of my raw cacao chocolates, and c) I’m in Byron Bay (which is often!). I honestly can’t say no! You can read more about my love for the Naked Treaties raw bar here.
With their consent, I’ve come home to attempt re-creating one of my Naked Treaties favourites. ‘NICKERS BARS’. Uhuh! Famous world over for their ultra-delicious decedent chocolate texture and taste. Inside Nickers bars there’s a seemingly ‘nougat’ (all raw vegan of course) layer, a delightful raw caramel layer (which I’m guessing is based on Medjool dates), it’s topped with activated almonds mmm and smothered in high quality raw chocolate. They’re so much better than a ‘Snickers’ bar! You’ll never go back.
So here’s my recipe-recreation for what I’ve now called my… drumroll please… Nice Nickers!! Bars. I have no idea if it’s anything like the way they actually make theirs themselves at Naked Treaties, but after my very enjoyable first attempt I certainly won’t be trying to improve the recipe! I’ve just tried a couple of these, and they’re sooo good!! This latest work of art is right up there with some of the best of my Model Chocolate recipes (read TUCKKK INNN). Not exactly like the Naked Treaties version, but every bit as delicious! My whole family is obsessed, even those who think (we know otherwise) they don’t really care for raw chocolate.
NICE NICKERS!! BARS
Lush Almond Layer
1 1/2 cups almond meal
1 rounded tablespoon nut butter of your choice (I used almond butter)
1 tablespoon maple, rice or agave syrup
MIX altogether. The mixture should hold together when squeezed in the palm of your hand. Press firmly into a lined glass dish. Chill Lush Almond Layer in the fridge, while you go on to make Raw Caramel.
Raw Caramel Layer
1 1/2 cups organic pitted Medjool dates
4 tablespoons raw organic coconut oil
1 teaspoon vanilla powder
1/4 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt (or sea salt)
WHIZ ingredients altogether in a food processor for 2 – 3 minutes or until a mass of delicious raw vegan caramel is created.
Remove the chilled Almond Layer from the fridge. Spread it evenly on top with the Raw Caramel. Press some raw organic almonds (or any raw nuts of your choice!) into the top, leaving 2/3 of each almond exposed. Chill again to firm while preparing raw chocolate.
70%+ Raw Chocolate Coating:
70g raw cacao butter, finely chopped
1-2 tablespoon organic raw coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla powder
1- 2 tablespoons raw dark agave or maple syrup
Pinch of sea salt (brings out the flavours)
1/3 cup raw cacao powder or organic cocoa
MELT cacao butter with coconut oil and vanilla in a glass bowl over another bowl of boiling water. Remove from heat. Whisk in all other ingredients adding raw cacao powder last. Carefully remove chilled Nickers Bars filling from setting dish. Cut into small bar shapes. Pour some chocolate into the base of another lined dish with raw chocolate. Place bars carefully on top. Drizzle raw chocolate on top before chilling again to harden. You may need to coat again with more raw chocolate depending on how thick you wish it to be. Serve with oh so much love and laughter knowing that these raw chocolate-y good treats will actually AID in keeping you looking Supergorgeous for your nicest of nickers! 😉
Makes up to 15- 20 decadently rich raw bars! Serves 10.
I’ve pictured my Nice Nickers!! Bars along with some cute panties and the latest gorgeous issue of Vogue Australia because, a) they looked cute together, b) I love eating chocolate in my nickers and c) I believe this kind of deliciousness will be on the cover of Vogue one day. Read my articles Food is the New Black, Food Meets Fashion! WOOT and Model Chocolate loves Naked Treaties for more. Ohmygooodness. Just HID the last three of these bars (yes they went quick!!!!) in the back of the fridge. You know when you’re a chocoholic when you carry on like that. Naughty little Nickers. Made me do it 😉