Vegan Quinoa, Coconut & Chocolate slices

We made some delicious cereal bars last week; they were chocolatey, sticky, crunchy - really, really good so I thought I'd share them with you this morning. Then I went to the cupboard, and soon realised that my 10 year old had eaten all the dates and finished off the cocoa whilst making hot chocolate. Brilliant, thanks for telling me! So instead, i thought i'd make some healthy yet still appealing flapjack type things with stuff I had hanging out at the back of the cupboard. They turned out pretty good & they are vegan, gluten-free as an added bonus. 

Disclaimer: yes, I do have coconut palm sugar and quinoa flakes lying around (£3.20 for a large bag if you're wondering). Don't judge, I live in Bath & they practically force you to buy this stuff ;) If you need to you can easily sub the palm sugar for brown sugar and you can probably sub the quinoa for oats too, but you'll probably only need to use a 1-1/2 cups, instead.


Vegan Quinoa, Coconut & Chocolate Slices

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups quinoa flakes

  • 1 cup desiccated coconut

  • 1 tbsp chia seeds

  • pinch of cinnamon

  • 1/2 cup coconut oil in liquid form

  • 1 1/2 tbsp coconut palm sugar

  • 1 tbsp nut butter (i used cashew, but almond would work)

  • Sweet Freedom Choco Shot for drizzling

Method:

  1. In a large bowl mix together the quinoa flakes, coconut, chia seeds and cinnamon.

  2. Melt enough coconut oil to fill half a cup, on a low - medium heat, before adding the nut butter and sugar. Whisk gently until the nut butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved.

  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir well to fully combine.

  4. Empty onto a lined baking tray and press down well, so the mixture is packed.

  5. Pop in the fridge for 1-2 hrs before slicing into approx 12 slices. Drizzle over the Choco Shot and store in the fridge for up to a week.