It may be the start of another year but we’re not really into all this ‘new me’, ‘fresh start’ nonsense, especially when it comes to health and creativity. We’re always improving and although a new year presents an opportunity to get better and do more great things, making drastic changes isn’t always best. We’re supercharging 2017 and getting it off to a good and honest start by doing what we usually do and that includes eating well and feeding the old brain. That means no diets, no starving ourselves and no brutal new routines. Winter is a time when taking care of your body is so important and it pays to make your snacks healthy, your self-care a priority and feed yourself with nourishing goodness when your body needs it.
We’re currently making lots of healthy nibbles, especially batches of this no-bake fig and nut snack bar recipe courtesy of our friends at Aduna, a wonderful company that specialises in super ingredients and working with small-scale producers. This recipe, originally created by Niomi Smart for her book Eat Smart, contains Baobab which is rich in vitamin C, fibre and antioxidants. Not bad for a sprinkling of powder.
Inspired by Africa’s vibrancy and the vitamins, minerals and natural antioxidants found in native plants all over the continent, Aduna is bringing baobab, cacao and moringa in their purest forms to the UK. We love Aduna for its positive attitude to good health, it’s bold, bright aesthetic and its respect for the stories of its providers and the origins of its products. The company, a friend of YOUNG GOLD TEETH lent us its support in 2016 by giving our guests at YOUNG GOLD TALKS a taste of its brightening moringa powder with plenty to take home in our goodie bags. Perfect on porridge, smoothies and in raw bars, brownies, cakes and even face scrubs, Aduna’s powders are a simple, healthy and happy way to make your food go further.
You Will Need
2 tbsp Aduna Baobab Powder
320g dried figs
310g unsalted raw cashew nuts
30g sunflower seeds
A food processor
A baking tin
Trim the stalks off the dried figs and place the them in a large bowl. Cover the figs with water and set them aside to soak for an hour or so until they’re nice and soft.
Drain the figs and place all the ingredients apart from the Baobab Powder in a food processor, blender or your NutriBullet and blend everything together. Then, add the Baobab Powder and blend until everything is totally combined.
Bring the mixture together, then roll it out into a large rectangle onto a sheet of greaseproof paper until it’s about 1cm thick. It will be quite sticky so the paper will help to protect your kitchen surface or table. Pop the rectangle of mixture into the baking tin either on the paper or peel it off and place in the tin.
Place the tin in the freezer for 30 minutes to firm up, then take it out and neatly slice the rectangle into bars roughly 3.5cm by 10cm. Keep the bars in an airtight container in the fridge and enjoy whenever you’re in need of a little pick-me-up.
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