Guest Recipe by Josephine of Sprouted Fig
I am Josefine, the recipe creator, writer and photographer behind Sprouted Fig (sproutedfig.com) – my vegetarian food blog where I share my love for photography and the healthy, delicious and mostly vegan food I create here in my home in Copenhagen.
Superfood Christmas Parcels w/ Sprouted Buckwheat and Goji Berries
These bars are so good. They are sweetened with dates, made with sprouted buck wheat and contain high antioxidant foods such as goji berries and raw cocoa powder. Oh and they can be made completely raw. A real super food bar perfect as a healthy snack in between all the Christmas cookies. If you don’t feel like sprouting the buckwheat, you can use whole groats. But I highly recommend sprouting them – and don’t worry, it’s way easier than it sounds.
Vegetarian. Refined Sugar Free. Gluten-free.
2/3 cup buckwheat groats (OR 1 ½ cup sprouted buckwheat)
1/3 cup (70mL / 40 g. / 4 pieces) medjool dates (or other big soft dates)*
1/3 cup (70mL / 80g.) almond or brazil nut butter
¼ cup (60mL / 40 g.) virgin coconut oil
20 g. raw dark chocolate (preferably sugar free)
2 tbsp. raw cocoa powder
2 tbsp. goji berries
40 grams raw dark sugar free chocolate OR 2 tbsp. coconut oil, 1 tbsp. honey (or maple syrup for vegan option) and 1 tbsp. cocoa powder
Optional: freeze dried berries, chopped nuts or more goji berries for garnish
SPROUT THE BUCKWHEAT**: Rinse the buckwheat groats very well. Place the buckwheat groats in a bowl and cover completely with water. Let soak over night. The day after rinse very well again and place the groats in a sieve in a big bowl until they begin to sprout – this takes two days. Rinse very well at least twice a day.
In a food processor blend together dates and nut butter until smooth.
Melt together the coconut oil, dark chocolate and cocoa powder in a small saucepan. Stir in the date-nut paste and lastly stir through the sprouted buckwheat and goji berries. Press the mass out into a small dish covered in wax paper and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Melt the 40 grams of chocolate over a water bath or melt together the coconut oil, honey and cocoa powder and pour the mixture over the bars. Eventually garnish with berries or nuts. Refrigerate for anther hour.
Cut into 10 bars. Store in an airtight box in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
* If you can’t get soft dates, just soak them over night ** If you already have sprouted buckwheat in the fridge, this step can be skipped.