When I posted this photo on my Instagram last week, I got a lot of people messaging me for the recipe. And I have to confess, it was actually a really big fluke! I was supposed to make bliss balls, but I hadn’t blitzed everything well enough or added enough wet ingredients, and so the mixture was a little too chunky and dry to roll into bliss balls. So I improvised and pressed the mixture into a lined tin, let it firm up in the fridge and cut it into bite sized slices. And they ended up turning out really, really good! They held their shape, they were delicious and god did they go down well with an afternoon cup of tea!
I had to make another batch yesterday because we were running low, and so I took this as an opportunity to get a recipe together to share it with you all! (Full printable recipe is at the end of this post!).
Pop the oats, almonds, chia seeds and cacao powder into a food processor and pulse them until the almonds are roughly chopped. Then add some dates (pre-soaked and drained) and coconut oil and blitz it all together until everything is well combined!
Spoon the mixture into a lined tin and press down firmly to help bind the mixture together. This will help it keep it’s shape and stop it from crumbling!
Once it’s all pressed in evenly, place it in the fridge for a couple of hours to firm up and then take it out and slice it into your preferred sized shapes. The first time I made it, I used a rectangular baking dish and made 10 smaller bite-sized pieces. This time though, I used a square 20cm x 20cm brownie tin and made 8 medium sized bars and that worked well too! You can use whatever sized tin you like, as long as the mixture can be pressed firmly into the edges, and still remains about 2cm thick. You don’t want it too thin as it will crumble and fall apart.
Keep your slices in a sealed container in the fridge and take 1 (or 2, or 3, or 4) out as needed!
This makes for such a great snack option when you’re needing a little pick me up. The dates and oats provide you with energy, the almonds and chia seeds are a great plant based protein source, the coconut oil is full of good fats that will keep you fuller and more satisfied for longer, and the cacao is rich in nutrients and minerals (plus, it gives a subtle chocolate flavour and you really can’t go wrong with that!).
Make up a batch this week, you will not regret it! Also tag me in your photos on Instagram, you know I love seeing your creations!
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup almonds*
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons cacao powder
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- Soak your dates in a bowl of boiling water for 15min and drain.
- Put the oats, almonds, chia seeds and cacao powder in food processor and pulse until almonds are roughly chopped.
- Add the drained dates into the food processor, along with the coconut oil and pulse until mixture is combined well.
- Spoon the mixture into a lined baking tray and press down firmly to help bind the mixture together. This will help it keep it's shape and stop it from crumbling.
- Place in the fridge for 1-2 hours.
- Cut into your preferred size and store in an airtight container in the fridge until you're ready to eat.
- * You can use any nuts, I've used cashews and they were delicious too!