If you need an 11am pick me up that won't offend your office colleagues on a diet - or something nutritious to give the kids at break time - try this recipe for healthy date and nut bars from Caroline of Edinburgh Foody.
"These savoury date and nut bars are great pick-me-ups in the afternoon, with a cup of coffee, or when you fancy something at your desk. They're possibly virtuous: raw, full of minerals and fibre. (And a good amount of naturally occurring sugars and fats.)
I like them hot and smokey, so use the greater amount of chipotle. If you don't like things quite so hot, use less, and add a little smoked paprika instead."
Makes: 8-10 bars.
Time: 15 minutes.
130 grams dates
100 grams cashew nuts
30 grams pinenuts
2 teaspoons Mara seaweed kombu + more to serve
0.5-1 teaspoons chipotle or dried chilli flakes
Put all ingredients in a food processor or mixed (a mixer attachment to a stick blender works well).
Pulse until everything is thoroughly mixed and starts clumping together in the mixer.
Check the flavour and adjust as desired. Note that both chilli and seaweed flavour will intensify over time.
Pour out on a piece of grease-proof paper and shape into a rectangle.
Cut into eight to ten pieces.
Tidy up the shape with your fingers, then wrap in kitchen roll and leave overnight. This draws some of the nut oils out of the bar and dries the surface so its less sticky.
Before serving, dust with a little kombu.
Store in a dry and cool place for up to two weeks.