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Balanced Energy Cake Bars

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Unlike a lot of commercially available products, these bars won’t spike your blood sugars in the same way. There’s technically plenty of sugar in them, mostly from the chopped dates, but they’re also full of fiber, protein, and healthy fats. This means they can give you an energy boost (along with lots of gut-healthy, heart-healthy, and brain-healthy ingredients) without any crash later. They’re also delicious, and make for a great afternoon snack!

You will need

  • 1 cup oats
  • 15 Medjool dates, pitted and soaked in hot water for 15 minutes
  • 3 carrots, grated
  • 4oz almond butter
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 2 tbsp flaxseeds, milled
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds, toasted
  • Optional: your choice of dried fruit and/or chopped nuts (mix it up; diversity is good!)

Method

(we suggest you read everything at least once before doing anything)

1) Steam the grated carrots for 3–4 minutes; pat dry and allow to cool

2) Drain and pat dry the dates, roughly chop them and add them to a bowl with the carrots. Because we chopped the dates rather than blended them (as many recipes do), they keep their fiber, which is important.

3) Add the oats, seeds, almond butter, and tahini. Also add in any additional dried fruit and/or chopped nuts you selected for the optional part. Mix well; the mixture should be quite firm. If it isn’t, add more oats.

4) Press the mixture into a 10″ square baking tin lined with baking paper. Refrigerate for a few hours, before cutting into bar shapes (or squares if you prefer). These can now be eaten immediately or stored for up to a week.

Enjoy!

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