Chocolate and ginger are a fine combination. This slice is very simple to make, is not too sweet and is quite nutritious. Dates are a source of potassium, (100g contains 696mg or 16% of the recommended dietary intake) and minerals such as calcium, manganese and copper, as well as iron (100g contains 0.9mg or 11% of the recommended dietary intake). Walnuts are a rich source of omega 3 fatty acids and vitamin E, plus the B group vitamins. And you’ve got fresh ginger in there too. However, keep in mind that this slice is still quite high in calories, so just because it is ‘healthy’ don’t go and eat the whole tray! Furthermore, all that dried fruit will result in some uncomfortable repercussions. A small piece in the afternoon with a cup of tea should be sufficient.
1 cup dates soaked in ¼ cup warm water
3 cm piece of ginger, peeled and chopped roughly
3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
½ cup walnuts
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup rolled oats
Extra ground ginger, to taste
- Add the dates, including the water used for soaking, prunes and fresh ginger to a food processor. Process until roughly chopped.
- Add the cocoa powder, walnuts, egg and vanilla extract to the food processor and continue processing until a fairly smooth, moist mixture forms.
- Pour the processed mixture into a mixing bowl and add the rolled oats. Mix until well combined. If you feel that the slice is not ‘gingery’ enough at this point then add some additional ground ginger.
- Pour the mixture into a square baking dish lined with baking paper and press down the slice with wet hands (see photo below).
- Bake the slice in the oven at 180°C for 20 minutes.
- Allow the slice to chill in the fridge for at least one hour before slicing.