We all know, just how bad refined sugar is for us. If you ever tried to cut down on your sugar intake, you know how hard it can be. Low-sugar and “sugar-free” substitutes are not healthy either (and they taste terrible).
Dried fruits are great to satisfy your sugar craving. They are full of fibre, and antioxidants (especially figs and prunes), and they taste divine. However, it’s easy to overeat them and they contain the same (naturally occurring) sugar as the fresh fruit itself, but concentrated. Use them as a natural sweetener.
These raw mini energy bars also contain nuts and puffed brown rice, which make them more fulfilling and also healthier. I added some organic baobab powder for extra calcium, potassium and vitamin C.
They require no bake, it’s ridiculously easy to prepare them and even small kids will love it (my 3-year-old chief taster did so). They keep for a few days in the fridge (I think they are even nicer when chilled). This recipe will give you about 12-14 mini bars. Drizzling them with melted dark chocolate is optional (but it makes them look just heavenly).
10-12 dried and pitted dates
6-7 dried figs
100g ground almond
3 handfuls of puffed brown rice
1 handful of dried cranberries
1 handful of pumpkin seeds
1 handful of sesame seeds
2 tsp of Baobab powder
80g good quality, at least 70% dark vegan chocolate
In the food processor whizz the dates, the figs and the prunes for a minute or two, until they start to form a little ball. Don’t blend them down completely, you don’t want a paste. Let them keep some texture. Add the ground almonds and the baobab powder and mix them well. The mixture should be sticky enough to take the puffed rice, the cranberries and the seeds. Your target is a dough-like mix. Form a 5-6 cm wide loaf and cut it into 10-12 small bars. Melt the chocolate and drizzle it over the bars. Enjoy. Try to resist eating them up all at once 🙂
I have received the Organic Baobab Powder from Pandavita for my unbiased review of their product, which is absolutely great. I am very pleased with the quality and taste of the powder.