Monday, August 27, 2012

RAW: HOME MADE ENERGY BARS

  



I love these bars! These home made energy bars are so good, I make them just about every other week, if not every week.  The fabulous thing about this is that you can make many varieties by just switching out a few ingredients.  This recipe is super easy, so here it goes...



INGREDIENTS:
16 oz pitted dates (These were from Trader Joe's and I just used the whole package.)
1-1/2 cup dried cherries (If you buy them at Trader Joe's use the whole package.)
1/2 cup dried coconut
1/2 cup pepitas
1/2 cup cashews
1/2 cup pistachios
3 table spoons chia seeds

Note:  I got all the ingredients at Trader Joes, all except for the coconut.  (I think we all need to write them to ask them to stock the coconut for us!)

Blend the dates and the cherries in the food processor until blended.  It will be very, very sticky.  Transfer it into a blow and then mix in all the other ingredients.  Wet your hands slightly and knead and fold the ingredients togehter by hand.  It will be tough but if you knead and fold it will eventually all be mixed togeher. 

Tip, don't put in too many dry ingredients, it will make it more difficult to fold and mold.

Press the ball of ingredients into a wax paper lined 9" x 13" baking pan.  Chill for 1 hour in the freezer and then cut into bars.  I like to store these in the refrigerator, it keeps them at a nice firm consistency.

Voila! 

I know you will love these and make them as much as I do.
Process pitted dates and cherries.
I love the information I found about dates at LIVESTRONG.COM... I think dates are my new favorite go to sweet treat.  Also, check out these nutritional points about dates if you need a little convincing.
Also, a side note about Chia Seeds, one tablespoon will give you 3 grams of protein, 6 grams of fiber, and 2.9 grams of omega-3 fatty acids.  What a powerful little seed!




Knead all ingredients together.



Press into 9" x 13" pan



Close Up...


So yummy!




15 comments:

Tanya Ponce said...

I like the color that the pepita's add, we need to all bring our no-bake bars next time we're together and try each others concoctions. :)

Felicia said...

Thanks Tanya! Yes, we should definitely do that! My new favorite combo right now are the dried cherries and pistachios. xoF

Kelsey said...

Yum! That looks amazing! I love dates (both healthy and delicious). We're trying to figure out snacks to pack and I think this will be simply perfect!

Desiree Durang said...

I agree to bug Trader Joe's to up the coconut availability. I love that they have coconut oil now. I will have to try this recipe this weekend hopefully!

Felicia said...

Kelsey, These are THE perfect snacks! Enjoy!

Felicia said...

Desiree, I just saw the coconut oil the other day! So excited! I am going to write Trader Joe's. Maybe we all should! xF

Bud said...

Can't wait to make these! Gathering ingredients next weeks shopping day.

Grace @ A Life Unhurried said...

Hi Felicia! So glad to have found you on Instagram. Have started to increase my raw food intake as well and feeling/seeing the changes. This energy bar looks delicious! I'm planning to make one tomorrow. Enjoying your blog!

Felicia said...

Bud, I hope the bars came out great!

Felicia said...

Hi Grace! Nice to have connected over the world wide web! I am enjoying your blog too! These bars are my favorite! Super easy!

April D. said...

Hey Felicia! These turned out perfect! I used dried cranberries instead of cherries and no pepitas this time but we love them. Thanks for the simple and delicious treat!

uknowlikeaustralia said...

No kidding, these bars saved my sanity!!! Yesterday, I was a hot raw whiny mess and was seriously suffering from snickers cravings (I mean like ALL day). I went home on a whim made these bars with dates, cherries, pepitas, chia seeds, sunflower seeds and cashews. Just now I decided to have one for lunch and OH WOW!!!! It is so satisfying! The sweetness of the dates and cherries and the crunch of the seeds and nuts is exactly the texture that I need in my life right now.

Felicia said...

uknowlikeaustralia, Wow, what a day! So glad you like these. These really are my go to bars. So satisfying and tasty. I love these. And I love the fact you can swith ingredients and make them different. Next will be macadamia nut! xF

Anonymous said...

These look amazing. Love all your recipies.. :)

Felicia said...

Thank you so very much!! xFelicia

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