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(FREE) Mulberry Crunch Candy Bars (raw, vegan, gluten-free)

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Mulberry Crunch Candy Bars

Healthy & Delicious Raw Mulberry Crunch Candy BarsAs I looked through my recipes, I realized that we haven’t made much in terms of candy bars or “candy” actually.  Mainly because I never ate it much growing up. That doesn’t mean that I didn’t enjoy candy… but, chocolate was just one of those things that I could take or leave.  If a bowl of fresh fruit were sitting next to the chocolate, the fruit would be the first to go.   What kind of woman am I?  hehe

A few weeks ago, I ordered some mulberries and some jungle peanuts.   When the order came in, in the fridge, they went.  I have a habit of putting all nuts and dried fruits in the fridge or freezer to further preserve them.   Then just a few days ago, I started creating some raw treats for my parents, who were going to be visiting.  I opened the fridge and started unloading all sorts of ingredients.  Hoping inspiration would hit me once I saw them all sprawled out on the kitchen island.

That is when I spied the forgotten mulberries.   I opened the bag and popped one in my mouth; it was totally crunchy with a mild, sweet taste.  I then got caught up in another recipe idea and set them aside.  About an hour later I opened the bag again to taste just one more, and it was chewy.  Fridge – crunchy, warm – chewy.  Hmmm, quite different from a raisin which is chewy regardless of where it is stored.

If room temp meant chewy, and fridge meant crunchy… what would freezing do to them? I am all about experimenting in the kitchen, so the test began. In the freezer, they went to get them nice and chilled. After several hours, I tested one, and they were even more crunchy than just the chilled ones and would almost shatter under pressure.  I then put them in the food processor, and they ground up to a nice “flour-like” texture.

I always thought of mulberry’s growing on bushes… But I found out that they actually grow on trees. Not only does a Mulberry tree offer lush shade on a hot day, but the mulberry fruits are also a great source of protein, antioxidants, and other nutrients.  In Chinese medicine, they are considered as a blood tonic. Not only do they cleanse the blood, which in return improves its circulation, but they help in strengthening the entire system, and calming the nerves.

Then I just had to know how they were harvested.  During harvest time, the trees are shaken to remove the fresh mulberries from their branches, and the falling fruits are collected into soft cloth nets. Now you know too.  Well, off you go… time to get busy in the kitchen.  Blessings, amie sue

chewy Raw Mulberry Crunch Candy Bars displayed on wooden slabIngredients:

Yields 8×8 pan

Candy bar batter:

Preparation:

  1. Place the COLD mulberries, peanuts, and salt in the food processor, fitted with the “S” blade.
    • Process until broken down into a small crumble.
    • Sound wise; it should go from sounding like pebbles in the processor, down to a steady hum.
  2. Add dates, sweetener, and vanilla.  Process until the batter sticks together when pressed.
  3. Press into an 8×8″ baking pan with a removable bottom or line the pan with plastic wrap before adding the batter for easier removal.
  4. Remove the batter from the pan and cut into desired shapes and sizes.  Place on the mesh screen that comes with the dehydrator.
  5. Dry at 145 degrees (F) for 1 hour, then reduce to 115 degrees and continue drying for 8-10 hours or until dry.  The inside should be a little moist.
  6. Make the hardening chocolate, as described in the link above.
  7. Dip each bar into the chocolate making sure to cover the bar completely.
    • Lift the bar out the chocolate with a fork, let the excess chocolate drip back into the bowl, then slide the bottom of the fork across the edge of the bowl.
    • Place the bar on a wire baking rack and allow to harden.
  8. I ground up some extra chilled mulberries and dusted the top of the bars while the chocolate was still wet.
  9. Wrap in plastic wrap or foil.
  10. They should stay fresh for 5 days on the counter top, 2 weeks in the fridge and longer in the freezer.

Culinary Explanations:

  • Why do I start the dehydrator at 145 degrees (F)?  Click (here) to learn the reason behind this.
  • When working with fresh ingredients, it is important to taste test as you build a recipe.  Learn why (here).
  • Don’t own a dehydrator? Learn how to use your oven (here). I do however truly believe that it is a worthwhile investment. Click (here) to learn what I use.

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18 thoughts on “(FREE) Mulberry Crunch Candy Bars (raw, vegan, gluten-free)

  1. Ok ,here we go! I’m just finishing up a batch of your”cheetos” cheese balls. (Yummmmmy) my favorite savory snack ever. So thanks for thinking of me! Also just finished a batch of”tootsie rolls”. There so close to the original it’s astounding. The kids can’t believe how much they taste like tootsie rolls. Having so much fun creating these recipes. Thank you for all your hard work, so

    • amie-sue says:

      You my been busy Angela :) I love hearing that. Those cheese balls are so yummy… I must make those again! hehe Oh and the Tootsie Rollz… I know isn’t amazing how taste so close to the real thing and yet so easy to make?! So happy that the kiddos are enjoying them. I hope that you are enjoying the holiday season. Many blessings, amie sue

  2. Helen says:

    This is next on my list.

    I adore mulberries, but they never get as far as recipes as I have a habit of snacking on them. They are fantastic. I don’t eat peanuts but will use shelled hemp seeds most probably and see how they turn out. Squidgy I imagine.

    Presumably you mean 1 3/4 cups mulberries in the ingredients listing……sorry, but errors just jump our at me. It’s quite a handicap – as we have discussed.

    Keep your recipes coming. You are very special and hugely talented.

    Now for some more reading about ‘raw techniques’. I still can’t believe you were a hopeless chef until the fairly recent past. I’m 50 in a month. I still have time left! I like to think I’ll grow buds rather than develop wrinkles.

    • amie-sue says:

      Thanks for pointing that our Helen, I fixed it. I bet tiger nuts would be better than hemp seeds… or both might be good… just have to play around. :)

      You have all the time in the world… up until its your time to go to learn things. :) I have complete faith in you. Blessings, amie sue

      • Helen says:

        Yes, hemp seeds tend to mash up don’t they and aren’t really hard enough. They make good chewy candies though. But I like things to snap!
        I’ll try something more solid I think for bars. I’ve just order some tiger nuts strangely enough, after reading your post about them. I too had thought of trying those…..if I manage to keep my mulberries long enough.
        Glad you think I still have time. I feel a sort of urgency…to get a move on….with 50 approaching.

  3. Helen says:

    I love the idea of mulberry flour. Keep experimenting for us please and keep posting.
    Off to freeze some mulberries…..before moving on with my reading.

    • Helen says:

      I’m also waiting for some maca to arrive as I use this daily in drinks but am out of stock.
      However, I do have baobab which has a similar consistency when it comes to soaking up water. etc. Although the taste is completely different, baobab often works really well as a substitute for maca in recipes as both go thick and stiff in water and have similar levels of dryness.Someone else tipped me off about that and I’ve used baobab many times as a maca substitute in recipes. Taste matters too of course, so if it’s the maca taste you are after then there’s no replacement.
      I can’t help noticing that coconut flour (commercial) has a similar level of dryness and thickening ability. I’ve never used it in recipes but am currently adding it to smoothies and hot chocolate etc since my maca has finished. I’ve never dared use coconut flour as a ‘flour’ though. It’s more like a protein powder as far as I can tell.
      Just some ideas….

      • amie-sue says:

        Thanks for sharing Helen. I haven’t heard of baobab before. We learning something new every day. :) Where do you live, if I may ask? Have a glorious day, amie sue

        • Helen says:

          I’m talking of baobab fruit powder. Baobab is an African tree. The flavour is amazing, you have to try it. It is fruity, sweet and tangy. It is regarded as something of a superfood. You absolutely must get some and start experimenting.

          I live in South Wales (UK) right by the sea. Close by is the Gower Peninsular, crowned the UK’s first ‘area of outstanding natural beauty’.

          I’m a lucky girl.

          • amie-sue says:

            Good morning Helen,

            Ah yes, I had to do some Googling to read about the baobab fruit. I love learning new things. I would love to get my hands on some one day for sure.

            I haven’t been to your neck of the woods but I am sure it is beautiful. So many wonderful place of true paradise on this planet, isn’t there?! S happy that you have found yours. :) Have a splendid day and have fun being carefree in the kitchen. ;) amie sue

            • Helen says:

              Do get some baobab. Here, it is easily found in wholefood stores. I use the brand ‘Minvita’.

              Regarding the idea of ‘mulberry flour’ …..

              Goji berries grind well too and I’ve seen these used as a ‘ flour’ in a number of recipes. Try it, especially if you find your gojis are very dry….as they often are. I find them too dry to eat without soaking to be honest. (The soaking water is delicious by the way….).

              Try a goji flour sometime!

              Xx

  4. Helen says:

    I’ve not yet done them as I’ve decided to order some tiger nuts and try them instead of shelled hemp, or half and half possibly as you suggest. I want something a snappier.
    X

  5. Veronica says:

    Hi Amie Sue,

    I just made these and I went with 10 smaller dates, omitted the agave and used almonds instead of peanuts, and I used 3 dr of Medicine Flower’s Vanilla extract. To describe the result I will have to resort to a (for me) very American expression; OMG!! 😃
    The batter hasn’t even been turned into bars yet and it is soo difficult to not eat it all!! I am so happy you keep posting these delicious recipes! I know it is just food, but if I put something in my mouth I want it to be delicious and preferably healthy. Not always an easy combination! 🙂 And I want to be able to have dessert every day without wanting to kill myself afterwards! 😄 Your recipes make that a lot easier! Have a wonderful weekend!

    • amie-sue says:

      I am happy to hear that I am prolonging your life Veronica. hehe No, seriously. hehe I want you strong, healthy and eating yummy foods every day too! I love how you play in the kitchen too… all the wonderful creations and so little time to make them all!!

      Thank you for sharing as always, I just love hearing from you! Have a glorious and happy weekend. amie sue

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