Vegan Week Virtual Show 2021: Cooking with Buffy Ellen – Healthy Ginger Crunch

Remember ginger crunch, with all that icing sugar? This one kicks refined sugars to the curb, and is also entirely nut-free, making it great for schools, allergies, and your wallet.


1 cup oats
1 cup desiccated coconut
1 ¼ cup dates
2 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tbsp vanilla extract
Pinch sea salt
½ cup activated buckwheat

3 cup desiccated coconut
3 tbsp coconut oil. softened
2 tbsp fresh ginger, grated
2 tbsp liquid sweetener (brown rice syrup / coconutnectar)
2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch sea salt

¼ cup activated buckwheat


  1. Base: Blend oats and desiccated coconut to a fine flour. Add dates, fresh ginger, ground ginger, vanilla, salt, and blend again until completely combined and sticky. Finally add activated buckwheat and pulse gently. Press firmly into a lined baking tin, and pop in the freezer to set.
  2. Icing: Blend coconut to a flour, then add coconut oil and blend again until it becomes a liquid, scraping down the sides of your food processor/blender as needed. Add the remaining ingredients and blend again.
  3. Topping: Spread icing over base, sprinkle with extra activated buckwheat, and press down. Set in the freezer for 30 mins until firm.
  4. Slice & serve! Keep in the fridge (it also happily sits out for quite some time too).
Buffy Ellen

Buffy Ellen

Buffy is a qualified Nutritionist, Naturopath, and Medical Herbalist. She is based in Auckland, with her partner Tony, two crazy kids Mila and Torin, and a pair of Burmese cats Zeus and Luna. Buffy's focus and passion is helping people improve their health, using a plant-based diet and lifestyle.

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