There are so many protein bars and granola bars out on the market today, and unfortunately many of them are loaded with sugar, artificial flavourings, GMO soy or canola oil and a long list of ingredients that are hard to even pronounce let alone digest. Sometimes the ingredient list is longer than the bar itself. Don’t be fooled; just because something is called a protein bar or a granola bar, doesn’t mean it is any better for you than a chocolate bar. Our bodies thrive on real food, while disease thrives on processed food. Help keep your body healthy by providing it with optimum nutrition. These super simple, five minute, five ingredient nut & fruit bars are made with real food. They can help fuel your body with the energy it needs to get through a tough workout or a long day at the office. They aren’t processed at high temperatures so they retain all of their nutritional value. These Date-Chew Bars are a healthy alternative to processed, sugar laden commercial bars.
Dates are an ideal food for improved energy and brain function. They are a good source of vitamin A & B-complex and they are rich in minerals such as iron, calcium, manganese, copper, and potassium. They are known to help build bone and muscle strength and have been used for thousands of years by athletes to improve physical endurance, agility, and stamina. Dates also contain anti-inflammatory properties.
Cashews are high in protein and are a rich source of vitamin B-complex and essential minerals such as iron, selenium, zinc, and copper. Cashews contain a high amount of oleic acid which is a heart healthy monounsaturated fat that is great for the cardiovascular system.
- 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 2 tbsp raw cacao powder
- 1/2 cup old fashioned GF rolled oats
- 1/3 cup coconut oil, melted
1. Mix all ingredients together in a food processor until a dough forms.
2. Transfer the dough into an 8 by 8 inch baking dish lined with parchment paper. Press dough down firmly until the bottom of the pan is covered and the top looks smooth.
3. Place in fridge overnight to chill.
4. In the morning cut into bite sized pieces or bars. Store in a covered container in the fridge.
Recipe (Not Lara’s Bars) from Smart Snacking for Sports by Michelle Vodrazka