Healthy Desserts

$5 And 30 Minute Cardamom Raisin Squares

Haven’t heard of cardamom? After one bite of this delicious, no-bake, gluten & refined sugar free, and healthy (did I mention delicious?!) dessert, your spice cabinet won’t be seen without it. And for $5 for an entire loaf pan, neither will your fridge.

Ingredients (Makes 4.5″ x 8.5″ loaf pan, ~10 Servings):

Filling:

  • 15oz can of chickpeas
  • 1 cup of peanuts (can substitute 1/2 cup of peanut butter)
  • 2 TBSP of golden raisins (can substitute dried cranberries or regular raisins)
  • 1 TBSP of ground cardamom
  • 1/8 tsp salt (optional – depends on whether nuts are already salted)

Icing:

  • 1/4 cup of cocoa powder
  • 2 TBSP of pure maple syrup
  • 2 TBSP of coconut oil
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract

Toppings (Optional)

  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Sesame seeds
  • Flaky salt

Tools:

  • Loaf pan (~ 4.5″ by 8.5″ – any sized pan will do, just increase the ingredients!)
  • Food processor
  • Small mixing bowl
  • Small spatula or spoon

Instructions:

  1. Line the loaf pan with parchment paper.
  2. Add chickpeas into the food processor. Pulse until they combine to form small clumps (~1 min). Scrape down the sides as needed.
  3. Move puréed chickpeas in the small bowl. Add peanuts to the food processor. Pulse until peanuts release their oil and create peanut butter (1-2 min). Scrape down the sides as needed. (Skip this step if using peanut butter).
  4. Add the puréed chickpeas, ground cardamom, and salt to peanut butter in the food processor. Pulse until evenly combined (~30 seconds).
  5. Add raisins to the mixture in the food processor. Pulse to barely mix/combine (~15 seconds).
  6. Spoon out mixture into loaf pan. Press down with the back of the spoon until the mixture is even and flat. Set aside loaf pan. (See pictures in Tips section!)
  7. In the small bowl, add the cocoa powder, maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla extract. Mix using the spoon or small spatula until all cocoa powder is combined.
  8. Pour chocolate sauce into the loaf pan on top of the chickpea-cardamom mixture. Spread into corners using the back of a spoon/small spatula.
  9. Decorate with pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, or whatever else you’re feeling!
  10. Put in the freezer for 30 minutes for the chocolate icing to harden.
  11. Remove from freezer, pull on edges of the parchment paper to remove the food from the pan and slice up into the size/shape of your choice.
  12. Enjoy!

Total Time = 30 Minutes (5 minutes to prep, 25 minutes to cook)

Tips:

Step 2-5 – There is nothing stopping you from throwing all the filling ingredients in the food processor and blending it. It will still be great. With these couple small additional steps, it can be even better!

I tried blending the peanuts and the chickpeas together at the same time and did not get as consistent of a mix. It also took way longer to blend both than it did to blend each individually. Separating this into two steps actually decreased my cooking time.

Step 6 – The pictures below show triple the recipe. I had 40+ hungry yogis to feed and one batch was not going to be enough!

This picture shows the process of filling up the pan. Use the back of the spoon/spatula to compress:

cardamom-filling-the-pan.jpg

This picture is an example of how your filling should look at the end of Step 6. Roughly level it and then use the chocolate icing to fill in any uneven spots:

cardamom-filling-close-up.jpg

Step 7 – The sauce should be spreadable. If your maple syrup and/or chocolate oil is chilled, mix all the ingredients together and then microwave on defrost for about 30 seconds. It should look similar to this once mixed:

Chocolate Sauce

Step 12 – If there are any leftovers, store in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

Cost:

  • 15oz can of chickpeas ~ $1
  • 1 cup of peanuts ~ $0.75
  • 2 TBSP of golden raisins ~ $0.50
  • 1 TBSP of ground cardamom ~ $0.50
  • 1/4 cup of cocoa powder ~ $0.25
  • 2 TBSP of pure maple syrup ~ $0.50
  • 2 TBSP of coconut oil ~ $0.50
  • 1/2 tsp of vanilla extract ~ $0.25
  • Toppings (sliced almonds, shredded coconut, etc) ~ $0.50
  • 1/2 tsp of salt – negligible

Total Cost per 4.5″ x 8.5″ loaf pan ~ $5

Cost per serving (~10 servings) ~ $0.50

Conclusion:

If you can make something more delicious for $0.50 a serving, you need to let me know! Unless, of course, it’s a $0.13 home-roasted, organic, fair trade espresso. Touche.

But actually, with all pure, organic-whenever-possible ingredients, homemade meals/desserts can be healthy, delicious and inexpensive! Time to get cooking and tell your friends!

As always, make informed food decisions. Know your ingredients, know your costs!

Cardamom Tray

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