Banana, fig and almond slice – a great high-energy, whole food snack

Banana fig almond sliceThis slice is a great high-energy snack if you have a particularly active day planned. The boyfriend and I took our paddleskis for a mission in the ocean this morning and before we did, we had a big piece of this slice each. With the tasty combination of figs and bananas, this slice is quite high in carbohydrates, but being unrefined carbohydrates, the spike in insulin levels will not be so pronounced.

Paddleski 1This slice is firm enough to be easily transported wrapped in cling wrap and shoved into a cycling shirt or shorts pocket. Try this whole foods slice rather than some packaged, processed ‘energy bar’ before a big training session, or if you have a fun, active day of hiking or mountain biking planned.

Paddleski 2Banana, fig and almond slice

Ingredients

Fig and almond base

½ cup almonds

150 grams dried figs, stems removed and roughly chopped

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

½ teaspoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon coconut milk

Banana layer

2 ripe bananas

2 tablespoons coconut butter or oil

½ cup coconut milk

1 egg

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

¼ teaspoon cinnamon

1/3 cup coconut flour

Utensils

Measuring cups and spoons

Scissors or sharp knife

Food processor

20cm x 20cm baking tray (I used my new silicone based baking tray and this worked very well – otherwise line the baking tray with baking paper)

Large mixing bowl

Fork

Spoon

Banana fig almond slice 2Method

  • Preheat the oven to 160°C. For the base, first add the almonds to the food processor and pulse to roughly chop them. Add in the remaining ingredients and process until a firm ball forms.
  • Press the base into a 20cm x 20cm non-stick baking tray, such as a silicone based baking tray, or a 20cm x 20cm baking tray lined with baking paper, using wet hands.
  • For the banana layer, mash the two bananas in a large mixing bowl using a fork. Add in the coconut butter or oil and mix to combine with the banana.
  • Add in the egg, coconut milk, vanilla extract and cinnamon and mix well to combine. Finally add in the coconut flour and mix to combine.
  • Pour the banana layer over the base and smooth it out with the back of a dessert spoon. Bake the slice in the oven for 40 minutes at 160°C. Allow the slice to cool completely before removing it from the baking tray (I carefully used a spatula to do this) and slicing.Paddleski 3

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