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Vanilla Chai Cashew Butter Chocolate Bars

Vanilla Chai Cashew Butter Chocolate Bars

Chocolate bars filled with a sweet and salty chai cashew butter filling! A crispy chocolate shell with a creamy and nutty filling!


  • Author: Full of Plants
  • Yield: 3 bars 1x

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (150g) raw cashews
  • 1 tbsp (15ml) maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp (20g) coconut sugar
  • 1/2 vanilla bean (or 1/2 tsp vanilla extract)
  • 2 tbsp (30ml) melted cocoa butter (or coconut oil)
  • 1 tbsp (15g) melted dark chocolate chips
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 4 ounces (120g) 70% dark chocolate
  • optional: 1 tbsp (15ml) cocoa butter

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to (160°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spread the raw cashews on the baking sheet and roast for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool completely.
  2. Add the roasted cashews, maple syrup, coconut sugar, and vanilla bean to the bowl of a blender. Blend on high speed for 5-7 minutes, scraping down the sides as necessary until it turns into a butter.
  3. Add the melted cocoa butter, melted dark chocolate chips, spices, and salt. Blend for another 2 minutes or until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and set aside while you prepare the chocolate.
  4. Melt the dark chocolate (with the cocoa butter if using) in a double boiler. Once melted, pour half of it in a 3-bar chocolate mold (I used one similar to this one) and tilt the mold to spread the chocolate in the mold. Flip the mold upside down to remove excess chocolate and only keep a thin coating at the bottom of the mold. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  5. Once the chocolate has hardened, pour the cashew butter into the molds. Do not fill them to the top, leaving about 2mm. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or until the cashew butter is firmer.
  6. Finally, remelt the remaining half of the dark chocolate in a double boiler. Once melted, let it cool a few minutes and then pour it into the molds, on top of the cashew butter. Use a long knife to remove excess chocolate and smooth the top. Refrigerate for another hour before removing the bars from the molds.
  7. These chocolate bars will keep for up to 4 weeks at room temperature. If you want a slightly firmer filling, store the bars in the refrigerator.

Notes

If you don’t have a chocolate bars mold, this recipe can also be done in cups like you would make peanut butter cups. You can also use a baking pan covered with parchment paper instead of the chocolate bars mold.

For a chocolate shell that snaps, I recommend tempering the chocolate. You can learn more about the process here.

No nutritional information as it depends on how thick your chocolate and cashew butter layers are. Plus depending on the type of chocolate mold used it can differ a lot.