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Week one of our holiday down, and we're about to leave the beautiful city of St Petersburg for Helsinki, Finland. St Petersburg has been magical - I'd never been to Russia before, so it's been incredible learning about the history, architecture, and numerous revolutions the people here have been through. There's also been lots of food tasting of course! Travelling to other countries is definitely my favourite way of finding inspiration for food. So often we get caught making the same old things, so it's incredible to be able to come to another country and try their local cuisine and specialities. It never fails to inspire me with ideas to try back home!

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The list of things I want to create healthy plant-based versions of for you and the blog is already overflowing. Vanilla Layer Cake, Cream of Broccoli Soup, Mushroom and Buckwheat Risotto, a deliciously crisp Parsnip, Fennel, Celery, Apple and Carrot Salad with Walnuts and Raisins, Sauerkraut Salad with Red Onion and Dill, and Russian Potato Pancakes with Sour Cream, to name a few. So stay tuned for some of those in a month's time when I'm back in NZ (and if there are any you like the sound of, let me know so I can put them top of the list!).

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Meanwhile, this week I'm excited to share with you my absolute favourite recipe from the WHOLE Cookbook. These Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars were something I made when I wanted to recreate the flavours of a classic Snickers bar (chocolate, peanuts, biscuit, for any of you who might not have tried one... if that's possible). I wanted it to be quick though, none of these multiples layers that you then have to cover individually in chocolate. Of course if you've got a Sunday spare then that could be fun, but I'm all about maximum flavour minimum time, and know you often are too!

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So these decadent Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars consist simply of a biscuity, peanut buttery base, with hints of caramel, topped with a lusciously thick layer of homemade dark chocolate. They're really easy to make, set quickly, and the flavours are just divine. If you're a Snickers fan then you have to try these - I guarantee you'll love them!

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER BARS #vegan #vegetarian #dairyfree #glutenfree #sugarfree #nutfree #eggfree #healthy #recipe #begoodorganics

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER BARS #vegan #vegetarian #dairyfree #glutenfree #sugarfree #nutfree #eggfree #healthy #recipe #begoodorganics

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER BARS #vegan #vegetarian #dairyfree #glutenfree #sugarfree #nutfree #eggfree #healthy #recipe #begoodorganics

I hope you love these Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars as much as I do. And if you give them a go, share your versions with me on Instagram with the tags @begoodorganics and #begoodorganics - I'd love to get a sneak peak into your kitchen, and always enjoy hearing your success stories with my recipes!

Meanwhile we're off to explore Helsinki, and discover what delicious treats the Fins have in store for us there. Til next week, stay happy and well.

x Buffy-Ellen

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Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars

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RawVeganVegetarianPaleoDairy FreeGluten FreeWheat FreeNut FreeSugar FreeSoy FreeContains Organic IngredientsCruelty Free

Makes 12 bars

Takes 15 minutes + 1 hour set time

Make with

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Base
1 c rolled oats
1/2 c peanut butter
6 medjoul dates (pitted)
2 tbsp coconut oil or cacao butter (melted)
2 tbsp coconut nectar
1/2 tsp vanilla powder
Pinch of sea salt

Chocolate Topping
1/2 c cacao butter (melted)
1 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
3 tbsp coconut nectar
1/2 c cacao powder
1/2 tsp vanilla powder
Pinch of sea salt

c = 250ml cup, tbsp = 15ml tablespoon, tsp = 5ml teaspoon

How to
  1. Blend all base ingredients in a food processor until well combined. The mixture should be slightly sticky and hold together nicely when pinched between your fingers. 
  2. Pour into a lined square tin, flatten down well with the palm of your hand, and place in the freezer to firm.
  3. In the meantime, blend all topping ingredients in a food processor or blender until completely combined and smooth. Pour on top of your base and return to the freezer for another 1-2 hours, or the fridge for a few more.
  4. Once set, remove your slice from the tin, leave to soften slightly (so the chocolate topping doesn't crack), then slice into thin bars. These bars are best served from the fridge, but can also be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Notes
  • Make sure you don't slice these straight from the freezer as the chocolate topping will crack. You want to slice them from just below room temperature so that the chocolate is sufficiently soft to make a nice clean slice. You can set these in the fridge if you're not in a hurry and would like to avoid any potential chocolate cracking, although if you're like me you'll want to try these tasty morsels asap, and thus freezer-setting will be your preference!
  • If you have a peanut allergy, you can sub the peanut butter for any other nut butter (hazelnut, walnut and almond are particularly delicious). You can also substitute unhulled tahini for a completely nut free version.
  • These bars use oats which are one of my favourite affordable everyday super foods, and are naturally wheat free. If you would like to make these 100% gluten free you can substitute the oats for buckwheat (dehydrated if possible, otherwise raw). You can order buckwheat here, and read more about whether oats are gluten free or not here
  • Substituting to buckwheat will also by nature make these paleo, as long as you're using a non-peanut nut butter, if that's something you're interested in (although I personally don't fully subscribe to the paleo train of thought). 

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER BARS #vegan #vegetarian #dairyfree #glutenfree #sugarfree #nutfree #eggfree #healthy #recipe #begoodorganics

Photos by the amazing Bronwyn Kan, author of the WHOLE Cookbook



Buffy Ellen
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