I have cracked the gluten-free, dairy-free and sugar-free muffin and this weekend I attempted a slice that said decadent yet had no gluten, dairy or sugar. It was quite a mission and I had to gather together a few different ideas from recipes I had seen around the food blog world but none eliminated all three elements so I had to experiment and I have succeeded in making something rather wonderful. You do have to like banana, coconut and chocolate but if you do, this is your new best friend. I got the idea for the middle layer from The Life of Clare.
- 4 tbsp unsalted peanut butter (with no added sugar)
- 4 tbsp coconut butter
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 ripe bananas
- 1 cup walnuts
- ¼ cup dried coconut
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 9 soft dates
- ½ tsp teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ cup cacao nibs
- 1 soft banana
- 1 banana
- 100mls coconut cream
- ¾ cup peanut butter
- 2 tbsp date puree
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- A few grains salt
- Place everything in a food processor and blend well.
- Spread over the base of a lightly oiled baking dish. (I lined it with parchment paper but it wasn't necessary.)
- Place in the freezer for 15 minutes.
- Place everything except the cacao nibs in the food processor and blend very well.
- Add the cacao nibs and mix.
- Spread over the bottom layer and place in the freezer for another 15 minutes.
- Mash the banana in a bowl and add all the other ingredients except the peanut butter. Whip with egg beaters until the mixture thickens.
- Add the peanut butter and beat until a thick fluffy mixture develops.
- Spread over the other two layers and place in the fridge.
- Once it is chilled, cut into slices and keep in the fridge.
Note 1: You can make your own coconut butter by placing a packet of shredded coconut in a food processor and processing for about 10 minutes.
Note 2: The base is quite soft but holds together. It could be a bit messy if left out of the fridge too long before eating it but it won’t fall apart. I will work on this element in the weeks to come so it is less like a dessert and more like a very firm slice. But the delicious factor outweighs any messiness – perhaps use a spoon.