I used to try and stick myself in a box when it came to our way of eating..my soon to be husband would tell you how he couldn’t keep up with each “fad” that we would be trying out almost each week..are we high carb, low fat? are we low carb high fat? are we eating meat this week? are we fully off grains and on the paleo buzz? The truth is it’s taken all of these tests to work out what works for us..and finally I can say we have come to a place of balance in just simple whole food eating..are we paleo? sometimes.. are we vegan? sometimes..are we high fat, low carb eaters? sometimes…you get my point..we embrace whole foods and balance, and we indulge in the occasional real food treat..with all of this in mind we created a slice that is made from entirely whole foods, that is vegan, contains wonderful B vitamin whole grain oats (but could be made paleo), good fats, and a little nutritious dried fruit sweetness too. Tried and tested, we had friends over for an afternoon tea and the entire plate of these little slices were gobbled up by the Mums, Dads and Children. These would be good for the lunchbox too.
2 Cups nuts of your choice and activated if possible (almonds, pecans, walnuts, brazil nuts, sunflower seeds or a mixture)
2 Cups Oats (or 1 cup more nuts/seeds and 1 cup coconut thread for paleo or if oats aren’t tolerated)
12 dates (soaked 15 mins in boiling water)
1/4 cup coconut oil (melted)
1/4 cup thick coconut cream (top of the can)
pinch sea salt
2 cups of Annies fruit leather pieces
- Place Annies fruit leather pieces in a bowl and cover with boiling water
- Make the bar base in the food processor. Place all of the part 1 ingredients in and process on high for 1-2 mins until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Put half of the mixture in a bowl and set aside.
- Use the remaining half of the mixture and press into a greased and line 20cmx 20cm slice tin. Place in the freezer while you prep the fruity filling.
- Drain the bowl of the soaking fruit leather but do not discard the water just yet. Place in the softened, warm fruit leather in the food processor and blend until smooth but still quite stiff. Add a little of the soaking water to help blend if needed.
- Take the tin with the base out of the freezer and spread the fruity filling over the top of the base.
- Take the bowl of the remaining half of the base and crumble over the top of the filling.
- Cover tin and freeze for at least 30 mins before slicing into small bars. This slice is better served chilled or even straight from frozen.
Goodness that ticks all of the boxes and is not too sickly sweet.
xx. Aunty Lonnie