Zaza Coconut Squares

The Coconut Squares are one of my favorite dessert. I used to make them -just like the Pumpkin Cheezecake – when I had my food company Zaza Raw. At the time, I would open so many young coconuts that my hands would be all bleeding after – ok I might be exaggerating a little but not by much! They were a pain to make but when you are only opening one or two it’s easy and the kids think it’s the coolest thing. The coconut meat is also available frozen in some stores like Whole Foods. And to make it even easier I tried it with the fat of a coconut milk can and it works well.

Zaza Coconut Squares
 
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Serves: 16 squares
Ingredients
  • Base
  • 1½ cups walnut
  • 1½ cups pecans
  • ¾ cup black raisins
  • ½ cup dry shredded coconut
  • ½ cup raw cacao powder
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • Vanilla Coconut Topping
  • Coconut fat from one can of coconut milk (I prefer the brand 365 from Whole Foods) - you can also used the coconut meat from 2 young coconuts
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup dry shredded coconut
Instructions
  1. Base
  2. In a food processor combine the nuts, pulse until the nuts are ground and very small.
  3. Add the rest of the ingredients and pulse until well combined.
  4. Transfer the mixture to a parchment lined pyrex pan 13" x 9" and spread into an even layer.
  5. Place in the refrigerator to chill and set.
  6. Vanilla Coconut Topping
  7. In a small bowl mix all the ingredients.
  8. Spread it in an even layer onto the chilled fudge base.
  9. Sprinkle a few tablespoon of dry shredded coconut.
  10. Put the pan back in the fridge.

 

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