Recipes from food stylist Nicolas Ghirlando: Fish fingers to Friday nights.

Called to the bar

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No matter how worthy your diet, how well one can live on hemp and lentils, even hippies want a sweet snack every now and then.

We’ve got a few ‘nakd’ bars in the cupboard for snacks but of late these have been relegated to the back for emergency use only. I’ve started to make my own in the Nutribullet and they’re easy as well as being customisable to whatever ingredients, shape and size you can reasonably buy and make.

These are quite addictive and it’s easy to demolish the whole thing in one go, but while they’re pure and healthy, it’s probably not a good idea to do so. I have no idea what that many dates will do to your system in one go.

If you don’t have a Nutribullet, use a food processor or blender. Failing that, chop everything by hand. It’s probably better to use a knife though.

Ingredients (for one large bar)
Equal amounts of:
whole skin-on almonds
pitted dates
raisins
apricots (the dark, sun-dried type, not the bright orange ones if possible)
2tbsp raw cacao nibs
1tbsp sunflower seeds
1tbsp supergreens powder (I use Bioglan)
1tbsp bee pollen
A handful of dessicated coconut

Method
Blitz half the almonds to a powder then add half of the remaining ingredients and pulse until well combined. You may need to stop and shake it up a bit.

Empty the container into a large bowl and repeat with the remaining ingredients.
Tip this into the same bowl and mix everything well by hand. Shape into one or two bars, squares or balls as you prefer and wrap well in clingfilm or put in an airtight container.

Put in the fridge to firm. I keep them in there anyway, I like them better slightly chilled.

You can vary the ingredients as you like, cashew nuts work well as does adding orange zest, vanilla seeds, fennel seeds for suprise and even chilli flakes. I’m tempted by the thought of covering them in melted chocolate, but that will have to wait a while.

2 Responses to “Called to the bar”

  1. Food,Photography & France

    my chances of finding Bioglan or bee pollen out here are fat and none…although there are a lot of bee keepers here so bee pollen may be easier to find than I thought…

    Reply

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