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Powerstart Fruit & Nut Bars

I first discovered Powerstart a few months ago when a friend, who joined us sailing, bought a bag of Powerstart along for his breakfast. I was instantly intrigued. I love the idea of super foods and try to include as many as possible in my diet. What can be better than a food packed full of nutrients! Almost immediately, I was formulating ideas of things I could do with this product. Obvious bliss balls were forefront in my mind, as were fruit and nut bars. This is my first creation using Powerstart. I used the Cacao Powerstart for this recipe. To see what other flavours they have click here.

“Powerstart was formulated to be the most nutritionally dense breakfast possible, attaining the highest possible amounts of protein, omega fats and anti-oxidants” 
Jason Olderoy – Naturopath & Founder of Powerstart

I first made this recipe with 1/4 of a cup of dried fruit and I had a couple of people tell me it wasn’t sweet enough. I don’t have a sweet-tooth so it was perfect for me. I made a second batch with more fruit and it was better received by the friends who enjoy a sweet treat or two. I, on the other hand, found it a little too sweet and will go back to using only a 1/4 of dried fruit. So you may want to play around with the amount of fruit you use (ingredient  six**). If you like very sweet start with 1/2 a cup of fruit etc.

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Ingredients

1/2 cup Powerstart
1/2 cup LSA*
1/2 cup desiccated coconut
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup roughly chopped walnuts
1/4 – 1/2 cup mixed dried fruit** (cranberries, blueberries, goji etc)
1/4 cup cocoa or cacao
2 Tbs psyllium
1/2 cup raisins
3/4 cup coconut milk
A little dark chocolate to melt if desired, to top the slices.

Method

Add the first eight ingredients to a mixing bowl and mix until well blended.

Put the raisins and the coconut milk in a food processor and blend for a minute.

Mix the coconut and raisin into the dry ingredients until well blended.

Press into a tray, sprinkle with coconut, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Once it is firm slice it into bars. Drizzle with melted chocolate if desired.

Keep refrigerated.

*LSA is a ground mix of linseed, sunflower and almond.

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About the ingredients

Powerstart (Cacao) –   This mix includes, flax seeds, chia seeds, macadamia nuts, cacao nibs, goji berries and pomegranate powder. For a full list of ingredients click here.  High in protein, omega fats, anti-oxidants and it is gluten free.

LSA (Linseed, Sunflower and Almond) –  Healthy fats –  omega’s 3 and 6, high fibre, vitamins and minerals and it is gluten free.

Desiccated Coconut – High fibre, iron and minerals (gluten free).

Raisins – High fibre, iron, calcium and anti-oxidants (gluten free)

Psyllium – excellent source of fibre and is gluten free.

Chia seeds – high in fibre and good fats – omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, high protein (14% by weight) and gluten free.

Cocoa – high in fibre, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It is also gluten free.

Walnuts – low Carbohydrates (and most carbs in the walnuts are fibre).  High in good fats omega-6 and Omega-3, and contains huge amounts of antioxidants. Walnuts contain many vitamins and minerals, and are gluten fee.

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Powerstart Fruit & Nut Bars

 
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High Fibre Bliss Balls

There are so many bliss, energy, and health ball recipes online, you’d think I would have found the perfect one for me. Well I didn’t, so I made my own. I thought about the ingredients I wanted to include and then went for it. I wanted to make a tasty snack packed full of fibre and this is the result…

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Ingredients
3/4 cup of quick oats
1/2 cup chia seeds
1/2 cup psyllium husk
1/ 4 cup cacao powder
340g pitted prunes
1/2 cup raisins
1-3 Tbs of liquid – water, juice or even rum!
2 Tbs of coconut (optional)
Honey (optional) I don’t have a sweet tooth, so if you want to make these balls sweeter use a little honey. Add it to the food processor when you add the liquid.

Method
In a food processor blend the oats, cacao powder, psyllium and chia seeds until it is a coarse powder. Remove from food processor and put into a bowl.

Add the raisins and prunes to the food processor and mix until well chopped. Add dry ingredients back into the blender and mix well adding the liquid as needed.

Should end up with a very firm dough. Roll into balls and coat in coconut if desired. Store in fridge. Will keep for a couple of weeks.

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The ingredients I wanted to use and why.

Oats – High in fibre, helps reduce cholesterol and is high in antioxidants.

Prunes – excellent source of fibre, vitamins and minerals.

Psyllium Husk – fibre! and can help manage cholesterol levels.

Chia Seeds – massive amounts of nutrients with very few calories! Excellent source of fibre and antioxidants. High in protein and omega-3 fatty acids and helps lower the risk of heart disease.

Cacao Powder –  packed full of antioxidants, improve your memory, reduce heart disease, boost immunity, and increase your bliss – hence bliss balls!

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High Fibre Bliss Balls

More delicious Bliss Ball recipes? Try these!

TRIPPIN’ BLISS BALLS

CHRISTMAS PUDDING BLISS BALLS

APRICOT AND COCONUT BLISS BALLS