Date & Almond Power Bars

The Larabar is one of my fave go-to snacks for my "in-betweens" whether it be from work to the gym, or my saviour from getting "hangry" before dinner. Since I started making my own energy bars, I've had a lot of fun experimenting with different combinations of ingredients while maintaining the same simple two-ingredient base: date paste and ground up almonds.  The possibilities are endless! I never use a recipe for these. My tendency is to wing it with what I have readily available, and go by consistency and taste.

My latest creation was inspired by the ingredients found in Nature's Path Qi'a Chia Buckwheat and Hemp Cranberry Vanilla cereal.

  • 1 - 500g package of date paste

  • 2 cups of ground almonds

  • 1/2 cup of SJ's homemade power mix: equal parts ground chia seed, flax meal and hemp hearts

  • 3/4 cup of local dried cranberries

  • Coconut oil

  • Cocoa

  • Raw honey

  • 9 x 12 baking dish

Instructions:

  • Grind up the almonds in a food processor, and lightly toast in the oven. Set aside to cool. In the meantime, grease baking dish with coconut oil.

  • In a bowl, combine date paste, toasted almonds, and chia/hemp seed/flax mixture.

  • In greased baking dish, press mixture into a smooth even layer.

  • For "chocolate" topping: Melt a few tablespoons of coconut oil, and mix in a few tablespoons of cocoa. Add a little bit of raw honey for desired sweetness before pouring over top of the date mixture. Depending on what I have in my cupboard, I may substitute with maple syrup, or not use any sweetener at all.

  • Transfer to the fridge, and chill for a few hours, and slice into bars before serving.

  • Wrap individual bars. Can be stored in the freezer.

Enjoy!

xo SJ