Recently I was lucky enough to travel overseas with the All Blacks as they prepared for their US and European leg of their annual tour. I was interested to see how the customized nutrition plans for each player extends right through to ensuring they have a wide variety of nutritious wholesome and flavor-filled food on hand for snacks and in-between main meals. Energy is key for these guys as they are in training mode so often, as is clean food that is as natural as possible.
I was particularly taken with the huge range of supplements and superfoods made available for the team for their own smoothies, and how many of these ingredients are used in delicious raw slices that the teams nutritionist prepare for them.
Some of these ingredients are below in this amazing raw caramel slice, an easy make to keep in the fridge or freezer for brekkie on the go, or a snack any time of day.
Raw Caramel Energy Slice
Large handful whole almonds, skin on
Large handful brazil nuts
¾ cup desiccated coconut
¼ cup coconut oil
2 T coconut nectar or brown rice syrup
2 T macca powder
½ cup sesame seeds (soaked in water for a few hours prior)
Large handful brazil or walnuts
½ cup coconut oil
¼ cup flaxseed oil
180ml maple syrup
60g Lucama powder
20 – 30g mesquite powder
Small amounts of water to liquefy as needed – add carefully so it doesn’t get too runny!
30g cacao butter, melted
60g coconut oil, melted
30-40g cacao maca powder*
60ml maple syrup
Line baking tray or square tin with baking paper and oil.
Add all base ingredients into a food processor and blitz till similar to breadcrumbs, and a bit moist. Lightly press into tray and set aside.
For the caramel, place seeds, nuts and maple syrup into processor until smooth and creamy – and keep adding extra ingredients also until smooth. Spread over base and place in fridge to set.
To make the chocolate place all ingredients into a small bowl. Mix until combined. Remove tray from the freezer and spread over the chocolate layer. Place in the refrigerator for 30-40 minutes or until firm set. Remove and wait 10 minutes before slicing into squares.
Remove from fridge before eating to let the slice soften up a bit – it doesn’t keep well out of the fridge though so eat it quickly! (this won’t be an issue I promise!).