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HOW TO MAKE RAW MARS BAR

It goes without saying that there really are just some (not so nourishing) favourites that many of us still crave, so rather than eliminate them from our lives altogether, why not have your treat and eat them too? That’s where the remake in raw comes in handy and these little flavour and nutrition bombs are going to hit the spot.

Meet the Raw Mars Bar…a delicious combination of cashews, coconut and vanilla to make the ‘nougat’ type base of Mars Bar (I got that right didn’t I?) with a caramel of tahini, cashew, dates, lucuma, maca, vanilla and salt, finished with our favourite raw choc combo. Epic.

The nutrition highlight in this sweet goodness is LUCUMA. We love the little Peruvian fruit that is lucuma because it is full of sensational nutrients. Here’s three nuggets of nutrition you can think about when next eating or cooking with lucuma…

  • rich in iron for energy
  • ups our daily calcium intake for healthy bones, teeth, nails and heart
  • gives our body an extra notch of zinc to fight away flu and infection before the cold hits us

Without further ado.. let’s make you well acquainted with Raw Mars Bar. Over to you folks…

 

RAW MARS BAR

Makes 8 bars

BASE

1 cup cashews

2 tablespoons coconut nectar or maple syrup

2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

2 teaspoons vanilla paste

 

CARAMEL:

2 tablespoon tahini

1/4 cup cashew butter

1/4 cup coconut oil

1 cup (8 medjool) dates

2 tablespoons lucuma powder

1 tablespoon maca powder

1 teaspoon vanilla paste

pinch sea salt

 

CHOCOLATE:

1/2 cup coconut oil

1/2 cup cacao powder

2 tablespoons coconut nectar or maple syrup

 

For the base…blend all ingredients together in a high speed food processor. Press into a lined miniature loaf tin approximately 8x16cm or another tin of your preference. Place in freezer whilst making the caramel.

For the caramel… combine all ingredients in a high speed food processor. Press over the base and place back in freezer to set for 8 hours or overnight.

RAW MARS STAGE 1 LSLR

For the chocolate…Melt coconut oil on very low heat on stove. Remove from heat and whisk in cacao and coconut nectar until smooth.

RAW MARS BAR STAGE 2 LSLR

To make the Raw Mars Bar… slice the filling into eight even pieces, trimming any uneven pieces off the sides and place back in freezer for 10 minutes to freeze again as small pieces. Dip evenly into chocolate 2-3 times to coat, then store in freezer to set for 1 hour.

Store in fridge or freezer up to 4 weeks.

+ You can put the trimmings from the bar (before you coat it in chocolate) into a little bowl and pop back in the freezer to mix through yoghurt or ice cream for a little random treat!

 

RAW MARS BAR STAGE 3 LSLR

 

Jacqueline Alwill

Jacqueline is an Accredited Nutritional Medicine Practitioner specialising in family and early childhood nutrition and gut health. She writes for several media publications, hosts a regular nutrition segment on Channel 7 and in 2016 published her first book, "Seasons to Share" (Murdoch Books). Jacqueline is passionate about working with corporations and brands to support and educate their community and audience and is currently a media spokesperson and ambassador for Remedy Drinks, Eimele Australia, Woolworths, Kitchenaid and Nutrition Director at Bondi Bubs Wholefoods. She is mum to Jet and outside her working hours you'll find her with her family in the surf, on the beach, or out and about in nature.

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