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Please don’t run away and think I’m crazy!!! But what is crazy is how good these energy bars are! I eat some sort of energy or protein bar every morning for breakfast and I have no idea what too me so long to make one at home.
See only three ingredients!!!! Plop everything in the food processor and give it a whirl.
Then either push it into a 9×13 baking dish or roll it into balls. I think next time I will try rolling it.
On a side note, am I the only one who thinks that dates look a little like cockroaches? But please don’t let that deter you from making this recipe.
I also added hemp seeds to my energy bars. Partially for the added protein and partially to use up the huge bag of hemp seeds I bought at Costco.
I also added chocolate chips, because chocolate makes everything better.
These two ingredients are totally optional though and your bars will still be great without them.
My 6 year old loves these, no really she does. She claims that she scored in her softball game because of these energy bars.
- 2 cups dates (I used Deglet Noor)
- 2 cups almonds (whole, roasted)
- 1½ cups dried cranberries
- 3 tablespoons hemp seeds (optional)
- ⅓ cup mini chocolate chips (optional)
- Place dates, almonds, and dried cranberries in a food processor and turn it on. Process until a thick dough forms. It takes about 3-4 minutes.
- If adding optional ingredients, stir them in by hand. If you try to process the chocolate chips they will melt.
- Press in to a 9x13 baking dish or roll into balls (you should get about 36) using a scant tablespoon per ball. Refrigerate until firm.
Nutrition Facts without the optional add ins:
Calories 121, Fat 5.5 g, Carbs 18 g, Protein 2.8 g
Nutrition Facts with the add ins:
Calories 144, Fat 7 g, Carbs 20 g, Protein 3.4 g