These bars are delicious, nutrient-dense and are great for lunchboxes. They are refined sugar and gluten-free and will work out much cheaper than buying energy bars from the supermarket.
1/2 cup macadamia nuts
1/2 cup cashews
1/2 cup pecan nuts
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup flaxseeds
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
1 cup desiccated coconut
150g dates (+water to boil)
2 tbs raw honey
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbs nut butter or peanut butter
1. Place nuts, seeds and coconut in a baking tin and roast for 10 minutes on 180’C. Checking and stirring often until nuts turn golden brown. This step is not compulsory but does really improve the taste of the nuts. Add 1/2 cranberries or raisans in the last step when mixing the nuts and dates.
2. Place dates in 500ml of boiling water and leave to soak until soft.
3. Pulse the nut mixture in a food processor into smaller chunks. Make sure all nuts are broken into smaller pieces. But don’t blend into a powder. If there are too many larger pieces of nuts in the bars it is difficult to cut it into bars.
4. Drain all water from dates and blend in food processor until a smooth paste forms. Add cinnamon, vanilla, honey and nutbutter. Mix again.
5. Add nuts, seeds and coconut mixture to a mixing bowl. Add date mixture and stir through with hands. Until nuts are sticky and covered.
6. Press into a greased and lined 29cmx 19cm tin. Size will depend on how thick you want the bars.
7. Place in the fridge for at least 3-4 hours.
8. Cut into bars or squares. Store in fridge
Use a mix of any nuts. My favourites are almonds, walnuts and pecans. You could also just use two types of nuts. Medjool dates are nice and soft but if you can’t get hold of them just make sure to soak dates in boiling water.
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