These powerful little energy bars provide the boost that runners need, thanks to all of those carbohydrate rich dates!

Christian Coates knows good food when he sees (or makes) it. As owner of Soulmatefood and author of the best-selling book Fitness Gourmet, he’s used to recommending recipes to sporty types.

Each snack is also full of fibre, which will keep your digestive system in good working order. As Coates points out: “Enjoy the small bites for snack time or mould into bigger bars for fuelling your workouts.” You heard the man!

Make it

  1. Preheat the oven to 120°C (250°F) and line a baking tray with baking parchment.
  2. Put the dates on a second tray and bake for 10-12 minutes until soft.
  3. Pulse 50g of pecans in a processor. Mix the dates down to a pulp in a food mixer, then add the nuts, a tsp of vanilla extract, 2 tsp of water, ½ tsp of cinnamon and ½ tsp of ginger.
  4. Slowly add 50g of ground almonds until the mix is a firm dough.
  5. Turn it out onto the second baking tray and press flat.
  6. Chill til firm then eat. Yum.