Hazelnut and goji berry breakfast bars

Image: Fitness Gourmet

This colourful and delicious breakfast bar contains some of the world’s most highly rated health foods. ‘It covers all the bases nutritionally,’ says its creator Christian Coates, author of Fitness Gourmet. ‘It contains low-GI carbs, healthy fats and protein.’ The bars also work perfectly as an on-the-go energy snack – simply chop into 24 bite-size chunks.

Ingredients

● 25g chia seeds

● 45ml apple juice

● 100g coconut oil

● 100ml agave syrup

● 30g porridge oats

● 90g quinoa flakes

● 35g hazelnuts, chopped

● 25g goji berries

● 25g sunflower seeds

● 35g whey protein powder

● 3 tsp spirulina

● 1 tsp chopped root ginger

● 2 tsp cacao powder

● 1 tsp ground cinnamon

1. Soak the chia seeds in the apple juice in a bowl for an hour. Heat the oven to 170°C/Gas Mark 3 and line a 1lb loaf tin with baking paper. Melt the coconut oil and agave syrup in a pan.

2. Using a food mixer, or in a bowl, mix the oats, quinoa, hazelnuts, goji berries, sunflower seeds and protein. Pour in the coconut-agave mixture, the soaked chia seeds and remaining juice. Blend well.

3. Divide the mixture into thirds. Mix the cocoa and cinnamon with one third and place it in the loaf tin; press down firmly. On a chopping board, press the next third into the shape of the bottom of the loaf tin. Transfer to the tin and sit it on top of the first layer, pressing down with a spatula. Mix the spirulina and ginger into the last third and repeat as before to form the top layer.

4. Cover with foil and bake for 25 minutes. Allow it to cool before slicing. The bars will last for five days in an airtight container.