These bars remind me of pecan praline at Christmas time. A friend of mine makes the most mouth-watering pecan praline but won’t share the recipe with anyone. Probably better we don’t know! These energy bars are a great afternoon snack to give you the boost you need to get through the rest of the day.
They’re gluten free, dairy free and of course refined sugar free. Plus they're packed with goodness. The healthy fats found in flax meal, tahini and pecans will give you a boost in omega 3 and calcium and will also help balance the sugar load of the dates so you won’t come crashing down after a sugar high! Phew!
1 ½ cups rice puffs
1 cup dates
1 cup pecans
½ cup buckinis* (optional)
2 tbsp flaxmeal (optional)
½ cup coconut oil
½ cup tahini
3 tsp cinnamon
A good pinch of sea salt (as in veeerry good)
Whizz all ingredients, except for rice puffs and buckinis (if using) in a food processor. Stir through the remaining ingredients until well combined. Press into a lined slice tray and refrigerate for 2 hours+. Slice into bars around the width and length of two fingers.
I've also made them in little patty pans and they're amazing! Reminiscent of the chocolate crackles you'd have at kids' birthday parties.
*Buckinis are buckwheat groats that have been soaked and dehydrated (activated) and can be found in your health food store.