It seems like this week is all about slices for me! But really who doesn’t love a good slice.
Although I have to confess, this egg-free, sugar-free muesli slice is only partly my recipe. The initial inspiration for this came from one of my friends who I’ve known since high school. She has an eight-week-old baby girl and goodness knows how she had the time to come up with a slice recipe while juggling a newborn, but she did and it was pretty darn amazing.
I just made a few slight changes and additions and she’s given me permission to share it with everyone here.
This recipe uses pepitas, known also as pumpkin seeds. Pepitas are sold with the dried fruits and nuts in the supermarket or in health food stores. They are such a great addition to salads, eaten as snacks on their own or in this slice.
Pepitas contain healthy fats as well as protein, fiber, potassium, iron and zinc. Just 1/4 of a cup of raw pepitas also provides more than half the recommended daily intake of magnesium for an adult.
This is a great afternoon snack when you’re craving something sweet and cake-like. I dare you to try and stop at one piece. YUM!
* 1 cup firmly packed pitted dates
* 1/2 cup raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
* 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
* 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or natural vanilla extract
* 1 tablespoon rice malt syrup (can be substituted for honey if those you are feeding are over 12-months)
* 1/4 cup buttermilk
* 1 large ripe banana
* 3 tablespoons coconut oil
* 1/2 cup rolled oats
* 1 teaspoon baking powder or bi-carb soda
* 3/4 cup wholemeal plain flour
* 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, plus extra for dusting
1. Pre-heat oven to 180C and grease and flour a slice tin.
2. Place dates, pepitas coconut, oil and rice malt syrup in a food processor and blend for five minutes or until the dates and pepitas are small and crumbly.
3. Add the banana, buttermilk, cinnamon and vanilla and whiz until smooth.
4. Combine the oats, flour and baking powder in a large bowl and make a well in the centre.
5. Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix until combined.
6. Spoon into the prepared slice tin and spread evenly.
7. Dust some extra cinnamon on top.
8. Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes or until the slice goes golden brown and a skewer inserted comes out clean.
9. Leave to cool in the tray for 5 minutes before cutting into pieces.
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* You can find rice malt syrup in the baking aisle of the supermarket or in health food stores. It looks like honey but is made 100 per cent from brown rice.
* If you can’t find or don’t have buttermilk you can also use normal milk or even coconut water.
* If you don’t have a food processor you can always chop all the ingredients finely.
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