Since I got into running I’ve become much more aware of how I fuel my body. I like to make my own energy bars to give me a boost pre or post running as I know exactly the kinds of super nutritious things that I’ve packed into them! I always put 3-4 in the fridge and freeze the rest. These bars were made by blitzing dates with 5 different types of nuts (use any you like) and a big handful of mixed seeds plus cocoa powder. Doesn’t everyone love a hint of chocolatey taste?!
These are UK measurements… into the food processor I put 250g pitted dates, 250g nuts (I used a mix of cashews, almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts and a few brazil nuts I had). Then in went around 60g mixed seeds (I used a pack labelled ‘mixed seeds’) and 2 big spoons of cocoa powder. Then I blitzed it for a few minutes until it all came together and I could lift it into my hands to form a ball. I used a rolling pin to flatten it into a square then put it in the fridge for around 40 mins before cutting it into slices. I think it made 20 slices but I ate a couple as I was making it.
For a nut-free version try adding some oats or dessicated coconut (if you can eat that) – just something to bind well with the dates. Adding ginger could be great too. I’m always experimenting! Dates make such a good chewy base you could easily leave out the nuts and add something you prefer.