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These Superfood Energy bars are full of all the good stuff and they stick together like the ones you get from the shop. A healthy secret ingredient is what makes them storbought kind of sticky and sweet.
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The Daily School Lunch Box Saga
Making school lunches every morning can be a big pain in the ass.
Especially if you are not prepared. Last minute scrounging around the kitchen for something to pack in the kids lunch is not something I recommend. Only because I’ve done it. Plenty of times.
It makes the job of prepping a lunchbox hard and normally ends in stopping by the bakery or store before school drop off.
Good news is -It doesn’t have to be hard. A little bit of preparation the night before is always worth it for a smoother morning. Especially a Monday.
My Lunchbox Prepping Tips
- Get my lunchbox Planner Printable. This one page planner is an easy Mix and match system that takes the stress out of school mornings.
- Make up a ‘Lunchbox Box’ with at least two types of snacks to pop in lunch boxes. This way, even the kids can make their own lunches. I have a large Tupperware which I stock up weekly with baked goods.
- Write out a list of ‘Go to’ lunchbox recipes that are fast and healthy to pull together.
- Planned leftovers are the best! Some dinners like ground beef curry or meatloaf are amazing in lunches the next day. Cook a little extra and pack in lunchboxes the night before for an easy morning.
Back to the Superfood Energy Bars….
This recipe is one of my ‘Go to’ Lunchbox favorites. It’s a healthy spin on store bought granola bars which are ALWAYS packed with refined sugars.
The Secret Ingredient that makes the Energy Bar Super
The thing that makes these bars deliciously sticky and sweet is simply … drum roll please …. pureed dates. Yup. Regular ol’ dates. They are naturally sweet and make the bar stick together like they should.
The funny thing is, my kids don’t particularly even like dates but they love this Superfood Energy Bar. I think it’s a texture thing. Pureeing the dates into a smooth paste before adding it to the bar makes all the difference.
A Couple of Things about the Recipe:
- You can make these Energy Bars using coconut oil instead of butter but personally, we prefer butter. Coconut oil has a really strong taste and I think it ruins the flavor of the bar. If you are looking to avoid dairy all together then I suggest you add 2 tablespoons of almond butter instead of regular butter. Healthy food should taste good too.
- I keep these bars in a air tight Tupperware in the fridge.
- You can mix up the nuts. Feel free to replace the 1/2 cup of cashews with any other nut but keep the measurement to 1/2 cup.
Superfood Energy Bar
- 1 cup dates
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup quinoa
- 2 tablespoons butter melted
- 1/2 cup cashew nuts
- 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
- OPTIONAL: 1/4 cup dried cranberries OR cherries or apricots
- Preheat oven to 350'F / 160'C.
- Prepare a baking tin by lining it with baking paper. I used a 20cm x 30cm baking tin.
- Soak the dates in boiling for water for around 5 minutes until slightly softened. Use a food processor to blend the dates into a paste.
- Add all remaining ingredients to the food processor and give it a whizz for around 40 - 60 seconds until well mixed. Don't mix it for too long because you want to see all the nuts and seeds and not have a smooth mixture.
- Spoon the mixture into the prepared baking tin and use your fingers to push and flatten so that it's evenly spread out in the tin. You want it to cook evenly all over.
- Bake for 25 minutes.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool. Refrigerate for 15 minutes before cutting This lets the dates set and makes it easier to cut into bars.