Tips & Recipes

Team recipe: no-bake date squares

In the kitchen with Emma Langley

May 5, 2022

Fueling well leads to riding well. Enter no-bake date squares. With a bit of sweetness and a chewy texture, these squares are sure to keep you going.

When Emma Langley isn’t on the bike or putting her feet up to recover, she loves to experiment in the kitchen. She developed this recipe because she was looking for a DIY option for on-the-bike nutrition. “I really love solid food sometimes, especially for training rides, and bars like these are an easy thing to bring on rides,” she says.

After a bit of tinkering, Emma hit on this recipe and now she swears by it, particularly when her training plan calls for an endurance ride. “Dates are really great because they’re sweet, they have a lot of carbs, and they’re really mushy so you can just blend them and stick them together,” Emma says. “They’ll stay put in your pocket.”


250g pitted dates (1 cup, tightly packed)

65g peanut butter (4½ Tablespoons)

45g rolled oats (½ cup)

10g cocoa powder (1½ Tablespoons)

20g honey (1 Tablespoon)

Pinch of salt


Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Blend until the mixture comes together in a ball and reaches a mostly uniform texture.

Place the mixture into a small baking dish or sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Press the mixture firmly so that it’s tightly packed. Refrigerate for 60 minutes.

Remove from the fridge, cut into pieces, and enjoy!

Pro tip: Store the cut squares, wrapped in aluminum foil or wax paper in the freezer until you're ready to ride.

Some of Emma's favorite add-ins

Chia seeds

Hemp seeds

Shredded coconut

Chocolate chips

Banana chips

Swap honey for maple syrup or agave

Swap peanut butter for a nut butter of your choosing

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