Cherry Ripe Slice

If you're Australian, you're probably familiar with the Cherry Ripe. According to Wikipedia, it's Australia's oldest chocolate bar and one of the top sellers. It's a cherry, coconut and chocolate affair. Delicious, but not so healthy (sugar is the primary ingredient). 

Personally, I don't think there's anything wrong with enjoying a sugary treat every now and then. If you really, truely feel like it, I say have it, enjoy it and move on. But if you'd prefer something a bit more nourishing (without the sugar crash), give this slice a go.

I'm not going to say it tastes exactly the same as a Cherry Ripe (that would be impossible without a truck load of sugar), but it's made with dried cherries, coconut, raw cacao powder and dark chocolate - so you get the vibe with some added nutrients (and without the crap). 

The base is made with mixed nuts and coconut and I've also boosted it with Proper Protein's chocolate pea protein powder. Adding good fats and protein balances out the natural sugars in the dried cherries and makes the slice filling and satiating. I prefer my treats this way (so I'm less likely to eat the whole batch in one go).

It's gluten-free, grain-free, vegan and I've only used a small-ish amount of dried cherries to keep the sugar content low. I buy the dried cherries at my local health food store and love their slightly tart flavour. But if you can't find them, you could use dried cranberries instead to make a Cranberry Ripe Slice!

Cherry Ripe Slice

Gluten-free | Grain-free | Vegan

Ingredients:

For the base:

  • 3/4 cup raw mixed nuts
  • 1/4 cup chocolate pea protein powder (or another plant based protein powder)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened desiccated coconut
  • 2 x 20ml tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • 2 x 20ml tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil, melted
  • 1 x 20ml tablespoon rice malt syrup

For the cherry layer:

  • 1/2 cup dried cherries
  • 1 cup unsweetened desiccated coconut
  • 50g dark chocolate

Preparation:

  1. Line a 10 x 16cm container with baking paper or cling film.
  2. To make the base, process the base ingredients in a food processor until well combined. Press the mixture firmly into the prepared container and set aside in the freezer to chill.
  3. To make the cherry layer, process the dried cherries and coconut in a food processor until the mixture starts to come together into a ball. Remove the base from the freezer and press the cherry mixture evenly over the top of the base. Return the slice to the fridge for a few hours to set. Once set, remove the slice from the container and cut into pieces.
  4. Melt the chocolate in the microwave or using a double boiler then let it cool slightly. The chocolate will thicken as it cools, which will make drizzling easier. Once cooled slightly, use a teaspoon to drizzle the melted chocolate over the slices. Return to the fridge to set. Store in the fridge or freezer.

Makes 6 – 8 slices.