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Crunch Jars

crunch jars
Before I started Wholefood Simply I had rarely used a camera. For Wholefood Simply’s first couple of years I used the camera on my phone.
My very generous friend then gave me her old camera. I know how to do nothing more than press the button, but I love it.
Needless to say this photography thing is a work in progress, a journey and a learning curve. Nevertheless it is one that I enjoy.
These days I have a challenge beyond my lack of camera knowledge and food styling skills. These days I have an adorable little five month old on my hip, trying with all of her might to eat the camera or at the very least feature in the shot.
How any photo ends up in focus is beyond me. But I wouldn’t have it any other way. Bless her cotton socks. x

Crunch Jars
the beginning

  • 1/2 cup raw buckwheat groats, rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter*
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

the middle

  • 1 rounded tablespoon almond butter*
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon concentrated natural vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup natural greek or coconut yoghurt
  • 2 teaspoons chia seeds

the end

  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon cacao or cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  1. Preheat your oven to 175°C or 350°F and line a tray with baking paper.
  2. Mix together the maple syrup and almond butter for the crunch until smooth and well combined. Add the buckwheat and stir to coat. Spread the mixture onto your tray using the back of a spoon to flatten it. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden. Remove from the oven and lift the baking paper with the crunch onto a cooling rack.
  3. While the crunch is cooking or cooling, mix together the maple and almond butter for the middle layer. Add the vanilla, salt and yoghurt and stir until smooth. Add the chia seeds and mix to combine. Place in the fridge until all three layers are ready.
  4. To make the chocolate gently heat the maple and stir in the cacao. Once smooth add the oil and mix to combine.
  5. Layer the three components into your jars however you please. I have the crunch on the bottom, yoghurt in the centre and chocolate on top.
  6. Eat and enjoy!

Makes two generous serves.
*to make these nut free use this recipe for the first layer and omit the almond butter in the middle layer.

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