I love energy bars! I can’t even begin to sum up the amount of money I’ve spent during my search for the perfect energy bar (and how much I’ve been spending since finding them!). Since I’ve come to the realization that my energy bar addiction has me spending a small fortune, I’ve decided (I don’t know what took me so long) to make my own!
I went on a serious energy bar kick a few weeks ago and came up with some really delicious flavour combinations! These bars are a tasty snack that the entirely family can enjoy. They are sweet, chewy, crunchy, and just taste so much healthier than store-bought ones.
So, here’s the plan: I’m posting a new energy bar recipe each Sunday for you to try. The idea is to get you stocked up with a healthy, go-to snack for the week (depending on how many you make and how much everyone in the family loves these!!).
*On a side note, be sure to have your pantry well-stocked with the ingredients below as well as a few extras such as agave or honey, other nuts such as almonds and cashews, chocolate or carob chips, and dried fruit.
(Yields about 6 2 x 3 inch bars)
1 (packed) cup dried Medjool dates (about 8-10 VERY large dates)
1/2 cup walnuts, toasted
3 tbsp. almond butter
1 tbs. extra-virgin coconut oil, unmelted
1 tbs. agave nectar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
zest of 1 lemon
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut flakes
1 tbs. ground flax seed
1/8 tsp. salt
Place all the ingredients in a large blender. Pulse until well combined. Be sure to spoon through the mixture to make sure that the dates are fully ground. (The fresher the dates the softer they are and the easier it will be to grind them!)
My sous-chef needs to assess the consistency before I continue!
I got the “thumbs up!” The mixture should be crumbly yet it should stick when pressed together. If you find it’s too sticky simply add a few more nuts and if it’s too crumbly just add more almond butter or agave.
The nice thing about this “recipe” is that you can adjust the ingredients to suit your own taste…some people like crunchier bars and others prefer chewier bars.
Place the mixture in a pan lined with parchment paper and flatten down with your fingers so the mixture is smooth and even. You can use any kind of pan you want, it all depends on how thick or thin you want the bars. (I used a small biscotti pan.)
Place the bars in the fridge and let sit for at least 2-3 hours until firm. Once firm, simply lift the parchment paper from the pan, peel off and discard then cut the bars into desired shapes.
If you make these soft enough they are a perfect treat for older toddlers or you could break up some small pieces and give them to younger ones (as I did with my son!).
Grab a bar for yourself as you’re running out the door to start your busy day or enjoy a piece in the comfort of your own home with coffee or tea.