Iron power bars

Prep 0 h : 0 m
Cook 0 h : 20 m


  • 1 cup pitted prunes

    1/4 cup tahini

    1/3 cup coconut oil, melted

    2 tbsp molasses

    1. cups (180g) almond meal

    1 tbsp cacao powder

    1 tsp spirulina powder (optional)

    2 tbsp finely chopped pistachios


  • Grease a 12cm x 25cm (4. in x 10in) (base measurement) loaf pan; line with baking paper.

    Process prunes until it forms a paste. Add tahini, coconut oil and molasses; process briefly until just combined. Add almond meal, cacao and spirulina powders; process until well combined.

    Spoon mixture into loaf pan; press level along the base until approximately 1cm (1/2 in) thick. Sprinkle with pistachios; press pistachios into surface using your fingers. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or until firm.

    Remove from loaf pan. Trim edges; cut into 16 bars crossways.

    Tip: For a less substantial snack, cut the mixture into 3cm (1 1/4 in) squares for iron power bites (you will get 28), or roll tablespoons of the mixture for bliss balls, increasing the amount of pistachios to coat.

    Vegan hacks: Spirulina is obtained from blue green algae; it is high in antioxidants, contains anti-inflammatory properties and according to research has anti-cancer properties. It is available from supermarkets and health food stores.

    Keep it: Store bars in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or freeze for up to 1 month. Tahini, molasses, prunes and spirulina all contain adequate amounts of plant-based iron for vegans.