This recipe makes a fantastic dairy-free chocolate-substitute while also cutting out the sugar and pesticides loaded in chocolate. At last you can eat chocolate guilt-free. If you are striving for weight-loss, just eat a few pieces at a time. Remember, while nuts are not saturated, still they are 80-90% fat. This bar is probably the healthiest "chocolate" you'll ever eat. Your husband and kids will love it! Serve it to guests, friends or, if you want to make a real hit, at parties.

Chocolate-Mint Paradise Bar
(Makes three bars, each 3" x 2" x 1")

6 soft dates (4 1/2 Tablespoons mashed dates)
3 Tablespoons barley malt syrup
3/4 cup cashew butter
3 Tablespoons carob powder
3/4 cup roasted almonds
3 drops Peppermint oil

Remove pit from dates and mash using a mortar and pestle.
Add barley malt and Peppermint oil. Mash cashew butter into mixture evenly.
Add roasted, chopped almonds and carob powder.
4) Shape into 3 bars. Freeze for 1 hour, then slice right before serving.
5) Prepare yourself for a taste of unbelievable "chocolate"! Store in the freezer. 

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