Good Food Guide: Rocket Fuel Millet Energy Bars

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Energy bars are convenient to have handy for that 4 PM fix or as a quick on-the-go snack, but they can be full of added sugar, additives and other not-so-great ingredients. This recipe is healthy, quick (there's almost no cooking involved) and so easy, it can be made by even the most culinarily challenged.


What you'll need

  • 1 cup sticky, seedless dates
  • 1/2 cup foxtail millets
  • 1/3 cups almonds
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 2 tablespoons desiccated coconut
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons ghee
  • 1 tablespoon flax seeds
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoons black raisins
  • 1/2 tablespoon powdered cinnamon.


Roast the foxtail millets and flaxseeds together on a low flame. Set aside a tablespoon of the mix to use later.

In a dry blender, grind the millets, flaxseeds and chia seeds. Add the dates, desiccated coconut, cinnamon powder and half the raisins, and grind to a smooth paste. Transfer the mixture to a dry bowl.

Put in the ghee and stir to get a smooth paste-like consistency. Add the crushed almonds, remaining raisins, black kishmish, cocoa powder and knead the ingredients together. Dust the base of a box with a tablespoon of the roasted millets and desiccated coconut. Spoon in the kneaded mixture and press evenly.

Refrigerate for 15 minutes before turning the set mixture on to a plate. Cut into 2.5 by 1 inch bars. These energy bars keep well for up to 2 weeks when stored at room temperature.

Photographs ©Anita Bisnal.