Mary Rand Date Energy Bars Recipe
As we look to hold hands as a community and stay connected with one another, while indoors—we’re looking to our family of athletes to share a sneak-peak into their lives to see how they reset, rebuild, keep busy and stay healthy during these times.
Smith Pro Snowboarder Mary Rand shared with us her Date Energy Bar recipe below.
Follow Mary on Instagram @bigairmare.
5 Tbsp chia seeds
1/2 cup water
3 1/4 cup dates
1 cup chopped almonds
1 1/2 cup rolled oats
1 cup coconut flakes
6 tbsp hemp hearts
2 tbsp flax meal
I package of dark chocolate chips
1/2 cup tahini
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Soak chia seeds in water for 10 minutes- stirring occasionally until a jelly like substance is formed and all seeds are coated.
Toast chopped almonds for 10 minutes or until golden brown and fragrant. It is very easy to burn them so watch carefully, every oven is different.
If you have a good food processor you can use it to chop the dates and oats into a crumbly mixture. I do not have one so I boiled the dates in water for 5 minutes to soften, then I mashed them in a bowl with a fork.
Next I blended the oats (in a regular blender) until they were a flour like substance.
Add the oats, chia seeds, toasted almonds, hemp seeds, flax meal, and coconut flakes to the mashed dates. Knead until combined.
You can use whatever size baking sheet or pan you want depending on how thick you want the bars. I used a 7” x 11” Pyrex and 3/4’s of a 8” x 8” Pyrex. Line the dish with parchment paper or plastic wrap (probably will be ok with out.) Evening spread the date mixture out along the bottom, place in freezer.
Next, heat the chocolate chips, tahini, vanilla extract, cinnamon over med-low heat stirring occasionally. Be careful not to burn the chocolate. Once the chocolate is thoroughly mixed and spreadable but still thick take off the heat. Evenly spread a layer, thickness based on your preference, on top of the date mixture. Place in freezer again for at least 30 minutes.
Cut into squares and enjoy!
This is a pretty large batch. Keep in the freezer to save for whenever you need energy on the go or as a sweet and healthy treat to have with coffee in the morning.
Also feel free to experiment yourself and substitute with different nuts/seeds. :)
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