Posts tagged dates
Posts tagged dates
I try to eat as little processed food as possible and regularly buy organic produce and/or make my own when I have the time. We don’t keep muesli bars in our house, don’t eat any processed sugary breakfast cereals and don’t buy unhealthy snack foods like potato chips (although, I’ll admit that biscuits are my kryptonite).
If we’re hungry between meals we often eat fruit, mixed nuts or a piece of toasted Vogels with sliced tomato or organic peanut butter. But I’m always on the look out for healthy snack recipes that branch out from the norm and these homemade muesli bars tick all the right boxes.
They’ll take you ten minutes to whip up and they’re much healthier and cheaper than the processed supermarket bars that are full of chemicals and preservatives.
These are crammed full of fruit and nuts so they’re full of protein, low GI, low fat and energy boosting and you can tick off a couple of your 5+ a day. They’re also sweet, so they’re perfect for those mid-morning or mid-afternoon sugar cravings.
It’s such a simple recipe and it’s suitable for everyone - you can add and remove whatever you like to create your own flavours. I went with coconut and cranberry this time, but next time I might try raisins and a few drops of vanilla essence. Other options are chocolate chips, coffee beans, orange zest, dried apricot, dried banana, pumpkin seeds… the possibilities are endless!
- 2 cups of raw nuts (I used almonds, brazil nuts and walnuts)
- 2 cups of pitted dates (or you could try using prunes)
- 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds (optional)
- 1 cup of whatever you desire (I went with cranberries and also added a large handful of shredded coconut)
Process nuts in a food processor or blender until they are finely chopped. Add dates and process again until the dates are finely chopped and the mixture starts to stick together. Next stir in the sunflower seeds if you’re using them and add your desired ingredients (cranberries and coconuts in my case). Line a small baking dish with baking paper and press mixture evenly into the dish. Refrigerate for one hour and then slice into bars. Store in a container in the fridge.