Raw nut and seed bars

Its snack time!

There are always times when no matter how hard you try you just need to eat something between meals. A little preparation goes a seriously long way and having something healthy and delicious to snack on is essential.

These bars are super delicious and contain an absolute powerhouse of a dried fruit – the goji berry. These tiny berries are packed with around 500 times more Vitamin C per gram than oranges and are a great source of Vitamins A, B1, B2 and B6. They also contain ten times the antioxidant content of blueberries so they are fab for boosting skin health. The fresh berries deteriorate quickly so drying preserves their nutrient value.

There are some great bars out there to buy but so many are loaded with additives, preservatives and sugars – some almost as much as a bar of chocolate (so then you might as well have the chocolate…)

These bars take only five minutes to make and you can freestyle with any nuts or seeds you have kicking around. They’re great when you’re craving something sweet and a piece of fruit won’t quite cut it! Have a go.

160g dates
350g nuts, any type
50g seeds, any type
50g goji berries
75g oats
100g smooth nut butter
2 tbsp coconut oil
2 tbsp agave syrup/honey
1 tbsp vanilla extract

Cover the dates in hot water and leave to soak for at least 30 minutes, until soft.

Line a 25 x 25cm tin with parchment or greaseproof paper.

Place the nuts, seeds and oats in a food processor and whizz until chopped and mixed well.

Add all the other ingredients and mix until combined.

Transfer to the prepared tin and press down well until even. Place in the fridge to chill.

Cut into squares and transfer to an airtight container. Store in the fridge.

Pimp it up!! Drizzle over some melted dark chocolate. Take the cocoa solids as high as you dare!

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