MAKE THIS EASY, PLANT-BASED PIE FOR YOUR HOLIDAY AT HOME

MAKE THIS EASY, PLANT-BASED PIE FOR YOUR HOLIDAY AT HOME

This pie is sure to please everyone who has a sweet tooth... and watch out, because it will disappear fast! It's so good that it may even convert your non-vegan family members... or at least encourage them that plant-based doesn't mean boring.

     Made with chocolate and hazelnuts, it fits just as well with warm holiday dishes as it does with a pile of raw greens and fruits. Thankfully it's a pretty straightforward one to whip up and you probably have the majority of the ingredients hanging out in your pantry already. Even in a blizzard, a skip down to the bodega or corner store for hazelnuts is not out of the question. These measurements can be changed to fit your dietary needs and tastebuds also, so feel free to adjust as you see fit. Bon Appétit!

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GLUTEN FREE, VEGAN, MATCHA CHIA ENERGY BARS

Gluten Free, Vegan, Matcha Chia Energy Bars

Ingredients:

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1 cup oats, divided
1/4 cup flax seeds
2 tsp matcha
1 tsp maca
1/8 tsp cardamom
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ginger
pinch of cloves, black pepper, nutmeg
1/8 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup buckwheat
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/2 cup shredded coconut
3/4 cup water
1 cup dates, pitted, packed
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 banana, sliced (for topping)

Instructions:

In blender, blend 1/2 cup oats, flax seeds, matcha, spices, and salt until fine & smooth
In a separate bowl, combine buckwheat, chia seeds and shredded coconut, then add the spiced oat flour mixture. 
Blend water, dates, and vanilla until smooth & creamy
Add the liquid mixture to the dry, mix well, and spread into a 9 inch square pan
Lay out banana slices on top, and sprinkle with more coconut flakes
Bake at 350 F for 25-27 mins  
Allow it to cool before cutting

*Extra topping: blend 1/2 cup dates with 3/4 cup water (+1/4 cup if you prefer less thick), 1/2 tsp vanilla, and a dash of salt to make a salted caramel sauce, and drizzle on top before serving!

Bon Appetite!

A huge thanks to XOWilhelmina.com and Julia at the Little Choc Apothecary for this feature. Check them out for more information about both!