Healthy Banana Flapjacks

You won’t be able to get enough of these Healthy Banana Flapjacks. They are the perfect choice if you are looking for a vegan, refined sugar-free and gluten-free treat. Believe me you will be baking these and serving them to your friends and family time and time again.

Healthy Banana Flapjacks arranged on a metal tray

These Healthy Banana Flapjacks are on constant snack rotation in our house. They are ideal to have in the kitchen for the whole family to ward off mid-afternoon hunger pangs that don’t revolve around refined sugar. This recipe is golden and I guarantee you will be making it time and time again.

ingredients for banana flapjacks on a wooden board

Why should you make these Healthy Banana Flapjacks?

  • Perfect back-to-school or back-to-office healthy snack for lunchboxes.
  • No sugar. All the sweetness is from medjool dates and banana.
  • Deliciously chewy and fudgey texture.
  • Totally satisfying breakfast on the run.
  • Vegan!! Actually I used to make these flapjacks with melted butter but this vegan version with the coconut oil is better. It’s lighter and gives a slightly cleaner taste.

How do you make these flapjacks?

You start off by making a salted date caramel which is really just a fancy way of saying date paste. We use:

Dates
Water
Vanilla extract
Salt

Whizz this lovely foursome up in a food processor to create your caramel. And yes, it really does taste like a thick sweet golden caramel. Hard to believe there is no sugar!!

process image of making date caramel. Dates in a food processor and dates turned into caramel

What next?

Melt the coconut oil and whisk in the cashew butter, mashed banana and date caramel.

This is when the true magic happens. If you dare to dip a fingertip into this magic elixir then I warn you, there may be no coming back from it.

The fact that these flapjacks make it into the oven at all is a miracle each time.

Can’t find any cashew butter at the supermarket? It’s super easy to make your own – see this recipe.

saucepan of date caramel and a glass bowl of flapjack mixture

The final step

Smother the gorgeous nutty banana caramel mixture over the oats, mixing well together. Press into a tin and bake.

Two images of flapjack mixture in a bowl and flapjacks in a tin ready for the oven

Baker’s Tips

  • Make a double quantity of the date caramel as it blends up better in your food processor/blender. The date caramel is an amazing topping to porridge, mixed into coconut yoghurt, or can be used as the sweetener in sugar-free cakes like this Apple Blueberry Maple Cake.
  • For these flapjacks to be gluten-free then make sure to use gluten-free oats.
  • Use porridge oats rather than jumbo rolled oats as they hold together better.
  • The extra banana slices on the top are really important. So chewy and so good! 

Healthy Banana Flapjacks arranged on a metal tray

FAQs

Can you freeze these flapjacks? Yes. I recommend freezing before cutting up. As usual, double wrap to avoid freezer burn and take out the night before you want to eat to defrost on the counter overnight.

How long do they keep for? 3 days in an airtight container stored in a cool dark place.

Healthy Banana Flapjacks arranged on a metal tray with a bite taken out of one of them

Add-ins

This flapjack recipe is delicious on its own but you can pimp it up for something even more special. Why not try:

  • Chocolate – Dark chocolate chips (I feel like I always say this!)
  • Seeds – pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds or hemp seeds
  • Dried Fruit – chopped apricots are particularly good here!

These Salted Date Caramel Banana Flapjacks are refined sugar-free and gluten-free for guilt-free snacking.

 

Do you want more vegan, no sugar and gluten-free snack recipes? Try these:

No-Bake Salted Chocolate Energy Bars
Coconut Lime Energy Balls
Best Granola Bars
Raw Blueberry Coconut Energy Bars

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Healthy Banana Flapjacks

You won’t be able to get enough of these Healthy Banana Flapjacks. They are the perfect choice if you are looking for a vegan, refined sugar-free and gluten-free treat. Believe me you will be baking these and serving them to your friends and family time and time again.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: British
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 288kcal

Ingredients

  • 200 g medjool dates about 11
  • 60 ml warm water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 170 g cashew butter
  • 175 g coconut oil
  • 120 g mashed banana about 1 large banana
  • 1 banana sliced for decoration
  • 350 g gluten-free porridge oats
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 170°C/ 150°C fan/ gas mark 3 and grease and line a 20cm square cake tin.
  • To make the date caramel pit the dates then place them in a food processor along with the warm water, vanilla extract and salt. Whizz together until completely smooth. You may have to scrap the sides of the processor a few times to help the process along.
  • Melt the coconut oil in a medium pan over a low heat then remove from the heat and stir in the cashew butter, date caramel and mashed banana.
  • Pour the oats into a large mixing bowl then smother with the banana caramel mixture until it is all mixed well together.
  • Press the flapjack mixture into the tin so the top is even and smooth. Cut the extra banana into slices then place on the surface of the flapjack. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven and leave to cool in the tin.
  • Once cool, remove from the tin and cut into squares.

Notes

  • For these flapjacks to be gluten-free then make sure to use gluten-free oats.
  • Use porridge oats rather than jumbo rolled oats as they hold together better.
  • Don’t skip the sliced banana on the top!! So good.
  • Can't get to the shops for Cashew Butter? It's so easy to make, see this recipe.
  • You can add chocolate chips, pumpkin or sunflower seeds or even dried fruit like chopped apricots to make them really special.
  • These flapjacks freeze really well.
  • Store in a cool dark place for up to 3 days (if you can possibly resist them!)

Nutrition

Calories: 288kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Sodium: 149mg | Potassium: 277mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 28IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 2mg

This recipe was originally published in January 2017 but revised slightly to make vegan by swapping out the butter for coconut oil, adding more process photos and more tips and advice.

Healthy Coconut & Blueberry Bars

These Healthy Coconut & Blueberry Bars are bursting with bright fruity flavour and the creamy richness of coconut. Plus, not to brag but they are vegan, gluten-free and sugar-free to boot.

stacked Raw Blueberry Coconut Energy Bars

The trick of a good energy bar recipe which you will make again and again is the simplicity. You need the recipe to be just as easy as going to the store and buying a ready made pack. After all the whole point of energy bars is a quick and easy boost when you’re flagging during the day. If your recipe is complicated then you’ve got your first healthy hurdle right there.

That’s why these Healthy Coconut & Blueberry Bars are so perfect. They are the easiest assembly job of a recipe you can imagine. It’s a weigh the ingredients, throw everything into the food processor, press into a baking tin, chill and cut type of affair. Completely no-bake and low-effort.

over head shot of Healthy Coconut & Blueberry Bars next to a knife on a wooden board

Why are these Healthy Coconut & Blueberry Bars so good?

  • The flavour match of dried blueberries and coconut is heavenly.
  • Gluten-free, refined sugar-free and vegan.
  • Easy.
  • Only 6 ingredients.
  • Made in the food processor.
  • Not too sweet.
  • Packed full of energy boosting ingredients.

ingredients for Raw Blueberry Coconut Energy Bars

What do we need?

  • Dried blueberries – these have a more fully rounded flavour than a generic dried berry.
  • Freeze-dried blueberry powder – these punch up the fruity vibe even further and give an amazingly pure flavour focus.
  • Dried apricots – for fibre and further depth of flavour. Plus dried apricots are much cheaper than blueberries so a mix of the two keeps the cost down. Use unsulphured dried apricots. This means there in no extra sulphur dioxide keeping the colour. Since we’re mixing it all up, the colour of the apricots is of no importance here.
  • Desiccated coconut – we add in loads so there is no chance you’re going to miss the rich creamy flavour of coconut.
  • Raw cashews – these are added for protein and to give the energy bars a bit more bite.
  • Coconut oil – The coconut oil is good for flavour, to help keep the bars more solid in the chiller, for the good fats which keep the hunger down, and because it helps the extra toppings stick to the surface of the bars when they are setting.

How do we make these Healthy Coconut and Blueberry Bars?

  1. Line and grease a 6 inch square baking tin with two long pieces of baking parchment so they cross in the middle and come up and over the sides of the tin.
  2. Place all the ingredients in a food processor and combine for 3-5 minutes until all the components have broken down and come together into a sticky ball.
  3. Tip the mixture into the baking tin and, using kitchen paper to absorb the excess oil, press down on top so the surface is even.
  4. Roughly chop the extra blueberries and cashew nuts and scatter over the surface of the bars along with the extra coconut.
  5. Place in the fridge for a couple of hours to firm up before cutting.

ingredients for Raw Blueberry Coconut Energy Bars in a food processor

ingredients for Raw Blueberry Coconut Energy Bars in a food processor

FAQs

How should you store these bars? – Store the bars in the fridge to grab when needed.

How long do these blueberry bars last? – They are good for about a week

These Raw Blueberry Coconut Energy Bars are absolutely delicious. I find a lot of these types of bars can be quite sweet but we have a lot of coconut and nuts packed in here to keep things more even handed. The flavours burst through and are a lovely little pick-me-up between meals. Plus so handy for lunch boxes and little toddler fingers.

Shop the Recipe:

  • 6 inch square baking tin
  • Blueberry powder
  • Food processor

close up of Raw Blueberry Coconut Energy Bars

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Healthy Coconut & Blueberry Bars

Healthy Coconut & Blueberry Bars are bursting with bright fruity flavour and the creamy richness of coconut. Plus they are vegan, gluten-free and sugar-free
Prep Time10 mins
Resting Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: British
Servings: 12
Calories: 169kcal

Ingredients

  • 125 g unsweetened desiccated coconut + 10g extra to decorate
  • 120 g dried blueberries + 10g extra to decorate
  • 120 g dried apricots
  • 75 g cashews + 10g extra to decorate
  • 2 tablespoons freeze dried blueberry powder
  • 2 teaspoons coconut oil

Instructions

  • Line and grease a 6 x 6 x 3 inch square baking tin with two long pieces of baking parchment so they cross in the middle and come up and over the sides of the tin.
  • Place all the ingredients in a food processor and combine for 3-5 minutes until all the components have broken down and come together into a sticky ball.
  • Tip the mixture into the baking tin and, using kitchen paper to absorb the excess oil, press down on top so the surface is even.
  • Roughly chop the extra blueberries and cashew nuts and scatter over the surface of the bars along with the extra coconut.
  • Place in the fridge for a couple of hours to firm up then carefully remove from the tin and cut into 12 bars.
  • Store the bars in the fridge in between snacking for about a week.

Notes

  • Use unsulphered dried apricots if they are available.
  • These bars should be stored in the fridge for you to grab when needed.
  • They last well in the fridge for up to a week.

Nutrition

Calories: 169kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 289mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 360IU | Vitamin C: 0.5mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1.2mg

This recipe was originally published in February 2019 but updated in December 2020 with clearer instructions.

Coconut Lime Energy Balls

These Coconut Lime Energy Balls are the perfect snack when you need a boost. There is no sugar in them at all, refined, fruit or fake but instead loads of plant protein and of course plenty of yumminess.

These Coconut Lime Energy Balls are the perfect snack when you need a boost. There is no sugar in them at all, refined, fruit or fake but instead loads of plant protein and of course plenty of yumminess.

Billy Buddy is on strict bed rest for two months. We’ve been through this before a couple of years ago when he tore his cruciate ligament on his left leg and it was hard enough then. Looking back though I was being a complete drama queen about it. It couldn’t have been a better time to care for a sick dog, I was in the late stages of pregnancy so had all the time in the world to sit on the sofa with my poorly dog, encourage him to eat, drink, go to the loo, take his medication and watch re-runs of Jamie’s Fifteen Minute Meals with me.

These Coconut Lime Energy Balls are the perfect snack when you need a boost. There is no sugar in them at all, refined, fruit or fake but instead loads of plant protein and of course plenty of yumminess.

This time round, having torn his right cruciate this time, both Billy Buddy and I don’t have the same luxury of leisure. Since I’m keeping a main eye on a danger driven toddler I can’t afford to worry about Billy as well so he’s been resting in his crate most of the time, which to be honest is where the vet says he should be. Cole doesn’t quite appreciate our furry patient’s predicament though and keeps trying to shake the crate to smoke his best friend out or stick his little toy wooden bus through the bars for Billy Buddy to play with, dropping it unceremoniously on his head. Yesterday when we were getting our coats and scarfs on for our afternoon walk Cole dutifully fetched Billy’s lead and brought it to his crate. All three of us were very sad that the lead was put back. Not all of us threw a heaving tantrum though and had to be pulled out of the house kicking and screaming. Sorry Cole, I’ll behave better next time.

These Coconut Lime Energy Balls are the perfect snack when you need a boost. There is no sugar at all, refined, fruit or fake.

These Coconut Lime Energy Balls are the perfect snack when you need a boost. There is no sugar at all, refined, fruit or fake.

Strict bed rest means Billy Buddy is not allowed to run, jump or be left alone with any type of furniture where this might be an option. Basically he’s not allowed to be a dog which is causing a bit of an identity crisis. We tried for years to convince him he wasn’t a cat and now we’re trying to tell him to be more like his lazy feline housemates who love nothing better to be left alone to snooze all day.

Billy Buddy

But the real kicker is that Billy has to wear the cone of gloom, when all he really wants to do is itch and scratch the stitches in his leg. Earlier today it took him a good few attempts before he worked out how to pick up one of his toys with this monstrosity around his neck. He proceeded to throw Stick Man up in the air with glee, only to lose his balance, land on his bad leg, have his toy taken away and was then relegated back to his crate. Albeit with a bit of tripe, although only a small bit as since he’s not getting any exercise Billy is also not allowed to eat very much. I know, it gets worse. Well, we’re one week down, only seven more to go. How many is that in dog weeks?

These Coconut Lime Energy Balls are the perfect snack when you need a boost. There is no sugar in them at all, refined, fruit or fake but instead loads of plant protein and of course plenty of yumminess.

So what with my Florence Nightingale routine, vet appointments, hourly toddler life saving and my cake stall having resumed my meals are not as regular as I keep promising myself they will be. Organised food is such a bother. So I’ve turned to snacking.

Now, I could quite happily snack on cake all day long. Believe me there is enough hanging around the house all the time since recipe testing is my favourite pasttime. However, I’m struggling with all the sugar crashes, let alone the extra few pounds. So I wanted to create a snack that could be incorporated as part of my Sunday meal prep, would last all week, had loads of protein and no sugar. Not even dates, coconut sugar, honey or brown rice syrup.

These Coconut Lime Energy Balls are the perfect snack when you need a boost. There is no sugar in them at all, refined, fruit or fake but instead loads of plant protein and of course plenty of yumminess.

So these Coconut Lime Energy Balls are the end result and they are brilliant. I based them on Bounce Balls, which I love but are nearly £2 per ball. My balls are so much cheaper to make, about 30p per ball if my maths is right, which it never is I am dreadful at sums.

These Coconut Lime Energy Balls are the perfect snack when you need a boost. There is no sugar in them at all, refined, fruit or fake but instead loads of plant protein and of course plenty of yumminess.

There is sweetness here though, despite the lack of sugar. Coconut is naturally sweet and there is a hint of vanilla here to amp it up a bit. The combination of coconut and lime is ever glorious and the vitality of the citrus saves these balls from being too heavy what with the protein richness of all the cashews and hemp.

These Coconut Lime Energy Balls are the perfect snack when you need a boost. There is no sugar in them at all, refined, fruit or fake but instead loads of plant protein and of course plenty of yumminess.I am really loving these balls and not to brag but they are also vegan, gluten-free and paleo. They are giving me bags of much needed energy and I’m just trying not to eat too many of them in front of Billy who just looks at me balefully through his prison walls longing for treats. Only seven weeks to go my friend. Here, watch me eat another ball.

These Coconut Lime Energy Balls are the perfect snack when you need a boost. There is no sugar in them at all, refined, fruit or fake but instead loads of plant protein and of course plenty of yumminess.

Coconut Lime Energy Balls {vegan, gluten-free, paleo, sugar-free}

The perfect snack for when you need an energy boost. There is no sugar at all, refined, fruit or fake.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: British
Servings: 15 balls
Calories: 145kcal

Ingredients

  • 150 g cashew nuts
  • 150 g unsweetened desiccated coconut + 50g extra for rolling
  • 50 g sesame seeds
  • Juice and zest of 2 limes
  • 2 tablespoons hemp protein powder
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  • First scatter the cashew nuts on a baking tray and roast in the oven for 10 minutes at 170°C.
  • Then place the roasted cashews in a food processor with the desiccated coconut and sesame seeds and blitz for about 10 minutes or until nice and runny.
  • Pour into a large mixing bowl and stir in the lime zest and juice, the hemp protein powder, vanilla extract and sea salt until the mixture thickens.
  • Leave to stand for at least ten minutes then roll into 15 x 30g balls, then roll in the extra desiccated coconut to coat.
  • They can be eaten immediately or stored in the fridge for about a week.

Nutrition

Calories: 145kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Sodium: 44mg | Potassium: 136mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1.6mg
These Coconut Lime Energy Balls are the perfect snack when you need a boost. There is no sugar in them at all, refined, fruit or fake but instead loads of plant protein and of course plenty of yumminess.

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Perfectly Sweet n’Salty Popcorn

This Perfectly Sweet n’Salty Popcorn is the ideal accompaniment to movie nights on the sofa, the right balance of buttery finger-lickin’ sweet and salty goodness.

popcorn in a bowl on a table

Something very exciting happened a couple of weeks ago, I’m only telling you about it now as we were on holiday last week so I’m sorry about the delayed news cycle but let me tell you, it was front page news in the Hartley household. Luke and I went to the cinema! Together! And there was no small person in sight. The last time I was this excited to go to the cinema was to see the Veronica Mars movie. Ahh, the 14th March 2014, a much simpler time.

popcorn kernels in a jar on a table

I have been craving the cinema for months and months, a chance to sit in a darkened room, watch a whole film from start to finish without any fear of being disturbed by the croak from the baby monitor. An opportunity to get lost in an epic story spanning generations, crossing continents with nuanced storytelling, creatively woven character arcs; a story of redemption and loves and lives won and lost.

So of course we went to see Bad Moms. Honestly my brain is so fried these days that to my mind this was honest to goodness Oscar worthy fare.

It was a pretty special evening, we even went out for fish and chips – in a restaurant. I know, right now I am blowing your mind. It was on a plate and everything. This is how fancy we are.

popcorn in a bowl on a table

I don’t know when or if I will ever get the chance to go to the cinema again, but a girl can dream and in the meantime we can watch films in this funny box at the corner of our room called a television. With the lights out, a complete ban on pausing the film to make tea, answer the phone or to go and see to a crying baby (unfortunately the last rule doesn’t always take) then it’s just like being at the Picturehouse. And it’s all because of this cinema worthy Perfectly Sweet n’Salty Popcorn. Do they even still do the sweet and salted flavours separately anymore?

popcorn in a bowl on a table

This popcorn has no fancy flavours but is a simple recreation of movie popcorn so you can pretend you’re out on date night again instead of nestled on the sofa, a dog on one knee and your bowl of popcorn balanced on the other. Who am I kidding, if the dog is anything like Billy Buddy then his nose is in that bowl and you are not seeing hide nor hair of any popcorn.

Perfectly Sweet n’Salty Popcorn is five minutes in the making and so much healthier than the movie-going version. The butter is browned to a nutty caramel, sweetened with a touch of sugar and flavoured with sea salt. No fuss and zero faff but you do get all the scent of freshly popping corn permeating the house and also the childish glee of taking off the lid of the pan too early to watch the popcorn fly across the kitchen. I’m just too keen.

butter being poured into popcorn in a bowl on a table

Perfectly Sweet n'Salty Popcorn

This Perfectly Sweet n'Salty Popcorn is the ideal accompaniment to movie nights on the sofa, the right balance of buttery finger-lickin' sweet and salty goodness.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: British
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 534kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 100 g popcorn kernels
  • 75 g unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon icing sugar
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt

Instructions

  • Drizzle the olive oil into a large pan with a lid. Turn the heat on and pour in the popcorn kernels so they spread out easily at the bottom of the pan. Place the lid on and leave for the corn to pop, it will take a minute or so to get going.
  • Meanwhile melt the butter in a small saucepan with the icing sugar and salt over a medium heat. After the butter has melted it will start sizzling, leave it to sizzle and crackle and so it begins to turn brown. Once the sizzling has stopped and the butter is a nice nutty brown then remove from the heat.
  • By this time the popcorn should also have stopped popping. As soon as the corn can go 3 seconds without popping then remove from the heat immediately so it doesn’t burn and pour into a bowl.
  • Pour the sweet n’salty butter over the popcorn and stir well so it’s coated thoroughly.

Nutrition

Calories: 534kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 1171mg | Potassium: 137mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 935IU | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1.5mg

SHOP THE RECIPE

Now, you can make the popcorn in any large saucepan with a lid but I would be remiss if I didn’t let you know that I always make my popcorn in my Le Creuset Signature Cast Iron Round Casserole, 28 cm – Marseille Blue. It’s actually great as the popcorn doesn’t stick to the bottom of the casserole or burn as easily as other pans I’ve tried and can fit a lot of popcorn in it which is a bonus. It is pricey though and I wouldn’t recommend you buy if you are only going to make popcorn with it. We use it for everything from pot roasts, stews and stocks to making jams and chutneys. It’s large enough that it is great for so many purposes from sweet to savoury. I have the signature marseille blue colour as when I bought it I wanted it to match the old Le Creuset saucepans handed down to me from my dad but you can get them in other beautiful colours. Different colours are different prices so you can definitely get a good deal if you choose a less popular colour.

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No-Bake Salted Chocolate Energy Bars

These No-Bake Salted Chocolate Energy Bars are perfectly designed for exhausted parents, busy careerists, post work-out keep fitters and demanding children of any age and if none of the above apply and you just need a little chocolate pick-me-up then these bars will suit your needs perfectly too.

Side view of stack of No-Bake Chocolate Salted Energy Bars on a wooden board

I have never eaten so many energy bars as I have these past 14 months. They were my lifeline during 3am night-feeds; they have seen me through endless walks with baby and dog; I eat them in lieu of breakfast, lunch or dinner and if Cole suddenly decides to have a full throttle meltdown when I won’t let him play with the washing machine buttons mid-cycle then they are the most effective pacifier for both mum and toddler.

Overhead view of No-Bake Chocolate Salted Energy Bars on a wooden board

I have tried so many energy bars out there and am constantly disappointed by most of them to provide me with a nutritious, satisfying, all-natural snack that can be eaten when you simply don’t have the time or the inclination for anything remotely challenging.

overhead shot of the ingredients for No-Bake Chocolate Salted Energy Bars

I have been trying to wean myself off these bars to no avail. I am hungry and lacklustre a lot of the time at the moment and energy bars keep my sanity (well that’s a bit of an overstatement, they do their best poor things but at this stage in the game I’m a bit of a lost cause).

Over head shot of Mixer with ingredients for No-Bake Chocolate Salted Energy Bars

Overhead shot of mixing bowl with ingredients for No-Bake Chocolate Salted Energy Bars

So basically I figured that if you can’t beat them, join them and I’ve invented my own. These little beauties amalgamate all the best bits from other energy bars into one happy and health-conscious bar. They are a treat, of course they are as there is chocolate involved, but there is no refined sugar, no gluten, no dairy and most importantly they are bursting with protein to up your mood and see you through the tough part of your day.

Overhead shot of cake tin with No-Bake Chocolate Salted Energy Bar mixture

Overhead shot of No-Bake Chocolate Salted Energy Bars uncut on greaseproof paper

The no-bakeness of them means that they are a breeze to make, there is no more effort than a minimal amount of chopping, a dash of soaking, a quick blast in the food processor followed by a bit of mixing, some setting (the bit where you can take a break and watch some tv, entertain a baby, answer a few emails) then some melting, pouring and a last bit of setting (go for a run, make a cup of tea, empty the dishwasher) then eating. If I can make these in the evening ready for the next day then you can be sure they are easy peasy lemon squeezy as I’m simply fit for nothing after Cole has been lullabied to sleep.

Overhead view of No-Bake Chocolate Salted Energy Bars on a wooden board

Bring on the energy bars!!

No-Bake Salted Chocolate Energy Bars

These No-Bake Salted Chocolate Energy Bars are the perfect pick-me-up, using only natural ingredients, no refined sugar, no gluten, no dairy for the ultimate salty-sweet treat.
Prep Time30 mins
Total Time2 hrs 30 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: British
Servings: 12 bars
Calories: 282kcal

Ingredients

  • 10 medjool dates pitted and roughly chopped
  • 50 g cashews roasted and roughly chopped
  • 50 g pistachios roughly chopped
  • 50 g gluten-free crisped rice or rice krispies
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil melted
  • 50 g almond butter
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 175 g dark chocolate
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Line and grease a 20cm square tin.
  • Place the dates in a small bowl with 75ml boiling water, stirring to make sure they are evenly submerged. Leave for half an hour to soak.
  • Meanwhile mix the cashews, pistachios, crisped rice, sesame seeds, chia seeds and ground flaxseed in a large bowl.
  • When the dates have finished soaking pour them, with their soaking water, into a food processor along with the coconut oil, almond butter, vanilla extract and salt and blend until smooth.
  • Pour over the nuts and seeds until everything is evenly mixed.
  • Press the mixture into the tin so that it is nice and even on top then place in the fridge for at least an hour to set.
  • Melt the chocolate, coconut oil and salt in the bain marie, then pour over the set nuts and seeds and spread out evenly with a palette knife.
  • Place back in the fridge for at least an hour to set.
  • Remove from the fridge and cut into bars.

Notes

  • When you line your tin, bring the baking parchment all the way up the sides to make it ultra easy to remove the bars from the tin after the final set.
  • I recommend keeping your bars in the fridge to keep their perfect consistency. They should last up to 10 days but it’s unlikely they will.

Nutrition

Calories: 282kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 150mg | Potassium: 369mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 3mg

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