Healthy Seed Slice ~ It’s so delicious, you wont believe its good for you!
vegan || paleo || gluten/grain free || soy free || dairy free || egg free || refined sugar free
This Healthy Seed Slice recipe is inspired by one of my most popular recipes yet: My Healthy Seed and Nut Slice. This recipe gets so much traffic through Google and while I wouldn’t have normally changed a thing, since I’ve been diagnosed with a tree-nut intolerance, then it’s out with the nuts and in with the extra seeds and crunchy buckinis – yum! I really didnt think it could get better, but it has!
There are two star ingredients to this recipe. Dried Dates and Buckinis. Dried Dates, a.k.a nature’s candy, provide sweetness, dietary fibre and carbohydrate energy, while the Buckinis (or activated buckwheat) are packed with essential amino acids and provide seriously delicious crunch! The rest of the nutrient dense base comprises: coconut, chia seeds, sesame seeds, pepitas and sunflower seeds.
The top chocolate layer is really what makes you line-up for seconds. Made with superfoods: coconut oil, naturally sweet carob, cacao powder, vanilla and sea salt. If this part of the recipe sounds too hard, then you can always melt and spread your fave super-dark chocolate on top instead. When looking for a favourite super dark chocolate my go to brands include: Loving Earth, Pana Chocolate and Pico Chocolate.
Also, if you aren’t sure about buckinis. Then keep your eyes peeled for “activated buckwheat grouts”. You can buy them here.
About Buckinis – Source: www.shopnaturally.com.au:
“While it looks like a grainy cereal and sounds like a kind of wheat, buckwheat is actually the seed of a fruit, unrelated to wheat at all. It comes from the sorrel, knotweed and rhubarb family.
Gluten free and high in protein, these buckinis are packed with all the essential amino acids (especially high in lysine, tryptophan and arginine). This is particularly important since the body can’t produce essential amino acids on its own and depends entirely on food sources to get them. Buckwheat alkalises our bodies and is packed with heart-healthy soluble fibre which helps to reduce cholesterol. It contains resistant starch, which boosts colon health and controls blood sugar levels and the flavonoids in buckwheat, Quercitin and Rutin, have healing and antioxidant properties”.
Makes: 16 slices
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Freezing time: 2 hours or refrigerate overnight
- medium sized saucepan
- cooking scales
- measuring cup
- wooden spoon
- 20 x 30 cm slice/cake tin
- Small mixing bowl
- 200g dried dates
- 1 cup water
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 2 cups desiccated coconut
- 1 cup activated buckwheat grouts
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/4 black sesame seeds
- 1/4 cup pepitas
- 1 cup coconut oil, melted at room temperature
- 1/3 cup cacao powder
- 1/3 cup carob powder
- 1 tsp vanilla powder (or extract)
- 1 pinch sea salt
- Line a 20 x 30 slice tin with non-stick paper and set aside.
- Add the dates and water to the saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Stir with a wooden spoon until the water is evaporated and you’re left with a caramel-coloured paste. This takes about 5 minutes.
- Remove saucepan from the heat. Add the coconut oil and stir until melted and combined.
- To the saucepan, add all remaining ‘Base’ ingredients. Mix with the wooden spoon to combine.
- Press the mixture evenly into the lined slice tin, ensuring the corners are filled. Transfer to the freezer to set.
- Meanwhile, in a small mixing bowl, combine all of the topping ingredients. Mix thoroughly.
- Pour the chocolate topping over the slice and return to the freezer. Ensure it is sitting level so that the topping sets evenly.
- Freeze for at least two hours, or refrigerate overnight before serving.
Store your Healthy Seed Slice in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.