It’s already a lot cooler here than two weeks ago and I will have to get jackets out soon, in addition to the raincoat I am already using.
We are finishing off the last of the popsicles and ice-creams in the freezer and sighing about the end of summer Well, I am anyway; the husband doesn’t mind. He’s looking forward to the crisp, cold air. Brrr…
And I think the colors of Autumn are already beginning to show in the food I’ve been cooking lately!
Like the browns, yellows, dark greens and reds of this super-nutritious treat I made last weekend. Meet SuperFood Chikki 😀
What is Chikki, you ask? It is an Indian version of nut brittle made with Jaggery. The most common variety of chikki is one made with peanuts, but many other varieties abound with mixed nuts, coconut, and spiced versions.
Traditional chikki is made by making a syrup by melting jaggery (and sugar sometimes), boiling it and then adding the nuts. This mixture is then formed into a slab, cooled and then cut into pieces.
Now I wanted to take the idea of chikki and raise the health quotient quite a bit. Instead of jaggery or sugar, my sweeteners were date syrup and honey.
And what went into it to make it so healthy? Well, how about Goji berries, Almonds, Sesame seeds, Sunflower seeds, Pumpkin seeds, Oats, Dried Apricots, Raisins, Coconut flakes…
Since I did not use any sugar or jaggery, I had to bake these in the oven like you would to make granola bars. These are so delicious, you wouldn’t believe they are also so good for you.
Crunchy, chewy, nutty, these are extremely versatile and you can add your favorite ingredients in there. They are the perfect pick-me-up when cold weather hits and they will power you up to fight all the ailments that chilly weather brings too
Here’s the recipe.
SuperFood Chikki (Indian-style Nut Brittle)
2 cups Oatmeal
1/2 cup Almonds, coarsely chopped
1/4 cup Pumpkin Seeds
1/4 cup Sunflower Seeds
1/4 cup Sesame Seeds
1/4 cup Goji Berries
1/4 cup Raisins
1/4 cup desiccated Coconut, loosely packed
1/4 cup dried Apricots, chopped
1 tablespoon unsalted Butter
1/2 cup Honey
1/4 cup Date Syrup
Preheat the oven to 160 C. Butter an 8 by 12-inch baking dish and line it with parchment paper.
Mix together the oatmeal, almonds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, goji berries, raisins, coconut and apricots in a large mixing bowl.
Place the butter, honey and date syrup in a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat.
Cook and stir for a minute. Then pour over the ingredients in the large mixing bowl. Mix well.
Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Wet your fingers and lightly press the mixture evenly into the pan.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until light golden brown.
Cool for 2 to 3 hours before cutting into squares. Serve at room temperature.