Updated: Mar 25, 2018
Low Gluten, Low Sugar, Dairy Free, Nut free, No Refined Sugars
With my kids' school being nut free I'm always in need of high protein options for their lunch box. Unfortunately they are not a fan of eggs or cold meat, so I invented this slice and it has turned out to be my 7 year old's favourite.
Super simple to make, you can whip it up in 10 mins. It really is a nutrient filled option, and a much better alternative to store bought muesli bars. (For a healthy more muesli bar like option, check out my super seed slice).
Quinoa, amaranth and sunflower butter boost the protein of this slice.
Quinoa is used as a grain, but actually is a seed, which is a complete protein since it contains all nine essential amino acids. Per 100g, quinoa contains an impressive 13 -14 g of protein.
Amaranth an ancient Aztec "grain" is revered for its amazing nutrition profile, including protein and dietary fibre. The amaranth puffs also contain around 13-14 g of protein per 100 g and almost 7g of dietary fiber per 100 g.
Sunflower seeds are an excellent source of many vital nutrients including Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant which works hard to fight free radical damage within the body. I use Ceres Organics Sunflower butter which has a whopping 22.5 grams of protein per 100 grams. If you find a jar of this way too expensive, considering making your own. It is a great alternative to peanut butter and you can find a delicious recipe for it here. (Just skip the coconut sugar if using the butter for baking).
While the amaranth and quinoa are naturally gluten free, the oats are technically not. (Usually due to contamination). You can find gluten free oats at most health food stores. However I find many with non-coeliac gluten sensitivity can tolerate organic oats. Also feel free to play around with the dry ingredients in this one. Maybe switch the oats for other gluten free options like puffed millet or for a crunch, buckwheat.
Raw cacao powder also adds nutrients to this little morsel of goodness. It is reasonably high in magnesium, something many of us don't get enough of in our diets.
For some healthy fat you will find coconut oil and desiccated coconut, along with the sunflower butter.
Now for the sugar content. 100% pure real maple syrup is my natural sweetener of choice for this recipe. It contains around 12 grams of sugar per tablespoon. You should manage to get around 20 small slices from this recipe. So without adding any chocolate chips or dark chocolate bits it works out to be around 1/4 teaspoon per slice. To be safe, with chocolate chips, say 1/2 teaspoon per slice. Not bad really.
Chocolate Protein Slice
1/2 Cup organic wholegrain oats
1/2 Cup quinoa flakes
1 Cup puffed amaranth
1/2 Cup desiccated coconut
2T raw cacao powder
4T coconut oil - gently melted
2T 100% pure real maple syrup
4T Sunflower butter (if the oil has separated in the jar and is sitting on the top, be sure to give it a stir before adding)
1 T Dark choc chips or small bits of broken dark chocolate
1. In a food processor blend all the dry ingredients together until fine and powder like.
2. Add the wet ingredients which includes melted coconut oil, maple syrup and sunflower butter.
3. Press firmly into a tin lined with baking paper (or else it is really hard to get out).
4. If adding chocolate - sprinkle across the top and press into the slice. You can use less this way. (Or using the double boiler technique gently melt some dark chocolate and drizzle over the top of the slice).
5. Place in the refrigerator to set.
6. Once set, cut into slices.
It is best stored in an airtight container in the fridge.