No-Bake Breakfast Bar…To Go!
I had to take a short flight to Adelaide the other day. Trying to do things on the cheap, I took the red eye and that means…NO BREAKFAST! GASP!
Half asleep on the plane, all squished up with some fat dude sitting next to you, with his rolls of tummy well and truly encroaching your personal space. His shoes, of course, HAVE to come off and seem to omit this strange smell, almost as if his feet have been eating salami?!
And that’s not the worst of it. Now come the dreaded hunger pains.
Whilst it is only a short trip to Adelaide, add the hike from home and to your end destination and one can easily go Hulk-like if food isn’t available. I have been caught out in Hulk form too many times and when I arrive, I bite the head off of the cab driver or my friends when they pick me up. Not pleasant.
Despite me trying to forgo airline food, I always end up caving in and then instantly regret it when I bloat and cramp from their so-called “food”. And there is nothing worse than arriving at your destination feeling like hell. You want to be able to hit the ground running so you can achieve all you set out to achieve without the plane food haunting you or slowing you down. Down with plane food I say! Boo!
So…as a substitute for the airline food and to thwart the evil hunger pains and resulting Hulk impersonations, I created these raw, no-bake breakfast bars to help me go the distance. They literally took next to no time to make – I threw a few things in a bowl, processed and whacked it in the fridge. Voila! You couldn’t ask for an easier recipe.
Since they are no bake, I also threw in a handful of bee pollen. Bee pollen is apparently good for those of us who suffer from hay fever. It’s also high in antioxidants, protein, energy and doggone it…flavour!! Word to the bees out there, yo!
I must say, I do feel a little guilty because the bees work so hard to gather the pollen and then I come and steal it and pop it into a snack bar! I do wonder what impact me buying this product actually has, especially with bee populations decreasing. If anyone has any information on environmental impact of purchasing bee products, I’d love to get informed. Alas, without this information, I just had to make sure that I appreciated their hard work with every single bite! And boy did I! Thanks Bees! Bzzzzz….
Not only is this bar delicious, but it will make you the envy of the other passengers who are eating crappy airline foods. As Nelson would say from the Simpsons, “Har Har!”.
- 2/3 C Dried Dates, pitted
- 1 C Almonds, Raw
- 1/2 C Cashews, Raw (or any nut really)
- 2 TB Coconut Spread (Or substitute for 1TB honey or maple syrup or rice malt syrup)
- 3/4 C Unsweetened Coconut, Shredded
- 2 TB Coconut Oil, melted
- 1 TB Sunflower Seeds
- 2 TB Bee Pollen (from health food shops)
- 1. Place all ingredients in the food processor and whizz until just chopped roughly (if you over process, it wont stick together as well and the natural nut oils will flood out!)
- 2. Line a 8x5 tray with baking paper or cling wrap and pour the ingredients into the tray, pressing it down firmly using the back of a spatula
- 3. Place it into the fridge for 25 minutes or until it has set and then remove and slice up!
- Whilst I did use coconut spread for this bar (you can get it in most supermarket's - health aisle), I found the end result was somewhat sweet. Perhaps try reducing the sweetener (spread, honey or maple) to just one tablespoon if you are sensitive to sweetness.