Are you looking for a homemade, healthy source of energy? We might just have the answer: homemade energy bars. Three ingredients. Really tasty, wholesome, easy to carry on a ride, and weirdly fast to make if you have a food processor. Cheaper, too. We have no idea why you would want to buy energy snacks at the supermarket after reading this.

Recipe

1 cup unsalted nuts (we prefer cashews or almonds)

1 cup dried fruit of choice

1 cup stoneless dates

Start by roasting the nuts. This is optional, but it does give an extra nutty, deep taste to the bars. Raw is fine too, just perhaps a little tougher on the digestion. If you do choose the roasting option, spread the nuts out on a baking tray and roast them for between 10 and 12 minutes at 175 C. Keep an eye on them, as roasted comes just before burned. They’re ready when they look golden brown. Leave them to cool.

Put the nuts, dried fruit, and pitted dates in a food processor. Set the machine to pulse and chop the ingredients in bursts, pausing briefly between each burst. The resulting sticky ball may be a bit difficult to remove from the mixer as the dates are quite adhesive.

Spread the mixture onto a piece of greaseproof paper and shape into a square. Cool in the fridge for at least an hour, but preferably a whole night. You can then cut the square into bars. Wrap each bar in greaseproof paper and they’re ready for your ride.

Tips

  • You can make energy balls out of the same mixture, instead of bars.
  • Try other combinations: dried cherries with almonds and/or pecan nuts, or dried apple with cinnamon and walnuts. Just never leave out the dates—they glue all the ingredients together.
  • Here are some extra deluxe ingredients suggestions: desiccated coconut, chia seeds, raw chocolate nibs, cocoa powder, ginger powder or grated ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon or lime zest. With a bit of trial-and-error, you’ll figure out your fave combinations!

A relatively cheap and healthy way to keep yourself going on the road. Or, for once you’ve got home, to accompany a well-earned coffee.