Here is one piece of advice. If you are going somewhere and you want to make friends quickly, you should take these as an offering. Although they are a little fiddly, the outcome is delicious and is sure to 'wow' all your willing recipe testers.
makes around 18 bars
1 cup grounded buckwheat (into flour consistency)
1/2 cup sliced almonds
3 tablespoons peanut butter
1/3 cup maple syrup or other liquid sweetener
2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil
3 tablespoons of nut/oat milk
1 cup dried dates
1 cup water
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tablespoons of nut/oat milk
Salt to taste
1/2 cup coconut oil
2 tablespoons honey
3 tablespoons of cocoa or cacao powder
When ready to eat, bring them out of the freezer for about 10 minutes to allow them to soften up then hand them around and make friends instantly.
Combine the buckwheat and almonds in a blender. When mixed, add the peanut butter, sweetener and coconut oil and mix. Add the nut/oat milk one tablespoon at a time until the mixture starts to come together. You do not want this mix to be that wet. Think of a normal snickers bar and aim for consistency like that. Keep testing to see whether it holds together when pushed down. Once at desired consistency, press it down onto a tray to make a rectangle layer (around 1cm thick). Place in the freezer.
Heat the dates and water gently in a pan for around 10 minutes. The, place the contents of the pan into a blender, add vanilla, milk and salt and combine until smooth This should be the consistency of thick caramel. If it’s too thick, add a little bit of water until you get the right consistency.
Place the caramel layer on top of the nougat layer, mark out individual bars (you do not need to actually cut through) and place peanuts on each bar. Place back in the freezer and allow to harden (this might take a few hours).
NB allowing the bars to harden just makes it easier to coat them in chocolate. If you do not have the patience, go right ahead and start coating them.
Combine all the chocolate ingredients in a bowl over boiling water. Once well combined, take off the heat and allow to cool down a little (you don’t want it to start heating your frozen bars otherwise it gets very messy). Cut the bars into individual pieces and place on a wire rack over a dish. Start by pouring the chocolate mixture over the bars. Once you have done one layer, retrieve all the chocolate mix that has fallen into the lower dish and repeat the process until all the chocolate is used up. Place onto a cold tray and put them into the freezer to set.
NB I did a second coating once they had set in order to cover the bottom of the bars well and get a more even finish. If anyone has any tips on how to coat chocolate bars I would love to hear them! it was a little bit of a nightmare to start with but I finally got the hang of it.