High-energy date bars

High-energy date bars

Lucy's Bakes
12-20 bars
5 mins
Jacqui Melville

These are pure natural energy – great to have in your pocket on any activity and they last for weeks in the fridge, so make batches with different additions to vary your snacks. You can add extra chopped dried fruit and nuts after you have blended the main mixture to add texture and different flavours. Make then as thick or thin as you like by varying the size of the tin.


Quantity Ingredient
200g nuts of your choice
200g ready-to-eat dried fruit and berries
200g stoned dates


  1. Preheat the oven to 190°C. Toast the nuts for 5 minutes on a baking sheet then set aside to cool. Line a 20 cm square tin with cling film.
  2. Put all the ingredients into a food processor and pulse to mix – it is sticky and you will have to open and re-open the processor to shift the mixture around a bit.
  3. Process until the mixture forms a ball.
  4. Press the fruit paste into the prepared tin and smooth into an even layer using a non-stick spatula or metal spoon dipped in cold water.
  5. Cover with kitchen paper and allow it to dry out over night.
  6. Wrap and store in an airtight container in the fridge for several weeks.
  7. The bars will freeze well, wrapped individually, so they can be taken out as needed and popped into a backpack ready to head for the great outdoors! (If the bars get a bit warm then they will go to a paste, but still taste great.)


  • This recipe is vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free and dairy-free.


  • You can make these bars as smooth or as rough-textured as you like.

What the the testers say

  • BRENDAN CROFT – ‘As a keen cyclist I always ride with a couple of these in my pocket. When they are warm they do lose their shape, but they provide instant good energy. They taste chocolatey, but no chocolate in them – weird.’

    BEN COLEBY – ‘Lucy made me a batch to take on bike rides. I soon worked my way through them – perfect energy boost. I saw the recipe (no baking) so had a go – easy. Mine would not win prizes to look at but they tasted good.’

    DI PALUMBO – ‘I take my cycling seriously and am very conscious of what I eat to keep my energy levels up. These are made with pure ingredients, give me a real boost without relying on packaged energy drinks and gels, and I also just love the taste.’
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