Looking through my copy of Vegan a Go-Go! I decided to make a batch of Date Walnut Energy Bars on page 158. That the recipe is raw, is even better….
This is a tiny book but is packed full of recipes (it is pocket-sized truly) and I have a couple more earmarked to try out soon….
One of the ingredients used was new to me for using, Bob’s Red Mill Hulled Hemp Seed. I have seen whole Hemp seed before but had never tried the hulled ones. Think sunflowers in the shell and then shelled ones – they are incredible smelling! Freakishly high in Omega-3′s as well. Whole Food’s carries the seeds but you have to look for them, they are well hidden.
Date Walnut Energy Bars
- 2 cups Medjool dates, pitted (about 16)
- ½ cup dried fruit (I used cranberries)
- 1 cup raw walnuts
- ½ cup hulled hemp seeds (or sesame seeds)
- ½ cup old-fashioned oats
- ¼ tsp kosher salt
If your dates are past their prime (hard and tough) soak them in hot water for 30 minutes and drain. If soft and fresh don’t worry about soaking.
Add everything to a food processor bowl and process on high until finely chopped and the mixture is pulling away from the bowl.
Line a bread pan (9×5″) with plastic wrap, knock the mixture into it and spread evenly. Layer over the extra plastic wrap to cover and gently press down, smoothing out and packing down – you want a dense loaf.
Remove out of the pan and open up the plastic, onto a cutting board. With a quick motion slice into shapes desired.
Store tightly sealed in the refrigerator.