Raw Fruit n’ Nut Energy Bars

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If you know me (or know anything about my Blog), you’ll know that I am a HUGE energy bar fan…especially homemade energy bars! One might disagree, but I personally think these raw snacks are THE perfect snack! They’re a hearty (healthy) snack that’ll keep kids (and moms and dads!!) going throughout the day.

This most recent recipe has become my new fave (but then again, I say that EVERY time I come up with a new energy bar flavour combination!)

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First, there were the Lemon Coconut energy bars, then Cinnamon Pecan, Chocolate Almond Butter, and Chocolate Coconut.

My energy bars then morped into two-bite energy “bites”, such as my Raw Cocoa & Coconut Timbits and Raw Chocolate Orange Almond Bites…and a few more (You can check out the recipes HERE.)

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Mmm, now how can I describe THESE particular bars?

How about; creamy, sweet, crunchy, savoury, hearty, fruity, nutty, decadent, HEALTHY?!

Yup. That pretty much sums it up!

;-)

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Ingredients
(Yields about 8 3 x 3 inch bars-depending how you portion them)
1 cup gluten-free oats (or regular oats)
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup sliced almonds (or nut of choice)
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/2 cup raw pistachios
2 tbs. chia seeds
1/4 cup ground flax
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/8 tsp. salt (optional)
1/2 cup Medjool dates
1/2 golden raisins (or other dried fruit)
1/2 cup raw honey or other liquid sweetener
scant 1 cup organic almond butter

Pulse all the dry ingredients (i.e., the first seven ingredients) in a large food processor until combined. (DO NOT blend them until they are completely pulverized!)

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Add the dates and drizzle in the honey and almond butter evenly. (I do so in a circular motion to ensure it spreads evenly-this is to avoid some parts of the batter being too sticky and others too dry!).

The mixture should be crumbly but still pack together easily.

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Pour the mixture into a 12 x 5.5 x 2 inch biscotti pan lined with parchment paper and press down firmly with your fingers to ensure the mixture is evenly spread and compact (The bars will be about an inch thick).

Place in the fridge and allow to set for 4-5 hours or until VERY firm.

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Cut according to desired size. Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 6 months.

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I prefer storing them in the freezer. I simply remove them from the freezer at “snack time”, allow them to sit for a few minutes and then dig in!

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  • Kerrie @Family Food and Travel

    These look absolutely delicious! Great ingredients and wonderfully easy recipe. Can’t wait to try them. Pinning for later.

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies

      These are my FAVE…and I’ve tried a ton of different (homemade) energy bar recipes. Thanks for pinning ;-)

  • Terri Lynn Grothe

    they look great, a friend made me some protein bars last week, i can share the recipe if you like

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies

      Definitely, thanks! These didn’t get the attention they deserved…all Facebook’s fault, lol!

  • mail4rosey

    They do sound chock full of delicious!! I’d love these, and the kids would too, I’m sure of it.

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies

      Thanks…myself, my husband, AND my son LOVE these ;-)

  • http://mommyonlyhas2hands.org/ Heather – MOHTH

    These look great! I can get all these things from those bins at Sprouts! I’m finding I love buy trail mix by the pounds

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies

      I’ve never heard of Sprouts..where is that?! Is it a bulk food store?

  • monica

    These look totally awesome and I’m so impressed with all of your ideas. You never run out of new recipes!

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies

      Actually, I “reinvent” ideas…I take the original recipe and tweak it to make a “new” one! ;-)

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies

      Thanks! YOU should try these…I think they’re more fit for busy moms ;-)

  • Nicole

    These look awesome!! I was just looking for a recipe for my kids because they just reminded me how bad store bought granola bars are when trying slim down for the summer:)

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies

      Thanks…they are loaded with HEALTHY sugars and GOOD fats so you don’t have to feel guilty about eating them! We ALWAYS have stash of these in the fridge or freezer!

  • http://www.tamijardine.com/ Tami

    You are becoming my go to person for delicious recipes. This looks amazing. :)

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies

      Thanks Tami…I would love to hear how they turn out if you make them ;-)

  • Nicole

    I made these tonight along with the Chai banana bread! I’m so excited to taste them tomorrow!!! Thank you for posting all your beautiful recipes !!

    • Lisa @bitesforbabies

      Someone was busy in the kitchen yesterday! I’m excited for you to taste them as well…you mean, you didn’t even sneak a bite?! Let me know what you think ;-)

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