Snacks & Treats
Grain-Free No-Bake Energy Bars
By Julie Van Rosendaal, Dinner With Julie
Sep 10, 2015
No matter what kind of snacks your kids are into, they’ll likely go for a chewy granola bar.
I make these grain-free, no-bake bars by the panful to cut, wrap individually and tuck into backpacks and lunch boxes. They're quick to make and can be used as a blank canvas for any number of additional flavourings and ingredients.
They’re sweetened with dates and get protein and fibre from almonds or pecans (suitable if those types of nuts are allowed at school, of course).
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Medjool dates are the big, soft, meaty dates you find in the produce section of the grocery store. They have a rich brown sugar flavour. Open them up and pull the pits out with your fingers.
You Will Need
- 1 ½ cups pitted Medjool dates
- 1 ½ cups whole almonds and/or pecan halves (you can toast the nuts for extra flavour, if you'd like)
- pinch salt
- 1/3 cup shredded coconut and a bit of lime zest
- 2 tbsp. cocoa, 1 tbsp. honey and a handful of mini chocolate chips
- ½ cup dried cherries and ¼ tsp. vanilla
1. In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the dates, nuts and salt until well blended and coarsely ground—it should clump if you squeeze it together. If you like, pulse in your choice of flavourings and other add-ins.
2. Press into a parchment-lined 8 x 8-inch baking pan and refrigerate until firm, then cut into bars and wrap individually in plastic wrap. Alternatively, roll the mixture into small bite-sized balls.
Makes about 1 dozen bars.
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