- This healthy, vegan slice will be a hit with your whole family. The base is a blend of hemp seeds, almonds and tahini, making it especially rich protein and healthy fats.
Slices, cakes, biscuits….they are all part of the sweet snack family and are usually full of refined sugar and butter. Unfortunately, this puts these tasty treats into the ‘unhealthy’ category.
Luckily, there are some great alternatives to sugar and butter available today. This recipe uses the natural sweetness of dates, almonds and cinnamon to replace sugar, and coconut oil to replace butter.
Being a vegan slice it is also egg free. The binders in this recipe are tahini, sugar-free maple syrup, coconut butter and coconut oil. Because this slice is raw and uses coconut oil as a binder, it is best kept in the fridge.
The benefits of a vegan slice
Vegans will already be well across the benefits of plant-based foods. If you are not familiar with the benefits of a vegan diet there are many.
When it comes to our bodies, the main benefit is higher intake of legumes, fruit, vegetables, seeds and nuts, which contain a wide array of vitamins, minerals, fibre, protein, healthy fats and other plant compounds which aid healthy bodily function.
Why hemp seeds?
Those familiar with hemp seeds (also known as hemp hearts) will know this all too well. Hemp hearts are a nutritional powerhouse and contain a range of vitamins, minerals, healthy fats and high quality protein.
Besides being super healthy, hemp hearts can be farmed sustainable, and often without the use of harmful agricultural sprays.
Make sure the hemp products you purchase are Australian grown to ensure you are supporting your local hemp industry. Vasse Valley Raw Hemp Hearts are 100% Australian.
We love hemp hearts recipes!
These tiny nutritional powerhouses have a nutty flavour similar to raw cashew or macadamia. They are small and soft, making them very easy to add to just about any meal and very hard for fussy eaters to pick out.
Because hemp hearts are rich in omegas, they are a valuable source of nutrition for young and growing brains. If you can get at least 1 tsp of hearts into each child daily you are winning!
If you’re not familiar with tahini it is a paste made from roasted, ground sesame seeds. Like hemp seeds it is rich in nutrients, including protein, fibre and various vitamins and minerals.
Tahini also makes a good alternative to peanut butter for those with peanut allergies.
Be cautious with the amount of tahini in your diet as it contains a high amount of omega 6, which can promote inflammation if too much in the diet. Hemp seed has a better omega 6:3 ratio than tahini so try to include both on your diet.
Hemp and Tahini Vegan Slice
A Recipe by Lindy Watt
Lindy Watt is a body building coach, certified fitness instructor and lives her life orientated towards optimum health and wellbeing. Follow Lindy @lindywatt_fit.
- 70g hemp hearts
- 80g almonds
- 8 pitted dates
- Pinch Himalyan pink salt
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tbsp cacao
- 3 tbsp tahini
- 2 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tbsp no sugar maple syrup
- 200g coconut butter
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp tahini
- 1 tsp lime or lemon juice
- In a food processor, blend hemp hearts with almonds until a course crumble.
- Add all other Crumble Ingredients and blend until smooth
- Press into a 35 x 20cm tin lined with baking paper
- Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
- Add all ingredients into a saucepan and stir over medium heat until melted and combined
- Pour over crumble base and spread until evenly coated
- Put in fridge or freezer until firm
- Cut into squares and enjoy!