Yay! Another recipe I am utterly excited about! And I am sharing it with you 🙂 Here’s my recipe for extremely yummie, no-bake, copycat Näk’d raw date energy bars that are my perfect post-workout snack.
Convenient and nutrient dense
My love and I workout regularly (admitted: I’m a gym rat). After an exhausting workout it is important to replenish your muscles glycogen stores for muscle recovery. Therefore I wanted to make something tasty that is convenient and valuable nutrition-wise as a quick snack after a workout. The result: raw date energy bars.
Don’t these make you instantly drool?
Based on Medjoul dates
These bars are based on Medjoul dates, which contain natural, unprocessed sugars. These sugars are easily broken (they are known as ‘fast carbs’, which are o.k. after an exhausting workout) down to glucose and then stored as glycogen in the muscles (or liver). That’s why dates can help recover your muscle tissue post workout, making it a perfect post-workout snack.
Oats, cocoa nibs & maca
These yummie bars furthermore contain raw oats. Note that aats are naturally gluten free, but they may come from a factory where gluten containing foods are processed. Bob’s Red Mill‘s raw oats are gluten free for sure. If you’re not sure, check out this post about the gluten-free label.
With so many healthy ingredients, it was kind of scary to see the reaction to the taste of my raw date bar. I gave my love a bar after he came home from his workout to try out the recipe for me. I told him he had to be very honest with me about the taste. Did it need more cocoa? Did it need cinnamon? More almond?
So he took a bite, closed his eyes, slowly chewed and made a “hmmmmmm” sound. Swallowed, opened his eyes and gave me a big kiss, right on the mouth!
And I knew the recipe was good …
Ready to try the recipe? Here you go!
- 1.5 cup/270 gram Medjool dates, pitted, soaked and drained
- 1 cup/145 gram almonds, finely ground in the food processor into a meal
- 1 cup/145 gram whole almonds
- 1 tablespoon bee pollen
- 1.5 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 2 tablespoon raw cocoa nibs
- 1 tablespoon maca
- 1 tablespoon flax seed
- 1.5 cup/80 gram rolled oats, finely ground in the food processor (or use fine raw oats)
- 2/3 cup rolled oats (flakes, do not grind these)
- Parchment paper
- Combine the dates and almond meal in the food processor and process until smooth.
- One by one add bee pollen, cocoa powder, cocoa nibs, maca, flax seed and ground oats and process until these are mixed in thouroughly.
- Add whole almonds and raw oats (the flakes) and shortly process until they have blended in. Don't process too long, as you want to have chunky pieces of almonds in your bars.
- Form the 'dough' into a ball and roll out on a flat serface into a 2 fingers thick tablet.
- Slice into bars and wrap each bar up in parchment paper.
- Close with a cute string.
- Mix all ingredients in the food processor. Mix the nuts at last.
Heading to the gym now for an exhausting workout. Let me know if you tried my recipe and what you think!
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