So Dave asked me if I would make him some sort of snack for pre-workouts and to refuel him through his day at work (sometimes his job alone is a workout). He was sure to specify, that he’d like for it to be healthy, have no added sugar, and (of course) taste like a cookie… Uh-Ya… No problem :-/
Well, it took some brainstorming on my part, because lets be honest, this is not my usual fare. And so I took inspiration from some of the dabbling I have done with raw desserts, then merged it with some spices from his favourite cookie (Hermits)… Unbelievably (to me anyway) I managed to check off all his criteria! 🙂
The only problem with them, is that at room temperature, they’re soft and bendy. Which keeps them from being a good travel snack. My easy fix for that was to cut the bars in half and roll them into balls. They kept their shape well this way, and Dave said that he even prefers eating them in the ball form. So eat them as bars or squares, straight from the fridge, or roll them into balls and pack them along for your day. The choice is yours 🙂
Hermit Cookie Energy Bars (or balls)
Author: Starr Wong @ The Misfit Baker
Recipe Type: Snack
Makes: 8 bars or 16 balls
- 1 1/2 cup Mixed Nuts
- 1/2 cup Raisins
- 1/2 cup Tightly Packed Dates
- 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp Ground All-Spice
- 1/4 tsp Ground Nutmeg
- 1/8 tsp Salt
Line a an 8-inch square pan with a piece of parchment paper leaving enough overhang so that the finished bars can be lifted out of the pan. Set aside.
Place nuts into a food processor and process until a coarse meal forms (5 or 6 seconds).
Add the raisins, dates, cinnamon, all-spice, nutmeg, and salt. Process until the mixture comes together and sticks together when you press it between your fingers.
Press the mixture firmly into the prepared pan (the firmer the better), and smooth the surface.
Freeze for 30 minutes, then remove from pan and slice into 8 bars. Alternately, slice into 16ths and either leave as squares or roll each square into a ball (most travel friendly option).
Store in the freezer or refrigerator layered between parchment paper.
Note: Bars and squares are very soft at room temperature, and are best eaten straight from the refrigerator. Ball form works best for packing into lunch bags and backpacks.