Peanut Butter + Date Energy Bar Recipe
Once you’ve got these bars down, you can start experimenting with adding your own favorite ingredients: swap out the peanut butter for almond butter, pecan butter or even a mix of favorite nut butters. Add cherries and figs to the dates, or even a little bit of cocoa powder for a chocolatey undertone.
Make them your own, and make your ride delicious AND nutritious!
Makes 16 bars
1 ½ cups // 227g medjool dates, pitted and soaked for 10 minutes in warm water
½ cup // 269g natural peanut butter, crunchy or smooth as you prefer
¾ cup // 60g rolled oats
¼ tsp fine grain sea salt
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Line an 8x8 inch baking pan with parchment paper, and then set aside. Strain the dates, squeezing them to remove as much water as possible. Discard the water. Place the strained dates in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade attachment. Pulse and blend them to a paste. The dates will naturally form a ball in the food processor, so you’ll need to stop the machine, spread and press the date mixture out again to make sure it blends evenly. Once you have a nice paste, add the oats and peanut butter, pulsing until combined. If your mixture is very sticky, or if you like more dense bars, add some more oats (up to ¼ cup.)
Transfer the bar mixture to the prepared pan, using a rubber spatula to spread and press the mixture evenly into all corners of the pan and smoothing to be sure the bars are even in thickness. Transfer the pan to the freezer to set - roughly 15-20 minutes. Then remove, slice into 16 squares, and wrap in plastic or parchment paper. Pop into your jersey pocket and enjoy!
The bars will keep in the refrigerator for several weeks or in the freezer for several months.