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Cocoa Date Bars!

Written by : Michelle McShane

Cocoa Date Bars.

Has anyone else found that snacks directed towards kids actually make great race fuel? Fruit cups slide down the throat nice, fill the belly, and the sugar laced syrup wates no time in giving you a quick boost. Halloween sized chocolate bars fit nicely into the pockets of hip belts. I've even packed fruit squeeze (small squishy packages full of sugary apple sauce you squeeze directly into your mouth).

I was perusing through one of my "Mom" cookbooks and found a recipe for date bars that the author "throws into our beach bag every day as a late afternoon snack"

There was no beach in my near future, but there was a long training ride, so I pulled out the old food processor and whipped up a batch (with a few changes) while my coffee brewed.

They were a hit. With the kids too!

Cocoa Date Bars (adapted from "How to Feed a Family")

½ cup sunflower seeds

½ cup pepitas (green pumpkin seeds)

¼ cup hemp hearts

2 tbsp chia seeds

½ cup shredded coconut

¼ cup cocoa

1 ½ cup dried dates

½ cup dried cranberries

1 tsp coconut oil

3 tbsp maple syrup

Couple sprinkles of salt

Place seeds in food processor and whiz until they have the consistency of breadcrumbs. Add coconut and cocoa, mix well.

Add everything else and whiz until you have a big sticky mess and everything is all blended together.

Spread onto a parchment lined cookie sheet and with damp hands, pat it into a 1" thick rectangle.

Refrigerate for two hours.

Cut into bars, pack them into your pack and go for a trail run!

I think they'd be good rolled into balls, but that'd be more work.

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