Giorgia’s Bars and Balls

Approximate cooking time:
30 minutes

"This recipe is perfect to make when I'm feeling a bit bored, but don't feel like following a super complex recipe. I blast some music, and just take my time to chill out and chop some dried fruit and nuts - it's therapeutic...the smell of the boiling sweet syrup and date mixture is so soothing.

I also love the versatility of this recipe: you can easily swap the ingredients with something else! Make them into bite sized balls, or chunky bars! Drizzle with dark choc or leave bare! I usually enjoy my final bars/balls with a hot cup of tea - for brekky, at uni, a snack anytime and anywhere!"


  • 1 cup golden syrup or maple syrup
  • 1 cup of assorted nuts (eg almonds, hazelnuts, pecans, walnuts, cashews - whatever you have and like!)
  • Handful of dried fruit (eg cranberries, apricots, sultanas, raisins, currants - again, anything you enjoy!)
  • Handful of seeds (pumpkin, sunflower etc.)
  • Approx. 6-8 pitted dates
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • Dark chocolate



  1. Roughly chop all nuts and dried fruit
  2. Place oats, nuts, dried fruit and seeds in a bowl together (*leave out the dates*)
  3. Place golden/maple syrup and chopped dates in a saucepan
  4. Bring yummy gooey sticky syrup/date mixture to a boil and let it boil for approx. 3 mins
  5. Take off heat and add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil to the mixture
  6. Pour syrup/date mixture into bowl with other ingredients
  7. Mix it all up
  8. Place mixture in a square baking dish, cut into bars &/or role into balls
  9. Now you can either put them in a 180 celsius oven for about 10mins, take out, leave to cool OR just place them in the fridge as is OR eat them as they are
  10. Melt dark chocolate and drizzle on top (or completely coat in choc - or leave with no choc - whatever you please!)

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