Amazing Vegan Gluten Free Super Power Squares!
Packed full of energy and essential fatty acids these are not only the most requested recipe I have, they are a personal favourite! I have made a raw variation of this snack too, which I am happy to share if anyone requests it.
1 1/2 cups crispy brown rice cereal
1/2 cup raw sliced almonds
1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/4 cup hemp seeds
2 tablespoons whole chia seeds
1/4 cup flax seed
1 cup dried Medjool dates (about 6 ounces), pitted
1/4 cup natural smooth unsalted almond butter
1/4 cup brown rice syrup
1/2 teaspoonsea salt
1/2 teaspoon real vanilla
1 Tbsp pure cocoa powder
Toast cereal and nuts and seeds in oven for about 15 minutes (until aromatic and lightly browned) and then allow to cool for a few minutes before pulsing the mixture in a food processor about 5 (1-second) pulses. Transfer to a medium bowl; set aside.
Place dates in the food processor and process until finely chopped and a ball forms, about 15 seconds; set aside.
Place almond butter, rice syrup, salt, and vanilla in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir until mixture is combined and runs like slow-moving lava, about 1 minute. Remove from heat, immediately add dates and cocoa powder, and, using a wooden spoon, stir, smashing down on the dates, until well combined and no streaks of cocoa remain. Pour / spoon hot syrup over cereal mixture and stir, pressing as you do, until evenly combined. (This takes some muscle and time, about 5 minutes.) Transfer to the prepared baking pan and, using your hands, spread and firmly press the mixture into the pan. Let cool completely.
Remove the date-seed slab from the pan. Cut it in desired size bars and keep in an air tight container or you can freeze them.
* I have a sweet little vintage flower biscuit cast iron pan I often use to form these, in which case I call them chia flower power!