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).

I developed the recipe for Proper Protein, so you can grab it over on their website here

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!