Date, Coconut & Cacao Bars

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Serves 12 squares
Prep time
10m

After a 3 month sugar glut from October to December which includes birthdays, Halloween, more birthdays and then Christmas, come January the kids have enough sugar and e- numbers inside them to take down North London.

The difficulty is not taking them off refined sugar for a limited period of time, its finding creative and healthy ways to satisfy them and not make it feel like an endurance test. You cannot chop sugar out completely; that’s impossible. However, you can find treats which have better ingredients containing natural sweeteners and raw ingredients without all the refined crap thrown in.

These brownie”esque” bars are a great way to please everyone and won’t be enjoyed for a limited time only; they will be made very often given how quickly they disappeared. I brought a giant bag of Organic raw cacao powder (as seen in the pic) for £4.99 from Costco but its sold all over the place.


Ingredients

  • 370 Grams
    dates, pitted
  • 100 Grams
    cacao powder
  • 70 (plus an extra tablespoon) Grams
    desiccated coconut
  • 25 Grams
    sunflower seeds
  • 2 Tablespoons
    date syrup

Instructions

  1. Line a 20x20cm tin with baking paper

  2. Put the dates, cacao, coconut,sunflower seeds and date syrup into a blender and whizz until smooth, scraping down the sides as you go.

  3. Tip the mixture into the lined tin and press down firmly (clean hands best for this)

  4. Sprinkle over the extra tablespoon of coconut, cover with cling film and chill for 10 minutes in the fridge

  5. Cut into squares and enjoy. (Best stored in fridge)

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