|Fruity Chocolate Slice|
I love slices because they're that little bit quicker than biscuits. If I can turn a biscuit into a slice, I will! It's a lesson I learnt from a gorgeous friend who one of the smartest women I know when it comes to saving time. Why spend 10 minutes shaping biscuits when I could spend that time on the phone to her!
This slice came about when we had a glut of over-ripe bananas. Thanks to my first pregnancy, the smell of over-ripe bananas still haunts me, so they tend to get used up pretty quickly in our house and frozen once they start going ripe. You can, of course, vary the dried fruit with whatever you'd prefer and play around with your sweetener, if you'd prefer to use something other than maple syrup. I have used rice syrup in the place of maple syrup in this recipe, but prefer the extra caramel flavour the maple provides.
Fruity Chocolate Slice
160g dried fruit (I use craisins, apricots, dates & sultanas)
80g dark chocolate
1 frozen ripe banana
150g rolled oats
150g wholemeal spelt flour
50g coconut flakes
1/2 tsp baking powder
75g rapadura or coconut sugar
1 tsp vanilla bean paste
65g maple syrup
40g coconut oil
1. Place frozen banana (broken into chunks), dried fruit & chocolate in TM bowl and turbo 2-3 times until evenly chopped.
2. Add oats, spelt, coconut, baking powder & sugar to the bowl. Mix for 5 seconds on speed 5.
3. Add remaining ingredients, except chopped fruit & chocolate, to TM bowl and mix for 10 seconds on speed 5.
Press into slice tray. I usually sprinkle home-made milo on top of the slice, for a little extra chocolateyness.
Bake for 30 minutes, until brown. Cool and slice into squares. Devour!