Jujube Energy Treats

This recipe was created quickly as a way to use up some small quantities of the ingredients leftover from the Ombre Cheesecake recipe.  I wish I had thought just a little more and set these treats in a silicon ice cube tray because then they would have been Jujube Energy Cubes.  Anyway…

This recipe is very flexible.  It would be an ideal way of using up odd quantities of seeds, nuts and dried fruit.

75g margarine (I used Pure Sunflower spread)

50g golden syrup

100g chocolate (I used Kinnerton Free From chocolate)

approx. 150-200g seeds, nuts and dried fruit (I used 40g sunflower seeds, 40g pumpkin seeds, 40g pine nuts, 50g Abakus Crunchy Jujube Sprinkles*)

1. Melt the margarine and golden syrup in a pan and bring to the boil. Add the chocolate, reduce the heat to low, and stir until the chocolate has melted.
2. Mix in the seeds/nuts/dried fruit. Give it all a really good mix until everything is chocolatey.
3. Spoon the mix into the bun cases. I used mini muffin cases because these are very energy dense.  Chill for 3 hours or until set.

*Jujube is also known as the red date.  It is widely eaten throughout Asia.  It is also used in Chinese and Korean medicine for a wide variety of purposes.  Abakus foods have made Jujube sprinkles, which are sweet and crunchy.  They really lifted this recipe.

Easy Bean Chickpea Crispbread (Seeds and Black Peppers flavour)

Ingredients – chickpea flour, buttermilk, rice flour, salted butter, sunflower seed, pumpkin seed, golden linseed, nigella seed, baking powder (mono calcium phosphate, sodium bicarbonate, corn starch), water, sea salt, black pepper.

Dear Chickpea Crispbread. It’s not you. It’s me. In the past, I would have revelled in your buttery crispness. Unfortunately, now I hardly eat any dairy foods (I’ve even got some different vegan cheeses on order at the mo), and your butteryness is frankly a bit nauseating and overly rich in an artery-clogging way. But it’s not you, it’s me. I would have enjoyed you in the past, but now the hit of dairy was so extreme that I could barely taste the other flavours, except when I got a bit of nigella seed stuck in my tooth. But it’s not you, it’s me. You need to find someone who will love you as you are, and I will wait patiently for a vegan version.