These are great for when you are on the go, after exercise or during an endurance event.
They’re a rip off of a popular mass produced energy/fruit bar.
I checked out the ingredients of the ‘Bakewell Tart’ bar and was shocked there was no cherry or almond in the ingredients, just dates, cashews and raisins. I know it’s not the end of the world, but come on, at least chuck some cherries in.
Armed with the ingredients and my love for my Magimix, I got to work creating my own bars.
They are really easy to make, even tastier than shop bought bars and much much cheaper. Most 30-35g bars in the shops will cost 75p. These homemade bars cost 29p (I’m sure you can get it down lower if you shop around for ingredients).
I’ve added a dollop of coconut oil to the recipe to give the bars more energy and nutritional value. It is not necessary for the recipe to work but tastes better.
You Will Need:
400g Dates (approx 2 ½ cups)
280g Cashews (approx 2 cups)
130g Raisins (approx slightly less than 1 cup)
50g Cocoa (approx ½ cup)
60ml Organic Virgin Coconut Oil (approx ¼ cup) (not necessary for recipe to work but tastes better)
Sprinkle of desiccated coconut
- Process cashews and cocoa until fine
- Add coconut oil
- Add raisins and dates
- Line baking tin with greaseproof paper
- Press in mixture
- Sprinkle coconut on top
- Refrigerate 1-2 hours (this is where willpower comes in – can you wait that long?)
- Remove from tray and use a sharp knife to cut into bars or cubes
The bars are best stored in an airtight BPA container in the fridge.
If you’re making these for an event, consider using small plastic zip top pockets to store them in. They are waterproof(ish), reusable and take up no room at all.
Recipe makes 26 (and a bit) 35g bars
Cost: 29p each
Here is a quick video to show you how easy it is to make them: (click here if it’s not working. WordPress has a habit of not displaying videos sometimes) x