If you haven't heard of Nakd bars, I seriously think you need to spend more time researching healthy snacks :)
In all seriousness though, apparently they're not a thing in the US, but they are similar to something called Larabars.
They are a big brand of snack bars, that are "containing 100% natural ingredients with no added sugars or syrups, wheat, dairy and gluten free". I think that counts as pretty good for you! They are not perfect, and I'm not advising you to eat them five times a day or anything like that, as they contain natural sugars from the dates. But more importantly they are absolutely delicious and very filling.
Nakd bars are not particularly expensive, but they can be made at home quickly and very cheaply, from store cupboard ingredients (I know that not everyone has dates in their kitchen, but if you don't - you should.) As well as this, cooking things at home is really fun, especially with friends or kids. This is also classic five minute food so "I don't have time for cooking" isn't a valid excuse.
I haven't listed this as a recipe (instead as a food blog post) because I don't take credit for anything here. I'm simply reading the packaging carefully and sharing my knowledge. This is the back of a chocolate orange flavoured Nakd Bar:
As you should be able to see, the ingredients are listed on the right hand side, along with the percentages of the bar that they make up. This can super easily be converted into a recipe for 100 grams of Nakd bars:
Dates - 55g
Cashews - 26g
Raisins - 12g
Cocoa - 6g
The most difficult bit about making these is the 'hint of natural flavourings'. This is obviously quite an important hint as without any orange flavour the bar isn't going to be a chocolate orange Nakd Bar. However, using a bit of common sense it's not that hard to work out. I decided to use a generous squeeze of orange juice (from an orange not a carton) to give it flavour. Alternatively, you could just leave it out. As regular readers will know I'm a huge fan of improvising in the kitchen (read a whole post about it here - How To Improvise in the Kitchen.) Feel free to edit change and ignore things on the back of the packet once you feel confident with the basic formula.
No cooking is needed, all that's necessary is to chop up the dates and nuts a bit, put all the ingredients into a food processor and blend. This process can be applied to any flavour of Nakd Bar or for that matter, anything where the ingredients are all listed as percentages on the back! I think it works particularly well with Nakd Bars though.
Once you've blended it up, it is completely compulsory to eat about half the mixture straight out the food processor. The other half can be shaped into balls and kept in an airtight container. I tried making bars but it was a bit hassley and I've always been an energy bites person so that's what I suggest.
I hope you enjoy it!
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