Healthy Treat: Simple & Fun 3-Ingredient Energy Bars at Home

Prepare for your mind to be blown. Ready? Homemade energy bars. Three ingredients. No cooking. No tricks. No kidding. Making these energy bars really is that simple. You’ll never need to buy them again.

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Cook Time: 0 Minutes

Servings: 8-16

  • 1 cup dried fruit
  • 1 cup (12-15 whole) pitted dried dates, preferably Medjool

Equipment

  • Food processor
  • Plastic wrap or wax paper
  • Sharp knife

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 176°C for 10 to 12 minutes, until fragrant and golden. Allow to cool before using.

Step 2

Combine the nuts, dried fruit, and dates in a food processor. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor. Pulse a few times just to break them up. Separate the dates if they start to clump together.

Step 3

Combine the nuts, dried fruit, and dates in a food processor. Combine all the ingredients in a food processor. Pulse a few times just to break them up. Separate the dates if they start to clump together.

Step 4

Process continuously until a ball is formed, 1 to 2 minutes. Continue processing for another 1 to 2 minutes, until the ingredients clump together and gather into a ball.

Step 5

Divide into bars. Unwrap the chilled 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.

Step 6

Store the bars. Store the bars in the fridge for several weeks or in the freezer for up to 3 months. The bars can be eaten straight from the fridge or freezer and will be firm, but chewy. Room-temperature bars are perfectly fine to eat and can be kept in a lunch bag or backpack all day, but will be more soft and paste-like.

Recipe Notes

Energy balls: The dough can also be shaped into small balls. Refrigerate until firm, then wrap in plastic for longer storage.

Try these combinations! Cherry-almond, apricot-almond, cranberry-pecan, apple-cinnamon-walnut

Try these add-ins! Shredded coconut, chia seeds, chocolate chips, cacao nibs, cocoa powder, crystalized ginger, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ground cardamom, lemon zest, lime zest

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