Today I want to share with you a healthy nibble Matcha delight which is high in antioxidant, vitamin C and fibre. A perfect little snack when you just needed something small to munch on. It is fruity with an intense matcha flavour and very light to eat too! Not to mention it is gluten free, dairy free and also suitable for vegans! These Raweos are in squares because I find them easier to make and especially if you don’t have much time in your hands.
Superfruits are everywhere nowadays, from Matcha to Dragon Fruit (Pitaya). We always focus on the benefits of what these superfoods can give us but we tend to forget where the original source came from. I recently received these beautiful sachets from Aduna and I started my own digging of this brand and I was amazed by what the brand does socially. Not only it is a brand where you can get your superfruit powders from, Aduna also supports the African community and gives back to the source from where the Baobab came from and giving these small farmers and improve their quality of life and support themselves and their own family.
Aduna is an Africa-inspired health and beauty brand and social business. They are on a mission to create demand for an under-utilised natural products from small scale produces in Africa and creating a market to help 8-10 million households in rural Africa!
Your Baobab from Aduna have been harvested and collected by these women in Africa. There is no such thing as a baobab plantation; every tree is community owned and wild-harvested. Baoab grows in the driest, remotest region of 32 African countries, up to 10 million rural households can supply baobab fruit from a crop that already exists but at the moment, majority goes to waste. National Geographic estimated that if there were a global demand for baobab, this existing crop could be worth a billion dollars to rural Africa.
What is Baobab?
Baobab is the only fruit in the world that dries naturally on its branch. It goes green and ripens like a normal fruit, but instead of dropping and spoiling, it stays on the branch and bakes in the sun for 6 months until the outside is hard like a coconut and the inside is completely dry.
Unlike many other supplements it does not have to be spray-dried, freeze-dried or transformed in any way. It is 100% pure fruit in its natural form and there are no additives whatsoever.
Baobab has a lot of feel good benefits and it is packed with nutrients. It is rich in Vitamin C, Fibre and Antioxidant; a good source of calcium, potassium, thiamin (vitamin B1) and a source of vitamin B6. It is also almost 50% fibre, half of which is soluble which aids digestion, controls blood glucose levels and improve blood cholesterol and heart health. It also makes you feel fuller for longer!
The two core ingredients in your Raweo are Match and Baobab as these superfoods keep you stay alert, energised and support your immune system, keeps you fuller for longer and also aids digestion!
Cacao Cookie Crust:
27g desiccated coconut
27g flaxseed from Linwoods
100g almond pulp (leftover from making almond milk) or almond meal
150g pitted dates
2 -3 tbsp cacao powder from Choc Chic
200g Raw Cashews, soaked for at least an hour
15g Desiccated Coconut
2 tsp Raw Coconut Oil from Sister & Co
2 tsp Raw Honey or Agave Nectar
Superfood powder mix:
1 sachet of Baobab powder from Aduna World or 1 tsp of baobab powder
2-3 tsp Matcha Powder
1 tsp Chlorella Powder
1 tsp Wheatgrass Powder
or 2 tbsp of any superfood powder mix that contains matcha and baobab! B-Lively Blend’s Morning Boost is an alternative if you don’t have that many different powders stocked up.
I made two different Matcha Filling batches, one with different superfood powders together and one with B-Lively Blend and both worked very well as the ingredients are fairly similar
1. To make the Matcha Filling. Blend the matcha filling ingredients together in a food processor for 5 minutes and it should have soft doughy texture. You may find the matcha filling not very sweet but not to worry, the ‘Cookie’ will balance the flavours out. If you like a stronger intense matcha flavour, add in another teaspoon of matcha.
2. Scoop everything out of your food processor and put aside
3. To make the Cookie Crust. Blend in everything together until the mixture has become a doughy texture, it should be more firm compared to the matcha filling. If you find it is still too sweet to your taste, add in more cacao powder
4. Scoop everything out, divide the ‘cookie’ mixture into two equal portions and place it aside
5. Get your rolling pin out and cover your table top with baking paper or parchment paper
6. Roll both of your ‘cookie’ mixture to roughly 1cm thick and set to one side. The trick here is to roll it diagonally and vertically once on each side and flip it around and roll again and flip… Try to make the two equal portions the same size
7. Roll your matcha filling to 3cm thick, same trick as before, roll and flip and try to match the size of the ‘cookie’
8. To combine. Make sure all three pieces are more of less the same size. Place your Cookie on the baking paper and then the matcha filling and another layer of Cookie. Apply a small amount of pressure using the rolling pin to roll it out a bit
9. Trim of the sides and cut them into squares (roughly 3cm). You can roll the leftover trimmings into a ball or make them into any shape you like
10. NOM! You don’t need to freeze or put them in the fridge, you can eat them straight away
To store them, place them in an air tight container in your fridge for no longer than 5 days. Take them to work and it is also a good treat when you go hiking!