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School Lunch Box Coconut Rough

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School Lunch Box Coconut Rough


Coconut Rough

  • 3 cups desiccated coconut
  • 1/4 cup cacao or cocoa powder
  • 12 medjool dates, seeds removed
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon coconut cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

icing (optional)

  • 3 tablespoons cacao or cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil, liquid
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons desiccated coconut
  1. Line a square 18cm tin with baking paper overhanging the sides for easy removal.
  2. Place the Coconut Rough ingredients into your processor and blend at high speed until the mixture resembles a fine, sticky crumb. Press the mixture firmly into the base of your prepared tin. If making the icing place the cacao or cocoa, coconut oil and maple syrup into a small bowl and mix to combine. Spread the icing over your slice (it will be a thin layer) and sprinkle over the desiccated coconut.
  3. Place the slice in the fridge or freezer to set and to store.

notes – when making this for the lunch box I either omit the icing or use 50 grams of melted dark chocolate.

If you are wanting more quick and easy allergy friendly Lunch Box recipes be sure to check out the Back to School eBook and the Pop it in the Lunch Box eBook, you can view both of them here.

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Katyberry June 7, 2013 - 12:37 pm

Ohhh. I am going to have to try this.
We love our Medjool dates – they are our special treat.
My husband one week, in an attempt to be frugal bought a packet of dates from the dried fruit section instead. They are sitting sadly in our fridge because they are NOTHING like the Medjool dates. But they should hopefully be good enough to be used in this recipe. Love it!

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bianca June 7, 2013 - 12:41 pm

Yes medjool dates really are something else! Let me know how it turns out with the prepacked dates. I look forward to hearing from you once you have whipped it up. I hope you love it as much as we do.

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Trish June 7, 2013 - 12:44 pm

Where do you get your 10 medjool dates.

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bianca June 7, 2013 - 7:37 pm

The medjool dates are found in the fresh produce section of most supermarkets, often near the berries. I am frequently asked about them so yesterday I posted a photo on the wholefood simply facebook page to help people out, jump over and check it out if you like. I hope this helps. Bianca

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Nat @ Natalia Familia June 7, 2013 - 2:54 pm

That looks so great! I’ll have to give it a go. xx

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Malinda @ My Brown Paper Packages June 7, 2013 - 6:48 pm

Wow – you had me at Golden Rough. I loved those as a kid, and Mint Patties too. I’ll have to bookmark this one.

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bianca June 7, 2013 - 7:22 pm

Yes those two seem to go together and come with many childhood memories! Can’t wait to hear what you think, be sure to let me know!

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Jodie@FreshHomeCook June 7, 2013 - 8:13 pm

Love this! I make something similar with the addition of nuts – great snack food! Thanks for sharing! Dropping in via FYBF.

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Cindy June 8, 2013 - 12:56 pm

Yummo – this is delish! Just made it, half has been devoured by two hungy kids. Does the rest need to be stored in the freezer or is fridge ok?
Thank you so much for your recipes – you are by far one of my favourite foodie websites x

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bianca June 8, 2013 - 7:46 pm

Hi Cindy, thank you so much!! That is absolutely lovely of you and I am wrapped that you are enjoying the site. I think the coconut rough will be perfectly fine in the the fridge if you expect you will finish it in the next day or so. We often keep ours in the freezer but that is habit as much as anything. Many, many thanks! Bianca

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joanna June 19, 2013 - 11:54 am

yummy!! I can’t believe you used a vitamix for this! this would break mine haha the motor dies any time I don’t use at least 1-2 cups of liquid.

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bianca June 20, 2013 - 12:36 pm

Joanna that is very disappointing, have you alerted vitamix to this?

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Rebecca June 29, 2013 - 7:46 pm

Hi,
This looks delicious, as are the other recipes I’ve tried from your website. I don’t have a Vitamix but I have a blender and food processor. I’ve tried putting the dates in the food processor but they get stuck all the time and don’t chop as fine. Is there any way of getting around this?
Thanks in advance 🙂

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bianca June 29, 2013 - 8:19 pm

Hi Rebecca, thank you for your kind words, I am delighted that you are enjoying our recipes. I was speaking with a friend who makes my recipes in a food processor the other day, she said that when she uses a high speed it all goes around the sides but when she scraped it back to the centre and reduced the speed it worked perfectly. So this is what I would suggest. I would love to hear how you go, it may help others. Many thanks. Bianca

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madscar July 1, 2013 - 5:49 pm

Uaaau this is amazing:) Love it!

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bianca July 1, 2013 - 7:27 pm

Thank you. I am pleased you like it. 🙂

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Kelly July 5, 2013 - 8:43 am

This recipe looks interesting and I can not wait to try this.

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bianca July 5, 2013 - 12:11 pm

Thank you Kelly, I look forward to hearing what you think. Bianca

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Jess July 19, 2013 - 1:19 pm

I had a morning in the kitchen today and this was on my to do list. My very fussy master 4 just had some and he said “mmm yummy!”. I think that’s a win 🙂

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bianca July 19, 2013 - 4:32 pm

Fabulous!!! Thank you Jess. It is always great when the kids approve. Enjoy your weekend. Bianca

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Michelle July 22, 2013 - 2:04 pm

Hi Bianca! I love your recipes and so does my ever grateful family and friends. I have a question… I have always made our own muesli bars so I know what’s in them, however, do you have an alternative you could suggest for the syrup that holds it all together? I use 125g butter, 1/2 cup honey and 1/2 cup organic raw sugar. Heat low until sugar is dissolved then bring to boil then simmer 7 minutes. I’ve thought about using coconut oil? What do you think? Maybe a new Wholefood Simply challenge?

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bianca July 22, 2013 - 3:43 pm

Hi Michelle, I am very pleased you are enjoying the recipes, thank you for sharing them, it is lovely of you. I would be happy to do a muesli bar for you. I have a bar I often make for our family that I will be putting up on the blog soon. Perhaps let me know exactly what you would like in regards to your bar and we can go from there. If you are on facebook you are always welcome to send me a private message. I hope that helps. Many thanks, Bianca

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Michelle July 23, 2013 - 11:37 am

Wonderful! I will message you on Facebook. Thanks Bianca, I can’t wait!

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Karina July 22, 2013 - 2:32 pm

Hi I am going to make this in my new Thermo! Thinking I might try the lower spread first to see how it works On The dates seeing high makes them clumpy in the food processors??

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bianca July 22, 2013 - 3:40 pm

Hi Karina, I do mine on high speed, you may just need to blend it longer then you think. Let me know how you go. Many thanks, Bianca

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Brenda July 22, 2013 - 4:47 pm

Hi please tell me cacao/cocoa/carob are these 3 you use all together what would be another ingredient instead of carob Thankyou for your info
Much appreciated
Brenda

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bianca July 22, 2013 - 7:36 pm

Hi Brenda, you simply pick on of these three options, whichever one you like to use. So either cacao, cocoa or carob. I hope that helps and that you enjoy your coconut rough. Many thanks, Bianca

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Brenda Matiu July 23, 2013 - 3:37 pm

Thankyou beautiful most appreciated i thought you actually had to use the whole 3 ingrediants hehe..

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Annmarie July 23, 2013 - 12:38 pm

OH MY GOODNESS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This is the first of your recipes I have tried and I am in love and keen to try more. I whipped it up in just a few minutes and it tastes divine. The true test is if Miss 4 likes it after school. So excited to have something that looks like a treat but is nice and healthy to pack in school and preschool lunch boxes.

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bianca July 23, 2013 - 12:52 pm

Thank you Annmarie!! Messages such as this make me very happy!! I am delighted that you like the recipe and are wanting to make more. I hope your daughter enjoys it as much as you have. Many thanks, Bianca

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Simone July 23, 2013 - 9:26 pm

Yummy! I made these today and they are so good! I don’t think I blitzed it quite enough (still some little bits of date left in it) but doesn’t matter. Definitely going to make again 🙂

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bianca July 24, 2013 - 11:55 am

Thank you Simone, I am rapt that you liked them! Bianca

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Emma July 31, 2013 - 8:03 pm

Oh wow, this is SO good!! It truly tastes naughty, as if you’re indulging in a treat. I love that I know exactly what’s gone into it, all of it nutritious! It reminds me of a homemade Christmas treat my sister-in-law made one year (loaded with sugar and copha) – I reckon a few drops of peppermint essence would do the trick in your recipe! Christmas goodies sorted!

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bianca July 31, 2013 - 8:21 pm

That is a great idea Emma, sounds delicious. I am glad you have enjoyed the coconut rough. I love eating foods that bring back memories! Thanks for writing, I really appreciate it! Bianca

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Bridie August 4, 2013 - 2:39 pm

Hi
I only have a blender and the mixture keeps getting stuck (as in it wants more liquid). If I add more liquid it doesn’t freeze properly. Any suggestions?

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bianca August 4, 2013 - 2:49 pm

Hi Bridie, the first thing I would try is increasing the amount of dates and perhaps adding just one extra tablespoon of coconut cream. Let me know if this helps. Many thanks, Bianca

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Birdie August 10, 2013 - 4:43 pm

I couldn’t get the mixture to set – I took it out of the freezer and when I try and cut it, it’s still crumbly. Should I re-mix it adding a bit of coconut milk? (Sorry if someone has asked this question before, I didn’t see it above when I had a quick look)

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bianca August 11, 2013 - 1:39 pm

Yes that is certainly worth trying, did you add the coconut milk initially? Also with this recipe you do need to blend for quite a while for it to work out. I hope it turned out for you. Many thanks, Bianca

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jo August 18, 2013 - 4:44 pm

Hi! I just whipped these up in a few minutes and they are YUM!! Big tick of approval from all four kids (4-10 year olds) which is a rarity in this house! They are in the freezer now and i am hoping they’ll set and stay firm enough to go to school tomorrow! I did add quite a bit more coconut cream than the recipe stated, but that could have been because i made it in the blender as opposed to the food processor. Thanks for this great recipe!

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bianca August 18, 2013 - 8:26 pm

Thank you Jo, I am very pleased your family has enjoyed it. I really appreciate you taking the time to write. Bianca

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Tracey Boffa August 20, 2013 - 5:05 pm

Yummmooooooooo

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bianca August 20, 2013 - 7:19 pm

Thank you!! xx

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Nicki August 21, 2013 - 7:35 pm

Absolutely scrumdilliumptious! Only lasted 2 days … will need to make a bigger batch next time!

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bianca August 21, 2013 - 7:55 pm

Thank you Nicki. I am glad you liked it!!! Enjoy, Bianca

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Kay August 24, 2013 - 8:39 am

Your recipes sound great! Am just starting to try some!

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bianca August 24, 2013 - 3:07 pm

Hi Kay, I am pleased you like the look of them, the coconut rough has been very popular and is a great place to start. Be sure to let me know how you go. Many thanks, Bianca

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Jodie August 25, 2013 - 12:47 pm

Wow this is so yummy, Miss 5 & Mr 2 both love it and keeps asking for more, another healthy recipe i don’t mind the kids eating a lot of lol

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Rachael September 9, 2013 - 11:55 am

I made this last night and it is nice. I added a few sultanas whilst processing in the food processor which made it a little sweeter. I also used the packet dates and they worked fine. I’m saving what is left of my medjool’s for the fudge! Thank you and look forward to more recipes….perhaps a muesli bar?

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bianca September 9, 2013 - 2:16 pm

Thank you Rachael, I am glad you like the recipes. Yes I must get a muesli bar recipe up soon, it is on my request list. I have a breakfast bar that my kids often eat, I need to get that up as well, would that be of interest to you do you think? Many thanks, Bianca

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Rachael September 9, 2013 - 2:27 pm

Yes a breakfast bar would be great. Thank you.

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Kylie September 11, 2013 - 4:10 pm

This is the first time I’ve used medjool dates and I was VERY sceptical because I LOVE coconut rough. This recipe was AMAZING! The kids also loved it and my very fussy 4 year old asked if he could have his “lucky last one” which is something usually reserved for an unhealthy treat. Thanks for the recipe and I’ll now be more adventurous with using medjool dates!
Thank you!

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bianca September 11, 2013 - 9:06 pm

Thank you so much Kylie, I am glad you liked it!! It is lovely of you to take the time to write. Be sure to let me know how you go with any other recipes. Bianca

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Colleen Jones September 13, 2013 - 5:19 pm

I’m from Australia, hoping I can get the Medjool Dates here in Australia – Must check when I’m next in a Supermarket. I don’t recall seeing that particular brand, hoping we do. Your recipes look so yummy. 🙂

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bianca September 13, 2013 - 7:57 pm

Hi Colleen, I too am in Australia. You will find the medjool dates in the fresh produce section of your supermarket, often near the strawberries. I hope that helps. Be sure to let me know how you go with the recipes. Many thanks, Bianca

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Jo September 17, 2013 - 9:42 pm

These are ingredients I always have, so will have to make some tomorrow. Yum!

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bianca September 18, 2013 - 7:54 pm

Fabulous Jo, I hope you like it. Bianca

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Megan September 18, 2013 - 10:24 pm

Hi Bianca. I have just found your site and FB page. I love your recipes.
I have a thermomix and your recipes are a breeze!!! So lovely. I made the choc brownie the other day. 25 secs was all it needed. Can’t wait to make the raspberry cheesecake for work on Friday and the fairy dust for my girls on the weekend. Thank you for giving us some amazing recipes. Megan.

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bianca September 19, 2013 - 8:39 pm

Thank you so much Megan!! I really appreciate you taking the time to write!! I would love to hear how you go with the recipes. I hope you enjoy them. Many thanks, Bianca

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Lee September 26, 2013 - 8:36 pm

Just want to thankyou so much for your wonderful recipes. I am so thankful i came across your site. My hubby is a coeliac so needs gluten free is also lactose intolerant with type 2 diabetes thrown in for good luck lol so i am truly thankful all your recipes cover all 3 needs! Just made this coconut rough and OMG it is really wonderful. I have also made the chewy choc biscuits he thought they were great im not a big fan of dates (which it had a strong taste of) so at least he had them all to himself, unlike the coconut rough! Once again thankyou

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bianca September 27, 2013 - 1:56 pm

Thank you so much Lee! What a lovely message!! It is very kind of you to take the time to write. It sounds like you are doing a fabulous job working your way through the recipes. Many thanks, Bianca

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Eloisa October 3, 2013 - 3:45 pm

Hi Bianca
Just wondering what brand of coconut milk you suggest?

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bianca October 3, 2013 - 4:05 pm

Hi Eloisa, I use the Ayam full fat coconut milk. I hope this helps. Bianca

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Eloisa October 3, 2013 - 5:21 pm

Thank you. I’m off to get some now 🙂

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Jo October 9, 2013 - 2:21 pm

These are amazing!! My local green grocer stocks preservative and sulphate free shredded coconut as well as Loving Earth raw cocoa powder! Seriously so good and easy to whip up 🙂 + the added benefits of raw ingredients in a guilt free snack 🙂 why buy shop bought summer rolls etc when I can make this beautiful little delight! Thanks for sharing with us 🙂

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bianca October 9, 2013 - 9:06 pm

Thank you Jo, I am glad you like them. I love the comparison to summer rolls! Many thanks, Bianca

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Leah Gay October 16, 2013 - 1:36 pm

I love coconut rough and this sounds delicious, might be a treat to whip up this weekend. Thanks for sharing such a delicious recipe.

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bianca October 16, 2013 - 2:06 pm

Thank you Leah, I hope you like it. Bianca

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Simone October 18, 2013 - 4:04 pm

WOW! This was excellent. Whipped it up last night for dessert and bought the leftovers into work today. Everybody loved it.
Thanks for such an easy, quick, tasty treat!!

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bianca October 19, 2013 - 1:46 pm

Thank you so much Simone. I am glad you enjoyed it! I really appreciate you taking the time to write! Many thanks, Bianca

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Monica October 19, 2013 - 7:01 pm

Hi this looks delicious. I’m just wondering how many serves this makes. Thanks

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bianca October 21, 2013 - 1:22 pm

Hi Monica, I couldn’t tell you off the top of my head sorry, I guess it depends how you cut it. I hope you like it. B

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Natalia October 20, 2013 - 9:41 pm

Made it today and it was delicious. Everyone enjoyed it guilt free and in multiple quantities. Even 11 months old had a go. I added one spoon on coconut sugar as I was worried it won’t be sweet enough but it think it would be ok without it too. Will try again without next time. Thank you.

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Melissa October 27, 2013 - 9:35 pm

I love your story behind the coconut roughs. I live far from my mum & have fond memories of us sneaking in a peppermint pattie, coconut rough or freddo frog before we got home from shopping. Just a little treat for us two. Now older and wiser & a mum myself I can make these for me and my little one to enjoy. Will even make them for my mum when I’m home for Christmas, she’ll love them.

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Tracey October 27, 2013 - 11:05 pm

My youngest son has a severe nut allergy (all tree nuts/peanuts) so I’ve been delighted to come across your page, thank you so much for your wonderful nut free recipes, which are delicious, please keep posting.

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bianca October 28, 2013 - 9:04 pm

Thank you so much Tracey, it is lovely of you to take the time to write. I am glad you are enjoying the recipes. Many thanks, Bianca

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Rhi October 29, 2013 - 1:29 pm

Hi Bianca,
These look amazing, I absolutely love golden roughs:)
I have a question, I am Aussie but I live in Cambodia and cannot get medjool dates here, what can I use as an alternative to the dates??
Thanks so much, I so can’t wait to make these:)

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bianca November 1, 2013 - 8:02 pm

Hi Rhi, can you get regular dates?? That would be my first though. You would need to double the amount and depending on the strength of your blender you may want to pre soak them in hot water. I hope this helps, Bianca

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Rhi November 1, 2013 - 11:49 pm

Thank you so much. Yes I can get pre packed dates. I’m going to pick some up tomorrow and give this a go. Can’t wait.
Thanks again:)

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Melissa October 29, 2013 - 2:23 pm

I made these yesterday for the first time. It was absolutely beautiful.

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bianca November 1, 2013 - 8:03 pm

Thank you . x

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Clare November 7, 2013 - 1:06 am

Hi Bianca your story is so special I just had to make them in honour of your Mum and in doing so have a new beautiful recipe to add to our growing list. Absolutely beautiful – little pieces cut for the kids lunches too which I love! Thank you xx

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Bek November 14, 2013 - 1:41 pm

Just made this coconut rough and boy its pretty spot on ! Just for reference (for anyone who doesn’t own a vitamix and using a food processor) I soaked the medjool dates in some boiling water for a minute or 2 prior to making to facilitate blending. I used probably 3-4 tablespoons of coconut cream and a good splash of maple syrup too and this all helped to make a very smooth and moist slice. Terrific !

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Christina November 16, 2013 - 11:10 am

This is amazing!!!

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bianca November 16, 2013 - 3:19 pm

Thank you. I am glad you like it. x

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Helen December 14, 2013 - 6:38 pm

Hi, love your recipes, where can I buy your cookbook?

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bianca December 22, 2013 - 7:04 pm

There is a cookbook page on the website and you can order from there. Thank you. Bianca

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Chels January 3, 2014 - 10:59 am

I can’t stop making this one because I can’t stop eating it. Thanks for all your recipes.

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Donna January 12, 2014 - 2:15 pm

Wow, I just made this and it smells awesome, just like a coconut rough. I can’t wait to taste it.

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Bianca Slade January 15, 2014 - 8:48 pm

Thank you Donna, I hope you liked it.

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Vasantha January 14, 2014 - 5:01 pm

Do you have nutritional information for these recipes by any chance? I’m trying to watch my calorie intake but these look so awesome.

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Bianca Slade January 15, 2014 - 8:42 pm

I don’t sorry.

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Tracey January 20, 2014 - 9:41 pm

Each thing you purchase should have it on it, so work out per gram how many calories, add them together as you (weigh them) add to the mix and then divide by the total weight of the total product. That will give you calories per gram.

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Sarina January 21, 2014 - 11:19 am

Wow, I made this for my mother over the weekend, & she was very impressed! I don’t remember what coconut rough tastes like, but she said it was exactly the same as the “real thing.” Either way, it’s delicious!

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Jule February 9, 2014 - 9:04 pm

This is unbelievably good! I made it for my kids for tomorrows after school snack but I’m not sure how much will be left by then!

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Bianca Slade February 12, 2014 - 9:04 am

Thank you!!! I am glad you like it. x

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Kate Koger March 31, 2014 - 4:01 am

That’s what I am afraid of too when I make it!!!! Might need to hide it from myself!

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Kelly Marks February 14, 2014 - 5:51 pm

I started to make this and found I had no coconut crean, so seems it is a fudge with cocnut in hahahahaha

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Maria Rivera March 13, 2014 - 9:22 am

Hi Bianca,
Just made this and it’s awesome 🙂
Probably a stupid question, but how long does it keep in the freezer for?

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Bianca Slade March 13, 2014 - 7:14 pm

Hi Maria, thank you, it is not a silly question at all. I think it would keep fine for up to three months but ours has never lasted that long. Bianca. x

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Kate Koger March 31, 2014 - 3:59 am

Oh this I remember scoffing when I was working in my parents Newsagent’s at around 3pm with my mum!!! I cannot believe you have created a paleo version!!! I am so going to be making this!!!!!! I just love all your recipes, all my Aussie favourites and more.

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Kate Koger March 31, 2014 - 4:00 am

Do you ever share/submit your recipes to Chowstalker??? If not, YOU SHOULD!!!!!!! Your recipes are just wonderful. I know lots of Paleo people out there would love them as much as I do!

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Bianca Slade March 31, 2014 - 1:55 pm

Thank you Kate, I sure do. xx

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Bianca Slade March 31, 2014 - 1:55 pm

Thank you so much Kate. Your message made me smile. I hope this version lives up to your childhood memories. x

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Kate May 1, 2014 - 3:12 pm

This recipe looks great. However I am eliminating fructose from my diet at the moment. Do you have a fructose free substitute for the dates or could I just remove them? Thanks

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Bianca Slade May 15, 2014 - 8:07 am

I have not tried this with a liquid sweetener, the dates also add bulk, if I was to try it I would perhaps roll into balls. Let me know how you go. x

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Renee Kludas May 7, 2014 - 11:01 pm

Yum, I just made these, but ran out of cacao powder, so used 2 table spoons of cocoa nut spread that I had in the cupboard and a splash of agave syrup. I also just used normal pitted dates. Deeelicious.

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Bianca Slade May 15, 2014 - 8:27 am

YUM!!!!! Thank you. x

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jc May 23, 2014 - 12:23 am

This sounds delicious! Can the coconut cream be substituted with coconut oil?

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jc May 24, 2014 - 9:06 am

I ended up making this with coconut oil and added some pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds. So yummy! My 3 yo and 5 yo love it too. They just think it’s chocolate :p
Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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Bianca Slade May 26, 2014 - 12:09 pm

Yes, that will work also. x

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Kerry June 2, 2014 - 5:36 pm

Hi Bianca. I made these today and used coconut oil instead of coconut cream. Rolled into balls and coated in a mixture of dessicated coconut and cacao. Absolutely delicious! Thank you 🙂

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Bianca Slade June 3, 2014 - 9:24 pm

Thank you!! I really appreciate the feedback and I am sure your tip will help many others. xx

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Claudia June 5, 2014 - 5:58 pm

In Brazil we have two treats which are almost mandatory at children’s party: brigadeiro (chocolate balls) and beijinho (coconut balls). But they’re made of condensed milk, butter and chocolate powder (most people used the industrialised full of sugar type) or desiccated coconut and are SO sweet. Too sweet. This is a much healthier option, and so delicious! I followed Kerry’s suggestion and used coconut oil and rolled into balls. Yum!!

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Bianca Slade June 7, 2014 - 8:09 pm

Thank you!! I am glad they are helping you. Amazing to think the recipes are reaching Brazil. Thank you for writing. xx

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Treeno August 14, 2014 - 10:22 pm

sensational! Just like chocolate !!

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Bianca Slade August 18, 2014 - 11:54 am

Thank you! I am glad you like it. x

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TheQuirkyCalorie August 18, 2014 - 3:24 pm

Hi Bianca,
I love your site, I have made quite a few of your recipes already 🙂 but I just had a question about this recipe as the recipe states coconut cream but I have read some comments that state coconut milk, just wondering which is to be used in the recipe? Thank you so much x
Danielle

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cass August 19, 2014 - 5:20 pm

coconut cream is what i always use.

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TheQuirkyCalorie August 20, 2014 - 3:49 pm

Thank you Cass.. I only have coconut milk so may have to make the jersey caramels instead 🙂 x

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Bianca Slade August 24, 2014 - 6:13 pm

I used coconut cream. However, I am sure either will be fine.

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Tamara -My Melbourne Thermomix August 18, 2014 - 3:27 pm

Hi Bianca, this recipe saved me this morning. It is so quick and easy to make, especially in the Thermomix. It had frozen in time to pack into lunchboxes. My daughter said it was the best thing ever. Just want to say I have been thinking of you. My best friend lost her baby at 24 weeks and I remember how deep her pain was. Take care of yourself.

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Bianca Slade August 24, 2014 - 6:12 pm

Thank you so much! I appreciate your kind words, your feedback and your thoughts. I am sorry to hear about your friend, I hope she is going ok. Be sure to let me how you go with anything else that you try. x

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Danni November 2, 2014 - 8:39 pm

I also have a Thermomix and really love to know what speed and how long please. Cheers Danni

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Karen June 25, 2015 - 8:50 pm

Hi Bianca, we love this recipe! It’s so quick, easy and tasty that
it’s one I make pretty regularly now. I pop all the ingredients in my
thermochef and just use the turbo button a few times until I get the
consistency I like. Thanks!

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Bianca Slade June 26, 2015 - 11:12 am

Fabulous!!! Thank YOU Karen, I really appreciate the feedback. I am glad you like the recipe. x

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Michelle August 29, 2014 - 11:28 pm

I made this earlier in the week and have a little piece with my afternoon cuppa, it’s so good. And having cut out refined sugar, it’s the perfect little natural sugar hit without the guilt. Delish, thanks again 🙂

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Bianca Slade September 1, 2014 - 3:12 pm

Thank YOU!! I am glad you like it!! I really appreciate you letting me. Be sure to let me know how you go with anything else that you try. x

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Beth September 2, 2014 - 10:26 pm

How long do you blend yours for? I’ve put mine in a food processor but it doesn’t get that fudge-like consistency it looks like in the photo. PS. This is delicious and I can’t stop eating it!

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Bianca Slade September 3, 2014 - 2:27 pm

I have never times it but it will depend on the strength of your processor. Perhaps add a little extra coconut cream?
I am glad you like it! I hope you find some other recipes that you also enjoy.

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Hayley November 2, 2014 - 9:08 pm

Beautiful story… and yes, Mum’s are special…
Golden Rough you say… Really and truly had to stop myself at 8.07pm on a Sunday night stop myself from making this amazing recipe.. but.. nothing will stop me tomorrow.. Can’t wait..

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Bianca Slade November 8, 2014 - 7:35 am

Thank you. I hope you enjoy it. x

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Suzie Woods November 3, 2014 - 7:42 pm

I would like to make these this weekend and was wondering if anyone has done it in the Thermie and what speed and how long you did it for? Thanks

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Bianca Slade November 8, 2014 - 7:38 am

Suzie I am sure you will be fine. Just keep an eye on it. maybe 20 seconds…..high speed, maybe 9. If you test it out feel free to pop back in and write down the conversions. I hope you enjoy it. Bianca

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Suzie Woods November 7, 2014 - 6:27 pm

Just made 2 lots and are setting in freezer. Can’t wait to try. Can I leave in freezer overnight and slice tomorrow before guests come? BTW I did it in Thermie speed 9 for 20 seconds.

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Bianca Slade November 8, 2014 - 7:50 am

Oh perfect!!!!!! Thank you so much!!!! I am glad you enjoyed it and I really appreciate the conversations – I am sure many people will be very grateful. Be sure to let me know how you go with anything else that you try. x

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Suzie Woods November 8, 2014 - 8:18 am

Thanks Bianca. Thankfully I made 2 lots as my daughter, hubby and I devoured 1/2 of one last night when we were taste testing it. Soo good

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Bianca Slade November 16, 2014 - 11:04 am

Hi Suzie, you an keep it in the fridge or the freezer. It is perfect either way. I am glad you like it. Be sure to let me know how you go with anything else that you try. x

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Fiona Durante January 21, 2015 - 7:35 pm

Oh cool. Wondered how the thermie would go with that.

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Michelle November 16, 2014 - 4:42 pm

Can I use this with normal dried dates?

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Jess November 21, 2014 - 7:34 pm

I use normal dried dates in all these recipes. I double the number (plus a few more for luck if they are small) and I have had more luck when I soak them for a minute in hot water.

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Bianca Slade November 22, 2014 - 10:00 am

Thanks Jess x

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Bianca Slade November 22, 2014 - 9:42 am

Yes but you may want to double the amount required and pre soak them. Enjoy.

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Sharai Haddock January 6, 2015 - 4:30 pm

Omg! Ur amazing! I have made lots of healthy snacks for my kids in the past from others and my 7yr old daughter is extremely fussy and hasn’t liked any! Until now!! She even asked for more! I was Soooo happy I was jumping around woohooing! Haha! I got all Ur books for Xmas so I will be trying every single recipe! I have the white ones in the fridge atm

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Bianca Slade January 10, 2015 - 6:54 am

That is great to hear!! Thank you so much! I hope you find some more recipes that all of your family can enjoy. x

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RosH January 21, 2015 - 10:39 pm

Love your recipes! Just wondering if you use any coconut cream in particular or just the sort you find in tins in the supermarket? Thank you!

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Bianca Slade January 24, 2015 - 9:44 am

Thank you. I am glad you are enjoying the recipes. I often buy the Ayam brand full fat coconut cream, in the asian section of the supermarket. I hope this helps.

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Sharon January 22, 2015 - 9:26 am

Hi Bianca,
I have a Vitamix and will use regular organic dates for this recipe, will the vitamix make it smooth without having to soak the dates beforehand? Tk you 🙂

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Bianca Slade January 24, 2015 - 9:45 am

Hi Sharon, I have only had very limited experience with a vitamix, perhaps do the recipe in two batches?

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Beverley Breckell January 24, 2015 - 3:55 pm

Bianca, do you have a receipe for chocolate coconut rough biscuits? Tasted one in cafe which was Paleo was divine. Thanks

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Bianca Slade January 31, 2015 - 9:12 am

I haven’t but I shall add it to my to do list. Have you tried the chewy choc cookies? They are very easy and very popular.

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Andrea Gervais January 25, 2015 - 4:40 pm

Just made this Bianca!! Really, really good!!
Will definitely b making this one again!

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Bianca Slade January 31, 2015 - 9:15 am

Fabulous!!! Thank YOU. x

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Jo February 1, 2015 - 4:20 pm

This is my new favourite snack! Great for coffee break! I have used coconut milk as well which worked. Love your blog and your combination of musings and recipes! Thank you!

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Bianca Slade February 7, 2015 - 8:22 am

ThanK YOU!!!!! I really appreciate your feedback. I am glad you are enjoying the simple things I share. Be sure to keep me posted on how you are going with the recipes. x

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Janece Windsor February 3, 2015 - 4:22 pm

I love this it is yummy as only thing is I can’t stop eating it aarrgghh

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Bianca Slade February 7, 2015 - 8:39 am

Thank YOU! I am glad you like it. x

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Asha April 12, 2015 - 3:08 pm

The hardest thing about your recipes it trying to choose only one to make!! I love this. Very tasty.

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Bianca Slade April 14, 2015 - 9:46 am

You made me laugh Asha, thank YOU. I am glad you are enjoying the recipes, I really appreciate the feedback. xxx

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Jem May 2, 2015 - 7:58 pm

A huge hit here- we only had 5 large dates but proceeded anyway, I added 2 extra tablespoons of coconut cream to compensate and it worked a treat. I found it sweet enough with only 5 dates and so, so delicious and creamy- yum! This version holds together like a slice when frozen- I am not sure if it would ‘melt’ if put into lunchboxes but to be honest it won’t make it past the weekend so that doesn’t matter! Next time I will try toasting the coconut to get that crunchy coconut taste I remember from the coconut rough. Thanks Bianca!

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Bianca Slade May 10, 2015 - 3:12 pm

Hi Jem, thank you so much for the feedback! I am glad the recipes was enjoyed. I pack ours in Lu’s lunchbox and it is fine but it is cool here and I typically have a lunchbox freezer pack in there. Be sure to let me know how you go with anything else that you try. xx

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Coralie James May 6, 2015 - 3:45 am

Hello
I’m so happy to have found your site
It’s lovely
Quick question – I am fructose intolerant and can’t eat dates
What could use instead for this recipe?
Thanks
Coralie

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Bianca Slade May 10, 2015 - 3:20 pm

Thank you and welcome!! I would make the no blend, one bowl coconut rough. It is just as delicious but it is date free. xxx

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Andreza August 11, 2015 - 9:37 pm

I have recently decided to get (even more) serious about providing my little family with whole food. Made this one today with the help of little miss 2. It was awesome. The little one licked the spatula – ‘yummy chocolate mummy’ and husband came home and declared best sugar-free treat yet!
Note – I substituted coconut cream with coconut milk only cause I was out and couldn’t duck to the shops with a sleeping baby. Also used my thermochef – took 30 seconds to make. Even better!

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Bianca Slade August 28, 2015 - 11:01 am

That is great to hear!!! Thank YOU so much for the feedback, I am glad the recipe was enjoyed. Be sure to let me know how you go with anything else that you try. x

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Kara May 15, 2017 - 9:35 pm

AAAAmazing!!! So yummy!

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Lin May 17, 2017 - 1:12 am

Hi, if this is made using canned coconut milk, do you just use the set cream whilst discarding the liquid? Thanks x

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Genevieve Deaconos May 26, 2017 - 3:05 pm

This is soooooo good!

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Lisa April 15, 2018 - 2:01 pm

I’m assuming when you say cups you mean the size measurement rather than 250g! Is this the same with all of your recipes?

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Liz Berry May 10, 2018 - 7:37 pm

That’s what I like about Bianca’s recipes- there in cups not g. I use cups & spoons not scales 🙂
All her recipes are amazing

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Liz Berry May 11, 2018 - 8:42 am

I made this last night and YUM, I did a melted dark choc too. So good. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/762d74eb85c3e00d93684404c5fe5260567d6375a1483e35c3245e8784a4897b.jpg

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Ro Owen May 22, 2018 - 1:25 pm

Hi Bianca – just bought your book last week in Ballarat and am so excited about it and can’t wait to make heaps of your recipes!!! Made the Choc-coconut slice from the book and LOVE it!!! And the icing recipe tastes and reminds me so much of chocolate crackles from when I was a kid!!! (so I might experiment with using that and some healthy puffs and see if I can’t just get a healthier version of that old fave!….perhaps though you have already done this on your website…haven’t looked!) Being vegan, the only change I made was subbing rice syrup for the honey. Thanks so much local lovely for your delicious, healthy and inspiring recipes. 🙂

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Bec November 13, 2018 - 2:06 pm

Hi Bianca, thank you for yet another delicious recipe! I need to eat FODMAP friendly and wondering if I can substitute the dates for a nut butter if that would work just well to hold them together? Thank you 🙂

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Christina November 14, 2018 - 9:17 am

Hi, would love to make this but don’t want to open a can of coconut cream for 1tabs – what could be a good substitute?

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Hannah smith November 23, 2018 - 3:28 pm

Love this slice so much!! I am a rower and I take a slice for everyone to share it went so quickly!

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