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Raw Vegan Grasshopper Bars

Raw Vegan Grasshopper Bars (chocolate mint bars)
Makes 16 bars

2 cups raw walnuts
2 cup finely shredded dried coconut
1 1/2 cup buckwheat, sprouted and dehydrated (or additional coconut)
1/2 tsp sea salt 
1/4 cup plus 2 Tbsp raw cacao powder
24 soft medjool dates, pitted (if not soft, soak them until they are and drain them)

2 cups ripe avocado, diced
1/3 cup raw coconut nectar 
1/4 tsp sea salt
seeds of one vanilla bean, or 1 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp mint extract
a handful of spinach 
1/2 cup raw coconut butter

Chocolate glaze:
1/2 cup raw cacao powder
1/2 cup raw coconut oil
1/4 cup raw coconut nectar
a pinch of sea salt

For the crust, combine walnuts, coconut, buckwheat, sea salt, cacao powder, and dates in the food processor and process until fine crumbs and starting to hold together when squeezed. Press the mixture into a foil lined 9 inch square pan , and set aside in the fridge.  
To make the cream, combine all ingredients but the coconut butter in a food processor and process until smooth.  With the motor running, add the coconut butter and process a minute more.  Pour the cream over the crust and place in the freezer until firmed up, about an hour.  
Meanwhile, to make the chocolate glaze, whisk together all ingredients until smooth, then pour enough of the chocolate over the cream to make a thin layer (you may not need it all).  Place in the freezer just until set, about 5 minutes, then cut into squares.  They cut easier if you warm the knife in warm water, wipe it dry then cut a slice (to soften chocolate). 

Raw Vegan Grasshopper Bars By: Fragrant Vanilla Cake!

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