This recipe is a twist on a traditional Ghanaian snack called “nkatie cake” or what the Western world knows as “peanut brittle”. The snack is usually made with peanuts but I decided to use almonds as they are a healthy fat that contain fibre, protein, magnesium and vitamin E. Almonds are known to have many benefits such as reducing blood sugar levels, blood pressure and cholesterol.
I also drizzled the nkatie cake with a cacao sauce made from cacao powder, the purest form of chocolate which is raw and less processed than cocoa. The cacao definitely took the bites to a new level and despite them not being the healthiest, made them feel like less of a sweet cheat! If you would like to learn how to make this simple recipe, then keep reading!
p.s. I burned my fingers making this recipe so please be careful with the melted sugar!
CACAO ALMOND "NKATIE CAKE" BITES
- 200 g Almonds
- 150 g White/coconut sugar
The Cacao Glaze
- 2 tbsp Cacao powder
- 4 tbsp Water
- Crush your almonds into smaller pieces either with an asanka or using a knife.
- In a pan, melt your sugar, continually stirring, until it turns into a golden brown caramel. (Be careful, caramel is extremely hot. I burned my fingers on my first attempt!)
- Take your sugar off the heat and quickly add your almonds to the sugar. Stir until sugar coats the almonds completely until it forms a clump/ball.
- Lay the clump/ball onto a chopping board. Using a greased rolling pin, roll your mixture out flat. With your knife, cut into small pieces.
The Cacao Glaze
- Mix your cacao powder and water until it is a smooth syrup consistency. Add more cacao or water depending on the thickness of the glaze.
- Drizzle over the bites and let cool for 30 minutes.
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