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!

MAKES: 10-14 pieces          MAKE TIME: 15 mins                  SET TIME: 2 hrs                   

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

METHOD:

  1. Line loaf tin with greaseproof paper
  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
  3. Place figs, cacao powder, espresso powder, coconut oil, nut butter and half of the hazelnuts into food processor
  4. Process until well combined
  5. Take of the left over hazelnuts and fold through mix by hand
  6. Place some chopped hazelnuts on the base of the loaf tin and press mix on top
  7. Place remaining hazelnuts on top of mix – press down slightly so they don’t come loose
  8. Place in the freezer for 2 hours
  9. Cut into squares as big or as small as you like
  10. Keep refrigerated in an airtight container

make.    eat.     enjoy.