Craving for that delicious fruit bar but watching your calorie count? Ogling at the yummy nut bar while walking down the aisle but can’t because of high blood sugar levels? Well, worry not because I have you covered! Here is a recipe that is not only loaded with proteins but is also free of added sugar. It will give you that instant boost of energy you need when the day drags by, and you feel sluggish.
Ingredients needed for making 12 bars are as follows:
- 5 soaked, pitted and peeled Medjool dates
- 3/4 cup of almond butter
- Salt to taste, preferably a pinch
- 2 to 3 tablespoons of water
- half-cup of raw nuts such as almonds, cashews, hazelnuts and pistachios.
- 1/4 cup of sunflower seeds
- 1/4 cup of organic shredded coconut
To add more flavours, add a large handful of cherries, diced apricots or dried blueberries. Ready for the recipe?
a. Soak the dates for at least 20 minutes till it is softened. Peel off the skin and remove the pits. Add dates, almond butter, salt and two tablespoons of water and blend till it has no lumps and becomes a smooth batter.
b. Pour in the remaining dry ingredients into the mixing bowl and roll up your sleeves because now is the time for some solid arm workout. Use your hands to work the date-almond mixture with your choice of dried fruit or nut and shredded coconut till everything comes together in a nice lump-free mix.
c. If you have a loaf pan, well and good and if you don’t have, there is anything to worry about; just use a normal pan and line it with a parchment paper and pour in the mixture and pack it tight. If you like your bars extra crunchy, then bake it at 325 degrees F for 20 to 25 minutes.
If you like it raw, then put in the fridge and let it sit for a minimum of an hour before you cut it. Refrigerate it and polish it off within a week.
PS: Since it is homemade, it does not have a long shelf life so finish it off within ten days or if you want it to be stored for a longer period, then put it in the freezer; it will survive for two weeks.
Feeling better now? So what are you waiting for?! Put on your cooking gloves and start making the bar. Let us know what you think of the recipe in the comments.