Benefits: High in protein for sustainable energy, fiber for healthy digestion and to help keep you full and loaded with omegas for cell regeneration and overall vitality.
What you need:
· 1 cup packed dates, pitted and soaked for 10 minutes if not sticky
· 1/4 cup maple syrup or honey or agave (your choice)
· ¼ cup creamy salted peanut butter or almond butter
· 1 cup roasted or raw mixed nuts, loosely chopped (I chose a combo of walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts and almonds
· 1 cup gluten free rolled oats
· ½ cup of mixed seeds (I chose hemp, chia, flax and pumpkin)
1. Process dates in a food processor until they are in small pieces. It should be a sticky dough consistency and roll into a ball.
2. Your choice: you can toast your oats for 15 minutes at 350 degrees or until slightly brown. Otherwise if it’s important to you, leave them raw.
3. Put oats, mixed nuts, mixed seeds and dates in a bowl and set aside
4. Over low heat in a small sauce pan warm your peanut butter and preferred liquid sweetener. Stir to combine and pour over oat mixture. Mix well to evenly distribute all ingredients.
5. Transfer to a 8×8 baking dish, or in my case two glass tupperwear containers lined with parchment paper or plastic wrap and press down firmly. Let sit in the freezer for 20-25 minutes to harden.
6. Remove bars and chop into approximately 10 bars. Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.