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Raw Banana Slice – Two Ways!

April 20, 2013

Raw Chocolate Strawberry and Macadamia Slice

Raw Chocolate Strawberry and Macadamia Slice

I know there is a bit of a theme going on here, but with the success of my previous post I thought I’d run with it – slices, that is! They are so handy to have, easy to pack into lunch boxes and quick to make, no portioning or rolling into biscuits – but you will still get your hands dirty though!!

My fascination with raw is indulged here – back in the old days, recipes like this were considered “fridge-bake” or “no-bake” and to be honest I didn’t really afford them much regard. But now……. raw is fashionable AND healthy and environmentally sound, boy, welcome to the age of political correctness!! I better not call this slice “L’ll Black Sambo” then – even if the colours do remind me of a favourite childhood book! Interestingly, my 14yo sons comment was “Looks like a Christmas slice, Mum”

Anyway, this is two posts in one as the recipe can be made as a chocolate, strawberry and macadamia slice or a banana & walnut slice with a slight variation of ingredients. Both gluten-free, sugar-free and VEGAN, don’t be put off: vegan is the new black!!

Chocolate Version
80g quinoa
2 tabs linseeds (flax)
260g almonds
2 tabs brown rice syrup, coconut nectar or…. honey (if not vegan inspired) 
3 tabs Natvia or rapadura
80g dark chocolate
2 tabs water
1/4 teas salt
 
Topping
2 medium bananas (130g)
50g dates
4 tabs coconut oil
1 tab brown rice syrup, coconut nectar or…. honey (if not vegan inspired) 
3 tabs macadamia butter (or any nut butter will do)
vanilla to taste
1/4 teas salt
20g raw cacao
5 strawberries, chopped finely
20g chopped macadamias
 
Mill the quinoa and linseeds for 1 minute on SP 10.
Add the rest of the base ingredients and blend on SP 7 for 30 seconds. It should be still crumbly but easily press together – add a little more water if too dry. Press 3/4 of the mix into a 8 x 11 tray and put into the freezer to firm up. Crumble the remainder of the mix  and stir in the macadamias & strawberries. Set aside.
 
Without cleaning the bowl, add the rest of the ingredients and blend on SP 9 for 30 – 40 seconds until smooth. Scrape the bowl down halfway if needed. The mix should be thick and spreadable. Spread evenly on the base and top with the crumble mix, press in gently and refreeze. Let firm up for at least 2 hours & slice. This slice is fine kept in the fridge but is best in the freezer. I like to pull it out of the freezer about 10 minutes before serving or the strawberries will be like ice-blocks!!
 
Now for the non chocolate version:
Raw Banana & Walnut slice

Raw Banana & Walnut slice

Banana & Walnut Version
80g quinoa
2 tabs linseeds (flax)
260g almonds
2 tabs brown rice syrup, coconut nectar or…. honey (if not vegan inspired) 
3 tabs Natvia or rapadura
2 tabs water
1/4 teas salt
 
Topping
2 medium bananas (130g) – the riper the better
50g dates
4 tabs coconut oil
juice of half a lime or lemon
1 tab brown rice syrup, coconut nectar or…. honey (if not vegan inspired) 
3 tabs macadamia butter (or any nut butter will do)
vanilla to taste
1/4 teas salt
20g chopped walnuts
 
Mill the quinoa and linseeds for 1 minute on SP 10.
Add the rest of the base ingredients and blend on SP 7 for 30 seconds. It should be still crumbly but easily press together – add a little more water if too dry. Press 3/4 of the mix into a 8 x 11 tray and put into the freezer to firm up. Crumble the remainder of the mix  and stir in the walnuts. Set aside.
 
Without cleaning the bowl, add the rest of the ingredients and blend on SP 9 for 30 – 40 seconds until smooth. Scrape the bowl down halfway if needed. The mix should be thick and spreadable. Spread evenly on the base and top with the crumble mix, press in gently and refreeze. Let firm up for at least 2 hours & slice. This slice is fine kept in the fridge but is best in the freezer. I like to pull it out of the freezer about 10 minutes before serving for the flavours to intensify.
 
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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    April 29, 2013 9:33 am

    Hi I made the Raw Chocolate Strawberry and Macadamia Slice
    this weekend and it tastes YUMMY and doesnt taste healthy at all – thank you for posting the recipe. My TM did struggle with the base but after some playing around the end result was great.

    • May 3, 2013 7:53 am

      That’s funny that you say it didn’t taste healthy!! Healthy IS yummy ALL the time!! ha ha ha!!

  2. cathy permalink
    April 20, 2013 12:57 pm

    This looks ridiculously good!

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