- ½ cup rolled oats
- 3 cups rice puffs (I used brown rice puffs, found in health aisle at your supermarket, health food store or dry goods store. Otherwise use ‘rice bubbles’ if you are really stuck )
- 2 tbs linseed meal (I buy linseeds and process them in my food processor)
- 1.5 tbs chia seed meal (again, done in food processor, however you could leave them whole if you prefer)
- 1 tbs protein powder (optional)
- 3 tbs cocoa/cacao
- ¾ cup honey or sugar or a mix of both
- ¾ cup coconut oil or butter
- Mix all ingredients in a bowl except the sugar and oil.
- Heat the oil/butter together with the honey/sugar gently over a low heat. Stir to dissolve the sugar.
- When it starts to foam up, pour over the dry ingredients and stir until completely mixed.
- Pour into a lined brownie tray and cover with greaseproof paper or cling wrap and press down firmly on the mixture to compress it. This will stop the slice from crumbling once it has been cut.
- Pop it in the fridge for at least 3 hours or preferably overnight.
- When ready, remove the slice from the tray and cut into squares or bars
The options are endless, and the recipe can be easily changed for your own family’s tastes. Try adding dry fruit, choc chips or coconut. Leave out the cocoa or drizzle melted chocolate over the top. You could try adding cranberries and white choc chips!
I’m only a fairly recent convert to risotto, only within the past 5 years really. I’ve never been a big fan of rice and risotto always looked gluggy and icky. Now? Definitely one of my favourite meals. Lily loves it too and will easily eat a full bowl of it.
Mr Monkey brought home a copy of the 2012 Annual Gourmet Traveller Cookbook, which includes the best recipes from the magazines during the year. I grabbed it from him and started marking recipes that I wanted to try. This recipe was in there, from the May 2011 edition.
I went to the Farmers Market and was able to get some Fontina cheese. I hadn’t actually heard of this cheese before but it was yummy!
The whole recipe was fairly easy, perhaps just a little more preparation than most of my normal meals. I should’ve cut the ham and rosemary up smaller, but I was a little lazy.
It tasted delicious! I don’t mean to brag but it was definitely one of the best risottos I’ve had (don’t tell Mr Monkey!).
I *very* highly recommend this recipe.