No Bake Energy Bar… Super Food which gives instant energy
The energy bar is a very common name nowadays.
The name itself fills you with energy.
Store-bought energy bars are good but why not make these energy bars in your home kitchen and that too with ingredients you like more?
And especially when it is very simple to make. Just 10 to 15 minutes and you get wonderful, nutritious, artificial preservatives and additives free, suiting to your own taste buds—- energy bars.
Energy bars give you instant energy and can be had at any time of the day— in breakfast, with evening tea, while travelling, after gymming, to curb hunger pangs, in your kid’s tiffin box, etc etc.
Energy bars are a superfood, full of nutrients—carbs, protein, vitamins, minerals, iron.
An added advantage of energy bar is that they are made without sugar. Yes, no sugar at all.
Power packed ‘dates’ do the dual job of giving sweetness as well in binding the mixture.
It tastes superb…. just like a candy. Trust me.
Mommies, no more coaxing your children to have just 5 or 7 almonds daily (especially before going to school).
Give them these energy bars and they will readily take it.
Also, there is no fixed ratio of the list of ingredients to make it.
You can make it the way you want, with what you like and with whatever available in your pantry.
You can alter the ingredients as per the weather. Like adding sesame seeds and poppy seeds in winters and replacing these with muskmelon or watermelon seeds in summers.
As there are many permutations and combinations to make it, I am sharing here my way of making it.
I keep it very simple…. only nuts, seeds and dates. Plus mine are no-bake energy bars.
The quantity of dates can be increased or decreased to suit your taste buds.
These are best made in food processor. Just put everything in the processor, run it for 3-4 minutes and that’s it. By now, the mixture would gather into a ball (sticks together because of dates). If not, take it out and make a ball of it using your hands. Set it on a tray or mould. Keep it in the refrigerator for an hour or so, so that it sets nicely. Now take it out and cut in the desired shape.
Also, you can make ‘laddoos’ with it.
In fact, last ‘ Ganesh Chaturthi’, I gave these the shape of ‘modak’ and offered it to Lord Ganesha.
No food processor? No problem. Grind nuts and seeds, finely or coarsely, as you want and add chopped dates to this.
Mix everything properly so that it binds together.
Now proceed as mentioned above.
So, here is the basic recipe for No-bake Energy Bar…
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: Nil
1 Cup (150 gms) Almonds, plain or roasted (see Note 7)
1 Cup (150 gms) Cashewnuts, plain or roasted (see Note 8)
1/4 Cup (40 gms) Mixed seeds ( sesame, poppy seeds, melon seeds etc) (see Note 9)
2 Tbsp Powdered Flax seeds ( Alsi ke beej) (optional) ( see Note 10)
1.5 Cups (180gms) Dates, deseeded and chopped roughly (see Note 11)
1/4 Cup (50 gms) Raisins
4 Pieces (40 gms) Figs (Anjeer)
A. In Food Processor
- Put all the ingredients in the food processor.
- Run your processor on pulse mode 2 or 3 times so as to break the nuts in small pieces.
- Now run the processor normally for 3-4 minutes till everything gets mixed up nicely.
- By now, it should gather into a ball.
- In case, it does not gather on its own, then take it out and form a dough/ball of it.
- Spread it on a tray or tin.
- Keep it in the refrigerator at least for an hour, so that it sets nicely.
- Take it out, cut into desired shapes
- Store in an airtight container.
- Serve as and when required.
B. Without Food Processor
- Grind nuts and seeds, finely or coarsely, as you desire.
- Add chopped dates to the nuts-seeds mixture and bind properly.
- Gather everything into a ball.
- Proceed as above, from step number 5.
- Adjust the quantity of dates according to your taste.
- If you don’t want to add more dates, and it is difficult to bind the mixture then add 1 or 2 tsp of honey.
- When done in the food processor, sometimes it yields the oil (natural), especially in summers. Don’t worry and set it. Once set, you won’t feel it. To avoid this, do not run food processor for long.
- During summers, it is advisable to keep these in the refrigerator as they become loose otherwise.
- If you want, you can add dried apricots, berries etc to it.
- Add or omit, increase or decrease anything according to your taste.
- Use whole almonds with skin. Please don’t peel off the skin. Can roast them if you like.
- Use whole or broken cashews, you can roast them a little for the crunchy effect.
- You can use seeds of your choice like watermelon seeds, muskmelon seeds, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, cucumber seeds etc.
- Slightly roast Flax seeds( 1 tbsp) in a pan. let it cool and powder it in the grinder.
- Ensure that your dates are moist. In case, they are very dry then soak them in water for some time.
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