Date Power Bars Recipe
Posted on 15th of September, 2010 by Lévana
Have you ever taken the time to read the ingredient list in some commercial brands of granola bars? I am sorry to say they are not the healthy snacks they are cracked up to be. By contrast, just look at this lineup of ingredients: Why even bother shopping for snacks, if ten minutes of work will get you dozens of these scrumptious bars? Each one is like having a meal: You just can’t miss! When I am on the road, they are my best friends. They keep very well, in a tin or in the freezer, no need to wipe them all out, so behave please!
You will love these bars before and after the fast, as they are a real nutritional powerhouse!
4 cups soft and plump pitted dates, packed (about 1 ½ pounds)
1/2 cup agave
1 cup tehina (sesame paste)
1 cup flax meal (ground flax seeds: Health food stores)
3-4 cups crunchy granola, larger pieces crumbled
2 cups toasted sesame seeds (10-12 minutes in a preheated 300°F oven)
In a food processor, process the dates and agave until a perfectly smooth paste forms. Transfer to a bowl, and add all but last ingredient. Combine thoroughly (it will be sticky: be patient). Press the mixture firmly into a greased cookie sheet, about 1/2 inch high. Press the sesame seeds firmly and evenly over the whole top. Refrigerate until firm. Cut into 1×3 inch bars. Store refrigerated in airtight tins. Makes about 5 dozen.
- Substitute other dry fruit for the dates, anything except prunes.
- Substitute 2 cups chopped toasted nuts for the granola. The resulting bars will be less firm, more chewy.
- Throw in 2 cups unsweetened grated coconut
- Substitute other ground seed or nut flour for the flax meal.
- Substitute any nut butter for the tehina
- Substitute a natural fruit syrup (health food stores), maple syrup or honey for the agave
- For a super simple bar, just the ground dates and granola or nuts and nothing more.