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Make your own NAKD RAW bars

Behold- the NAKD BARS:











Coming in a variety of flavours, and made with only unroasted nuts, dried fruit and natural flavours/spices. They cost 60-80p depending on where you buy them, but thanks to the kind people who put the percentage ratios on the back of the packet, you can also make them at home!

We made “Cocoa Orange”, which is made with:

40% dates

40% cashews

15% raisins

5% unsweetened cocoa powder

a small amount of natural orange flavouring

(I think these figures are correct- I threw the wrapper away by accident- in any case they are close- and it tasted authentic!)

You will need digital scales for this. These quantities make 2 bars, as shown in the highly stylish photo, where they feature on a fluorescent pink IKEA plate.

  • 40 grams unroasted cashews
  • 40 grams of unsweetened dried dates, snipped into smallish pieces
  • 15 grams of raisins
  • 5 grams unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of “orange extract” oil
  1. In your food processor or mini chopper, process the nuts until they look like fine meal.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and process until they are completely broken down- about a minute?
  3. The mixture will seem a bit crumbly but presses together easily.
  4. Form into bars, or- even more convenient- small bite-size truffle shapes.









So I don’t do food styling. But it tastes good and it nurtures, okay???!!!

Who says self denial is no fun?

This was our Monday night treat. Because every family should have a designated treat night, don’t you think? A little too dark for the kids (I’d say it’s about 70% dark chocolate-type-flavour) Amelia made her siblings cute little cupcakes. Quite healthy ones too, just not appropriate for our Lent challenge ūüôā

Made with approximately 40grams of cacao butter (for more details, see this post) 25grams of cocoa powder and about 80grams of date paste: I counteracted the dark flavour by sprinkling liberally with cranberries, raisins, freeze dried strawberry powder, flaked almonds, in short- whatever I could rustle up. Aye- even some salty pistachios.

Cacao butter will “seize up” in contact with even a drop of water, so when you add date paste instead of honey, it goes grainy, but we didn’t mind. It is a lot softer, so it needs to be kept in the freezer. It was delicious.

Date sweetened Granola- mmmmmm!

I very much doubt I could live without oats. Such a wonder-grain. I love them. Creamy, versatile, and packed full of fibre: insoluble fibre to speed up the old “transit time” (you with me?), soluble, to mop up any harmful cholesterols it happens upon, and to help maintain good blood sugar levels.

We have made granola for ages at home by simply warming up honey and some¬†sunflower oil (not too much, mind), mixing in oats, and toasting it in the oven (watching it carefully, as honey burns easily) This is as simple as it gets, and you can add in nuts, seeds, and dried fruit each time you eat it. This version is far less sweet, for our dates-only Lent ūüôā¬† It is however,I find,¬†sweet enough when eaten with raisins etc and a chopped sweet banana.

*(Every self-respecting person who wishes to get their “cream” from non-factory plant sources should have some of this marvel in the fridge. It is simply unroasted cashews, soaked until soft, and liquidised with water at a ratio of 1:1¬† (or slightly less water)- until silky-smooth. For more details read this post) The cashew cream adds a certain kind of richness and makes it taste kind of creamy-caramelly.

I mix all the ingredients well and then¬†finish it¬†in my food dehydrator because I can forgot about it and it doesn’t burn.

Don’t curse me for using less conventional methods (it’s in my blood now) and furthermore, I cannot comment on oven- cooking times.

In short, not a very informative post, then.

But there are plenty of alternative healthy granola recipes out there (and by “out there”, I mean, on here– the internet)¬†¬†They really are not difficult, and you can make some amazing gourmet granolas, for a fraction of the cost, and completely control the amount and type of sweetener that you use.

I have my granola¬†with chopped banana and almond milk and it is fantastic! It would also be lovely sprinkled over fruit salad with some “live” yoghurt.

Made a little sweeter using apples, dates, cinnamon, and honey, and some nuts/seeds/and dried fruit, it would make a fantastic crunchy snack to nibble on, guilt-free.

I miss honey¬† ūüė¶¬†¬† But date sweetened treats are growing on me. I think if I had tried this no sugar-no-honey-no-wheat-no-yeast Lent thing a few years ago I would have died (or someone else may have!) But I have grown into new habits slo-o-o-ooowly. . For¬†some people, dietary changes¬†may be a radical overnight thing. For me, slow changes have worked best.

Our granola stash, ready bagged in portions.









Have a great weekend!


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