Deanna, from our favourite vegan cafe on Fort William’s High Street, has given us a recipe for a fantastic energy bar. Packed with natural ingredients I’m sure you’ll love the taste and it will help you to keep training further and longer!
Deanna’s Almond and Cranberry Energy Bars
Makes approx 12 cereal bars
This recipe is a good base for energy-packed cereal bars; feel free to mix up the types and quantities of nuts and dried fruit depending on what you like. If you want the bars extra moist or a bit sweeter, add more syrup and/or nut butter or you could add a bit of melted coconut oil, but we like them just like this….
- 200g porridge oats
- 75g raisins
- 50g dried cranberries
- 60g pumpkin seeds
- 40g sunflower seeds
- 30g chopped almonds (or other nuts)
- 1 tsp cinnamon (and/or other spices)
- pinch of salt (optional)
- 55g dark tahini (or light if you prefer, or just up the quantity of nut butter instead)
- 180g almond butter (or other nut butter if you prefer, we use our homemade unsweetened one)
- 125ml agave syrup (or maple syrup or rice syrup)
- Line a tin with greaseproof paper (use a 20cm square tin or a 20x30cm tin)
- Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl – if you like your nuts, seeds and/or oats toasted, feel free to toast them first but this is optional
- Heat the almond butter, tahini and agave syrup in a pan over a low heat, stirring often, until the mixture is a smooth liquid (about 2 mins). Remove from the heat
- Tip or spoon the dry mixture into the pan with the nut butter mixture and stir well; the mixture will look quite dry but will stick together when packed down
- Tip or spoon the mixture into the prepared tray and spread out evenly; press down well with the back of a metal spoon (this will ensure the bars will hold together)
- Refrigerate for at least an hour and then cut into bars
- Enjoy at home or out on adventures!
- Gluten free (if using gluten free oats)
- Soya free
- Refined sugar free (if dried fruit doesn’t have added sugar, which some do)
- Contains nuts
- Contains sesame
- May contain sulphites (depending on if the dried fruit has sulphur dioxide added)
If you like this energy bar, and want to taste more amazing cakes and snacks from Deanna, then call by The Wildcat, they’re open everyday.
You can read more about their ethos, menus and contact the cafe here.
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