About a year ago I was introduced to the Nakd and 9bar snack bars and was instantly hooked. You would hardly believe the ingredients list of the Nakd bars – completely natural ingredients – just raw fruit, nuts and spices. I think my favourite Nakd bar is the Ginger Bread, just like a ginger biscuit (Dates, Almonds, Pecans, Cloves, Ginger and Cinnamon). It really couldn’t be that difficult to recreate these now could it? Well, after googling away, I discovered there are hundreds of blog recipes recreating these sorts of energy bars left right and centre, so thought I’d have a go too. They are absolutely delicious, but word of warning, due to high date content they are very sugary. Even though the sugar/cabohydrate content is all natural, it’s not advisable for your waist line to eat these every day….
They are so versatile – you can roll them into little sweet balls, or cut them up into larger bars. They keep well in the freezer too. Experimenting with flavours is the fun part! So long as you have a ratio of 50% dates, to 50% nuts it should work! By the way peanuts aren’t Paleo (they are actually a legume), but as I can’t stand them then I’m happy to leave them out of my bars!
- 100g Pitted Dates
- 100g Nuts (75g Cashews, 25g Walnuts in this version)
- Tsp of powdered ginger and cinamon
Method (NB no cooking involved..)
- Blend the nuts in a food processor (till they resemble a saw dust) and set aside
- Cut the dates into small chunks (it makes them easier to blend) then blend in the food processor. l It works better if you blend in this order as the dates get easily stuck in the blender make more mess and this way you don’t have to scrap them out of the processor then put them back in again.
- Then add the nut mixture back in and pulse until the mixture resembles a dough
- Roll out the dough on a flat surface
- Cut and shape into bars, or roll into smaller balls
- Refrigerate for a few hours, or freeze for 30 mins whilst they set
- Store in an airtight container, and don’t eat them all at once 🙂
As I said above, so long as the ratio of dried fruit to nuts or seeds is similar anything will work! Almonds, pecan’s, macadamia nuts, pinch of ginger, raw cacao powder, orange essence, vanilla essence, dessicated coconut, dried banana, sultanas, dried apricots, figs, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, hemp seeds, mmmm…