Congo Bars

Recipe makes 64 bars

These classic chocolate- fudge- and- coconut brownies, known as Congo Bars, are insanely good, and much better than any butter, sugar, and flour version. I think these rich little bars might be my favorite indulgence. Maybe it’s because I love raisins and nuts in chocolate, and the flaky coconut layer on top seems to melt in my mouth.


High- speed blender, food processor

Fudge Base

4 cups walnuts, preferably soaked and dehydrated

4 cups pecans, preferably soaked and dehydrated

3 cups Chocolate sauce (recipe below), chilled

1 cup black raisins

1 cup dried shredded coconut

1/2 cup maple syrup powder

1/2 cup coconut butter/oil, warmed to liquefy

1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt

In a food processor, process 2 cups of the walnuts and 2 cups of the pecans until they just begin to release their oils. Transfer to a mixing bowl. Repeat with the remaining 2 cups of walnuts and 2 cups of pecans.

Add the Chocolate Sauce, raisins, coconut, maple powder, coconut butter/oil, and salt, and mix until thoroughly combined.

Transfer the mixture to a parchment- lined sheet pan and spread into an even layer.

Place in the refrigerator to chill and set.

Vanilla Coconut topping

2 cups young coconut meat

1/4 cup agave nectar

2 tablespoons vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 cup coconut butter/oil, melted

4 cups dried shredded coconut

In a high- speed blender, blend the coconut meat, agave nectar, vanilla, and salt until very smooth and shiny. With the blender running, add the coconut butter/oil and continue blending until fully emulsified. Transfer the mixture to a bowl.

Stir 2 cups shredded coconut into the mixture and spread it in an even layer onto the chilled fudge base. Sprinkle the remaining 2 cups of shredded coconut over the blended layer.

Place the pan in the refrigerator to chill and set, about 30 minutes or more.

Cut into 64 bars, cutting lengthwise into 4 pieces and crosswise into 16 pieces (or cut into any size you wish). Store the finished bars in the refrigerator.

Chocolate Sauce; makes about 3 cups; (use in fudge base recipe above)

1 1/2 cups raw cocoa powder

1 3/4 cups maple syrup or agave nectar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Pinch of sea salt

3 tablespoons coconut butter/oil, warmed to liquefy

Combine all the ingredients except the coconut butter/oil in a blender. With the blender running, add the coconut butter/oil and continue blending to emulsify.

Store the syrup in a covered container in the refrigerator. Before serving, place it in the dehydrator to warm the sauce so that it’s liquid enough to pour. If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can also place the container in a warm water bath to liquefy it. (If the room is warm, simply let the sauce sit at room temperature.)

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