I have always been a snacker and need a little pick-me-up mid-morning and mid-afternoon. Since doing the Whole30, I try to get more of my fill at mealtime, but I still find myself needing to space my meals to have 4 smaller ones throughout the day rather than just 3 larger ones. So I’m always looking for quick, easy options that are nutritious but still keep me full these energy bars are perfect for the job!
You can liken them to a Larabar if you’re familiar with those, only I think the homemade version is even a little sweeter than most flavors of the “real thing.” Plus with just 3 ingredients, it doesn’t get much easier!
- 1 cup nuts
- 1 cup dried fruit
- 1 cup (12-15 whole) pitted dried dates
- Combine the nuts, dried fruit, and dates in a food processor. Pulse a few times just to break them up. Separate the dates if they start to clump together.
- Process continuously until a ball is formed, 1 to 2 minutes. Continue processing for another 1 to 2 minutes, until the ingredients clump together and gather into a ball.
- Line a baking dish with plastic wrap. Dump the dough into the dish and press into a square, roughl 8x8 in size.
- Wrap and chill for at least an hour or overnight.
- Unwrap the chilled dough and transfer to a cutting board. Cut into 8 large bars or 16 small squares, as desired. Wrap each bar in plastic wrap or wax paper.
- Store the bars in the fridge for several weeks or in the freezer for up to 3 months. The bars can be eaten straight from the fridge or freezer and will be firm, but chewy. Room-temperature bars are perfectly fine to eat and can be kept in a lunch bag or backpack all day, but will be more soft and paste-like.
Another thing that makes these snack bars so fun is you literally can make them almost any way you want! Choose different nut and fruit combos to find a flavor you really love and add in extras to keep it interesting! Just keep the ratios of each ingredient balanced 1:1. I also like to wrap them in plastic wrap to make them super easy to take along as snacks!
- Try these flavor combinations! Cherry-almond, apricot-almond, cranberry-pecan, apple-cinnamon-walnut
- Try these extras! Shredded coconut, chia seeds, chocolate chips, cacao nibs, cocoa powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, lemon zest, lime zest
- Make balls instead! If you want to make it a little more fun, make bite-size energy balls instead of bars by scooping the dough by rounded tablespoonful and rolling them into balls.
So what do you think? Will these energy bars make it into your rotation?
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