No-bake Peanut Butter Energy Bars

In the summer, rather than spending long time cooking with heat, I’d like to look for easier methods which are more like throw-together and assembling. The idea for this recipe came after a serious craving for sugar-free and gluten-free cookies.
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I still remember the excitement when I first discovered the wonder of medjool dates. These edible sweet fruits of the date palm tree make great natural sweeteners and sugar alternatives. Also its special sticky texture can match with different food varieties, such as smoothie, cake and energy bars! Despite looking somewhat complex, this recipe is actually quite easy to make. I simply mixed a batch of my peanut butter pattie dough, and melted a chunk of dark chocolate(you can omit the chocolate to make it totally sugar-free). They might look like cookies, but absolutely guilt-free. These could certainly pass as a healthier dessert, snack or pre- or post-workout bite as they have the perfect balance of carbs, protein, and natural sweet.
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Medjool dates can be found easily online, same as puffed rice and almond meal. They are all great ingredients which are worth being kept in storage and used in the diet.
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Ingredients: (15 bars)
10 medjool dates, pitted and mashed
3/4 cup peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil
1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/4 cup raw pumpkin kernels
1/5 cup roasted sesame seeds
1/2 cup almond meal
1 cup puffed rice
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch of sea salt
30g dark chocolate
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1, soak the dates in warm water for 15 minutes until soft. Drain the water, use a fork, mash the dates on a plate into a thick paste. Add to a large bowl with peanut butter, vanilla, and coconut oil, mix ingredients until well combined. A food processor can do this job as well.

2, add sunflower seeds, pumpkin kernels, sesame seeds, almond meal, puffed rice, cinnamon and a generous pinch of sea salt. Mix together until all the ingredients form a thick dough.

3, transfer to a square pan with parchment paper, press down until uniformly flat.

4, melt the chocolate, spoon over the prepared bars. Pop in the freezer for 30 minutes to set. Cut into 15 bars and serve. You can store these in the fridge for a week or store in the freezer for longer.
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