Refresh & awaken. These sweet, minty layer bars are light, creamy & chocolatey. Made with avocado, for a lucsiously rich texture, yet so clean feeling in the body. I love using avocado when combined with the right ingredients, to make a great snack or dessert. It's great for any type of creamy pie, pudding or frosting made by blending ingredients and creating a super smooth texture.
Not only do these little bars taste amazing, they also have benefits for your brain function, and bliss inducing qualities! ;) Using the herb mucuna with the cacao in the crust of this bar helps to produce neurotransmitters in the brain, and can make you feel good. The cacao alone is a potent energizing food, with its content of anandamide, phenethylamine & theobromine. Then adding matcha to the mix! This is pulverized green tea, a intensely energizing plant that provides a wide array of amino acids when produced in a certain way, by shade growing the plant.
I love that the compounds in plants have such power, and we can choose what works in synergy with our bodies to produce an effect that creates heightened awareness and ultimately health. I think that's what we are looking for when we consume, a balance, to feel good, to feel 'healthy.' That's why I make Dessert Medicine! To allow us to feel really good about what we are eating! I always encourage you to experiment with the recipes, to become inspired, and to maybe even improvise, don't follow the recipe exactly. See what happens!! You can simply make the crust from this recipe, as cookies! Or make the Matcha cream as a pudding or frosting! It's all up to you. Be creative. :))) Enjoy!
Minty Matcha Chocolate Layer Bars
Mucuna Chocolate Chip Crust
2 cups coconut flakes, fine cut
1 cup chocolate chips (or cacao paste plus 1/4 cup coconut sugar or cane sugar)
3 tsp mucuna extract powder
1 T maca extract powder (or regular maca)
1/4 cup raw honey
1/4 tsp sea salt
>> Process the coconut flakes and chocolate chips or cacao paste in a food processor until broken down fine.
>> Add all remaining ingredients to the food processor and mix until combined and coming together like a cookie dough. Add more honey if needed to stick together.
>> Press into a parchment paper lined brownie pan, and make more compact by rolling a straight sided glass (like a rolling pin) over the top covered in parchment paper.
Mint Matcha Cream
1 large avocado, pitted
3.5 oz cacao butter (1/2 cup)
3 T coconut oil
2 tsp matcha powder
1/4 cup raw honey
1 tsp maca extract powder (or regular maca)
1/2 vanilla bean, deseeded
3 drops organic mint essential oil
5-6 drops vanilla stevia
1 - 1 1/2 cups pure water
>> Melt down cacao butter and coconut oil over a double boiler.
>> Add all ingredients to a high power blender and blend until smooth.
>> Pour over crust and set in freezer for a few hours to eat right away, then in the refrigerator for overnight.
:: Matcha :: Made from shade grown green tea leaves, matcha is a powder generally used as an 'instant' tea. It is used in ceremony & has powerfully energizing effects. High in the amino acid theanine (heightens mental focus) and also chlorophyll. There are different grades of matcha, and generally when using it for making food, any grade can be used, but I choose to use a ceremonial grade and also make teas with it!
:: Mucuna :: Also known as 'velvet bean' mucuna is high in L-dopa, the precursor to several neurotransmitters including dopamine. This makes mucuna excellent for cognitive function. The combination with cacao produces a synergy, balancing effect, so as to not overstimulate.