I enjoy creating delicious sweet treats out of natural, whole-food ingredients. I always strive to simplify my recipes so that eating healthy doesn’t seem overwhelming.
Eating clean, unprocessed foods should be just that: simple + easy, and not countless hours in the kitchen and a long list of ingredients you’ve never heard of.
My rule of thumb when it comes to good nutrition is to avoid pre-packaged, processed foods as much as possible. In my opinion, it’s not the red meat, dairy and gluten, but the adulteration of our food that is behind the chronic health conditions we are struggling with today.
In my kitchen, I like to keep things simple and as close to their natural state as possible. I am very much a purist when it comes to cooking. This is how I manage to avoid toxic preservatives, added sugars and hydrogenated fats. Most of the time anyway.
Trust me when I tell you that your body will thank you and the excess weight will effortlessly start to come off when you cut out all the pre-packaged, “all-natural” meals you buy at the frozen isle. And please say goodbye to the “I can’t believe it’s not butter”, low-calorie stuff that was made in a science lab.
Anyhow, today’s recipe is very much a spur-of-the-moment creation. I was heading out for a run this weekend and wanted a quick, nutritious snack to boost my energy levels. All I had on hand were a bunch of seeds, pecans and dates. What a great combo: a natural sweetener and plant-based proteins all in one!
I tossed the nuts and seeds in my NutriBullet, added a teaspoon of raw maca powder and an equal amount of raw cacao nibs and blended everything together. After a minute or so, a crumbly, cookie-dough mixture started to form. I pressed the dough to the bottom of a 4”x6” glass container and placed it in the freezer for a few minutes.
Cooling the dough allows the mixture to firm up which makes it easier to cut into shapes. I sliced mine into 2”x2” bite-size cubes and stored in the fridge for later.
These bite-size bars are perfect as an on-the-go snack, because it literally takes 5 minutes to make them. Kids will love them too and will never know how healthy they actually are!
The combination of nuts, seeds and dates is a great one when it comes to making yummy snacks, because you can create a nutritionally balanced meal with just a few simple ingredients.
You get high-quality plant proteins, complex sugars and dietary fiber in addition to a whole bunch of minerals, vitamins and essential fats all in one place. These bars are also super delish! It is actually difficult to have only one piece. I am obsessed.
Are you ready to give these guys a try? Let’s dive right in.
Please don’t forget to leave me a comment and let me know how you liked the recipe.
- ½ cup raw pecans (almonds or cashews work well too)
- 1 cup pitted dates
- ¼ cup sunflower seeds
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon hemp seeds (optional)
- 1 teaspoon maca powder (optional)
- 1 teaspoon raw cacao nibs (or cacao powder)
- 2-3 drops of vanilla extract (optional)
- Blend all ingredients together until dough starts to form
- Press into a 4”x6” container and place in the freezer for 30 min
- Slice into squares and store in the fridge if not eating right away