University goes back today, school has been back for a few weeks and I’m sure most of you have been back at work for at least the last month. For me, this means long days at uni filled with chemistry labs and the need something delicious and energising to keep me sustained. I have previously posted the recipe for my Nutty fruit cake, which is a great snack while you’re on the run and is often found in hanging around the bottom of my bag. These bars are another delicious snack and with the addition of cacao which is full of antioxidants, magnesium and iron they really will give you a boost.
I must admit though that these energy bars don’t travel nearly as well as the indestructible Nutty fruit cake however they are just as delicious enjoyed at home with a big cup of tea or a glass of fresh nut milk. Filled with the rich taste of cacao and spicy ginger these are the big kid addition of a chocolate bar so if you want to make them for some little people reduce the ginger and perhaps addd a little honey for a sweeter version.
Cacao & ginger energy bars
makes 16 bars
- 2 C rolled oats, gluten free is necessary
- 1/2 C pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
- 1 C pitted dried dates soaked in just boiled water for 10-20 minutes
- 2 C puffed quinoa or millet
- 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 1- 2 pinches flaky sea salt
- 3/4 C tahini
- 4 tbsp coconut oil
- 1 tbsp freshly grated ginger
- Preheat your oven to 180 degrees celsius. Place the rolled oats and pumpkin seeds on a baking tray and pop it into the oven for 10-15 minutes or until the oats are just golden and smelling delicious.
- Meanwhile, line a 20x30cm lamington tin with baking paper and set aside. Drain the dates, place in a small bowl and mash with a fork into a sticky smooth paste. Add in the tahini, coconut oil and ginger, mixing to combine.
- In a large bowl mix the puffed quinoa, cacao powder and sea salt. Add in the toasted oats and pumpkin seeds.
- Finally spoon over the date/tahini mixture and mix quickly to combine.
- Spread the mixture evenly into the prepared tin and press down firmly with your palm. You may want to wet your hands very slightly to stop the mixture sticking to you!
- Place in the fridge to set for about 4 hours before slicing into bars.
A few weeks ago I had the most divine breakfast at a beautiful cafe in Perth called The little shop of plenty. They had raw banana crepes on the menu and I knew right away i had to taste them! They were nothing like traditional crepes but absolutely delicious in their own way. Since then, I have had them on my mind and when we had some over ripe bananas hanging around I knew the time was perfect. Plus, it was a Saturday night when I started so I couldn’t resist the thought of waking up to a slow Sunday morning with raw banana crepes!
I have flavoured the crepes with a little cinnamon as it always goes so perfectly well with banana and adds another dimension of sweetness. It’s also loaded with antioxidants and anti-innflamatory properties, so win win! We then filled the crepes with beautiful fresh figs and passionfruit from our garden, coconut cream, a little mint and some raw honeycomb my Dad collected from the bees. It was a sensational combination and I urge you to try it! Otherwise the crepes are delicious with whatever seasonal fruit is available or even almond butter and honey. Let you imagination run wild!
Notes about the recipe
You will need a dehydrator to make the crepes. I have a large sunbeam one which wasn’t too expensive and does the job well. The time will depend on your dehydrator settings but as stated in the recipe mine took 4.5 hours at 70 degrees celsius.
This isn’t your regular cope so don’t expect anything fluffy and light. Rather these are chewy in texture and really quite filling.
Raw banana crepes
- 4 ripe bananas, peeled
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tbs chia sees
- 1/4 C filtered water
- To serve: fresh figs, passionfruit, coconut cream, honey comb, mint and edible flowers. Feel free to use any seasonal fruit you have available.
- Place the bananas, cinnamon, chia and water in a high speed blender and pulse until very smooth and creamy.
- Pour 1/4 C onto a lined dehydrating tray and move the tray in a circular motion to evenly spread the mixture into a circle. Repeat until all the mixture is used.
- Dehydrate at 70 degrees celcius for 4.5 hours, or until dry and not sticky.
- Gently peel off the baking paper. The crepes will keep in an airtight container with paper between each one for up to 1 month.
- To serve slice the figs and scoop out the passionfruit pulp. Fill the crepes with the figs, passionfruit, a drizzle of coconut cream, a little honeycomb a few mint leave and edible flowers. Roll up and enjoy the beautiful fresh flavours!
Enjoy! Show me your crepes on Instagram @goodnessgraciouskitchen #goodnessgraciouskitchen