Energy protein bars - dates, oats and seeds

Bound together with dates and nut butter rather than sugar and syrup. The nuts, seeds and protein powder supply the essentail amino acids, whilst the chia, flax and oats provide fibre and slow release carbohydrates. Thanks to 'The functional nutrition cookbook' for this recipe.


1 pack (220g) pitted dates

Juice and zest of 3 lemons

6 tbsp nut butter (peanut, almond, cashew) or tahini

3 tbsp coconut oil

2 cups oats

1 cup buckwheat or chestnut flour or more oats

2 ½ tbsp. ground almonds or protein powder

¼ cup pumpkin seeds

¼ cup sunflower seeds

¼ cup desiccated coconut

2 tbsp chia seeds

1 tbsp ground flax seed

1 tbsp maca

2 tsp cinnamon

½ tsp bicarbonate of soda


Oven 190C/370F/gas mark 5

Line a 20 x 30cm tin


  1. Simmer the dates with some water until softened and mushy, then add juice and zest of lemons, nut butter and coconut oil.
  2. Alternatively if you have a good blender you can whizz the dates, nut butter and coconut oil with the juice and zest.
  3. Mix all the dry ingredients in a large bowl and pour over the date paste mixture and mix thoroughly.
  4. Spoon into the tin and press down firmly.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden. Cut into 15 bars and leave to cool.
  6. Store in the fridge or freeze for up to a month.




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