There's no intro today. All I can say is - I'm in love with this recipe.
I don't even know how many times I've made these in the past few weeks.
I've been having them for breakfast, I've been snacking on them in between rehearsals, I've even been eating them for dessert. They have a rich, fudgy texture that's reminiscent of a perfect brownie, AND they're good for you.
Chock-full of superfoods, these bars will keep you full and keep your sweet tooth at bay. Raw cocoa powder, almonds, chia seeds, and cinnamon are just a few of the ingredients providing healthy fats, anti-oxidants, fiber and protein.
They're so easy to make as well. You just throw all of the ingredients in to a food processor and leave it to do it's thing. Of course a bit of TLC is required, but who cares when there's chocolate involved?!
So what are you waiting for?!
Go make these now.
I promise you won't regret it. They're more addictive than that iPhone game you can't stop playing. #2048
cocoa fruit & nut squares
**Makes 16 squares**
150 g dried figs 100 g dried plums 50 g dried apricots 50 g rolled oats 50 g unsalted raw almonds 50 g unsalted raw walnuts 20 g cocoa powder 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/4 tsp salt 50 g maple syrup (optional*) 50 g puffed amaranth 20 g poppy seeds 20 g chia seeds *you can make these without adding any extra sugar, but a touch of maple syrup does make them a bit more indulgent.
Boil about 1/2 c of water.
Remove the woody stalks from the dried figs.
Combine the dried fruits, oats, nuts, cocoa powder, cinnamon and salt in a food processor. Pulse.
Continue pulsing and add the maple syrup if you're using it.
Start adding the hot water a tablespoon at a time until the mixture comes together into a thick paste. Naturally you'll be adding less water if you're using the maple syrup.
Empty the mixture in to a large bowl once it is smooth. Fold in the rest of the ingredients.
Line an 8 x 8 square baking tin with parchment paper. Transfer the mixture into the baking tin and flatten it out. Refrigerate for at least two hours before cutting in to squares.
Keep refrigerated and the squares will taste even better after the flavors have had time to mellow out a bit. They get yummier the longer you keep them.
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Peace and love.
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