Simple Goodness: Energy Bars

I recently attended a conference out of town, and needed convenient, non-refrigerated, non-processed snacks to take along. So I made a batch of these homemade bars, which are a lot like Larabars.

energy bars

They traveled well, and made excellent pre-run snacks. I added dried blueberries to half of this batch.

For post-run breakfasts, I also packed small bags of oatmeal mixed with dried fruit, nuts, cinnamon, and stevia. I added hot water from the coffeemaker in my room, and breakfast was ready after my shower. Who says you have to be stuck with greasy fast food when on the road?

The base recipe for these bars is simple: nuts + dates. I will definitely make more variations, with different nuts, spices, and added dried fruits. I have a bag of cacao nibs that would make a great chocolaty cookie variety. There are plenty of recipes for similar bars on the Health Habits blog.

Energy Bars

  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/3 cup pitted dates

1. In a food processor, pulse cashews until finely chopped. Empty into a bowl.

2. In the same food processor (no need to clean it), pulse dates until they form a thick paste.

3. Add dates to cashews. Knead with your hands until well combined. Lightly coat your hands with oil to help prevent sticking.

4. Place on a sheet of lightly-oiled plastic wrap and shape into a rectangle. Wrap tightly and refrigerate for about an hour.

5. Unwrap and slice into about 10 bars. Wrap each bar in plastic wrap and refrigerate for longer shelf life. (These were just fine in a suitcase for about 4 days.)

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