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Yummy, Squidgy Energy Bars


I put a picture of these out on my stories the other day and received loads of requests for the recipe, so here it is! If you like dates and chocolatey, nutty flavours, you'll love these.


I've been making versions of them for years, often inspired by various recipes and the need for something really delicious and ready to eat in my fridge.


So after many variations I've decided that these are my favourite. The texture is great. Squidgy with a little bit of crunch, sweet and salty, and the best thing of all, absolutely chock full of fibre and healthy fats.


I think how I've improved them is in the texture which is now a mixture of finely ground almonds combined with some more crunchy bits. I've also added a teeny bit of salt which comes from the peanut butter, or you could add a bit of seasalt into the ground nuts mixture instead if you prefer.


INGREDIENTS

500g medjool dates

2 tbsp cold pressed coconut oil

2 x tbsp almond butter

1 x tbsp peanut butter

1 x pinch sea salt (unless peanut butter has salt)

1 x tablespoon of seeds (I used an omega 3 mix from infinity foods - pumpkin, sunflower and linseeds)

200g almonds (ready ground or ground at home or a mixture if you're leaving crunchy bits)

2 x tablespoon oats

2-3 heaped tbsp raw cacao powder


METHOD

  • Food process most of the nuts and seeds till mixed and ground to a flour, reserving about 1/4 for less fine grinding if you want to have some crunchy texture in the bars. Set aside.

  • Split and stone the dates and process to a squidginess that doesn't leave big chunks of whole date. If they are a bit dried out, add a small amount of boiled and cooled water to help them break down.

  • Add coconut oil and process

  • Add raw cacao gradually, checking that it's the right amount of chocolate for your tastes.

  • Add ground nuts and seeds and process

  • Once everything is mixed, massage the whole mixture in a big bowl to make sure it's evenly combined.

  • Either make balls, or flatten into a baking tin and chop into bars once they've been in the fridge for at least 2 hours.

  • Store in the fridge or freezer

  • Vary everything nutty and seedy however you want, whatever you have.

  • I have no idea if they keep longer than a week because they never last that long!


Let me know if you make them and love them as much as we do!

Lynne x




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