Honey, Date, Oat & Nut Energy Bars

When you’re after a healthy boost, these Honey, Date, Oat & Nut Energy Bars are just what you need. The perfect mid-afternoon pick-me-up!

 Honey, Date, Oat & Nut Energy Bars

I was trying to decide on a name for these bars. First of all I was going to go with ‘No-Bake Energy Bars’ (but I use the words ‘no-bake’ far too much on this website!), so then I thought about ‘Honey Nut Bars’ (but that was way too similar to my Honey Nut Muesli Bars)… and so then I decided on ‘Honey, Date, Oat & Nut Energy Bars’. Sure it’s quite the mouthful, but it sums these delicious bars up perfectly!

Honey, Date, Oat & Nut Energy Bars

Anyway, these energy bars are definitely no-bake, which I think is always a winner. There’s something to be said for a recipe that you can make from start to finish in 10 minutes flat. I also like to use the microwave to melt the honey, peanut butter, sea salt and vanilla extract together – again, it’s just a time saving thing! Nothing like a quick recipe.

Honey, Date, Oat & Nut Energy Bars

Because these energy bars contain nuts, I totally get that they aren’t going to be allowed at some schools and kindys. BUT they make the perfect after-school snack. Far better than a Freddo Frog (not that I am knocking Freddo Frogs… I would never, ever do that!).

Honey, Date, Oat & Nut Energy Bars

If you’re a gym bunny, then these would be an awesome post-workout treat. Clearly I am not a gym bunny – so that last sentence is pure speculation! I’m ‘guessing’ that these would be good after a big gym session.

Honey, Date, Oat & Nut Energy Bars

And if you’re just an average chick like me, these Honey, Date, Oat & Nut Energy Bars are pretty much the best thing ever at 4pm… when you’re getting tired and over it… and dinner is still a few hours away. Yep, that’s when these bars come in super handy. Pour me a cuppa, pass me a little energy bar and there’s a small chance that I’ll make it through to dinner time (note that I said ‘small chance!’ – there’s an even bigger chance that the Freddo Frog craving may still come calling).

Honey, Date, Oat & Nut Energy Bars

Now let me tell you the BEST thing about these bars. They freeze beautifully! Let the slice set for a few hours in the fridge, then cut it into bars. Freeze the pieces in an airtight container with baking paper in between each layer. That way, whenever you feel that you need a little energy boost, you can just grab one straight out of the freezer (they only take a few minutes to defrost). How brilliant is that!

Honey, Date, Oat & Nut Energy Bars

PS. If you’re after more healthy treats, make sure you check out my favourite Peanut Butter Brownie Bliss Balls!

Honey, Date, Oat & Nut Energy Bars

Honey, Date, Oat & Nut Energy Bars - Conventional Method

When you're after a healthy boost, these Honey, Date, Oat & Nut Energy Bars are just what you need. The perfect mid-afternoon pick-me-up!
2.7 from 13 votes
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Course: Brownie/Slice
Cuisine: Healthy Snacks
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 12
Author: Bake Play Smile

Ingredients

  • 110 g (1 cup) roughly chopped roasted almonds
  • 135 g (1 1/2 cups) rolled oats
  • 200 g (1 cup) pitted medjool dates
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch sea salt
  • 85 g (1/4 cup) honey
  • 65 g (1/4 cup) cup peanut butter

Instructions

  • Grease a 20cm X 20cm square cake tin and line with baking paper. Set aside.
  • Place the chopped roasted almonds and the rolled oats into a bowl.
  • Place the medjool dates into a blender and chop for 30 seconds or until small chunks remain.
  • Add the chopped dates to the bowl.
  • Place the vanilla extract, sea salt, honey and peanut butter into a microwave safe bowl.
  • Melt together in 30 second bursts on 50% power for 2-3 minutes (stirring between each interval).
  • Pour the liquid into the bowl and mix together until completely combined.
  • Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and press down firmly.
  • Place the tin into the fridge for 2-3 hours or until firm (the bars will still be slightly soft and bendy).
  • Cut into slices and place into an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days (you can also freeze the slices).
Honey, Date, Oat & Nut Energy Bars

Honey, Date, Oat & Nut Energy Bars - Thermomix Method

When you're after a healthy boost, these Honey, Date, Oat & Nut Energy Bars are just what you need. The perfect mid-afternoon pick-me-up!
5 from 1 vote
Print Pin Rate
Course: Brownie/Slice
Cuisine: Healthy Snacks
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 12
Author: Bake Play Smile

Ingredients

  • 110 g roughly chopped roasted almonds
  • 135 g rolled oats
  • 200 g pitted medjool dates
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch sea salt
  • 85 g honey
  • 65 g cup peanut butter

Instructions

  • Grease a 20cm X 20cm square cake tin and line with baking paper. Set aside.
  • Place the roasted almonds into the Thermomix bowl and roughly chop by pressing Turbo 3-4 times.
  • Set aside in a bowl.
  • Place the medjool dates into the Thermomix bowl and chop by pressing Turbo 8-10 times or until the dates resemble small chunks.
  • Add the chopped dates to the almonds.
  • Place the vanilla extract, sea salt, honey and peanut butter into the Thermomix bowl.
  • Melt together for 3 minutes, 80 degrees, Speed 2.
  • Add the rolled oats, dates and almonds to the Thermomix bowl and mix on Reverse Speed 3 for 10 seconds or until completely combined (use the spatula to help).
  • Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and press down firmly.
  • Place the tin into the fridge for 2-3 hours or until firm (the bars will still be slightly soft and bendy).
  • Cut into slices and place into an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days (you can also freeze the slices).

 

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Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid

I feel energised just looking at them, and I love that they are freezer friendly!

jayne

Love a no bake recipe Lucy! These bars look wonderful and so full of goodness

Leanne
Leanne

these are fabulous. Love the flavour. Might add some sesame seeds to my next batch.

Retha
Retha

This recipe saved my butt. We are going on a 5 day hike and have to carry all our food in backpacks. I was looking for high-energy squares to make that contain natural ingredients and no flour or sugar. We are health conscious but my 2 sons are 14 and 16 and man, can they eat!! It was quite hard to find a recipe that turns out not too soft and crumbly. My squares turned out quite firm. I am so impressed! Thank you!!! I will definitely make it again.