Muesli Slice #3 - Coconut & Chia Edition

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i think there a two sets of 'time'. there's ikea time and normal time. ikea runs in a parallel universe where somehow four hours pass and you haven't even eaten but somehow you're still in the kitchen sink hall.  ikea time also involves lots of weird decisions like yes i need coat hooks that look like elephant butts. i think we need to have a hashtag called #shitwedoinikea because i can't be the only one who feels this. that said though, ikea is quite possibly one of the greatest places on earth. where else can you buy the contents of your entire house in one place?? also, some of their pendant lights look like the death star. between elephant butt hooks and death star pendant lamps, you can see my interior design style at it's best. clearly. 

but don't even get me started on the ikea car park. oh man. 

remember that seinfeld episode that was literally just of them losing, and then eventually finding, the car in a multi-level car park??? well, yesterday i was at ikea with mum and nannie and we spent the better part of half an hour trying to find the car in this ginormous multi-level car park. i eventually had to ditch my bag in the trolley, leave it with nannie and run in skinny jeans around the car park looking for the car. hello chaffing my new best friend :) 

anywho, naturally to recuperate from such an ordeal a healthy nutritious snack was in order. enter the third (!!!!!) muesli slice recipe on the blog - this time the coconut and chia edition. because why the fruitloops not. i was sure this time however, given the massive amounts of tarts and cake and biscuits around these parts lately, to make the slice as healthy as possible.  

notes: rice malt syrup is my new favourite friend, as it doesn't give you blood sugar spikes like other sources of sugar. whilst sugar is sugar and moderation is key, the less blood sugar spikes the better! essentially this means that you won't experience a sugar high, before a crashing low, resulting in more hunger cravings and low mood etc... if you were looking to really remove this sugar high altogether, sub the rice malt syrup out for the maple (in equal quantities). 


Coconut & Chia Muesli Slice

{makes 12 bars}

ingredients

3/4 c desiccated (unsweetened) coconut

1/4 c chia seeds

1/2 c oats

1/3 c cashews, chopped

1/4 c hazelnuts, chopped

1/2 c mixed seeds (i used pumpkin, sesame and sunflower)

1 tb buckwheat

1/2 c maize flour

3/4 c almond meal

1/2 c dates 

3/4 tsp bi-carb soda

1/2 c boiling water

2 1/2 tb rice malt syrup

1/4 c 100% maple syrup

1 tb raw cacao nibs 

method

combine all your dry ingredients (coconut, chia seeds, mixed seeds, nuts, buckwheat, maize flour, almond meal and oats) in a large bowl. 

in a small bowl, add the dates, the bi-carb soda and the boiling water. ensure all the bi-carb is dissolved, before leaving to stand for 2-3 minutes. 

stir the dates (and the water) through the dry ingredients until well combined. add both syrups and stir well. the slice mix should start to cling together. 

into the lined pan, press the slice evenly using your fingertips, making sure that it's well condensed and fitting into all corners. sprinkle on the cacao nibs. 

bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown and fragrant. leave to cool completely (this is really important!!) before cutting the slice into segments. store the slice in a sealed tin at room temperature. it will keep for about a week.