Chocolate Hazelnut Squares

Chocolate Hazelnut SquaresThis week has been a funny week for me. The new company I work for offers extended health & dental benefits as well as critical illness benefits as an additional coverage. When I started I thought “What the hell? Might as well apply for the it – I know how shit can happen”. Well, I received a letter from the benefit company stating that I was denied all critical illness coverage because – you guessed it – I had cancer.   Chocolate Hazelnut SquaresDoesn’t matter that it has been 11 years since I had it, or that I practice a healthy life style, eat all my vegetables, drink several litres of water a day, exercise daily. Nope. None of that shit matters. Because all they see in bright red lights as they read my application was ” CANCER, CANCER, CANCER” screaming at them (my hands and arms are of course flay-ling right now to describe this).

At first I was annoyed that I was denied all critical illness coverage (this includes about 40 different types of illnesses other than cancer like heart conditions). But then, I thought about it. Instead of getting mad that I was never going to get this coverage, I thought  – what if I invest that monthly fee differently? Either I invest the money into more organic, healing produce OR I invest it into my retirement plan when I will be living even longer then the people who denied me  my application? I decided to go with the later. Because let’s be honest, only 10% of all cancers are genetic – the rest happen due to life style choices, environmental pollutions or toxins that people have been exposed to. If I am making a daily effort to live an honest, clean eating, balanced lifestyle then I am already making more of an effort to sustain my life. And the truth is, none of us know what’s to come. Maybe my conscious efforts will work, maybe they won’t. But at least I can say I tried. At least I took the time to invest in my health, my mental well-being and my future of living to 100. And that, makes me smile. :)

Chocolate Hazelnut Squares

Chocolate Hazelnut Squares
Chocolate pudding layered on top of a hazelnut chocolate crust.
  • 20 pitted dates, soaked in water for 15mins
  • 1¾ cups raw hazelnuts
  • ⅔ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup gluten free flour blend (I used TJ's brand)
  • ¼ tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp xanthan gum
  • ½ tsp pure vanilla
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, softened
  • 2 tbsp arrowroot powder
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9.5 x 13.5 glass pan with a little coconut oil. Set aside.
  2. In a food processor on an 'S' blade, grind up nuts until a grain-like consistency. Place in bowl and set aside.
  3. Next, place soaked dates into food processor and blend until a paste-like texture. Dump in bowl with nuts.
  4. Add all other ingredients to bowl and mix until mixture takes on a dough-like shape. Spread into glass baking pan and spread evenly. Press the dough firmly into the pan, using the bottom of a glass if necessary to make it level. Bake for 10 - 15mins. When baked, set aside to cool.
  5. In the meantime, start your pudding. Place your arrowroot powder and a couple tablespoons of almond milk in a bowl and mix together until there are no lumps. Set aside.
  6. Take remaining ingredients and place in a small sauce pan. Heat on medium low heat and continue to stir until well blended/melted.
  7. Add the arrowroot mixture and continue to stir continuously. Once mixture begins to thicken quickly transfer to spread on top of the hazelnut crust. Smooth out fast before pudding begins to set. Place in fridge to cool for several hours or overnight.
  8. When ready to serve, add chopped hazelnuts & grated dark chocolate. Cut into squares and devour!


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6 Responses to Chocolate Hazelnut Squares

  1. Wendy Stewart says:

    Hi Suzanne – love your post, cant wait to make the brownies, love the cornflower glass plate, hate the denial of benefits, love your spirit of revenge!!!!!!
    Wendy Stewart

    • Suzanne says:

      Oooo Wendy – let me know how they turn out! The glass plate came from my Grandmas – she had tons of dishes! Hugs and smiles to you!

  2. Didi says:

    Good on you, sister! Stick it to them. I think it’s wise that you create your own coverage, for whatever life brings you! XO

  3. Judy Immonen says:

    No wonder insurance companies have a bad rep. Having to fight their unfair policies is so frustrating … to use your terminology, shitty indeed ! Your fighting spirit is what makes you so special ….. keep it up !!!
    Hugs to you all……xo

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