Wild Orange Choc Chip Slice

What do you do when you are supposed to be making date bliss balls but stuff up? You improvise! (As my dad used to say “We’re not lost. We’re just exploring!”)

I was a bit short on dates so when I went to make my usual bliss ball recipe so it was a disaster. A crumbly mess! However I hate to waste good food so I thought it was time to get creative. I figured the mixture could be a good starting point for a slice so I added flour, milk, egg until it made a batter. And when in doubt….add more chocolate! So I added some chocolate chips for good measure. Lo and behold, after a few minutes of the slice in the oven my kitchen was filled with a beautiful aroma. My guests loved it and luckily I’d written down the recipe as I’d done it. A few more batches made to tweak the recipe (and because, well, it tasted amazing) and now it’s ready to share with you. Enjoy!

WHAT YOU NEED:

½ cup pitted dates
½ cup slivered almonds
½ cup raw cashews
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup melted coconut oil
1/3 cup shredded coconut
3-5 drops Wild Orange essential oil
150g self-rising flour
1 egg
1 tablespoon yogurt
½ cup chocolate chips

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Preheat oven to 180*C
  2. Blend together dates, almonds, cocoa, oil, coconut and wild orange til crumbly consistency
  3. Add flour, egg and yogurt. Stir to combine. If too dry and crumbly, add some milk.
  4. Add chocolate chips. Stir to combine.
  5. Pour batter into a pan and bake for 15-20 minute or until golden brown.