No Bake Blueberry Coconut Bars

They check all the boxes: easy/no-bake, gluten-free, vegan, refined sugar-free/not too sweet, fun to put together, and so so delicious. This is a lighter dessert that won’t weigh you down. They would be the perfect, easy yet impressive dessert to bring to a gathering. And they’ll keep well in the refrigerator.  Serves: 16 square bars

INGREDIENTS
for the blueberry chia jam
  • 3 cups frozen blueberries – thawed (do not use fresh, non-frozen blueberries for this recipe)
  • juice of 1 small lemon
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 3 tablespoons chia meal (ground chia seeds)
for the shortbread
  • ¾ cup GF rolled oats
  • 12 Medjool dates – pitted and soaked in hot water for 10 minutes
  • ¾ cup coconut flour
  • ¼ cup melted coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • pinch of sea salt

    for the coconut creme
    1 can full fat Thai coconut milk – refrigerated overnight to separate fat from water

  • ½ cup unsweetened dried shredded coconut
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • splash of vanilla extract
    to make the blueberry chia jam
    1. Thoroughly mix all the ingredients in a medium bowl. Cover and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight, until the chia seeds have bloomed and the mixture resembles a jam-like consistency. Mash the berries partially with a potato masher, leaving plenty of them whole.
    to make the shortbread
    1. Put the oats in a food processor and grind them into a flour. Drain the dates and add them to the food processor, along with the rest of the ingredients. Process until you have a well-combined dough that sticks together when pressed between your fingers.
    2. Prepare an 8″ x 8″ baking dish by lining it with parchment paper, extending the paper up the sides of the dish. Press the shortbread into the bottom of the dish in an even layer. Set aside.
    to make the coconut creme
    1. Scoop the separated coconut fat from the top of the can of coconut milk into a food processor (use the leftover coconut water in smoothies, soups, porridges or lattes). Add the shredded coconut, maple syrup and vanilla extract to the food processor and process until well combined. Be careful not to over-process, as the coconut fat can separate and ‘curdle’.
    to assemble the bars
    1. Spread the coconut creme over the shortbread in a thin, even layer.
    2. Take the blueberry jam our of the refrigerator and spread it on top of the coconut creme in another even layer. Place the dish into the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight, for the shortbread and coconut layer to set.
    3. Once the shortbread and the coconut layer have set, lift out the bar from the dish onto a cutting board, using the extended edges of the parchment paper. Cut into 16 squares or any size/shape of choice. Keep refrigerated.

 

 

CUMIN CHICKEN THIGHS WITH SPICY PISTACHIO QUINOA

serves 2 only – I thought to cube chicken (cook breasts in oven – see Easy Orange Chicken recipe)
and precook and maybe double the quinoa recipe or use couscous for a Breakup contribution

Ingredients

  • 300g chicken thighs
  • ¼ Tab cumin, ground
  • ¼ Tab coriander, ground
  • 1 tsp chilli powder
  • ¼ cup Greek yoghurt
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh coriander
  • 1 tsp sea salt

Pistachio quinoa

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 2 Tab pistachio
  • 2 Tab pomegranate seeds*
  • 1 Tab currants
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 Tab lemon juice
  • 2 Tab extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp sea salt

    Step 1.
    In a large mixing bowl add all of the chicken ingredients and combine until chicken is well coated. Leave to marinate for 15 minutes.

    Step 2.
    In another mixing bowl combine all of the quinoa ingredients and leave to marinate.

    Step 3.
    Heat a large griddle or fry pan to a medium/high heat and cook the chicken thighs for 3-4 minutes on each side or until cooked through.

    Step 4.
    Serve the chicken on a bed of spicy quinoa, topped with a spoonful of yoghurt and a sprinkle of coriander and pomegranate seeds.

    NOTE:  *  If you cannot find fresh pomegranates, use dried seeds or cranberries for the same Christmas feel.