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Tasty Tropical Squares with Coconut, Kiwi and Mango

Tasty Tropical Squares with Coconut, Kiwi and Mango

Each bite of this tropical slice can transport you to a bright and sunny place, somewhere magical and far away from the chaos of this concrete jungle.

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 9 1x
  • Author:
  • Joyce Mrad

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Ingredients

Crust:

  • ½ cup almonds
  • ½ cup GF rolled oats
  • 3 tbsp. toasted coconut
  • 2 pitted Mejdool dates
  • 23 tbsp. coconut oil
  • ¼ tsp. salt

White chocolate layer:

  • 400ml full fat coconut cream
  • 50g non-dairy white chocolate
  • 2 tsp. agar-agar powder

Fruit Layer:

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp. cane sugar
  • 1 tsp. agar-agar powder
  • 2 cups small fruit pieces (mango and kiwi)

Instructions

Crust:

  1. Prepare a loaf pan by lining it with baking paper.
  2. Chuck the crust ingredients in a food processor. Pulse until they turn into sticky dough.
  3. Shift the mixture into the pan and gently press it to form a thin crust layer.
  4. Set it aside.

White chocolate layer:

  1. Add chocolate with coconut cream to a saucepan and mix to create a silky-smooth ganache.
  2. Let the ganache simmer and boil over low heat before adding agar.
  3. Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer as you continue stirring.
  4. Keep the stove on till the agar dissolves (for approx. 2 min).
  5. Slowly pour the mixture onto the crust.
  6. Pop it in the fridge to set.

Fruit layer:

  1. Mix lemon juice and agar in a small pot. Whisk till you remove all lumps.
  2. Turn the heat to medium-high and bring the mixture to boil. Stir vigorously (maximum 1 min.).
  3. Take a spoonful of the mixture to test for agar particles. Continue whisking till the agar dissolves.*
  4. Add sugar and continue mixing to remove lumps.
  5. Pour ¼ inch of the jelly mixture over the coconut cream layer.
  6. Sprinkle freshly chopped fruits on top.
  7. Work quickly before the agar sets, ensuring that the colorful fruits get distributed evenly.
  8. Pour the remaining mixture on top of the fruits.
  9. Let your fruity squares chill for a few hours.
  10. Slice & serve!

Notes

When working with acidic liquids such as fruit juices, do not simmer the liquid any longer than necessary. Simmering agar agar in an acidic liquid for a long time will break it down and it will not set.

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