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I have to admit that I was being a bit mischievous when selecting photos for this post. I decided to lure you in with the “up close and personal” shot to start off with. Did it work? You see, I categorize this recipe as a “pain in the biscuits” to make and I normally don’t post such recipes, but I have been heavily encouraged to post it so here it is. Why is it a pain in the biscuits to make? Two reasons, number one, the orange layer doesn’t want to adhere to the shortbread bottom.
The second reason is that due to reason number one it makes it challenging to dip the bar or to coat it with chocolate. I tried dipping it but the top slid off and I had to put my wet suit on to jump into the sea of chocolate to fish it all out. Messy! I tried piping the chocolate on top, hoping that it would ooze all over the bar (like in those Hersey candy bar commercials) Wrong… I had to remind myself that they are most likely pouring a gallon of chocolate over that bar for the sake of beautiful advertising. haha Once the chocolate hits the bar, it starts to set up because the bar just came out of the freezer. And it has to be frozen for this step, otherwise it is to soft at room temp. Oy-vey. I tried “finger-painting” the chocolate on to the bar and all though that was the most successful route, it was also the messiest.
I swear other than that, the bar is easy to make and ooooh soooo darn delicious! What? I don’t see a HUGE picture of the bar to the left of my screen. Do you? You must be seeing things. Why do your eyes keep darting to the left, stay focused! Here, allow me to dab your chin, you have some drool on it. Goodness, are you going coo-coo on me? Your eyes are darting left, right, left, right and you are drooling! Get your act together, you have a recipe to make! :)
You will notice that I weighed out the protein powder because the scoops inside different brands range in size. I then poured it into a measuring cup and it came to about 1 cup. I like to use SunWarrior’s Raw Protein Powder. But I have to tell ya, I struggle using it. There is like an electric magnetic charge in my body and when it comes in contact with protein powder, the stuff flies all over. Seriously. It’s hard for me to keep it in the measuring cup because it literally wants to jump out. I use to work in a pharmacy where I did the compounding and when it came to making capsules, I had to stand on wet towels and run a humidifier beside me to “Help” keep the powders in the machine. I would scrape the powder into the capsule and with another pass over them, it would jump out. lol Anyway, I got caught up in memories there… Not only will the protein powder add great nutrients to the bar it gives the shortbread an earthy, grounded flavor.
Caramel sauce and assembly:
One of the greatest joys when creating raw food recipes is experimenting with different ingredients… a practice that I highly encourage. Daily I get questions regarding substitutions. Of course we all might have different dietary needs and tastes which could necessitate altering a recipe. I love to share with you what I create for myself, my husband, friends and family. I spend a lot of time selecting the right ingredients with a particular goal in mind, looking to build a certain flavor and texture.
So as you experiment with substitutions, remember they are what they sound like, they are substitutes for the preferred item. Generally they are not going to behave, taste, or have the same texture as the suggested ingredient. Some may work, and others may not and I can’t promise what the results will be unless I’ve tried them myself. So have fun, don’t be afraid, and remember, substituting is how I discovered many of my unique dishes.
Photo above ~ Lift the bars out of the pan by grabbing the edge of the plastic wrap. Place on a
cutting board and with a large knife, cut into bar shapes.
Using your finger tips, paint the bars with the chocolate.
I would have loved to show you pictures of this process but
unfortunately I had chocolate EVERYWHERE!
Photo above ~ Only the love of a mother can love this homely looking bar.
And since I “birthed” it, it is my job to love it. haha