March 12, 2017

Many hands make light work! Here’s a recipe for some lovely energy-packed lunchbox bars my daughter Gwynnie and I made for our dear friend Pippi who started school a couple of weeks back. We’ve used seeds and oats but you could substitute with any dried fruit, nuts or other seeds if you wish.

Makes: 16 squares

1 cup sunflower seeds
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup rolled oats
1/3 cup raw cacao powder (or cocoa)
150g cranberries
3/4 cup honey
2 tbsp coconut oil

Line a 20x20cm slice tin with baking paper.
In a large bowl mix together sunflower seeds, chia seeds, pumpkin seeds, rolled oats, cacao powder and cranberries.
Place honey and coconut oil in a medium pan over a high heat and whisk for 4 minutes or so until bubbling.
Add the cacao/seed mixture and stir to combine.

Pour into the tin and press down firmly – the back of a spoon works well. Place slice in the fridge for an hour or so then cut into squares. It’ll keep for 10 days in an airtight container in the fridge but I’m sure it won’t last that long!

Gretchen Lowe, Food Stylist Auckland

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