To Do This Weekend: Make A Date With an Energy Bar

Grabbing a store-bought protein bar is such an easy and convenient meal replacement or post-workout snack.  But many brands can leave something to be desired, in terms of texture, crunch, and nutrition.  And monotony can set in: a Think Thin bar, day after day, can get old.

It’s time to “raise the bar” with this simple, no-bake recipe, which will provide you with grab-and-go bars for the week ahead.

Dates make such a great binder.  Frankly, dates are such an underrated fruit with countless health benefits.  Being high in fiber, they are a great digestive aid.  Dates have also proven to maintain bone health, and their natural sugars provide a great energy boost.  Coupled with the energy-boosting protein from the nut butter and almonds, these bars will keep you satisfied for hours.

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Energy Date Bars

  • 2 cups packed pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup  honey or agave syrup
  • 1/4 cup natural peanut butter or almond butter
  • 1 cup roasted unsalted almonds, loosely chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • optional add-ins: chocolate chips, raisins, dried blueberries, chia seeds 
  1. Pulse whole almonds in a food processor until coarsely chopped.  Remove and set aside in a large bowl, adding oats, coconut, and  cranberries.
  2. Process dates in the food processor in batches for about 1 minute.  It should form a “dough” like consistency, and roll itself into a ball.
  3. Warm honey and peanut butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir and pour over oat mixture and then mix, using your hands to combine really well.
  4. Transfer to a 9 x 13 baking dish lined with plastic wrap or parchment paper. Press down very firmly until uniformly flattened and well packed.
  5. Cover with plastic wrap, and let firm up in the refrigerator before cutting into squares.  Store in an airtight container, or freeze indefinitely.  Grab and go!