I like to find new ingredients to try as often as possible and this week I ordered a few things from my favourite UK supplier of all things healthy – HealthySupplies.co.uk. Amongst my box of goodies this time were some Buckwheat Puffs.
So what exactly IS buckwheat?! Well for a start it has nothing to do with wheat, so the gluten-intolerant amongst you can breathe a sigh of relief, it’s gluten-free. It’s not a grain at all, it’s actually a fruit seed, closely related to rhubarb and sorrel. In terms of taste, for those of you familiar with Sugar Puffs, buckwheat puffs taste kind of like those but without the sugar, if you can imagine that!. If you want the full low-down on buckwheat, I found this fantastic page all about it, just click here (but come straight back!).
And so to today’s recipe… Soft & Crispy Nutty Snack Bars. Bit of a mouthful but I couldn’t think of a better way of describing them! These bars have the slight crispiness of the buckwheat puffs, combined with the crunchiness of the chopped hazelnuts, all stuck together with a mixture of soft dates & peanut butter and a little coconut flour! The finished taste is nutty, the insides soft but with a hint of crispiness, and when reviewed by colleagues at work they described them having a similar texture to that of a Nutrigrain Elevenses Baked Bar. One colleague said they would make a great breakfast bar and that he would definitely pay for them! Sounds good?! Here’s the recipe and photographs…
- 1 cup dates
- 1/3 cup smooth natural peanut butter
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 1.5 cups puffed buckwheat
- 1/2 cup hazelnuts, roughly chopped
- 1/4 cup coconut flour (or desiccated coconut will do if you don’t have flour)