How to Make Healthy Energy Bars
Knowing how to make healthy energy bars can save you a fortune. The markup on health foods is ridiculous, but with a little preparation and know-how you can beat the system, designing your own tasty treats to your own specifications. This how to shows you how to create tasty treats that are also good for you!
1- Prepare your ingredients. 2 parts of dried dates, 1 part nuts (I prefer cashew or a mix but it’s entirely up to you), 1 part other dried fruit (apricot, raisins, mango sultanas etc), flavouring to taste (e.g. orange peel, mixed spice, cacao powder), and a good heap of desiccated coconut.
2- Blend ingredients one by one (not the coconut). Start with the nuts as they will need a clean blender. Blend the ingredients separately in order to reduce the strain on your blender. Typically blenders don’t like to run for more than 2 minutes at a time, so if it’s taking a while, be sure to do it in stages in order to allow your blender to cool down and not burn out. Blend each ingredient until it’s as small as it will go (the dried fruit will tend to ball up when it gets to this stage).
3- Mix together. First with 2 metal spoons, then with your hands once things start coming together. The mixture needs to be sticky enough to hold its own shape, but not that sticky that it sticks to your hands. To reduce stickiness, add more nuts, to increase stickiness, try adding blended raisins or sultanas.
4- Roll in to cylinders or balls. Whatever your preference in shape, role the treats into snack size chunks. It often helps to have clean, slightly damp hands to do this.
5- Cover in desiccated coconut. The coconut provides a handy exterior to your treats, allowing them not to stick to the packaging.
6- Wrap in cling-film/ glad-wrap. Wrap tightly and keep in the fridge.
7- Consume within 10 days.
Be sure that all work surfaces and your hands are as clean as possible in order to prolong the life of your treats.
Get inventive. The above ratios of ingredients are just a guide. Mix and match with your favourite flavours.