Delicious Date Sweetened Granola Bars
I have just finished my Birth Preparation Guide for my Prenatal Pilates clients. I have also created a YouTube video too. One of the (surprising) recommendations within is to eat 6 date fruit a day in the four weeks leading up to their due date. But before you go, this is a recipe for everyone. Not just Pregnant ladies.
The first recipe I thought of putting them in was Granola Bars as they are a very sweet fruit and add a nice chewy texture. So I asked myself what I would like to have in them walnuts for Omega 3, Flax seeds for more Omega 3, coconut because I like coconut, eggs for protein and hemp for even more Omega 3 & 6, plus protein and iron. Dates are a source of fibre, calcium, potassium, magnesium and folic acid. They are so easy to make, just measure, mix and pop in the oven.
Plus one of the most frequent questions I get from my clients is, “What can I eat for snacks?” While I don’t endorse much snacking, a small snack between lunch and dinner is usually necessary if you’re eating lunch at 1pm and dinner at 7pm. So, these are a great, nutritious yet filling option that are great with a cup of tea or coffee. Yum!
- 100g dates, See tips below.
- 1 tbsp honey (optional, I don’t have a huge sweet tooth)
- 3 small eggs
- 60g milled hemp seeds
- 40g desiccated coconut
- 60g flaked almonds
- 100g walnuts, chopped
- 40g flax seeds
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ½ tsp nutmeg
- Preheat the oven to 180°C. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper.
- Add the dates, vanilla and eggs to the blender and blend for a minute until dates are chopped.
- Mix dry ingredients until well combined in a large bowl, add the wet ingredients and mix thoroughly. Make sure all ingredients are well mixed and moist.
- Pour mixture into the baking tray and press down until all the mixture is evenly distributed and tightly compacted.
- Bake in the oven for 15-20 minutes until golden.
- Wait until the bars have totally cooled down to cut them up. I got 6 bars out of this amount. Double or treble the mixture to make a big batch. (I couldn’t wait to try them before taking a picture.)
- Place them in a sealed container and store in the fridge.
- If you are using dried dates. Soak the dates with just enough hot water to cover them for at least 20 minutes. I soak mine in the blender. Allow to cool before using.