Prep: 10 mins
About: raw/vegan
Makes: enough to feed a small protest action

I learned Fruity Oaty bars from a Bear Grylls book. It's a back.of.the.cupboard recipe - the ingredients all keep forever, and once it's made the bars keep for a good long time as well. They're perfect for taking to a protest; as well as taking on trips, or just having in the fridge for snacking.



  • 300g combined total of anything
    • nuts, oats, raisins, chopped fruit, protein powder, seeds, chocolate chips etc
  • I usually do 150g oats plus 150g of whatever else I have in the cupboard.
One especially nice combo is:
  • 150g oats
  • 50g raisins
  • 50g cashews
  • 50g milk choc chips



1. Put the dates in the water over a low heat. Simmer. Use a wooden spoon to press the dates into the side of the pan so they melt.

2. add the coconut oil. This will also melt.

3. In a new bowl, mix the dry ingredients and flavouring

4. Turn off the heat. Pour in the dry ingredients slowly, mixing until the consistency feels OK. You can add more oats/dry ingredients than you mixed if necessary - too much date will be very intense (sticky/metallic/sharp), so err on the side of too dry.

5. Pour onto a flat surface and allow to cool, then cut into small chunks. Can be quite rich, so no more than 1.5" square is good.

6. OPTIONAL: you can bake at 180 degrees for 15 minutes, but I have never tried it.

7. Keep in the fridge and snack on


The coconut oil means these bars don't stick to the pan, so it's quick to wash up after them - and you can pour the mixture straight into a container tub, ready to cool on the way to an event where you have many people to feed.

The dry ingredients are so flexible that it's easy to DIY with what you have, and everything is also non-perishable, so you can keep the ingredients for ages.

These bars are vegan + raw as standard, but you can add other things in to experiment with flavours and themes. Consider also melting chocolate and sitting the finished bars in it until they set. or putting a drizzle of icing sugar on top. The dates read as "sweet", but a sophisticated cook might be able to do clever things to the other dry ingredients for the overall experience to read as a savory one (i find cashew helps!).

But the basic bar is trivial to make once you're used to it, from whatever you have around, so long as you have coconut oil, dates, water, and oats (or some other tasty dry ingredient).

Protest Top Tips!

Protesting is stressful and exhausting, and people will often forget to eat (or be in a position where they are unable to; for example, if the police have kettled people or arrested but not taken them away). Sharing food builds frienships; and if you've baked it yourself, can be a conversation-starter. Food can be emotionally grounding and physically replenishing. Food can also be handy for de-escalating situations - offering members of the public or officials a tasty snack can help build rapport, if it is safe to do so (little old ladies with a box of biscuits can work wonders).

It's a good idea, then, to always pack food to share when going to political events. Things to consider:

fruity oaty bars have been my go-to for years now; they don't hit all the criteria (they can be a bit sticky & you might want to wash it down), but they're pretty good - and you can pour the mixture directly into a lunchbox to set.

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