Sizzling Tastebuds, Snacks

Zero Cook Dates Energy bars

For the last in the series
both for this month as well as this week’s theme of cooking from my paired
blogger – Sandhya – I chanced upon these Energy barswhich she had made
recently. A great snack to have between meals or for the kids when they come back from school or any outdoor activity.

I had made something else for today from my blog, but I had to make
it for the kids. We all liked it for 4 major reasons : it was sugarfree, zero cook, nutty
and healthy. 

If you still need a reason to
make this, scroll down to the recipe below.  Sending this toBM # 53under
bookmarked recipes.

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Prep time : 15 mins | Zero
cook 
Setting time : 24 hours | Makes : about 18 bars
(Medium sized)

Keeps : up to a week
under refrigeration

Ingredients:

  • Almonds  – 2/3 cups
  • Dates – about 10-15
  • Figs / Anjeer – about 3-4 nos
  • Pistachios – 2 TBSP (optional)
  • Raisins – two handfuls
  • Walnuts – 2 handfuls
  • Candied amla (gooseberry) – 2
    tsp (totally optional)
  • Cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp
    (optional)
  • (Yup ! no sugar at all :-))

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Method:

Stage 1: 

  1. Roast the almonds, walnuts
    separately (microwave for 30-45 seconds) & cool. This step is optional but
    recommended. Lightly pulse them separately in dashes for 3-4 seconds till they
    are coarsely powdered but still have a bite. 
  2. Deseed the dates and pulse
    the amla (if using) lightly for 5 -6 seconds. chop the anjeer / figs into small
    bits.
  3. Now without adding any water
    puree the dates and amla into a coarse paste (if you have a food processor, you
    can process all ingredients at one go, but as I was using my mixer grinder, I
    had to add the wet / sticky ingredients & dry separately. Whichever
    appliance you are using, be sure to scrape down after every pulse – dont
    grind). 
  4. Now add the powdered almonds
    and walnuts and pulse once more to mix more (you dont want the almond to become
    butter so do it in spurts). Using a plastic spatula, mix the dry and mix
    several times. 
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Stage 1 pics 
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Stage 2 pics

Stage 2: 

  1. Now add the raisins, figs and
    give it a vigorous blitz. mix well til the oil from all the dry fruits mix and
    give you a good mass to work with. 
  2. Transfer the semi wet mass
    onto a lightly greased parchment and roll with a rolling pin as shown in the
    pics. Make a thickish square, seal the parchment well and place in a
    refrigerator for a day or two (I placed it for 18-20 hours). Cut into squares
    and serve. 
  3. It keeps well for over a week
    under refrigeration. 

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15 Comments

  1. I have been planning to make these as well..so healthy and instant energy source!

  2. I remember these. HAve been planning to make them myself . the look yum.

  3. Very nice, such a healthy bars. Must try this.

  4. Dates nuts bars is a healthy version .. I have done these long back in BM ..pics look great.

  5. There is a 3 ingredients version of this – just dates, almonds (anynut) and raisins(any dry fruits) in 1:1:1 proportion. It tastes good as well. But. This looks a lot more indulging than its toned down version 🙂

  6. wow..great energy bars..really guilt free..

  7. Sowmya :)

    Did you really say no cook…..that's a dream come true for me! Plus all those nuts…what more to ask for?

  8. I bookmarked these bars from Sandhya's blog too, didn't get a chance to make them yet. Your bars turned out perfect.

  9. Priya Suresh

    I want this energy barsm u r tempting me to make some soon..

  10. Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    I love how you have added mixed dry fruits 🙂 Definitely a more indulgent one than restricting it to three ingredients. Thanks for the mention and trying out the recipe 🙂

  11. Chef Mireille

    what a healthy and delicious bar

  12. love such healthy energy bars.

  13. Sneha's Recipe

    Healthy energy bars.

  14. Suma Gandlur

    I had the 3 ingredient version on my mind for sometime now. Your loaded version sounds tempting.

  15. Varada's Kitchen

    I had bookmarked the bars from Sandhya's space too. I had loved her choice of ingredients.

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