I’m not a breakfast girl and I know I should be. “The most important meal of the day, kick-starts the metabolism, gets the creative juices flowing”… I know, I know. But it’s hard when you get up at 5am – my body is barely awake, let alone hungry at that time. I head to the gym, grab a coffee, rush straight to work and into my first meeting.
I need something small, quick, easy and healthy that I can grab on the go.
My brother’s wife is a bit of a whiz in the kitchen, so when I stopped by yesterday and tasted one of her nut, quinoa and chocolate bars, I decided I may have found my new breaky go to. They’re also perfect for that 3pm pick up.
This recipe uses nut butter, which I’m absolutely obsessed with at the moment. You can use any type you choose. Nut butter can be bought pre-packaged or you can visit Scoop Wholefoods and make it yourself, which I always opt for.
These are so easy to make and even easier to demolish (YUM)!
Ingredients (makes approximately 18 bars):
- 2 tbsp cold-pressed coconut oil
- 10 pitted soft dates
- 1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
- 1 cup nut butter (nut of your choice – as mentioned above)
- 1/2 cup / 80 g raw pumpkin seeds/pepitas
- 1 cup puffed quinoa
- Handful of raw almonds, coarsely chopped
- A pinch of sea salt flakes
- 100 g dark chocolate (70%)
- 1/3 cup desiccated coconut (unsweetened)
- Begin by melting the coconut oil in a medium pan on slow to medium heat. Mash the dates with a fork and then add to the saucepan. Add in the grated ginger and nut butter and stir for a few minutes on low heat.
- Remove the pan from the heat and then add in your chopped almonds, quinoa and pumpkin seeds. Sprinkle salt flakes into the mixture and stir to combine.
- Line a large baking dish with baking paper and spread your batter evenly into the dish. Then press the mixture tightly together using your hands and place it in the fridge.
- Meanwhile, melt the chocolate in a separate pan on the stove and then pour it over the slice, finishing by sprinkling with the desiccated coconut. Place the slice back into the fridge or freezer until cold and firm.
- Cut, serve and enjoy!
The bars will keep for several days in the fridge. Alternatively, you can keep them in the freezer (where they will keep for several months) and just thaw when ready to eat.