It is with so much exitement that I post this - my first blog entry! Oh, how I have agonised over what the first post should be! I have chosen an everyday snack that's super easy and super yummy.
This has been my ultimate favourite snack for a couple of years now. You just blend up the ingredients, press it in to a tin, cover with a teensy bit of chocolate and put it in the fridge. It takes me about 15 minutes from opening the recipe to cleaning up afterwards. I ALWAYS have it in my fridge. The kids get it for their school morning tea a couple of days a week. It's the perfect snack to satisfy those mid-afternoon sweet cravings, and it's basically sugar-free. My friends who don't have any particular reason to follow an allergy friendly diet love it because it's so yummy and so healthy.
Mine is different every time I make it, because I use whatever dried fruit, nuts and seeds I have on hand. The passionfruit are optional- if I don't have them I use a little orange juice or just plain water works. It's just to bring all the fruit together. I do love the flavour the passionfruit gives it, though.
I usually use organic dried fruit so there are no preservatives added.
- 500g / 1.1oz dried fruit (I usually use a combination of organic apricots, diced dates, sultanas, currents, gogi berries etc). Dice any larger fruit such as whole dates, apricots and apples.
- Pulp of 2 passion fruit (or one small tin)
- 1 cup almond meal (or whole almonds)
- 1 cup walnuts (or other nut of choice)
- 1/2 cup seeds (I use pumpkin seeds/pepitas or sunflower seeds and often add some chia seeds to the mix)
- 2 tablespoons linseed (optional)
To top the slice:
- 100 g / 3.5oz dark dairy-free chocolate, chopped (I always use 70% cocoa chocolate, which is dairy free and very low in sugar. You can use whatever chocolate is suits your diet).
- 1 teaspoon oil (olive, nut or coconut)
Grease and line a shallow edged baking pan pan with baking paper with a small overhang. I use a 24 x 35cm (9.5 x 14 inch) pan, but if you want a thicker slice, use a smaller pan.
In a large food processor, process the nuts and seeds until they resemble fine breadcrumbs. A little at a time, add the diced dried fruit, blending well between each addition, then add the passionfruit and blend till it all comes together.
(If your food processor isn't big enough to cope with all the ingredients, blend the nuts and seeds first and empty them into a large bowl, then separately blend the dried fruit and passionfruit/liquid. Then combine this with the nut mix in the bowl.)
Melt the chocolate with the oil (I do this in the microwave on half power for about a minute, then stir, and keep heating and stirring till melted). Spread evenly over slice with a spatula.