DIY Energy Bars

DIY Energy Bars

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If you want to feel nourished and energized, you should try making these energy bars!

One of our favorite things to make are homemade energy bars. They are so simple to make, a great way to energize with healthy fats, proteins and fiber and they are always soo yummy! I are keeping it super simple with these no-bake, grain-free, date-sweetened bars.

We’ll share with you 2 types of energy bars that you’ll love! But first let’s see what you’ll need for their base.

Base:

  • 1 cup pitted, dried Medjool dates
  • 1 cup nuts and/or unsweetened shredded coconut (alone or a combo of two)
  • 1 cup additional filling (more dates or other dried fruit, additional nuts or seeds, chocolate chips, coffee, etc.)
  • 1-2 tablespoons coconut oil (we opt for 1 tablespoon when adding nuts)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch sea salt

Optional flavors and add-ins: 

  • nuts: almonds, walnuts, cashews, pecans
  • dried fruit: cranberries, cherries, blueberries, raisins
  • mangoes, pineapple, apples, bananas, prune, figs, apricots, etc.
  • seeds: hemp, chia, flax sunflower, sesame etc.
  • chocolate chips or cocoa nibs
  • cocoa powder
  • coffee or espresso powder
  • matcha powder, finely ground tea
  • gluten-free oats or other gluten-free grains
  • citrus juice and zest
  • fresh ginger
  • spices and herbs: cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, cloves, lavender, mint, etc.

Original recipe makes 8-12 bars
Ready in 25 minutes

Mango Coconut Lime Energy Bars

  • 1 cup dates
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup dried mangoes
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • sea salt

Follow the instructions below.

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Berry Cobbler Energy Bars

  • 1 cup dates
  • 3/4 cup almonds
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup dried berries (I used cherries, cranberries, goji berries)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • pinch sea salt

Follow the instructions below.

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Preparation

1. Add all of the ingredients to your food processor. Pulse a few times to get going, then process until they come together into a chunky dough/paste. About 1 to 2 minutes. You may have to stop halfway through to scrape down the sides. Process the ingredients until the dough holds together when you form it into a ball.
2. Line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper. You can also use two pieces going in opposite directions, so that you can lift the bars right up and out of the pan. Add the mixture to the pan and press down firmly to even it out. Cover and place into the fridge for at least an hour to firm up.
3. Once chilled, remove the dough from being wrapped in a pan and with a sharp knife cut into 8 bars or 16 bite-sized pieces. Store wrapped individually either in plastic wrap, parchment paper or individual bags.
4. Alternatively before chilling, rather than pressing into a pan you can roll the dough into little balls or form it by hand into individual bars.
5. These will keep for several weeks. Enjoy!

Notes: 
If your dates (or other dried fruit) are quite dry or too hard, soak for 10 minutes in warm water and drain well, before processing.
These bars are nice and firm straight from the fridge, the longer they sit at room temperature, the softer they will be.

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