I’m going to be honest here and tell you straight up that I hated Cherry Ripes as a kid. I don’t think I even knew what they tasted like but I just knew I hated them. All that dark chocolate… and I don’t think I even liked cherries back then. These days, my go to chocolate is 90% and one of my favourite days of the year is when fresh cherries appear at the markets.
So I’m really not the person to tell you if this slice tastes ‘just like the real thing’. I wouldn’t know. But, what I do know, is that it is delicious. If you like cherries (tick), coconut (tick) and dark chocolate (tick), you will love this recipe.
This is the first time I have used cashews in the top chocolate layer of one of my raw slices and it is the bomb. Totally worth cleaning the food processor and then messing it right back up again (and I don’t say that kind of thing lightly, no one likes cleaning their food processor more than absolutely necessary).
I also saw a recipe on the Wholesome Cook for home made Cherry Ripe Bites where Martyna made her own strawberry powder for the recipe. I had strawberries overflowing from my fridge so I decided to give that a crack and it was pretty delicious, it definitely lends a unique flavour to the slice that couldn’t be achieved with cherries alone. However, it does take a few hours to roast them so she suggests using ground goji berries if you are pressed for time.
Raw Cherry Ripe Slice
Dietary Information: Dairy free, Egg Free, Gluten Free, Paleo, Refined Sugar Free Vegan, Vegetarian, Wheat Free
Prep Time: 35 minutes (25 minutes if using pitted cherries)
Set Time: 1-2 hours
Serves: 16 squares (depending on how you cut them)
Ingredients and Method
For the base
- 1.5 cups almond meal (or make your own almond flour by grinding almonds in food processor)
- 1 cup oat flour (make your own by grinding gluten free oats in food processor)
- 1/2 cup cacao powder
- 1/4 cup coconut oil, liquid
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
If making your own almond and oat flour, start by processing almonds and oats to a flour, then add all other ingredients.
Otherwise, mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl, then spread into a baking tray lined with baking paper.
Place in the fridge to set while you make the next layer.
For the centre
- 1.5 cups fresh or frozen cherries (270 grams with pitts, or 250 grams pitted cherries)
- 2 cups shredded coconut
- 2 tablespoons strawberry powder (see recipe here, or use ground goji berries)
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
If using whole cherries, cut each in half and remove pips.
Place pitted cherries and all other ingredients in food processor and combine. Pour this mixture over the base layer and place in the freezer to set.
For the top layer
- 1 cup cashews, soaked (ideally soaked for over 2 hours, but if in a rush, begin soaking before starting the base layer)
- 3/4 cup cacao powder
- 3/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/3 to 1/2 cup maple syrup
Place all ingredients in food processor and combine, then spread over cherry layer, leaving at least 45 minutes for the cherry layer to set in the freezer.
Place the slice back in the fridge or freezer to set, then cut into squares to serve.
Keep in the fridge for up to 4 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.