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Malted SuperFood Bars – Energy Boosting and Quick to Make

Malted Superfood Bars

These malted superfood bars with mango and coconut chocolate are just what’s needed to give a boost when spirits or body are flagging. They are vegan, almost refined sugar free and are loaded with so many nutritious ingredients, it’s hard to stop bouncing around with energetic abandonment once one has been consumed.

Initially inspired by a recipe for golden amaranth superfood bars from At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen by Amy Chaplin, I have made so many changes, these malted superfood bars bear only a passing resemblance to the original. I have previously made the amaranth bars almost per the recipe and they are very good. However, I find hemp seeds can be rather unpleasantly husky and didn’t want my bars overwhelmed with them. The original bars I made were also very crumbly, which made them difficult to cut and eat, so I decided to add some coconut oil to the mix along with a host of other added extras.

Superfood Bars

I also had a We Should Cocoa challenge to prepare for and as the chosen ingredient this month is malt, I thought malt extract would be the ideal sweetener and would help hold the bars together. As chocolate is an integral part of the challenge, a chance to use a bar of Divine’s mango and coconut chocolate was too good an opportunity to miss. I used half of the 100g bar, which meant I was able to savour the rest unadulterated and a very nice bar it proved to be. You could, of course, use any fruit or nut dark chocolate bar that grabs your fancy.

I’d already got a vague idea about what I was going to put in my superfood bars; I made sure some of the ingredients were included in my order with wholefood suppliers Suma: roasted almond butter from Carly’s, the above mentioned mango and coconut chocolate bar, dried mulberries, pine nuts, hemp seeds and quinoa pops. In the end I used the pine nuts in one of the many batches I made of wild garlic pesto, but I think the delicate flavour might have been lost in these bars anyway. I happened to have some amaranth pops left over from making the original recipe, but using all quinoa pops would be fine.

Suma Order

The bars turned out to be slightly sticky, chewy and crunchy, with bursts of different flavours coming through in every mouthful. An undertone of toothsome maltiness held it all together. With their understated sweetness, mix of flavours and textures, these superfood bars were a real hit. I’m not sure they can raise the dead, but my mother’s cold started to wane after eating one. Coincidence? Who can tell?

Malted Superfood Bars with Mango and Coconut Chocolate
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These malted superfood bars with mango coconut chocolate are full of nutritious ingredients. They're quick to make and give a boost when body or spirits are flagging.
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Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Total Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 tbsp malt extract
  2. 2 tbsp toasted almond butter
  3. 50g coconut oil
  4. 50g walnuts - roughly chopped
  5. 25g pumkin seeds
  6. 25g sunflower seeds
  7. 25g sesame seeds
  8. 25g hemp seed
  9. 25g linseeds
  10. 50g dried mulberries
  11. 25g goji berries
  12. 50g puffed quinoa
  13. 50g puffed amaranth
  14. 50g mango and coconut dark chocolate (or chocolate of choice)
Instructions
  1. Place the malt extract, almond butter and coconut oil in a small saucepan and place over a gently heat until everything has melted. Stir to mix and allow to cool a little.
  2. Toast the walnuts over a medium heat in a dry frying pan for a few minutes until fragrant and golden.
  3. Pour into a large mixing bowl.
  4. Toast the pumpkin, sunflower and sesame seeds for a few minutes in the same pan until the seeds start to pop. Add to the bowl.
  5. Add the rest of the dry ingredients except the chocolate to the bowl and stir to mix well.
  6. Pour in the malt mixture and mix with the dry ingredients until everything is coated. I found using two spoons together worked well to do this.
  7. Add the chocolate last, so it doesn't melt and stir in.
  8. Press the mixture into an 20cm (8") sq silicon mould or oiled tin.
  9. Leave to set in a cold place for an hour or two.
  10. Cut into 18 bars.
Notes
  1. These will keep in an air tight container for a week.
  2. You can use 100g of quinoa pops or 100g amaranth pops instead of a mixture of the two.
Tin and Thyme http://tinandthyme.uk/
Suma Bloggers NetworkThese malted superfood bars with mango and coconut chocolate are my fourth recipe for the Suma Blogger’ Network.

 

 

We Should Cocoa LogoThey are also my entry to this month’s We Should Cocoa, which is being hosted over at Green Gourmet Giraffe. Johanna has chosen malt as this month’s ingredient to pair with chocolate.

 

 

Cook Once Eat TwiceAnd as these bars should last a few days after the day of preparation, I’m submitting them to Cook Once Eat Twice with Corina at Searching for Spice

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    What Kate Baked
    3rd June 2016

    These sound such a healthy super energy boost Choclette, a perfect pick me up and some really interesting ingredients too

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      Choclette
      3rd June 2016

      Thanks Kate. I’ve been slumped in front of the computer for so long, I think I’d better go get myself one 😉

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        Choclette
        4th June 2016

        Thanks Lisa, they really are quite amazing and they’re lasting quite a long time too 🙂

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      Choclette
      4th June 2016

      Thanks Helen. I was so excited when I first came across puffed amaranth – quiona pops are rather old hat 😉

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    Jenn
    3rd June 2016

    These look so good!! Thanks for linking up to my granola bars! Sharing!

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      Choclette
      4th June 2016

      Thanks Jenn. I’m finding all these relatively healthy bars really exciting.

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    Johanna @ Green Gourmet Giraffe
    4th June 2016

    Wow these look really delicious as well as healthy – I have a thing about seeds and I really need to try adding some malt extract to bars like this because I have a tin that needs loving! Thanks for linking up the chocolate almond slice and forr linking up to We Should Cocoa

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      Choclette
      4th June 2016

      I’m so glad you chose malt Johanna. I don’t think I’d ever have thought of this otherwise and using malt extract as the sweetener / binder has proved to be a great success.

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      Choclette
      4th June 2016

      Ah yes, they would be perfect for a post workout pick-me-up Angie 🙂

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      Choclette
      4th June 2016

      Hehe, these are so easy Bintu you can knock them up in five minutes flat – almost!

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    Dom
    4th June 2016

    wow, there’s a lot going into this but they look SO good… i’m totally into health bars at the moment and will have a go at these… my issue is that I can’t just eat one and then they’re less healthy and more like a treat!

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      Choclette
      4th June 2016

      As you know I’m a bit of a gannet, but even I find that one of these is enough – for a while at least. They take a while to eat as they are so chewy and then your sort of realise you don’t need any more.

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      Choclette
      4th June 2016

      I suspect I missed a trick and should have put a few more seeds in, but hey!

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      Choclette
      5th June 2016

      Exactly Nayna and they are so chewy that it takes a while to eat them which is also a bonus.

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    Aimee
    6th June 2016

    Wow, you’ve packed a lot of superfood goodness into these! But they look so tasty too 🙂

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      Choclette
      6th June 2016

      Yes, best of both worlds I reckon – healthy, tasty and also satisfying 🙂

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    Heidi Roberts
    6th June 2016

    These like they would be super with an afternoon cup of redbush tea!

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    Glamorous Glutton
    8th June 2016

    These sound delicious, far too good to be healthy! My health bars a re too crumbly although very tasty. Im going to have to give these a go. GG

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      Choclette
      8th June 2016

      The first batch of these I made were also too crumbly GG, but these seemed to work well.

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