Easy Date-Nut Energy Bars
Jan Feb 2014
From Julie Van Rosendaal
If you’re a fan of Lara bars, you’ll love these. A simple mixture of dates and nuts is pulsed in the food processor until you have a mixture you can press into a pan, then cut into bars. Add spices, dried fruit, shredded coconut, chocolate chips or whatever other additions appeal to you.
1-1/2 c. pitted Medjool dates (about 15 dates)
1-1/2 c. whole almonds, pecans, cashews or a combination, toasted
1/3 c. shredded coconut with a bit of grated lime zest and the juice of half a lime
2 T. cocoa, 1 T. honey and 1/3 c. chocolate chips
1/2 c. dried cherries or blueberries and a drop of vanilla
In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the dates, nuts and salt until well blended and coarsely ground – you should be able to squeeze the mixture together into a clump. If you like, pulse or stir in any add-ins.
Press the mixture into a parchment-lined 8×8-inch baking pan and let it sit at room temperature or refrigerate until it’s easy to cut into bars. (Alternatively, roll the mixture into small bite-sized balls.) Leave the bars in the pan or wrap them or the balls individually to store them. Makes about 12 bars.