80Noir Ultra| Energy Bars Recipe| By Diane Peternel
The following recipe is by Diane Peternel a triathlete in training who is one of our amazing 80Noir Ultra ambassadors.
These bars are a great snack to make in advance for when the munchies strike, they are also perfect if you’re on the go and inclined to snack on unhealthy convenience options! I tend to make a batch on a Sunday which I can grab one during the afternoon if I need a delicious, healthy, energy boost after an early morning training session.
The addition of the dark chocolate adds depth to the flavours, especially when combined with a pop of zesty orange juice. If you do have a fresh orange to hand add the zest to the dried fruit before mixing in the juice.
The beauty of this recipe is that is it is easily switched depending on what is in your cupboard. I have a different combination of nuts and seeds practically every time. I have made it with just dried cranberries instead of mixed fruit, used lemon juice instead of orange.
- 100g oats - regular or gluten free
- 40g mixed nuts (this time I used pecans, hazelnuts, walnuts, macadamia, almonds and cashews)
- 2 tbsp dessicated coconut
- 40g mixed seeds
- 80g dried fruit of your choice
- 80g chopped dates
- 75ml orange juice
- 50g 80 Noir Ultra dark chocolate beads
- 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
- 1tsp ground cinnamon
- 1 large ripe banana
- 1 tbsp vanilla essence
- 4tbsp nut butter of your choice
- Preheat oven to 170 (fan) / 190 (conventional) / 375 (Fahrenheit)
- Line an 8” x 8” baking tin with greaseproof paper or lightly grease a brownie tin
- Place the oats, nuts, coconut and seeds on baking trays and pop in the oven for 5-7 minutes, they want to be lightly toasted so be sure to set a timer and check at 5 minutes.
- Place the dried fruit and dates in a large bowl with the orange juice (and zest if using fesh oranges), mix to coat and leave to soak while you chop the chocolate beads
- Take the toasted ingredients out of the oven and add all apart from the nuts to the bowl with the fruit
- Chop the nuts and add them to the bowl with the fruit, add the flaxseed and cinnamon and mix well to combine
- In another bowl mash the banana (I use a potato masher as I find it easier and faster than a fork!), mix in the nut butter and vanilla
- Mix the contents of both bowls together and place in a baking tin, take care not to press
- Mix the contents of both bowls together and place in a baking tin, take care not to press too hard so that your snacks are nice and light. If using a large tin, bake for 20 – 25 mins, if baking individual portions bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown
- Pop the tin on a wire rack and cool completely in the tin before removing.
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