Easy homemade energy bars

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I don’t know about you, but I get tired of paying lots of money for energy bars, especially when I still see lots of sugar in them. I prefer to make my own, and these are so easy and so delicious!

  • 1 cup nuts ( I used almonds)
  • 1 cup dried fruit (I used raisins)
  • 1 cup raw unsweetened coconut

Roast the nuts (optional). Nuts can be used raw or roasted; roasting will add a toasty, nutty depth to the bars. If desired, roast the nuts at 350°F for 10-12 minutes, until fragrant and golden. Allow to cool before using.

Combine the nuts, dried fruit and coconut in a food processor. Pulse a few times just to break them up. Process continuously for 30 seconds. By this point, the ingredients should all have broken down into crumb-sized pieces. Scrape the edges of the bowl and beneath the blade to make sure nothing is sticking. Continue processing for another 1-2 minutes, until the ingredients clump together and gather into a ball.

Press into a thick square and chill. Lay a piece of plastic wrap or wax paper on your work surface and dump the power bar dough on top. Press the dough with your hands until it forms a thick square, roughly 8″ x 8″ in size. Wrap and chill for at least an hour or overnight.

Unwrap the chilled power bar 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 three months.

 

Note: You can really use any type of nut or dried fruit, like almonds, walnuts, apricots, cherries, cranberry, apple, etc.  For add-ins, try chocolate chips, cocoa powder, ground nutmeg, lemon zest, lime zest, etc.

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