There was a stage in my life when most of the snacks I bought came in the pre-packaged variety. Now if you look hard, you can find some good quality bars, but these days I tend to either snack on fruit, nuts, veges or yoghurt if I’m hungry in between meals. Because I’m training for a marathon, I’ve been needing to eat a little more to fuel my workouts so I was after a snack that would give me some high quality carbohydrates plus some protein too. So I made this delicious cashew coconut and chai slice. It’s pretty tasty and I also made for the first time a cashew type icing for it.
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup coconut
1/2 cup roughly chopped raw cashews
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 cup macadamia nut oil (or you could use coconut oil)
1/4 cup honey
1 tablespoon nut butter (cashew, almond, peanut, whatever you wish)
Preheat oven to 160 degrees Celsius. Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Add the vanilla, eggs, honey and nut butter in another bowl and whisk until combined. Add to the dry ingredients and mix until combined. Spoon into a greased baking tin lined with baking paper. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
For the icing:
1 cup cashew nuts, soaked for 3 hours
1/4 cup honey
3 teaspoons coconut oil
Blend all ingredients until smooth. Once the slice is cool, spread the icing over the slice, top with coconut and cocoa nibs if desired.