……NO BAKE! ……KIDS APPROVED!…….SUPER HEALTHY!…….RAW!
I have challenged my daughter not to eat any sweets/sugar until Sinterklaas (see this post, Stuffed Beef Steaks, Rouladen for further explanations about this holy man/festivity).
I promised her I would make snacks so good and yummy that she wouldn’t notice they were healthy and since mommy is trying to lose a couple of pounds before the holidays (to sort of get a head start), what a great opportunity to do some experimenting with healthy, sugar free Christmassy delights.
Bars are always good, but my daughter is not allowed to eat nuts at the moment because of her retainer. Ok, so nut butters it is.
I love anything you can mix in one big bowl and then there’s just the mixing and pressing into the tin. I have to confess that I love mixing things that are really gooey like date syrup, honeys, nut butters anything sticky really. Why you ask? I don’t know, it must be something from my childhood…. I’m just kidding. Who doesn’t like gooyeness.
These bars are somewhere between a brownie and a cookie, hence the name. They are super quick to make and so nutrient dense that one little square will be enough to last you until lunch or dinner. I am over the moon that my daughter loves them, yeaaaah.
I have used half Buckwheat flakes and half Oat flakes just because I happened to have it but you can use one or the other or a mixture of both.
If your dates are dry, soak them in water for about an hour before using.
I have used a bit of Lucuma, but if you don’t have it, it’s fine without.
*Lucuma is made from whole Peruvian lucuma fruit that has been dried at low temperatures and milled into a fine powder. It is a low-glycemic sweetener with many nutrients including beta-carotene, iron, zinc, vitamin B3, calcium and protein. Lucuma has a maple-caramel like taste and I like to use it in sweet things and smoothies.
Makes 16 squares
1 C. Buckwheat Flakes
1 C. Oat flakes
5 tbsp. Cacao Powder
2 tsp. *Lucuma Powder (optional)
1/4 C. Vanilla Protein Powder
1/2 C. Peanut Butter or an nut butter
5 large soft Medjool dates, stones removed
1 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract
3 tbsp. Light Agave Syrup
2 tbsp. Coconut Oil, melted or left in a warm place until soft.
Raw Chocolate Fudge Layer;
1/4 C. Raw Cocoa powder
1/4 C. Coconut oil, melted
2 tbsp. Date syrup
2 tbsp. Honey or Agave
Blend the Buckwheat and Oat flakes until you have flour and place in a bowl.
Add the remaining dry ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon.
In a food processor blend the Medjool dates until you have a paste, add a splash of water if necessary. Add the nut butter, the vanilla, the agave and the coconut oil. Blend until well mixed.
If you are using a home made nut butter you can add a pinch of salt. Store bought nut butters have salt already.
Now mix the dry into the wet and mix thoroughly. To test the consistency press a bit of mixture between your fingers or try to make a tiny ball, if it sticks together it good to go, if it crumbles add a little bit of water, or coconut oil. Blend, repeat.
Line a square dish 8″x 8″, with parchment paper, press the cookie brownie mixture into the dish and cover with cling film, refrigerate for a couple of hours until firm. Cover with a thin layer of raw chocolate or leave as is.
For the Chocolate fudge layer, mix all the ingredients and stir well to mix, spread or pour over the squares. Decorate with sprinkles and leave in the fridge to set. About one hour should be enough. Cut into 16 squares.
Note: the chocolate will melt slightly if left at room temperature for a while.
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