Healthy raspberry and chia seed slice recipe
This delicious raspberry and chia seed slice is bursting with fruit, chia seeds and is low in sugar. It’s a deliciously healthy option for morning tea or even your children’s lunch boxes.
- 2 cups raspberries, chopped
- 1/2 cup (125ml) water
- 1/4 cup stevia
- 1/2 lemon, juiced
- 1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste (or vanilla extract)
- 1/2 tsp ginger powder
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/4 cup dried goji berries (optional)
- 1 cup almond meal
- 1 cup (150g) brown rice flour
- 2 large apples, chopped and pureed
- 1/2 cup stevia
- 1/2 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan-forced).
In a medium pot over low-medium heat, combine berries, water, stevia, lemon juice, vanilla and ginger. Cook for about 10 minutes, or until the berries are cooked down and can be mashed with a fork or spoon.
Remove from the heat. Check the sweetness of the mixture. If it is not sweet enough, add a little more stevia.
Add the chia seeds, goji berries, and allow to thicken. Give the seeds time to absorb the excess juice and if it is still too watery, add more chia seeds until it is a thick consistency. But keep it slightly runny as it tends to dry out more in the oven.
Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, combine the flours, coconut, apple puree and stevia. Mix until a crumbly consistency is reached.
Spoon two-thirds of the mixture into a medium-sized pan or lasagne dish (sprayed with non-stick cooking spray) and press mixture onto the bottom to form a crust.
Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes, or until the edges are lightly browned.
Add the rolled oats to the remaining one-third of the mixture and stir until combined. Set aside (this will be your crumble topping).
Once the crust is browned, pour the thickened fruit filling on top and spread evenly
Add the crumble topping, distribute evenly
Bake in the oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the top is browned
Allow to cool for about 1 hour in the pan. Cut into squares and enjoy.
- If you haven’t been introduced to chia seeds yet, let me fill you in. This cute little morsel is full of omega-3 fatty acids and more antioxidants than blueberries (which is a lot). They work to promote cellular repair, maintain healthy blood pressure, and balance your sugar levels. They are great news if you are watching your weight as the seeds form a gel coating when exposed to water, which in turn fills you up. They are also an easy way of increasing your daily intake of fibre and protein. Most supermarkets sell these now in the health food section.
- When making the crumble, when adding the 2 large apples, chopped and pureed, you might have to add a tiny bit of water or juice to it to puree.
- If you choose to add stevia to increase the sweetness, be careful as adding too much can make it bitter tasting.
- This recipe can be made as sugar-free, dairy-free, gluten-free or substituted with wheat flour and sugar instead of stevia.
- This recipe was created by Karla Gilbert. You can read her blog at Ironmum Karla, catch up with her on Twitter, find her on Facebook or peek at her pins on Pinterest.