One of my hobbies (which might be a touch on the nerdy side) is playing around in the kitchen developing healthy, delicious snacks. These Lucuma Energy Bars are definitely a new favourite. They're enriched with protein for lasting energy and are sweet and creamy thanks to the use of lucuma powder and cacao butter.
Lucuma powder comes from the Peruvian lucuma fruit. It has a sweet, citrusy flavour and is a source of vitamins, fibre and calcium. It's a bit of a speciality ingredient, but I personally think it's worth it because it's so delicious. You can also add it to smoothies, sprinkle it over yoghurt or add it to raw chcocolates.
Cacao butter comes from the cacao bean and provides a beautiful rich and creamy texture. I highly recommend that you use cacao butter, but if you don't have any you could use coconut oil instead. Loving Earth sell raw, organic lucuma powder and cacao butter online (if you're in Australia), or you can find them at most health food shops.
i n g r e d i e n t s
- 1 1/2 cups gluten-free oats *
- 1 1/2 cups unsweetened desiccated coconut
- 1/4 cup plain protein powder (I used a brown rice protein powder)
- 2 x 20ml tablespoons lucuma powder
- Pinch of sea salt
- 1/2 cup cacao butter, melted
- 1/4 cup rice malt syrup (or liquid sweetener of choice)
p r e p a r a t i o n
- Line a 10 x 16cm container with baking paper or cling film.
- Process the oats in a food processor until you get fine crumbs. Add the desiccated coconut, protein powder, lucuma powder and sea salt and process until well combined. Add the melted cacao butter and rice malt syrup and process until well combined.
- Press the mixture firmly into the prepared container and leave in the fridge for a few hours to set. Once set, cut into bars. Best stored in the fridge.
Makes 6 bars.
* I occasionally use gluten-free oats in my recipes when I want to keep things nut-free. You could use standard oats if you prefer (standard oats may contain traces of gluten). If you want to make this recipe grain-free, you could use a combination of nut meal and coconut flour instead of oats. I haven't tested this recipe without oats, but I'd suggest trying 1 1/4 cups nut meal + 1/4 cup coconut flour (the coconut flour will be needed to absorb excess oil from the nut meal).
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