One recipe – 2 dishes – that’s the beauty of this recipe. Designed to use half the mixture as a slice, the other for biscuits.
Packed full of heart healthy nuts and seeds and fibre to keep you full and protect your digestive system, these little morsels are great packed in the lunch box for snacks or a quick protein hit after a work-out
If you wanted to make this a nut free slice for in lunch boxes for school, simply replace the peanut paste with tahini or nut free spread!
And, if you are coeliac and/or looking for a gluten free option, omit the oats and replace with puffed rice (available from most supermarkets)
NOTE: If you are only going to make the slice, the quantity of mixture will be too much to fit into a single loaf pan. You can either halve the recipe or cook in 2 loaf pans.
Before you start:
- Prepare the chia gel – 6 tablespoons of chia soaked in 12 tbsp water for 15 mins
- Pre-heat oven to 150 degrees C
- Line a loaf pan with non-stick baking paper
To a bowl add:
- 1 cup oats
- 1/3 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup sesame seeds
- 1/4 cup goji berries or sultanas
Mix to combine then add
- 1 cup natural peanut butter or tahini
- 1/4 cup chopped dates
- 1/4 cup sunflower oil
- The chia gel prepared earlier (6 tbsp chia soaked in 12tbsp water for 15 mins)
Mix all ingredients until combined
Press mixture into a load pan lined with baking paper
Cook for 20 minutes
Allow to cool before slicing
TO MAKE BISCUITS
- Instead of pressing mixture into a loaf pan, take a spoon full of mixture and roll into a ball with the palm of your hands.
- Place onto a baking sheet lined with non stick baking paper
- With your fingers, squash fingers down to create a flat disk
- Bake in the oven for 15 minutes
Full of fibre for a healthy digestive system and control of cholesterol
Protein from the nuts, seeds and oats
Vitamin E contained within the nuts and seeds is an antioxidant and keeps our skin, hair and nails looking lovely
The beta glucans in the oats particularly help with lowering cholesterol
Chia also contain protein and iron and are used to bind the mixture instead of eggs, making it a vegan friendly dish
Goji berries contain antioxidants and Vitamin A for our eyes and also our heart. They can be expensive though, so you can simply replace with dried apricots, sultanas or currants.
This recipe is packed full of goodness though remember that because the nuts and seeds and paste are full of healthy oils, they aren’t light on calories so it is still something to eat in moderation as a ‘treat.’