Match made in heaven

[donotprint] When I workout early in the morning I never know whether or not to eat or not. There are some mornings I awake ravenous and simply working out or at the weekend going for a run with the grumbly tummy just isn’t an option. The quick and handy option is just to grab a few dates to give myself a bit of a sugar kick, but when I want something a little more substantial a raw fruit, oat and nut bar is the ideal thing to grab.

I’d made a couple before this latest creation….

There was the chocolate, date, almond and oats bars….

Followed by the banana, pecan and oats bars

And then I made one more…well I could hardly leave my much loved pistachios out of the mix for long!

Pistachio, orange, date, apricot and oat bars!!!

Who knew you could have so much variety with a raw bar. I’ve so many more I want to create, cherries are top of my list to try next. Smile

Out of the three I couldn’t possibly pick a favourite. They are all incredible in their own right. The banana ones taste like cookies thanks to the pecans, the chocolate…well chocolate which you can never go wrong with, and the pistachio orange and apricot is just an amazing mix of complimentary flavours.

I now refuse to buy such bars…why would you when they’re so easy to make and you can create whatever flavours you fancy. Of course you could make divide the mixture in two again and make either smaller bars or even energy balls.

What’s your favourite raw fruit and nut flavour bar? (Even if it is a Larabar… I will admit if we could actually get Larabars in Ireland I might be swayed to make the odd purchase if only to test out a new flavour combination to inspire my own creations!)

Check back on Tuesday’s breakfast post for some of the nutritional highlights of the pistachio! [/donotprint]

Raw Vegan Pistachio, Orange & Apricot Oats Bars


Servings – 3 medium bars (approx. 62g each)

Preparation Time – 10 minutes


  • 45g dried apricots
  • 45g dates
  • 45g rolled oats
  • 25g pistachio nuts
  • 1 1/2 tbsp orange juice
  • 1 tsp orange zest


  • Add apricots and dates to a food processor and process until finely chopped and sticky.
  • Add in nuts and oats and process on high speed until everything is evenly distributed. Add in orange juice and continue to process on high until the mixture comes together to form a ball (1-2 minutes).
  • Divide mixture in 3 (approx. 62g each) and mould in to your shape of fancy. I opted for the classic rectangle. Place in the fridge for a few hours before serving (they will keep wrapped in saran wrap out of the fridge, I just prefer mine chilled and are ideal for freezing…if they last that long!).

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    1. Totally! Easy as 1,2,3 quite literally! I guess they’re just expensive because of the ingredients…or it’s just the fact that food manufacturers can get away with charging high prices for “healthy” options. It’s the premium price that subconsciously attracts us.

    1. I divide the dough I suppose you could call it in three, weighing it to ensure they’re even and start by molding one; I then use this as the guide for the other two. They’re so easy to mold, mix is quite pliable and hardens up a little then when refrigerated. 🙂