Baobab is an African super-fruit, which contains six times more vitamin C than an orange and more calcium (gram for gram) than a glass of milk. Baobab is also rich in iron, vitamin B2 and potassium and contains more than three times as many antioxidants as blueberries! As vitamin C aids the absorption of iron, the powder is a great addition to a vegetarian/vegan diet especially if you're concerned about your iron intake.
Not only is it good for you, but baobab is ethically sourced and every purchase helps fund Project Baobab (set up by the Eden Project and Phytotrade Africa) which aims to educate people on the importance of sustainability in harvesting the fruit to ensure there’s a positive impact on poor families in Africa.
We tried the baobab powder out in various recipes, including breakfast muffins, fruit juice, homemade bread and the cereal/flapjack bars below. The powder gave a sweet, fruity flavour to each food it was added to (something like a peach/mango/apricot flavour), so would be suitable for adding to children's foods if you want to boost their vitamin/mineral uptake, especially through the winter or after they've been ill, without resorting to artificial food supplements.
Baobab products can be purchased online at www.edenprojectshop.com. Baobab is also available from Holland & Barrett, Planet Organic and all good health food shops. Priced from £14.99 for a 250g tub of superfruit powder. £19.99 for 90 1000mg tablets. Or order online from www.minvita.co.uk.Apricot Breakfast Bars and Baobab Enriched Orange Juice
Although these vegan cereal bars are relatively high in sugar, they're a tasty alternative to cereal and could be served for a weekend breakfast treat. They also make a good, energy-rich after school or lunch-box snack.
For the juice, simply stir 1 teaspoon of baobab powder into a little orange juice and mix well. Top up the glass with more juice and stir again before serving.
Makes 12-16 bars/squares.
Mix in the oats, apricots and baobab until coated in the syrup.
Pour into a greased and lined baking tin (15cm x 20cm approx) and flatten with a fork or spoon.
Bake for around 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown at the edges.
Cool in the tin for 10 minutes before marking into squares/bars.
Turn out when cold - not before, or they'll fall apart!
These bars are soft and chewy. For a crisper flapjack-type bar, increase the oven temperature to 180C/170C Fan/Gas 4/350F.
Suitable for freezing.
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Described as the eighth wonder of the world, the Eden Project is a global garden which lets people discover plants that have changed the world and plants that could change the future.
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