It’s a proven fact that working from home is bad for your health. OK, that’s a lie but since going freelance I’ve completed a number of remote contracts which means I spend my brew making time raiding the cupboards for biscuits and sweets which isn’t very healthy at all.
My fix for this was to spend a silly amount of money on Nakd Bars which are just raw fruit and nuts. This was a lot healthier but it wasn’t healthy for my wallet.
If you look on the back of the packet the ingredients couldn’t be any simpler. They’re all made from Dates, Cashews and Raisins.
As I’m a web developer my first thought was to Google “How to make your own Nakd bars” which turns out it’s really easy and this is how you do it:
Take one cup of cashew nuts:
Put them in a food processor and blend until they turn into crumbs:
Take one cup of any dried berries. This time I used cranberries:
Place them in the food processor:
Take one cup of dried dates without the stones aka pitted dates:
Put them in the food processor with the cranberries:
Blend them all together for a minute or two or until all the ingredients start to clump together:
Line a small baking sheet with some cling film:
Put all the ingredients on the sheet and compact it all together:
Place it in the fridge for 3-4 hours and then take it out and cut it up into whatever size you like:
I then put them in a plastic container to store in the fridge and snack on whenever I want:
I’ve tried all kinds of dried fruit and nut combinations but always keep the dates. You could also add protein powder, cacao powder and chia seeds if you like too. I’ve also started to make this in 4 parts by adding a cup of desiccated coconut into the mix too.
Your food processor needs to be pretty robust to break down the nuts and then the dates so don’t try doing this in a Nutribullet. Also, even though your dates say they are pitted there could be a rogue stone in there which will get stuck on your blade so if things are going a bit crazy in your food processor it could be that.
To get these as cheap as possible I’ve found that Aldi do the cheapest nuts and dried berries and Asda do the cheapest (but not necessarily the tastiest) dates. Aldi also do a great cheap range of Spirulina, Maca and Cacao Powder.