Gowings Peppermint Slice

At the time of writing this post early 2014, I was becoming more and more intrigued by the Paleo way of life. The more I read, the more it maked sense, especially from an unprocessed, wholefoods point of view. Essentially it’s about minimising your grain intake and upping the ante on premium organic meat and enjoying an abundance of sustainable fish. Most importantly it’s all about hunter-gatherer, so masses of great vegetables are a must. These days I am much more holistic as I do not feel that the Paleo diet – or any other elimination diet – is a sustainable approach to health and happiness.

At the time I experimented with grain free snacks and came up with a ripsnorter of a treat! It needs refrigerating in the warmer weather, which we’re loving here in Byron this summer. Substitute the nuts, dried fruit and seeds for whatever you have in your pantry and just use more vanilla or maybe lemon essence or zest if you have no peppermint oil.

This is the ultimate raw Paleo treat – no cooking required. Love to hear your thoughts Readers!

Gowings Peppermint Paleo Slice

¾ cup currants
¾ cup dried apricots
¾ cup hazelnuts
¾ cup Brazil nuts
¾ cup sunflower seeds
¾ cup cacao
¾ cup shredded coconut
2 teaspoons vanilla
3 drops peppermint oil (food grade)
2 teaspoons agave syrup
¾ cup coconut oil, melted – plus a little extra for greasing
2 tablespoons goji berries for topping
Extra coconut for topping

  • Line a rectangular or square cake tin with baking paper. Brush with coconut oil
  • In a food processor, blitz currants, apricots nut and seeds until they resemble coarse breadcrumbs
  • Add cacao, ½ cup shredded coconut, vanilla, peppermint and agave
  • Fold through melted coconut oil
  • Press into the lined tin, scatter extra shredded coconut and goji berries on top
  • Refrigerate for at least 4 hours to allow to set
  • Turn out onto a board when hard and cut into squares
  • Keep chilled and use within 5 days
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