Chewy coffee and cinnamon cashew bars

I think I can safely say that my favorite part of Italy was just
roaming the cobble-stoned alleyways, using my sense of smell as a compass. What’s
that? The smell of freshly baked gelato cones?…
Yes, I shall venture forth
and motorboat me some 13 flavors of homemade gelato from the 70-year old Italian
grandmama scooping up gelato and having a drag simultaneously!

I’m not going to lie, we did have gelato 3 times a day on
some not so rare occasions. And why shouldn’t we, God damn it! My favorite
combo was a scoop of cinnamon, a scoop of espresso and a scoop of dark
chocolate. Oh goodness, yes.

Now that I’m back in Dubai, I’ve been trying to think of
ways to stuff those heavenly tastes back in my mouth. And then it hit me! I’ll
make my chewy cashew bars, but I’ll change the flavors! YES!

Ladiessssss and gentlemen, introducing from the right,
weighing 0.025 kilos, from the Straight-up Bananas kitchen, with a chewy
chocolate, date and almond crust, and a chewy cashew cinnamon center, topped
with a coffee and cashew layerrrrrrrr, please welcome…..Straight-up Bananas
healthy, quick and delicious chew cashew cinnamon and coffee bars!


Here’s what you’ll need:

Crust

½ cup of almond meal

½ cup of pitted dates

1 tablespoon of cocoa powder

1 pinch of sea salt

2 tablespoons of melted coconut oil

First Filling:

1 and a ½ cups of raw cashews that have been soaked
overnight

½ cup of honey

½ cup and 2 tablespoons of full fat coconut milk

½ cup of melted coconut oil

2 tablespoons of vanilla extract

1 tablespoon of cinnamon

 Second Filling:

Add 3 tablespoon of dried coffee to half of the above
mixture


The method behind my madness:

 

First of all, line a baking tray with cling film.

Then, blitz all the crust ingredients together in a food
processor.

After that, pour the crumbly mixture into the baking tray
and press down really tightly.

Once you’ve done that, take all the filling ingredients
except for the coffee and put in blender.

Blend the mixture ridiculously well, until it forms a smooth
batter.

Then, take HALF of the filling mixture and pour over crust.

Finally, take the other half of filling mixture and add the
coffee and pour over the first layer.

Place in freezer for about 4 hours or overnight.

Cut into equal shaped slices and take slices out of freezer
at least 15 minutes before serving so they can be nice and chewy.


 I cannot tell you how much you’re going to love this recipe.
It’s so easy to make. Once, you’re done you’ve only got 3 dishes to wash (YAS!)
and it’s super healthy, quick and delicious!

 Go Straight-up Bananas with me and give this recipe a shot!
I’d love to hear from you!

Oh, and add me on Instagram, please!

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2 thoughts on “Chewy coffee and cinnamon cashew bars

    1. Thank you so much, Ashley! I really appreciate it. I’m not too sure coffee grounds would work in this recipe, unless you’re looking for a coffee crunch maybe? haha. By dry coffee I mean instant coffee–that was a better way to phrase it. Let me know how the recipe goes and if you need any help at all please do not hesitate to get in touch!

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