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Chocolate, nut and seed slice

Delectable, delicious and sure to make you drool until you have the first bite then feel completely satisfied knowing that it is made with natural, wholesome and healthy ingredients. An indulgent raw and gluten free slice that can be kept in the freezer for those moments when a chocolate urge is present in what is otherwise a wholefoods based diet. Experiment with adapting the recipe to suit your own needs and likes which is part of the fun of being creative in the kitchen.

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A chocolate raw sweet treat.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup rice malt syrup (You could use honey or medjool dates as another option here if you want it sweeter).

2 tablespoons raw cacao powder

1/2 cup organic coconut oil

1/2 cup nut butter-any variety (l just made my own by processing some almonds in the food processor)

2 generous pinches of sea salt

1 1/2 cup raw activated nuts -any variety but l used almonds

1/2 cup coconut flakes

1/4 cup chia seeds

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 vanilla bean pods (scraped) or 1/2 teaspoon vanilla essence

1/2 cup sesame seeds

This recipe contains lots of ingredients and most can be substituted for something else or left out possibly if you don’t have it in the pantry. Experimentation is at the core of creativity so just go with what you have and have a taste along the way.

Gently melt the rice malt syrup and coconut oil and put to the side. Place the nuts into the food processor and pulse until broken into pieces. Add the rest of the dry ingredients and pulse to mix and then add the liquid. You can do this final step in the food processor or transfer to a bowl to gently mix.

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Place the mixture into a baking dish lined with baking paper and smooth with a spatula. Place into the fridge or freezer to firm up. About one hour should be adequate.
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Remove from the fridge or freezer and gently slice using a sharp knife. The size of the pieces is up to you!
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After slicing you can place it back into the freezer to firm up a bit more or transfer to an airtight container for storage.

I like to make a treat on the weekend and then keep it in the freezer to have as required. I try to just have wholefoods during the week but if l am at work l often pack a slice or cake into my lunchbox as an energy pick me up during the day. This is a lovely chocolate slice filled with dense energy, anti-oxidants, healthy fats and lots of flavour. Enjoy!

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Raw Chocolate and Coconut Slice.

  Unbelievably good! 

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A chunky chocolate dessert straight from the freezer to your plate!

A delicious raw chocolate slice free from gluten, dairy and processed sugar, while also being incredibly nutritious. Whip up a batch and keep it in the freezer for those times when a treat is needed or visitors come unexpectedly. A sweet, decadent, chocolate dessert or snack filled with natural ingredients to support your wellbeing.

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This will be gone in a flash.

This is a simple raw slice that can be made using the food processor in just minutes and a taste test of the blended ingredients is just delicious. It is sure to become a family favourite or just keep it in the freezer for yourself!

Ingredients: I like to double this recipe as it makes a bulkier slice. 

1 cup of organic almond meal (Make your own using activated almonds if you are able or buy a good quality one-blanched or regular. I like to use blanched as it gives the slice a softer texture.

1/4 cup rice malt syrup (raw organic honey is also nice. Just use a bit less as it is sweeter).

1 cup organic shredded coconut (I prefer the fine variety)

1/2 cup organic raw coconut oil

2 generous tablespoons of organic raw cacao

5 organic medjool dates (seeds removed)-large ones

1 cup nuts-I like to use raw activated walnuts, almonds, macadamia or brazil nuts

1/2 tablespoon of a superfood powder-optional

Place all of the ingredients in the food processor.

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Give all the ingredients a quick whiz in the food processor.

Place the mixture into a baking dish lined with baking paper. Push it down with a spatula so there is a nice even layer of approximately 1 cm thick. Smooth the surface with the spatula.

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The mixture is sitting on baking paper and has been smoothed out with a spatula.
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This chunky version looks and tastes amazing

Place in the freezer and when frozen cut into individual pieces. The slice freezers in about an hour and can be stored in an appropriate container in the freezer where you can just take a piece or two out as required.

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Cut the slice into individual pieces.
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For this batch l doubled the recipe which gave the slice more height. I added 1 teaspoon of Loving Earth rainbow Superfood to each batch to add extra nutrition.

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Perfect Pancakes

Start your day with a delicious flavoursome pancake which is gluten, dairy and processed sugar free. Make a batch of mix up for the week and enjoy a breakfast which is quick to prepare, colourful and very tasty. Easily adapt this recipe to suit your own tastes and to provide variation to your diet.

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Top the pancake with your favourite fruit, seeds, nuts, coconut flakes and some maple syrup.
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This pancake features seasonal mandarin with cinnamon.
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Some lovely kiwi fruit and banana add an interesting element to this pancake.
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Pureed raspberries with banana, seeds, nuts and maple syrup

Basic Recipe: This is the basic recipe that you can make at the start of the week.

1 cup coconut flour

1/2 cup buckwheat flour

2 free ranges eggs

Filtered water (enough to make a moist dough)

Additions to the basic recipe: Add different flavours to your mix by adding grated beetroot, grated sweet potato, grated carrot, cinnamon, chia seeds, apple, flaked almonds or coconut flakes as examples.

Method: This is a small pancake so once you have made your dough you just need to an amount to form a small ball which you can then flatten in your hands before placing into a pan with some oil. I usually use olive oil or coconut oil. Just a small amount. Gently cook until golden then flip over. A guide to the size of the pancake is to make it just bigger than an egg ring when flat and then the toppings fill out the meal.

Toppings: This is where you give your pancake a personality by adding fruit, nuts, seeds, coconut flakes and a natural sugar. I activate my nuts and seeds and keep them in tubs in the fridge and freezer so they are always on hand. This part of the meal preparation takes just a few minutes. I like to use either organic maple syrup or organic raw honey. They have a different flavour but ensure it is just a teaspoon. Such a quick meal to make and you can really make it look pretty and impress everyone with your skills. My new podcast has just launched and l would love you to subscribe and leave me a rating/review.

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1500 photo A magnificent beetroot and coconut pancake topped with seasonal mandarin.

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Raw Superfood Slice

A creamy and satisfying raw and frozen slice which has a very high healthy fat content and is flavoured with the amazing Acai Berry Powder. This is a great grab and go snack and is just bursting with flavour and nutrition. The raw mixture when freshly made is a heavenly snack all on its own and tasting it is one of life’s pleasures.

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Extremely delicious and easy to make.

I like to activate my nuts to remove the anti-nutrients but it isn’t essential. I try to do it if l can especially for the almonds but if you are just having a small amount then you can use the raw nuts that you have.

Making the Slice:

Ingredients:

2 cups of raw activated nuts. Use a hard nut such as almonds.

1 1/2 cups raw activated cashews

1 cup of organic coconut oil

3 level tablespoons raw organic honey (Buy the best you can).

2 generous tablespoons Acai Berry Powder (This can be substituted for another Superfood powder or raw cacao).

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This powder is great in smoothies as well.

Method:

Add the almonds to the food processor (chopping blade) and process until it resembles almond meal. Add in the cashews and process. Now add in the Acai Berry Powder, honey and coconut oil (soft, chopped into small pieces or gently melted depending on the weather). I tend to just use the coconut oil hard and chop it into pieces as l like small clumps in the slice. You can also run the jar under some warm water just to soften it a bit rather than heating. Process until well combined and then place the ingredients in a dish generously lined with baking paper and smooth out with a spatula.

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Nicely blended.
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I didn’t use baking paper for this batch and it was hard to get out of the dish.

Place in the freezer to set for a couple of hours then slice into portions and return to the freezer.

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Smaller slices are better.
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Have a piece or two and enjoy.

As this slice has a high healthy fat content it does soften quite quickly when at room temperature and l prefer to eat it straight from the freezer.

 

Raw Mandarin and Coconut Slice

A delightful raw slice made from mostly healthy fats with a hint of mandarin and coconut. Keep this in the freezer and grab a piece when you are on the go or just feel like a completely satisfying snack.

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A delightfully fragrant raw slice.

Ingredients:

2 cups of raw activated almonds

1 cup of organic coconut oil

2 cups of raw activated cashews

3 tablespoons raw organic honey

1/2 cup shredded coconut

The peel of two beautiful fresh in season mandarins.

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So easy to make and the mixture is delicious just like this.

Place the almonds in the food processor with the chopping blade and process until well broken down. Now add the coconut oil and chop it into small pieces or gently melt. The mix should be looking moist now. Process until you can see the mixture looking moist as the fat comes out of the nuts. Now slowly add the cashews and process followed by the rest of the ingredients. Everything should be well broken down and a quick taste test will ensure you have a good balance of ingredients.

Place the mix in a baking dish lined with baking paper. and even out with a spatula. Place in the freezer for about an hour.

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Just lift the firm slice out of the dish by holding onto the edges of the baking paper.

Carefully slice into single serves and place into a suitable container to store in the freezer.

I hope you enjoy this slice which uses whole foods and in season mandarins as the inspiration.

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Sensational seed and nut bars!

A delicious healthy snack bar that will add some sweetness to your day!

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Eat them straight from the freezer or pack them into the lunch box.

Having healthy snacks on hand is vital if you are going to avoid making poor food choices. Being on a restricted diet is hard enough without feeling hungry or as though you are missing out. These bars are healthy, sweet, Paleo, gluten, dairy and processed sugar-free. They are filled with natural goodness and are a favourite snack of mine. The recipe is flexible and you can change them to suit your own preferences such as leaving out the nuts, using different seeds or changing some of the quantities. All of the ingredients l use are organic and the nuts and larger seeds are activated which means l have soaked them in filtered water and sea salt for a day, rinsed them well and then dehydrated. This process helps to remove the anti-nutrients and support good digestion.

Ingredients:

1 cup activated organic sunflower seeds

1 cup activated organic pumpkin seeds

1 cup organic sesame seeds

1 cup black chia seeds

1 cup activated mixed nuts (e.g almond, walnut, and brazil)

A generous 1/2 cup organic shredded coconut

8 Medjool Dates seeded and chopped (roughly chop just to make it easier for the food processor)

A good 1/2 cup raw organic honey (use organic or regular honey if that is what you have)

A good 1/2 cup organic coconut oil

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These ingredients add a delicious flavour to the bars.

Place the nuts, seeds, shredded coconut and dates in the food processor and chop until roughly chopped. Gently warm the honey and coconut oil in a saucepan and pour into the food processor. Pulse until all there is a good consistency and all the nuts and seeds have been broken up.

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Be careful of the very sharp blade.

Have a tray ready which is lined with baking paper. Run your finger around the edge of the tray so there is a crease in the paper. Pour the ingredients onto a tray lined with baking paper. Now is a good time to have a taste test. The mix should be sweet and delicious.

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The mix is ready to be flattened.

Use a spatula to flatten the mix and make sure it is quite even across the whole tray and give special attention to the corners. I have tried a few different oven temperatures and times but basically you don’t want the oven too hot as you will burn the seeds and lose lots of nutrients, and you want to just cook it until the edges are going golden. A temperature of 160 to 170 Degrees Celsius is recommended for 30 minutes but you can guage this better after your first batch.

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Ready for the oven.

Remove the tray from the oven and let cool until cold. Another option is when it is slightly cool to place it in the freezer for an hour whilst still on the tray. Use the edges of the baking paper to carefully remove the bars as a whole from the tray and lay it on a flat bench. Cut the bars while still on the baking paper into whatever size suits you using a very sharp knife and wiping clean after cutting a row.  Another option is to use a pizza cutter and it helps to give it or the knife a wipe after each row. I think it is better to have the bars quite small as then you have more of a choice over serving size.

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Perfectly baked with golden edges. These were sliced when cool and placed in the freezer over night. They can easily be separated now and stored in a container in the freezer.

Carefully lift each bar into the container for freezing unless you are going to eat them all fresh, but they are very nice eaten when they are just out of the freezer and such a handy snack to take to work or when you are out.

The best part of the whole cooking experience is eating the crumbs. Scrape them off the baking paper and into a bowl. Enjoy! You could dip something into these crumbs such as a banana or use them as a topping.

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A delicious snack.

Something to be aware of when eating these bars is that the chia seeds can get stuck in your teeth. This is really a cosmetic issue, so it is best to do a quick tooth check after you have eaten them and you may need a tooth pick to remove them as they can be a bit stubborn.

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A sweet treat.

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Raw seed and nut bars!

A delicious raw and frozen snack bar that will add some sweetness to your day! This is a raw version of one of my most popular recipes ‘Sensational Seed and nut bars’ which are baked in the oven and have a crispier texture. This raw version is equally delicious but has the added benefit of not being baked which preserves the nutrients in ingredients such as raw honey. 

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So simple to make and delicious.

Having healthy snacks on hand is vital if you are going to avoid making poor food choices. Being on a restricted diet is hard enough without feeling hungry or as though you are missing out. These bars are healthy, sweet, paleo, gluten, dairy and processed sugar free. They are filled with natural goodness and can be kept in an air tight container in the freezer. All of the ingredients l use are organic and the nuts and larger seeds are activated which means l have soaked them in filtered water and sea salt for a day, rinsed them well and then dehydrated. This process helps to remove the anti-nutrients and support good digestion.

Ingredients:

1 cup activated organic sunflower seeds

1 cup activated organic pumpkin seeds

1 cup organic sesame seeds

1 cup black chia seeds

1 cup activated mixed nuts (e.g almond, walnut, and brazil)

A generous 1/2 cup organic shredded coconut

8 Medjool Dates seeded and chopped (roughly chop just to make it easier for the food processor)

A good 1/2 cup raw organic honey (use organic or regular honey if that is what you have)

1 cup of organic coconut oil

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These ingredients add a delicious flavour to the bars.

Place all ingredients into the food processor and mix until well combined. If your food processor isn’t very strong pulse the nuts and dates first to break them up a bit before adding the other ingredients.

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Place all ingredients into the food processor and pulse.
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All ingredients are broken down and well mixed.

Line a glass baking dish with baking paper and pour the mix in. Now is a good time to have a taste test. The mix should be sweet and delicious. Use a spatula to flatten the mix and make sure it is quite even across the whole dish.

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Place the slice in the freezer for several hours to set.
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Remove the slice carefully from the dish by holding the edges of the baking paper.
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Carefully slice the bars length ways with a sharp knife.
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Cut the bars into the size that you would like them and place in a tub in the freezer.
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A delicious and nutritious snack.

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Chunky Chocolate Mousse Slice.

A decadent and delicious healthy raw and frozen treat for the chocolate lovers. A smooth and sweet treat with chunks of nuts, free of gluten, dairy and processed sugar. Filled with healthy fats, this is a snack that can be kept in the freezer and eaten when something sweet is desired. The healthy fats come from avocados, nuts and coconut oil which are whole foods, and this slice is packed with nutritious ingredients including vitamins, minerals, fibre and anti-oxidants. 

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A warning that this is extremely delicious!

A food processor is a must to make this delight. Place all of the ingredients in the bowl with the mixer blade and process. Simple. Sometimes the medjool dates can get stuck so it is a good idea to give them a few pulses first to chop them up a bit and then add in the nuts and do the same. This recipe has the addition of a Superfood powder and l like the Loving Earth blend but you can easily replace it with your own favourite.

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One of my favourites!

Ingredients:

3 cups of nuts (I like to use the harder nuts being almond, walnut or brazil. For this recipe l used all raw activated almonds but you can use a mixture)

3/4 cup coconut oil

2 Tablespoons Loving Earth Rainbow Superfood Powder

2 whole ripe avocados

6 medjool dates (stones removed)

1 1/2 cups of coconut flakes (or use shredded or dessicated coconut)

1/4 cup raw honey

2 tablespoons raw cacao

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You can see the goodness!
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Thoroughly mix the ingredients and a few unprocessed nuts are great as they add some chunkiness to the slice.

Have a taste test now and then put the slice into a baking dish lined with baking paper. I made the first batches without the baking paper and just greased the dish but the slice was a but tricky to get out of the pan so l would advise using the paper.

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Once the mixture is in the dish it needs to be smoothed out with a spatula.
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When it is smooth and even place it in the freezer for a couple of hours.
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Remove the whole slab from the baking dish and place onto a chopping board.
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Slice into squares and eat the edges that you cut off (my favourite part).
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The slice needs to be eaten straight away or placed back into the freezer.

I hope you enjoy this delicious treat which is made with real ingredients and free of so many of the nasty chemicals we are seeing in food today. As a chocolate lover l really enjoyed creating this recipe and hope you share it with your friends and have a great time making and eating it.

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Lemon, Coconut and Chia Seed Balls.

It is so much fun to just grab a healthy treat from the freezer knowing exactly what is in it and that it is going to taste excellent and be sustaining. These little balls are packed full of healthy fats from the nuts, coconut oil & chia seeds. Whip up a batch right now!

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A tangy lemon treat.

Ingredients:

2 cups of activated nuts (I used almonds)

1 cup of activated raw cashews

1 tablespoon chia seeds

Juice and zest of one lemon

1/2 cup coconut oil

1 cup shredded coconut

1/3 cup rice malt syrup

Method:

Place all ingredients in the food processor.

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All healthy and natural

Blitz until well combined and the nuts are broken down.

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Have a taste now.

Roll into small balls using your hands.

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This recipe makes approximately 20 balls.

These will go quite firm in the fridge if you are eating them within a day or two. Otherwise keep them in the freezer and eat them frozen or let them sit for a bit until they soften. Have one or two as a snack and enjoy.

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These can be made in around 5 minutes. Vary the nuts and add different flavours that suit your tastes.

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Raw Superfood Slice

A creamy and satisfying raw and frozen slice which has a very high healthy fat content and is flavoured with the amazing Acai Berry Powder which is an excellent source of anti-oxidants.

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Extremely delicious and easy to make.

I have used a home made almond nut butter in this recipe but you could use one that has been commercially made. I like to activate my nuts to remove the anti-nutrients and by making the nut butter myself l can be assured of the ingredient content.

Making the Nut Butter:

You require 2 cups of raw nuts which have been soaked in filtered water and 1 tablespoon of sea salt for up to 24 hours for hard nuts such as almonds and around 6 hours for softer nuts such as cashews. They then need to be dehydrated as otherwise the nut butter will be too moist. Rinse well then add to the food processor with the chopping blade attachment and 1 cup of organic coconut oil, 2 pinches of pink Himalayan Rock Salt and 1 teaspoon of raw organic honey. Process until creamy. This can take up to ten minutes and it is a good idea to stop the food processor and wipe down the edges with a spatula so everything is evenly processed. You can keep this nut butter in the fridge for several days or use some of it as a spread and the rest in this lovely slice recipe.

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Keep processing until it is smooth and creamy

Making the Slice:

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups of home made nut butter (I used almond)

1 1/2 cups raw activated cashews

3 level tablespoons raw organic honey

2 generous tablespoons Acai Berry Powder (This can be substituted for another Superfood powder or raw cacao).

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This powder is great in smoothies as well.

Method:

Add the ingredients to the food processor using the chopping blade. Process until well combined. Place the ingredients in a dish generously lined with baking paper and smooth out with a spatula.

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A quick taste test now is a good idea.
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All smoothed out and ready for the freezer

Place in the freezer to set for a couple of hours then slice into portions and return to the freezer.

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Smaller slices are better.
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Have a piece or two and enjoy.

As this slice has a high healthy fat content it does soften quite quickly when at room temperature and l prefer to eat it straight from the freezer.

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Rosemary and Sea Salt Crackers

This is a handy gluten and dairy free cracker with a lovely flavour of rosemary and sea salt. They are softer than a regular cracker but are a good base for your favourite toppings and can be kept in the freezer and used as required.         

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Place your favourite toppings on or serve them plain.

Ingredients:

1 cup of organic sesame seeds

1 cup of organic pumpkin seeds

1 cup of organic sunflower seeds

1 generous tablespoon organic coconut oil

1 generous tablespoon raw organic honey

1 heaped tablespoon fresh rosemary

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1 cup filtered water

Place all of the ingredients into the food processor and blend until smooth.

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Ready to be mixed 
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A smooth paste like mixture 

Spoon the mix into a tray (mine was 24cm x 34cm) generously lined with baking paper so it hangs over the edges and spread out smoothly with a spatula until even across the pan.

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Make sure the mix is even and there isn’t a glut of mix in the middle.

The mixture should be about 1/2 cm thick across the tray. Bake in a 180 degree celsius oven until turning golden around the edges.

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Just golden around the edges 

Remove from the oven and carefully lift the mix onto a flat surface by grabbing the edges of the baking paper. Cut into slices using a pizza cutter or something similar.

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Small even sized squares are best. 

Lift back onto the tray and return to the oven and bake until golden.

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The ones in the middle will not be as golden as the outer ones. You can cook them a bit more separately if you want them all a similar colour. 

Let cool in the tray and then carefully remove with a spatula and place on the cooling rack.

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Tasting one at this point is a good idea.

You can eat these bars fresh or place in the freezer to use later on.

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Freezing them to use later on.
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Top with your favourite ingredients for a meal or snack.

When l use these crackers from the freezer l quickly place them under the grill and they are ready to be used. You can eat them plain but l prefer to use them as a base for toppings which will increase the nutritional content.

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Raw chocolate and coconut slice

Unbelievably good! 

A delicious chocolate slice free from gluten, dairy and processed sugar, while also being incredibly nutritious.

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This will be gone in a flash!

This is a simple raw slice that l made using the food processor in just minutes. A taste test of the processed ingredients was delicious.

Ingredients:

1 cup of organic almond meal (blanched)

1/4 cup rice malt syrup

1 cup organic shredded coconut

1/2 cup organic raw coconut oil

2 generous tablespoons of organic raw cacao

6 organic medjool dates (seeds removed)

1/2 cup flaked almonds

1/2 cup macadamia nuts

Place all of the ingredients in the food processor. (The nuts could be substituted for any other kind of nut you like)

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Give all the ingredients a quick whiz in the food processor.

Place the mixture into a baking dish lined with baking paper. Push it down with a spatula so there is a nice even layer of approximately 1 cm thick. Smooth the surface with the spatula.

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The mixture is sitting on baking paper and has been smoothed out with a spatula.

Place in the freezer and when frozen cut into individual pieces. The slice freezers in about an hour and can be stored in an appropriate container in the freezer where you can just take a piece or two out as required.

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Cut the slice into individual pieces.

Note: You can buy blanched and natural almond meal. I have been using natural almond meal in most of my recipes which is almond meal with the skin on. I have now switched to blanched almond meal as it is so much softer in my baking. 

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