Have you ever taken the time to read the ingredient list in some commercial brands of power 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 power 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!
These date power bars are a real nutritional powerhouse! You will find several variations below, including one I make all the time and love, with just dates, toasted nuts and orange flower.
- 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 1x3 inch bars. You might also shape the mixture into logs, wrap the logs tightly in plastic wrap,refrigerate or freeze the logs, and slice as needed, even straight out of the freezer. Store refrigerated in airtight tins.
- 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, some orange flower water for a nice Sephardi/Moroccan touch, and nothing more.