For the last two months, I’ve been trying to increase my intake of fruit and veg, struggling at times (who am I kidding? an apple doesn’t fill me up as much as cake) and running out of ideas for work snacks that aren’t carrots and hummus. I’ve been buying a variety of raw bars, from beetroot and cocoa to cashews and dates, but I still haven’t quite found something that doesn’t taste like compacted bird food. I wondered if I could make something that would have some goodness in it, nuts and fruit, but also taste like a treat. I roasted some hazelnuts, added organic white chocolate, sunflower seeds, cocoa nibs and chopped dates, mixed it together and put it in the fridge for half an hour and cut it in strips. Boom. You have a delicious bar that tastes like a blondie, doesn’t need baking and have some goodness in it. You can replace the white chocolate for coconut oil, if you wanted to go the extra-healthy mile or go vegan, or swap the seeds and nuts for whatever you have available.
25 g sunflower seeds
50 g hazelnuts
25 g cocoa nibs
8 dates (or approx. 100 g), chopped and pitted
100g organic white chocolate
1. Line an 8-inch square/rectangular pan with a long piece of baking parchment.
2. Put the hazelnuts in a small frying pan over medium heat, move them frequently with a wooden spoon to roast them for a few minutes, until slightly brown. Set aside.
3. Add the white chocolate and chopped dates in a medium size pot at low heat, stir constantly to melt the chocolate without burning it. Once it’s melted and well incorporated, remove from heat and stir in the hazelnuts, seeds and cocoa nibs.
4. Spoon the mixture into the lined pan and roughly spread out and pack it down with the back of a spoon. Transfer pan to the fridge for about 30 minutes until firm. Slice into bars, wrap, and store in the fridge or freezer.