Free from refined sugar and packed with nutritious ingredients, this slice is perfect for a not-so-naughty afternoon tea treat.

Prep:
30 min (+chilling)
Serves:
40

Ingredients

Base
  1. 100g dried pitted dates
  2. 80ml (1/3 cup) boiling water
  3. 100g roasted almonds
  4. 90g (1 cup) desiccated coconut
  5. 2 tbsp cacao powder, sifted
  6. 1 tbsp Queen Pure Maple Syrup
  7. 1 tsp Queen Natural Organic Vanilla Essence-Extract
Filling
  1. 180g (2 cups) desiccated coconut
  2. 130g (½ cup) virgin / unprocessed coconut oil
  3. 2 tbsp Queen Pure Maple Syrup
  4. 1 cup (125g) fresh or frozen raspberries
  5. ½ tsp Queen Pillarbox Red Food Colouring
Topping
  1. 125g good-quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa), chopped
  2. 2 tbsp virgin / unprocessed coconut oil
  3. 1 tbsp Queen Pure Maple Syrup

Method - Base

  1. Step 1

    Place dates in a small heatproof bowl and cover with boiling water. Set aside for 15 minutes, drain and reserve soaking liquid.

  2. Step 2

    Grease a 16cm x 26cm slice tin with coconut oil and line base and sides with baking paper.

  3. Step 3

    Place soaked dates, 2 tbsp of reserved date-soaking liquid, almonds, desiccated coconut, cacao, Maple Syrup and Vanilla Essence in bowl of a food processor and process until nuts are finely chopped and mixture is well combined. Spread over base of lined tin and press down firmly with damp fingertips to evenly cover. Place in fridge while making filling.

Method - Filling

  1. Step 1

    Place desiccated coconut, coconut oil, Maple Syrup and raspberries in a clean food processor bowl and process until evenly combined. Spread over chocolate base in tin and press down firmly with damp fingertips to evenly cover. Place in fridge while making topping.

Method - Topping

  1. Step 1

    Combine chocolate and coconut oil in a medium heatproof bowl. Place over a saucepan of simmering water (make sure base of the bowl doesn’t touch the water) and stir often until the chocolate melts and the mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and stir in the Maple Syrup. Set aside for 10 minutes to cool slightly.

  2. Step 2

    Pour topping over filling in the tin and use the back of a metal spoon to spread gently and evenly. Return to fridge for at least 30 minutes or until firm enough to slice. Cut into small portions with a warm and dry knife. Serve chilled.

Notes:

This slice will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

To use Queen Raspberry Baking paste in this recipe, simply replace fresh berries with 3 tsp Raspberry Baking Paste.

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