Choc Espresso Squares with Hazelnuts!

Choc Espresso Squares with Hazelnuts!

There’s lot to love about these fudgy squares & it’s hard to tell which trumps the other…

Is is the:

  • Big chocolate hit?
  • Textured crunchiness of the figs?
  • that slightly bitter crunch from the roasted hazelnuts?
  • the smooth underlying coffee taste?
  • or is it that all over satisfaction??

I actually really LOVE the flavour of coffee but don’t like the caffeine hit & I get lots of crap given to me about this preference and by none other than my lovely man!  Bugger it, I’ll continue to make snacks/treats with decaf coffee anyway but feel free to insert REAL coffee at any time.

I did tell you these are delicious but if coffee is not your thing – sub some orange rind and orange oil in place of the coffee and it yep! it’s another delicious little treat/snack that can hit  that ‘craving’ out the park!

Choc Espresso Squares with Hazelnuts

July 9, 2017
: Makes 10-14 Pieces
: 15 min

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Ingredients
  • 2 cups dried figs
  • 2 Tbs cacao powder
  • 1 Tbs espresso powder(I use decaf as my children LOVE the flavour of coffee & and me too!)
  • 2 Tbs coconut oil
  • 2 Tbs almond butter or cashew butter
  • 1 Tbs maple syrup(optional)
  • ¾ cup roasted hazelnuts – chop roughly
Directions
  • Step 1 Line loaf tin with greaseproof paper
  • Step 2 Place figs in a bowl and cover with boiling water & 1/2 Tbs espresso powder for 2-4 mins to soften – drain well before using
  • Step 3 Place figs, cacao powder, espresso powder, coconut oil, nut butter and half of the hazelnuts into food processor
  • Step 4 Process until well combined
  • Step 5 Take of the left over hazelnuts and fold through mix by hand
  • Step 6 Place some chopped hazelnuts on the base of the loaf tin and press mix on top
  • Step 7 Place remaining hazelnuts on top of mix – press down slightly so they don’t come loose
  • Step 8 Place in the freezer for 2 hours
  • Step 9 Cut into squares as big or as small as you like
  • Step 10 Keep refrigerated in an airtight container


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