Saturday, November 10, 2012

Raw Chocolate Chia Energy bars

I love cooking and experimenting with ingredients that I know are so so good for us inside and out, and chia seeds are just that. Chia seeds (Salvia Hispanica) are the highest known plant source of Omega-3, with 8 times more than salmon. Unlike other sources of this important Essential Fatty Acid (eg. Flax or fish oil), it is in highly stable form due to its powerful naturally occurring antioxidants. Chia seed have a slight earthy flavour and when combined with water they become quiet gelatinous.

This recipe came about as I had a request for a nutritious lunchbox snack and my kids cant wait to have this one in there lunchbox tomorrow.

To make this NUT FREE replace the nuts with more dates and or coconut. You can also mix it up by changing the nuts to cashews, almonds or walnuts. I have also used both maple syrup or honey in place of xtlitol and it works just as well.



1 cup Dates
1/2 Cup Chia Seeds
3 Tbsp Coconut Oil
1/4 Cup Desiccated Coconut
1 Tbsp Xylitol
1/2 Cup Macadamia Nuts
1 Tsp Cinnamon
1/4 Cup Raw Cacao powder

What To Do:

Blend all ingredients in food processor until nuts and dates are well chopped and incorporated. Line a 20cm x 20cm slice tin with baking paper and press mixture until flat and even. Refrigerate until firm. Cut into squares or bars and individual wrap in greaseproof paper or cling wrap ready to pack into a lunchbox.


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