Iron power bars
1 cup pitted prunes
1/4 cup tahini
1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
2 tbsp molasses
1. cups (180g) almond meal
1 tbsp cacao powder
1 tsp spirulina powder (optional)
2 tbsp finely chopped pistachios
Grease a 12cm x 25cm (4. in x 10in) (base measurement) loaf pan; line with baking paper.
Process prunes until it forms a paste. Add tahini, coconut oil and molasses; process briefly until just combined. Add almond meal, cacao and spirulina powders; process until well combined.
Spoon mixture into loaf pan; press level along the base until approximately 1cm (1/2 in) thick. Sprinkle with pistachios; press pistachios into surface using your fingers. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until firm.
Remove from loaf pan. Trim edges; cut into 16 bars crossways.
Tip: For a less substantial snack, cut the mixture into 3cm (1 1/4 in) squares for iron power bites (you will get 28), or roll tablespoons of the mixture for bliss balls, increasing the amount of pistachios to coat.
Vegan hacks: Spirulina is obtained from blue green algae; it is high in antioxidants, contains anti-inflammatory properties and according to research has anti-cancer properties. It is available from supermarkets and health food stores.
Keep it: Store bars in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 1 month. Tahini, molasses, prunes and spirulina all contain adequate amounts of plant-based iron for vegans.