This is another of those recipes which is almost entirely adaptable. I pretty much just chucked in everything that was in my pantry to see how it would turn out and it was actually quite tasty. You could put anything in it but just make sure you’ve good a good balance of wet and dry ingredients, enough sweetness, and something to bind everything together. And ENJOY.
Harry was requesting something sweet but healthy the other day and after some brain scratching and pantry searching I came up with this. Full credit to him for the idea, the motivation, and the taste testing. It’s a ridiculous name, I know, and a lot to live up to, but I couldn’t think of anything better for it. Suggestions are welcome! And if you live in NZ I might even send you some for a good idea of a new name.
Note: There is no way on earth I would have made this a year ago, so if you’re completely uninspired by this recipe I understand. My delicious and decadent Afghan recipe is coming soon :)
Makes about 30 solid pieces
½c rice bran oil
¼c liquid honey
2 tsp vanilla essence
¾c pear juice (from the tin of pears)
1½c wholemeal flour
¾c bran flakes
¾c rolled oats
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp cinnamon
1c desiccated coconut
1¼c dark chocolate (for this recipe I used half chocolate melts which are quite sweet, and half seriously dark chocolate pieces which gave a nice bitter kick)
½c dried apricots
¾c canned pears
1c chopped dates, soaked in boiling water throughout slice preparation and drained just before adding to the mixture at the end
2 tsp raw sugar
1. Boil the jug and soak the dates. Chop the nuts, fruit and chocolate into relatively big chunks – maybe 1cm square? I didn’t chop the raisins at all, and I left the pears pretty big too. I chopped the apricots small only because they’re hard to cut through with a knife when the slice is cooked.
2. Mix wet ingredients together. Whisking with a fork for a minute or so does the job pretty effectively.
3. Add dry ingredients. Mix. It should be kind of a runnyish sticky paste. If it’s not wet enough then add more pear or date juice.
4. Drain the dates and add the fruit and nut mix to the paste. Mix well. Pour into a lined 20x30cm slice tin (or anything else you have. No need to be at all specific here), and sprinkle with the raw sugar. I also dusted with more cinnamon for added flavour.
5. Bake at 170°C for 40 minutes, turning half way through. Try some right out of the oven (though be careful not to burn yourself of course) because it’s so nice when the chocolate is hot and melted, and this way you can check to see that it’s cooked through too.
6. When it has cooled, place it into the fridge. Wait for it to completely cool before you cut it. I tried to cut my first batch with a regular knife and it just kept getting stuck on the apricots and hardened chocolate. This time I used a bread knife and sawed through the slice which was much more effective, resulting in the cut seen in the close up picture.
7. Store in the fridge and enjoy cold for a refreshing and healthy snack, and watch as it vanishes more each time the fridge door opens.