Recipe by Kamille! http://www.bhamfitadventure.com/blog/2011/10/12/energy-bars
These are great to tie you over and quite filling. If you’re vegan, then try using maple syrup or agave nectar. If you have a peanut/tree nut allergy, you could always use sun butter.
5 – 6 cups; 17.5 – 21 oz; 500-600 grams rolled oats
2 1/4 cups; 8 1/2 oz; 236 grams medjool dates (seeds out)
1/2 cup hot water
1 cup; 8 oz; 226 grams natural smooth peanut butter
1/2 cup; 6 oz; 170 grams honey
3/4 cup; 3.5 oz; 100 grams almonds
1/2 cup; 2.5 oz; 65 grams oat bran
1/4 cup; 1.25 oz; 34 grams whole wheat flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp kosher salt
Soak your pitted dates in a bowl with the hot water and cover with a plate for about 10 minutes. Drain the water and dump dates into a food processor. Puree it up. You will need to scrap the sides occasionally. Add the peanut butter to the dates and puree again. While the machine is running, add about 1/3 of the honey (save the rest for later). The mixture will clump into a ball and that’s okay. Remove as much of the date mixture into a small bowl–set aside. Put in the almonds and pulse at 3 second intervals until they are coarsely chopped.
In a large bowl, combine 5 cups (or 500 g or 17.5 ounces) of rolled oats, leaving the additional 1 cup of oats aside, oat bran, w.w. flour, almonds & salt. Mix it all up.
Put the date puree mixture into the rolled oats bowl. Add the vanilla now & using your hands, begin to mix the ingredients altogether. This will take a bit to incorporate the oats into the date puree. You want the oats to be completely bound by the date mixture. Go ahead and add the rest of the honey to help soak more of the oats & bind it all together–mix some more.
Line a half sheet pan with parchment paper and press mixture into the pan. You will want them to be about 3/4 inch thick.
Bake at 300 degrees for 20 minutes. The underside of the bars will have more of the toasty look. (You can cut them and turn them over & bake for an additional 5 minutes) Cut them into squares (or bars). Serves about 12-15.
Well I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did. Thank you for your time and energy…be well
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