Louola’s Quinola – Grain-Free Granola
I was introduced to Louola’s Superfood Quinola
last year by a great company called Superfoodio
via their healthy snack boxes, and it’s quickly become a favourite of mine!
Commercial granolas and cereals are often loaded with hidden sugars. And it can be surprising to find out how much sugar there is even in the apparently ‘healthy’ choices out there.
Vegetarian and vegan friendly, Louola’s is a delicious alternative which is not only refined sugar free, but also grain and dairy free. I’ve found this to be a great smoothie topper and have also been using Louola’s in recipes for energy balls and homemade raw chocolate (This recipe for Raw Chocolate Bark using Beetroot, Cashew & Coconut Louola’s went down a treat over Christmas!) You can find more details, plus recipe inspiration here at the Louola’s website.
Cashew, Date, Chia & Cacao Snack Bars
Homemade Cashew, Date, Chia & Cacao Snack Bars -Here’s a few I made earlier
As I spend a lot of my time out about for work and therefore having no choice but to eat on-the-go I am always looking out for portable snacks. If I can make them myself then that’s all the better and usually cheaper too.
One of my current favourites is these Cashew, Date, Chia & Cacao Bars. I had a look at one of my favourite shop bought brands recently and decided to have a go at making my own. The result was a success! The joy of this is you can play with your own ingredient combinations (I’ve tried versions using coconut, linseeds and hemp protein, for instance). I use a high-speed blender to make mine, but a good food processor should also work though would take slightly longer.
(Makes about 8 bars)
1 cup pitted dates
1 cup cashews
¼ cup raisins
¼ cup chia seeds
¼ cup cacao powder
¼ cup water*
(*NB – you may want to add more water as you go, depending on your desired consistency for your bars but I’ve found it is best to start with less to avoid a soggy mix that won’t hold together!)
Getting the ingredients together
Add all the ingredients to your blender – I chopped my dates beforehand and pulsed in the blender a few times to break up the nuts and dates a bit more.
Blend until all the ingredients have combined and formed into a ball. (Gauge whether you want to add more water or not as you go along.)
Place your blended ball onto a sheet of greaseproof paper (large enough to wrap). Shape and press into a big square.
Wrap your square up and put in the fridge for 1 hour (minimum).
Cut into bars – I wrap mine individually and store in the fridge, ready to eat!