Holiday (leftover-nut) bars: GF/DF (serves 15-25)

After the holidays we usually end up with lots of various nuts and dried fruit. What better use of it than making energy bars for a quick snack when trying to get back into healthier eating habits again. Let’s use our creativity and get started.

  • 10 Medjool dates pitted and soaked for a couple of hours in warm water
  • 2 cups (5 dl) mixed nuts
  • 1/2 cup + 1T (1 1/2 dl) pumpkin, sunflower, chia, and sesame seeds
  • 1/2 cup + 1T (1 1/2 dl) rolled oats
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 2 T Agave or honey

Put the soaked, drained dates (save the water) with the agave in a food processor. Add the water a little at a time until the paste gets smooth but not runny. Put aside.

Heat a frying pan and roast the nuts until golden. Put aside.

In the same frying pan roast the pumpkin, sunflower, chia and sesame seeds for about three minutes. Stir constantly so they don’t burn.

Combine the nuts, seeds, and oats in a bowl. Add the date paste and mix it well.

Pour the mixture into an 8″x8″ (20×20 cm) plastic wrap covered baking dish, and press it down with your hands or a hard flat object. Cover the baking dish with plastic wrap or aluminum foil and place in the refrigerator for a couple of hours. Transfer the plastic wrap with the mix onto a cutting board and cut into 15-25 pieces, depending on what size you prefer.

Wrap each bar individually and keep refrigerated in an airtight container.

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