I’m heading to Winnipeg for a conference today. I’m quite excited since I’ll be seeing some old friends while I’m in town – and after booking my flights about a month ago, I was shocked to realize it’s been 3 years since I was last there! So I tacked on a couple of extra days so I could squeeze in as much visiting time as I can.
One thing I’m not excited about is traveling while being gluten free. Edmonton was easy because we were staying with family the entire time; but the first few days of this trip I’ll be shacking up at a hotel. And I’m not quite sure what will be available for gluten free options. The main area I get stuck while traveling is when it comes to snacks or a quick meal while flying through airports or throughout the day in a city where I don’t have access to my own familiar grocery. So I figured I’d make some gluten free power bars to prepare for the trip.
I was excited to make some “3-Ingredient Energy Bars” that I had pinned a while back. They clearly had dates, almonds and cranberries in them, and looked easy enough. However, when I clicked the link, I had to continue to click onto other links for the “recipe” only to discover that I was eventually led to an Amazon search results page for energy bars. Blah. Obviously I didn’t really need a recipe, but I was wondering if the bars were cut up right after being mixed, or maybe refrigerated or frozen prior to cutting into individual pieces. Clearly upon mixing up my own power bars, it was obvious I couldn’t just cut them up right away. And I was beginning to wonder if I shouldn’t have just made little power balls instead and been done with it. But bars are so much easier to pack. So I froze them for a little bit, and voila! Easy cutting for this girl. I also decided to take much creative liberties with the recipe, since I couldn’t actually see the recipe anywhere, and added some extra flavour with some cocoa, maple syrup, and vanilla. I love these so much, I’m not sure they’re going to make it through security at the airport!
Gluten Free Cranberry, Almond & Date Power Bars
Possibly inspired by Raw Energy by Stephanie Tourles – however I have no proof my Pin came from that book
1 cup roasted, salted almonds
1 cup dried cranberries
1 1/2 cups pitted Medjool dates (about 15 dates)
2 Tbsp cocoa powder
1-2 Tbsp maple syrup (depending on level of sweetness desired)
1 tsp vanilla paste or extract
Combine all the ingredients in a food processor, blend until everything is mixed and the nuts are coarsely ground (I was actually going for a fine grind, but my food processor was being a jerk … so coarse it is). Turn out the mix onto a sheet of plastic wrap – mould into square about a 1/2″ thick. I believe pressing this into a square pan would have been easier, but I don’t have such a pan, so I free-styled it. Cover the mould with more plastic wrap and freeze for at least 1 hour.
Unwrap date mix, then cut into bars – whatever your size preference.
Makes approximately 16 power bars.