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Cookbook Review: Vegan A Go-Go! (Date Walnut Energy Bar Recipe)

Looking through my copy of Vegan a Go-Go! I decided to make a batch of Date Walnut Energy Bars on page 158. That the recipe is raw, is even better….

This is a tiny book but is packed full of recipes (it is pocket-sized truly) and I have a couple more earmarked to try out soon….

One of the ingredients used was new to me for using, Bob’s Red Mill Hulled Hemp Seed. I have seen whole Hemp seed before but had never tried the hulled ones. Think sunflowers in the shell and then shelled ones – they are incredible smelling! Freakishly high in Omega-3’s as well. Whole Food’s carries the seeds but you have to look for them, they are well hidden.

Date Walnut Energy Bars


  • 2 cups Medjool dates, pitted (about 16)
  • ½ cup dried fruit (I used cranberries)
  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • ½ cup hulled hemp seeds (or sesame seeds)
  • ½ cup old-fashioned oats
  • ¼ tsp kosher salt


If your dates are past their prime (hard and tough) soak them in hot water for 30 minutes and drain. If soft and fresh don’t worry about soaking.

Add everything to a food processor bowl and process on high until finely chopped and the mixture is pulling away from the bowl.

Line a bread pan (9×5″) with plastic wrap, knock the mixture into it and spread evenly. Layer over the extra plastic wrap to cover and gently press down, smoothing out and packing down – you want a dense loaf.

Remove out of the pan and open up the plastic, onto a cutting board. With a quick motion slice into shapes desired.

Store tightly sealed in the refrigerator.

11 thoughts on “Cookbook Review: Vegan A Go-Go! (Date Walnut Energy Bar Recipe)

  1. I will be taking a 13 day trip to the Quetico this summer. (wilderness canoe camping) How many days do you think these could be eaten if they are unrefrigerated? They look great and I’d love to make some to bring along, even if they could only be used the first few days. What do you think? Thanks.

    1. I’d have no issue myself eating them for a couple days, if not a week – just use as fresh as you can get for ingredients for the best taste. Also, wrap each slice by itself to keep fresh. Nuts and fruit have great carrying potential! Although they are so tasty you will be eating them up 😉

  2. Oh, these are perfect for the mornings headed to daycare! The toddler has been waking up later, so it’s hard to get a full breakfast the morning that I work. I’ve had a hard time finding a recipe for a bar that looked healthy enough to do for breakfast a couple mornings a week. I’ve never seen the hulled hemp seeds, I will have to see if they are at our natural food store.

    1. If you can’t get them locally you can get them on Amazon – Nutriva is a good brand 🙂 You could also use sesame seeds as well!

  3. you can buy the hulled hemp at costco in canda. its a pretty sweet deal. we eat it on everything. actually. and its really cheap!

  4. I just wanted you to know that I have made this recipe at least half a dozen times. I pulled a load of bar knock-off recipes off pinterest, and started working my way through them. This one is my favorite. I also buy hemp hearts at costco for a great deal, here in the states. And if someone is not grain-free (but gluten free is ok) I really do love the addition of the oats. The texture is much better than the lara bar knock-offs. Those can be so heavy and sit in your gut. Thanks for a great recipe! They are the BEST for grab and go snacks for my young kids.

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