My children resemble African wild dogs when they burst through the front door in the afternoon. I often find them climbing the shelves of the fridge and pantry searching for food scraps like they’ve not eaten for weeks. This is one of 2 ‘arvo’ treats I like to have on hand to avoid sugary snack foods which only serve to exhaust their bodies, ruin their appetite and appreciation for taste.
This quick-to-throw-together slice is a staple in my house. It’s easy to make in the morning or after school to satiate small hungry belly’s. I doubt I will be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize and it has been done before – but this recipe is simple and reliable. Play around with it and make it something your children and family enjoy on the go. I commonly take it to work for a feel good ‘pick me up’ with herbal tea. Though I have been known to grab a few slices for breakfast too!
It is by nature Paleo (omit any unrefined sugar), Raw (no cooking required), Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Vegan.
Coco & Nut Slice
2/3 cup of Cacao Butter (melted)
1/3 cup of Organic Coconut oil
1.5 cups of Almond Meal
2/3 cup of Organic Coconut Flakes (I pulse a portion of these – and if you wish to expand on flavour toast them before adding to mix)
1/2 cup of Sunflower Seeds
1/2 cup of Pepitas
1/3 cup of Sesame Seeds
1 cup of Cashew Pieces
1/3 – 1 cup of puffed Millet
1/3 cup of Almond pieces (just pulse these)
2 tbsp Cacao nibs (optional)
1/2 cup of Goji Berries – okay so this is a source of sugar but just leave these out if you are a Paleo Purist. If not, you may use sultanas, dates, or raisins to sweeten. If you are a Paleo Purist using a good dash of organic Ginger powder is a lovely touch.
On the topic of sweetness here are a few tips:
1-2 tbsp of Lacuma Powder (taken from a Peruvian fruit which is high in vitamins, minerals & fiber). This powder is naturally sweet and creates a creamy consistency. It works really well in many raw desserts and I use it a lot.
If you are okay with natural and unrefined sugar add Honey OR Maple Syrup OR Coconut Sugar OR Rhapdura Sugar to taste.
I gently soften the Cacao butter and Coconut oil in a pan and allow to cool for several minutes before adding to the mix.
Combine all the dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl and then add the cooled Cacao butter/Coconut oil blend.
Stir through. Combine all ingredients and ensure the dry ingredients are covered well with cacao/coconut oil mix.
Press into a pan/dish – lined with baking paper and put into the fridge for 1-2 hours to set.
Cut into small squares and store in a container in the fridge.
Easy-Peasy! and Delicious……
Naturopath BHSc Nutrition Iridology Herbal Medicine Women & Children’s Health
For more inspiration follow me on Instagram as earthbirthbeyond