4 Seed Energy Bar and Nutribox discount offer
I was asked recently if I had found any good recipes or snacks for when I go running. I haven’t really got into the whole sports-snack thing but I used to love the Ploughshare slices I could buy at my local health shop in Clapham. In general I enjoy anything involving seeds, nuts and dried fruit (as my muesli box will often testify, having been pillaged for “the interesting bits”)
In a fortuitous turn of events, shortly after this question was posed to me I was contacted by Nutribox and asked if I wanted to review their mini-box. I thought I’d try making my own version of the Pumpkin 9bar which can be found in their boxes and in various earnest looking health stores. The recipe and a discount offer is below, but first a little bit more about the catalyst for this seed-filled treat.
Nutribox are a monthly food box scheme that specialise in “nutritious snacks all made with gluten free ingredients…. great if you want to eat more healthily or if you follow a particular diet or lifestyle and are looking for paleo snacks, vegan snacks, sports nutrition snacks, energy snacks or raw snacks”. There’s a mini or large option. At £12.95 a month for the mini (or less if you sign up for longer) this definitely saves you money over buying the items individually. I don’t think I could justify spending that amount every month but it was lovely getting surprise snacks that I knew were quite healthy too. I think if there was an option to have a box every couple of months or maybe a 4 item box, I’d be very tempted to sign up. These goodies would be perfect for when I’m working weird hours and get the munchies but don’t want to snack on rubbish.
I got the mini box, which you can see below:
Ludlow Nut Company’s Brazil Nut Mix & Spring Fling: these lasted about 2 seconds. See above comment about dried fruit and nuts.
Chilli Roasted Apricot Kernels: I’d never had these before but I’m definitely going to hunt them down again. They were great in a spinach and beetroot salad.
9bar: Seeds, honey and raw cane sugar and a touch of oil. That’s all. How simple and yet really really tasty.
Mulu raw chocolate: The Nutibox review says it’s not bitter. I think it is, but that’s not a bad thing, it’s just like a very dark chocolate. If you’ve ever had 100% chocolate then the texture and mouth feel is not dissimilar
Raw chocolate company Vanoffee: confusingly, not chocolate but a sort of creamy butterscotchy tasting bar with the tecture of chocolate. Reminded me a lot of Gold bars, which is no bad thing.
The Ploughshare slice was excellent as always, I found the Raw choc crisp Energy Bomb my least favourite as it was a tasted of cocoa powder. I’ve not tried the Nakd bar yet but I’m looking forward to it!
These aren’t quite as good as the 9bar ones, but they have no added sugar and they were really cheap to make.
4 Seed energy bars
200g 4 seed mix
1 apple, peeled and diced
105g dried figs, diced
1 large handful of Goji berries (you could use something else)
Place the figs, apple and water in a saucepan.
Bring to the boil and simmer until it’s all broken down and there’s no visible water (10mins).
Blend into a puree and mix the seeds in.
Line a loaf tin and firmly press the mixture into it.
Bake at 100c for 2 hours, then take out of the tin, turn over and bake for another 2 hours until dried out.
Slice into bars and wrap in greaseproof paper to store. Can be frozen and taken out one at a time.
Nutribox have kindly offered 35% off your first box to to give 10 readers of this blog. You can claim it by entering PIGLING35 in the discount codes box on https://thenutribox.com/join.
Also, respect to Abi from Nutribox who made the Kladkakka recipe and sent me a photo of it. She said it looked a mess but I have come to the conclusion that the joy of a Kladkakka is in the oozy, swampy quality of it, so I think she got it bang on.
I was sent a complimentary Nutribox-mini for review. There was no pressure put on me to say nice things and all of what you read above is what I really think. You can see what Janice at FarmersGirlKitchen thought of the box here.
I’m entering this into Credit Crunch Munch as they used up an apple that was a bit old and fluffy, some figs that were in a previous Foodie Penpals box, and a £2 packet of seeds. It is run by Fuss Free Flavours and Fab Food for All and is hosted by Deliceiux this month.