Aside from providing an excellent opportunity for puns, dates also pack a nutrient-rich punchline, high in minerals and fibre. They make for an excellent quick snack on the trail just as they are. Or gussy them up like I have in this Lazy Energy Bars recipe.
Being a professional athlete who values whole foods, I think these quick and delicious bites make the perfect pre- or post-ride snack without all the gunk that can be found in store-bought energy bars.
They can be made to suit a raw, vegan or paleo diet and, if you freeze them, the dates have an even richer caramel texture – a big win for my tastebuds! Feel free to get creative with the toppings and, if you’ve got children, this is a kid-friendly recipe. 😊
- Dates (Medjool is my favourite)
- Nut butter of choice (I processed my Rancho Vignola roasted almonds to make my own)
- Hemp seeds
- Cacao powder
- Coconut, shredded
- Optional: chocolate chunks or pecans
Prepare your space by placing toppings (roughly ¼-cup of each) into small bowls.
Remove stem on dates and split in half, removing pit. Place halves face-up on plate.
Using a spoon or butter knife, place a dollop of nut butter on each date half.
Dip the nut-buttered date into toppings and place back on plate or into container to be frozen.
Repeat, mixing up your toppings.
Add a nut or piece of chocolate to the top if you’re feeling fancy.
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