no-bake date, oat + chia seed slice

it’s been a long time since my last post, two months in fact.

over this time a lot has happened: I lost myself in Africa for the month of August, lost a housemate (and his fridge) in the first week of September, and then found a new housemate (with no fridge) the following week. As such, I was surviving in a fridge-less existence via tiny jars of stir through pasta sauce and eating whole heads of broccoli, for fear of wastage. Good news is, I am fridge-d once more!

so after long delay, I thought I would celebrate my new fridge-filled existence with a super quick, no-bake, lot-of-fridge-time slice that I love.

date, chia and oat slicethis slice is a vegan, raw, processed sugar-free + gluten-free  number. I think it’s the perfect sweet accompaniment to a strong coffee in the afternoon.

to make this, you will need:

  • 1 1/2 cups of rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup of chia seeds (black, white or both)
  • 3/4 cup of raw walnut pieces
  • 1 tbs ground cinnamon
  • 2 tbs unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 450g of pitted dried dates, chopped roughly
  • 2 tbs cold water (optional, may be needed to combine)
  • icing sugar, to dust (optional)

pop the oats, chia, walnuts, cinnamon, cocoa and vanilla into a food processor, and process until the ingredients are well combined and finely chopped.  on a low-med speed, add a few pieces of date at a time, until well combined. once the dates are fully incorporated, use your hands to bring the mixture together – a tbs or two of water may be necessary to do this.

IMG_0340pour the mixture into a cake tin, or silicone mould, and press mixture down firmly with the back of a metal spoon until compacted and smooth (I make mine in small silicone moulds so they’re easy to take on the go). pop in the fridge until cooled and firm, dust with icing sugar to serve. enjoy with a cup of tea or a coffee.

IMG_0344these will keep in cling-film or in a sealed container for two weeks in the fridge.

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