Sunnah Inspired Date, Honey and Black Seed Cereal Bar
A Sunnah Inspired date, honey and black seed cereal bar – A sweet, filling, chewy and delicious bar that is ideal for breakfast, brunch or snack time.
Sunnah – ‘The word Sunnah (Arabic: سنة) is an Arabic word meaning “tradition” or “way.” For Muslims, Sunnah means “the way of the prophet”. The Sunnah is made up of the words and actions of Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم, the prophet of Islam.’ Wikipedia
Here Sunnah refers to the ingredients used – Black Seed, Dates and Honey are all foods that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم enjoyed. They are all also considered to have healing properties. More on the healing properties will be covered in a separate post soon.
Ok so these bars have been sat in the bottom of my bag (wrapped in cling film) for the past week. Every day i take half a bar out and consume it really quickly. The fact that these bars have managed to stay fresh and in shape, is testament to their amazingness. You may think it is no big deal but having had and made my fair share of crumbly falling apart cereal bars, I think its pretty awesome. They are especially handy during stressful weeks like the one we have just been through as a family.
On top of that, they include some pretty awesome ingredients. Honey, Black seeds and Dates are not only Sunnah ingredients, they also hold many benefits, some of which are listed below.
Dates – The benefits of dates include relief from constipation, intestinal disorders, heart problems, anaemia. Dates are also good for gaining weight. They are rich in several vitamins, minerals and fiber too. These delicious fruits contain oil, calcium, sulfur, iron, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, copper and magnesium which are all beneficial for health. (http://www.organicfacts.net).
Honey – contains flavonoids, antioxidants which help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease, it also reduces gastrointestinal disorders, is anti bacterial and anti fungal, reduces irritations from coughs and sore throats, helps regulate blood sugar, helps to heal wounds and burns, is probiotic and helps improve skin.
Black Seed – can aid with diabetes, epilepsy, colon, brain, oral and breast cancer, MRSA and can protect against heart attack and damage.
- 1 cup Dates pitted and soaked in water for 10 minutes
- 1 1/2 cup Oats
- 1 cup Dry mixed fruit and nuts
- 2 tbsp Honey
- 2 tbsp Maple Syrup
- 1/4 cup Almond Butter
- 1/8 tsp Black seed
- 1/4 tsp ground ginger
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- Line a small tray with cling film or greaseproof paper. (I use 9.5 x 7 inch).
- In a small frying pan toast the oats over a medium heat for 6 - 7 minutes. Stir occasionally to make sure they aren't browning too much.
- In a small pan combine the honey and almond butter. Heat until they combine well. (2-3 minutes. Don't boil! This is just to combine).
- Process the dates and dry fruit and nuts in a processor for 1 - 2 minutes until it comes together. Combine with remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Mix very quickly and tip out into the lined tray.
- Use a spatula to even the bars out.
- Chop into 12 bars whilst still in the tray. Pop into the freezer to set.
The flavour of black seed is bitter and if you don't like bitter flavours, I would reduce the black seed in the recipe. The flavour intensifies, the longer you have the bars. You can use just honey instead of maple syrup and honey.