As with every meal I make, the idea here too was to have something I can quickly mix together and put it in the fridge or freezer and when I want to, I can eat it. It needs to give energy, great nutrition and I could eat it on the go.
It is nice to always have homemade food, when you are at work, you can warm up your lunch but sometimes you just don’t have that option! When you are running to a pilates class for example and you are on the tube, you cannot just take out your little home cooked food and start to eat with fork and knife out of a food container on the tube! Or when you get home at 4:30pm after spending the whole afternoon with your baby who was screaming on the high street every time you stopped for a second and you had not even a chance to drink a sip of water, you just need food right now.
For these occasion, I figured out, the best is to have a homemade bar in reach, instead of being tempted for a processed, full of additives so called healthy bar from a shop (which is inevitably full of sugar and nothing nutritious) or when you get home just grab an ordinary chocolate (which you should not even have at home!).
I always thought that baking an energy bar/ granola bar is very complicated and takes up a lot of your time. Until I actually once done it. Since then, we have it in our freezer most of the times, I keep making it over and over and over again.
You will laugh now: I even made these bars when I was in labour. I wanted to prepare a new batch as I wanted to make sure we have some food with my husband when we are in the hospital during the long labour for my husband and after the labour for me. I put the mix in the oven – not knowing that I was in labour, but told my husband that he will need to take it out once it was ready. Then I went to have a bath and it turned out, I was in labour! Long story short, it actually was a great idea to make these then as we ate them all within 3 days, while in the hospital after our son was born and at home afterwards.
- 350g nuts (I usually use 3 or 4 different nuts, like pine nuts, pecans, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, walnuts or whichever you fancy)
- 200g flaxseeds
- 200g goji berries (or any dried fruit – make sure it is not covered in sugar or any oil, it has to be pure dried fruit)
- 240g oats
- vanilla powder
- ground cinnamon
For the puree
- 350g medjool dates
- 600ml water
Preheat the oven to 180C (fan 160C).
Mix all dry ingredients in a big bowl.
Pit the dates and place them in a pan with the boiling water. Cook for 5 minutes or until the dates are soft. Once ready, mix the puree in a blender.
Mix the puree with the dry mix.
Grease a baking tray with coconut oil and put the final mixture in the tray (I use a 40x28cm).
Bake for 40 minutes but take it out after the first 20 minutes and cut it into slices. This will ensure that the bars can be easily separated once ready.
It is an amazing and easy to bake on the go food, try it out and let me know what you think! x