Ben’s Bars – Brekkie for the Bad Ass Boys (and girls!)

My friend Kathryn asked me (about a DECADE ago) to come up with a recipe for a brekkie bar for her footie mad son. So roughly about 5 years ago I did …..ok so, not so much 5 years but about a month ago and I just never got round to posting the recipe.

As usual the requirements were a) easy peasy & b) no fancy stuff that I need to trek to the Himalayas to source – just supermarket shelf stock here.

So here it is Kathryn & Ben. I hope you enjoy!!!

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1 cup of Dates

1 cup of Oats

1 cup nuts (almonds, cashews)

2 tablespoons of Maple syrup

3 tablespoons of Tahini

1/2 cup of each of the following Sunflower Seeds, Pumpkin Seeds

1/4 cup of each of the followingSesame Seeds, dried fuit (cranberries, raisins)

Pinch of Salt


Preheat oven to 180C.

Line a 8 X 8 tin.

Simmer the dates in 1 inch of water for 8 minutes. Blitz in processor of nutri-bullet with the maple syrup and tahini.

Toast the nuts for 8 minutes in the oven and chop. Add to the date mixture.

Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.

Press into tin and bake for 20 minutes – until it starts to look golden on top.

Leave to cool a little and remove from tin – slice while still warm.

Enjoy whilst kicking a ball, playing dress-up, doing your shopping – where ever takes your fancy.

Your’s, about to make another batch,

Cli xx

Ps. They can be quite crumbly! I use the left over bits in tin as granola.

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