Sunday, 26 May 2013

Mixed seed bars topped with raw chocolate

Goodness, goodness goodness! These treats are jam packed full of it. If you are looking for something nutritious for the kids lunches or your own lunch time treats, then you might like this mixed seed bar topped with raw chocolate. I'm in love with the texture (and flavour) of these little treats. Crunching into the raw cacao nibs (uncooked cocoa bean for those who aren't sure what they are) is texture heaven! These little bitter nibs among the sweet fruity flavours of
the goji & sultana's is delightful. The smooth, rich antioxidant packed raw chocolate on top just takes this bar into a decedent level of pleasure. Don't be fooled by the delicious flavour, these treats are really good for you! Just the raw cacao is a super food on it's own, let alone the coconut oil, goji berries, a good mixture of seeds including super nutrient rich hemp seeds (if you live in Europe, Canada or US - still illegal to eat in Australia) brazil nuts & vanilla beans! These bars have cacao nibs & the raw cacao chocolate on top making them a nice rich source of cacao goodness.

Cacao is known widely known for its excellent antioxidant properties, mineral rich and mood enhancing effects. It has the highest concentration of antioxidants than any food in the world! It protects us for free radical damage and age related health issues. It is the No.1 source of the mineral magnesium. Magnesium supports the heart, nervous system Cacao is also rich in iron, so it's healthy for the production of haemoglobin. It increases brain power, as well as causing strong peristalsis (bowel movement), relaxes menstrual cramps, oxygenates the blood, and is an amazing anti-inflammatory.  It is excellent for building the immune system, supporting the liver, the pancreas, healthy skin, good for depression, and so much more!

* Please note: once you cook the raw cacao bean and turn it into cocoa power, you loose most of the the above nutritious properties.

Makes = 12 bars (approximately10cm long & 3.5 cm wide & 1.5 cm high)
1 cup brazil nuts
1 cup medjool dates (slightly dry but moist dates)
1/2 cup hemp seeds
1/2 cup pepita seeds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/4 cup cacao nibs
1/4 cup sultana's
1/2 cup goji berries
1/4 cup light agave syrup
1 tsp vanilla bean powder or vanilla paste

Process nuts in the food processor until roughly chopped.

                           Then add all the ingredients except the goji berries & cacao nibs.

                                          Process until dates are combined and 'chopped' up.
                                             The mix should still look chunky and textured.

 Then add the goji berries & cacao nibs and process for about 10 seconds or until just combined.

                Tip onto a lined baking tray (baking paper) and shape in a neat & even square.
                             Approximately 20cm wide x 25cm long and 1.5cm high.

                                           Chill for 2-3 hours and then cut into bars.

                                         Top with chocolate & garnish (see below).

Raw chocolate
1/4 cup cacao butter, shaved
2-3 tbs agave syrup
2 tbs cacao powder
1/2 tsp vanilla bean powder
1/2 tbs lucuma powder

Melt the cacao butter in a silver bowl sitting over boiling water (be sure the bowl isn't touching the water). Turn heat off as soon as you add the cacao butter so as not to destroy the goodness!

Add the remaining ingredients and whisk with a fork or small whisk.

Spoon onto chilled bars (make sure you've cut them into bars before you do this).

Scatter with bee pollen, cacao nibs, & goji berries.

Chill until chocolate sets and enjoy!

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