Homemade Energy Bars

Adapted by Antonia Harvey P.Dt from www.ohsheglows.com

Instructions:

 

  • Line an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper, leaving some hanging over the edges.

  • In the bowl of a food processor, process cashews until a coarse meal forms.

  • Add in the dates and vanilla and process until the mixture comes together. It should stick together well when pressed between the fingers. If it is still too crumbly, add 1 tsp water and repeat. Add the second tsp only if needed.

  • Add the chocolate chips and process briefly to combine.

  • Scoop the mixture into the prepared baking pan and spread evenly. Press the mixture firmly down.

  • Freeze, uncovered, for 15-20 minutes.

  • Remove from freezer and then lift the bars out of the baking pan. Cut into 10-12 bars.

  • Store in the fridge or freezer. For on-the-go snacking, wrap each bar in plastic wrap.

Ingredients:

 

1 1/2 cups roasted, unsalted cashews

1 cup tightly packed, pitted dates

1 tsp vanilla extract

1-2 tsp water (if needed)

3 tbsp semi-sweet chocolate chips

Makes: 10-12 bars

As the warmer weather approaches, many of us will be trading in our winter hobbies for more active summer pastimes. Whatever your activity of choice is--exploring the city, hiking, biking--make sure you have snacks on hand to keep your body nourished. These energy bars are easy to make, portable, and sure to please even the pickiest eaters.

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