Fig, Nut and Pomegranate Molasses Bars.

A different take on the classic energy bar I typically make, featuring mineral-rich dried figs instead of dates! This recipe also includes pomegranate molasses – adding a bright, slightly tart note. Delicious and nutritionally-balanced, these bars offer whole (unprocessed) plant-based protein from the almonds, and omega-fat rich walnuts. Composed of a few nourishing ingredients, enjoy these bars as a healthy alternative to most of the store-bought items on the market. They make for a sweet snack, pre/post workout energy bar (or during – if training for long periods), or as a satisfying dessert!


Ingredients:
(Makes 10 bars)

    • 2 cups dried figs, soaked in water to soften
    • 1 cup raw almonds (replace with sunflower seeds if allergic to almonds)
    • 1 cup walnuts (replace with rolled oats or toasted buckwheat groats if allergic to walnuts)
    • 3 tbsp cacao powder
    • 2 tbsp cinnamon
    • 3 tbsp Pomegranate molasses (CEDAR or CORTAS are the brands I use! Often found at ethnic markets, speciality food shops, and in the sauce section at some supermarkets like P.A in Montreal)
    • Pinch of salt

Instructions:

  1. In a food processor, pulse the soaked figs (minus water) and pomegranate molasses until it forms a chunky paste.
  2. Add the almonds, walnuts, cacao, cinnamon and salt to the food processor – and mix until it all comes together.
  3. Press the mix into a deep plastic-wrap lined cake pan, using your hands.
  4. Place in the freezer for an hour to harden, before slicing into bars. Enjoy!
  • Keep the bars stored in the fridge or freezer.

Nutrition Tips:

– Dried figs are a source of calcium iron, magnesium, potassium, vitamin K, B vitamins, and fiber.
– Walnuts are rich in heart-healthy unsaturated fats including omega 3&6 fatty acids, protein, iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, and fiber.
– Almonds also provide protein, heart-healthy unsaturated fats, magnesium, iron, calcium, and fiber.
– Pomegranate molasses has half the sugars of maple syrup, serving as a lower glycemic sweetening option for those managing sugar intake. It does have a strong flavour – so a little goes a long way!

For more inspo: Check out my seedy bar recipe, orange ginger bars, and peanut bars!

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