Recently we went away back country skiing for five days. It was SO amazing! Unbelievably physical with breathtaking views and endless stretches of white snow for miles, literally. The days were long and physically exhausting but oh-so satisfying. Especially standing at the top of the highest mountain in Aus, all to ourselves, about to ski down the longest run I have ever been down having climbed it on skiis first. Plus, it would be the first time in years that I've been able to completely switch off, being preoccupied with not falling off a mountain is a great way to forget about emails! hahah I was very lucky that I had experienced friends with a lot of mountain knowledge showing me the ropes and looking out for one another. I, on the other hand, am not so knowledgeable, even after this amazing experience. Please don't ask this girl about touring gear, places etc! A food processor or bulk wholefood shopping though...ask away! When packing for this epic adventure and organising food, I was about to reach for the convenience of packaged "natural" energy bars that we could carry in our day packs when I had a thought... I should really make bliss balls, that will do the trick. But no, they will end up a crumbly mess if I don't store them in tupperware and I don't want to carry that around. So, I thought I could make some bars with extra energy giving dates and the right consistency that will hold together as much as possible for travel etc. So I pretty much winged the whole thing and hoped for the best, throwing ingredients in according to what I had on hand in a rough combination that I thought would work. I crossed fingers that they would taste ok but at the very least, knowing all ingredients were organic, wholefood and plant-based plus they were plastic free. As it turned out, they were FREEKIN delicious! I nailed it in one go...which is a rare thing! But, oh no, I didn't bother to write down the recipe and quantities...bugger! So, the first thing I did when we got home was make a few batches to get the exact quantities and flavours right for YOU! Enjoy guys! I am super proud of these delicious flavours! x Harry PS: There are over 190 recipes like this one in both of my books, WHOLE by Natural Harry and Natural Harry! https://naturalharry.com.au/product-category/books/?v=6cc98ba2045f
Makes: About 12 bars per flavour Prep time: 5 minutes Set time: 1 hour Difficulty: Easy
ESPRESSO CARAMEL CHOC CRUNCH MOUNTAIN BARS 1 cup cashews 1 cup oats 1 tablespoon fine espresso, fresh ground 18 medjool dates 1 teaspoon vanilla powder 1/2 cup cacao nibs pinch salt
PEANUT BUTTER JELLY COCONUT MOUNTAIN BARS 1/2 cup coconut 1 cup almonds 1/2 cup oats 4 tablespoons peanut butter 12 medjool dates, pitted 1 cup dried cranberries
Combine all ingredients for your chosen flavour of bar in your food processor. Pulse to evenly combine and blend until the mixture begins to stick together.
Line a baking try with baking paper and evenly press the mixture into the tin.
Place in the freezer to set for minimum 1 hour.
Remove from the tin and slice into bar shapeD pieces.
To store for a longer period I place mine in a container in the freezer. That makes them easy to pull out when you are off on an adventure. You can also wrap them in baking paper and tie some twine around them for travel or if you have a silicone food pouch that works well too!
COOKS NOTES GENERAL: On peanut butter - I used a local and natural roasted peanut butter that was made of one ingredient: peanuts! I think the roasted peanuts lend a delicious flavour to the bar. If your peanut butter doesn't contain salt or is homemade, you may like to add a pinch of salt. I love the fresh peanut butter you can make yourself at bulk wholefood and health food stores! Gluten-free - If you would like to make an oat-free, GF kind of bar, you can replace the oats with activated buckwheat or more nuts. Medjool dates - The dates are key in this recipe for combining ingredients. Plus you can purchase them packaging free from bulk wholefood stores! You might like to leave them out of the fridge for a time before hand to soften an extra bit! Hint - A good food processor or blender will make all the difference here! SWAPS: Cranberries - These can be swapped out for any other dried berries, more dates or dried fruit. Just be sure to avoid dried fruit with artificial preservatives. Nuts - If you need to avoid nuts all together you can swap out the peanut butter for tahini and the almonds and cashews for any other seed that you like, or for more grains such as buckwheat or even more oats.