Friday, September 20, 2013

Brazil Nut Bars with Chocolate and Gojis

These brazil nut bars are irresistibly delectable.... made using ground nuts, seeds and coconut, naturally sweetened with dates and honey, topped with melted chocolate and goji berries, need I say more?


I am slightly obsessed with chocolate and goji berries at the moment, as they are such a great combination! The goji berries truly add another dimension to these bars, their sweet chewiness is such a nice surprise...


Brazil nuts are a fantastic source of protein, vitamins, minerals, omega−6 fatty acids and are perhaps the richest dietary source of selenium, so get them into you everyday! 


Makes 20 bars

Ingredients:

Base:
1 cup brazil nuts
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup sesame seeds
1 cup desiccated coconut
1 cup dates
2 tbsp honey (or maple syrup for vegan option)
2 tbsp un-hulled tahini
1/4 cup milk (I used almond)
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
2 tsp baking soda
good pinch salt

Topping:
50g simple dark chocolate, recipe here (or use good quality dark chocolate)
1 tbsp coconut oil
handful goji berries

Method:
Preheat oven to 160°C, line a 28-21 cm (8.5-11") slice tin with baking paper and set aside. Place the brazil nuts and sunflower seeds into a food processor and blend until well chopped but not smooth. Add the remaining ingredients and blend until combined. press into the slice tin and bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before icing.
Place the chocolate and coconut oil in a double boiler over medium heat, stir until melted. Take off heat and let cool a bit before drizzling over the slice while still in the tin. Lastly, sprinkle with the goji berries and refrigerate for around one hour until chocolate it set. Cut into bars and store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to one week.




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