Saturday, 4 September 2010

Snack Bar Experiment

The other day I was talking online with a fellow lover of Nakd bars. I discovered them while in the early days of my sugar free challenge. If you've not come across them before, they are a snack bar made completely from raw, natural ingredients. They are more expensive than I would usually spend on such things though and I wondered if I could make a passable alternative.

Here's what I came up with if you fancy some experimentation:

I put about 70g dates, a small handful of sultanas, and a couple of handfuls of oats in a bowl with about 2 tbsp of apple juice and blended it up with my stick blender. When I try it again, I think I might use the food processor because the motor seemed pretty hot after I'd finished!

I stirred in more sultanas and a few chopped nuts. You can add whatever you like at this stage though. I also put in some cocoa powder, because chocolate is always good!

Then I kept adding more oats and ground almonds, stirring with a spoon until the paste was really stiff, then formed it into small bars on greaseproof paper.

I folded the paper around the bars and pushed down on the mixture, smoothing it outwards until it was well compacted. Then I popped them in the fridge for later enjoyment!

They taste pretty good, but I'm going to enjoy experimenting to see if I can improve them. Frankly, with ingredients like those, you can't go wrong!


  1. Sounds like a really good idea. I never really thought about chilling bars.

    I have been messing about with a flapjack recipe to see if I can cut down on the golden syrup and sugar, but so far nothing has been quite right.

  2. Ooh, if you crack it, let me know how. I love flapjack, but the goodness of the oats doesn't quite outweigh the guilt at all that sugar!

  3. I had a go at the DIY Nakd bars - and got to say, utterly delicious!! I used dried cranberries and apricots instead of raisins, and the nuts were cashew and pecan.

    Am so pleased at the result, and 73p a bar they were not!!

    I'm having a go at the granola nibbly things soon, and will let you know if they are successful!

    ps-it's TennisGal here :)

  4. Excellent! I'm so glad they worked out for you! I love the idea of the dried cranberries and apricots. I will give that a go.