ca­cao, al­mond and matcha bars

donna hay - Fresh + Light - - Light Energy Bars -

25 fresh dates (375g), pit­ted 2 tea­spoons spir­ulina pow­der+

¼ cup (25g) pea pro­tein pow­der+

¼ cup (80g) al­mond spread

2 tea­spoons vanilla ex­tract

¼ cup (25g) LSA

⅓ cup (35g) ca­cao pow­der

2 ta­ble­spoons black chia seeds

2 ta­ble­spoons lin­seeds (flaxseeds)

½ cup (100g) pepi­tas (pump­kin seeds)

1 cup (160g) nat­u­ral al­monds, chopped matcha pow­der, for dust­ing

Place the dates, spir­ulina, pro­tein pow­der, al­mond spread, vanilla, LSA and ca­cao in a food pro­ces­sor and process for 2 min­utes or un­til the mix­ture comes to­gether. Trans­fer to a large bowl, add the chia seeds, lin­seeds, pepi­tas and al­monds and mix well to com­bine (the mix­ture will be quite firm). Press into a lightly greased 20cm square tin lined with non-stick bak­ing pa­per. Re­frig­er­ate for 1 hour or un­til firm. Dust with matcha and cut into bars to serve.

MAKES 18.

+ Pea pro­tein pow­der is a gluten- and dairy-free source of pro­tein and amino acids, and spir­ulina pow­der is a source of iron and pro­tein. Both are avail­able from health food stores.

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