I am a big fan of snacking …. I am so active that 3 meals a day doesn’t work for me. I get shaky and hungry (and maybe a teensy bit cranky!). So I always make sure that I have healthy snacks readily available.
I love my bliss balls (especially the chocolate and salted caramel) and bliss bars, but I have been trying to teach myself to not always reach for sweet tasting stuff. These bars are based on my Choc Bliss Bars … just not chocolate and not so sweet 😉 They are fabulous source of fibre (great prebiotics for your gut health), nutrient dense carbohydrates, amazing plant based fats and even a good dose of protein. The mild sweetness comes from dates, but you’re only getting 1/3 of a date per bar, so they are working more as a binder than a sweetener.
- 1 cup sunflower seed butter (or nut butter if your diet allows)
- 8 medjool dates, pitted
- 1.5 cup rolled oats
- 90g pepitas
- 20g flax seeds
- 20g hemp seeds
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
- 1 tbsp water
Place the sunflower seed butter, vanilla and cinnamon in your processor/thermal cooker and start mixing (speed 4). Whilst you are mixing add in the dates, one at a time through the chute at the top. Then continue mixing until the date is finely brown down and evenly distributed through the mix (Up to speed 7, for 8 seconds, scrape down and repeat).
Add in the oats and seeds and process until well combined (Speed 4 for 8 seconds, then to speed 5 for 6 seconds)
The wetness of your mix will be impacted by how runny your seed butter was and how moist your dates were, so if your mixture is not starting to clump together, add in 1 tbsp of water at a time and process again.
Tip into a lined tray (mine is 23cm x 29cm), spread out and firmly and evenly press down the mix.
Place it into the freezer for half an hour before removing and chopping in to bars.
Makes 24 bars, store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.