Amongst the array of summer fruits now readily available, plums are often overlooked. But they definitely shouldn’t be. Why?
1. They’re low in calories;
2. They’re a good dose of vitamin A, C and K, potassium, copper and manganese;
3. They are incredibly rich in antioxidants, which are helpful for reducing inflammation;
4. They can help lower your blood sugar levels; and
5. Studies have shown they may benefit heart health.
Enough to convince you to whip up this slice that looks too good to be healthy? We think so.
Healthy plum slice
Preparation time: 20 mins
Cooking time: 55 mins
Makes 12 bars
- 6 plums, stones removed, roughly chopped
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1 cup almond meal
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 teaspoon sea salt flakes
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ¼ cup slivered almonds
- ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
- 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
1. Place plums and 2 tablespoons maple syrup into a saucepan and place over a medium heat. Bring mixture to the boil and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until plums are soft, pulpy and firm. Cool. Place in refrigerator until required. (This can be made the day or night ahead of making).
2. Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease and line a 20cm x 20cm cake pan with baking paper. To make the base place oats, almond meal, maple syrup, coconut oil, salt and cinnamon into a food processor and process until well combined and finely chopped. Press evenly over base of prepared cake pan. Bake for 15 minutes. Cool.
3. Spread plum mixture over cold base. For topping, combine oats, almonds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and coconut oil in a bowl. Stir until combined. Sprinkle mixture over plums, pressing lightly. Bake for 20 minutes or until topping is light golden. Cool in pan. Remove from pan and cut into bars or squares. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
This recipe is courtesy of Australian Summer Stonefruit.
For more delicious summer recipes, try this raw raspberry cheesecake and this refined sugar-free mango chia pudding.
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