Homemade Energy Bars

Energy and granola bars are quick grab and go snacks, that are easy to pack. We rely on them all the time in our household. However a lot of store bought options are often not healthy and can be loaded with sugar, added preservatives and or artificial ingredients.

Want to try making your own, healthy nut and seed bars? This is a perfect rainy day project with the kids, or make them while putting dinner together one night. Double up the recipe and freeze a batch. See Recipe below and enjoy!

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Nut & Seed Energy Bars

Ingredients

·       ½ cup whole almonds

·       ½ cup raw cashews

·       ⅓ cup raw pepitas (pumpkin seeds)

·       ¼ cup raw sunflower seeds

·       3 tablespoons ground flaxseed

·       ¾ cup pitted chopped dates

·       ¼ cup maple syrup

·       ½ teaspoon salt

Directions

1.     Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Place parchment paper on cookie sheet, and spread almonds, cashews, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds and sesame seeds. Bake until pale golden and fragrant (stirring occasionally) 15mins.

2.     Grind cooled nuts in food processor, pulse until coarsely chopped about 5 pulses; transfer to large bowl. In food processor add 1/2 cup dates, water, maple syrup, , salt and ground flaxseeds and process until smooth, scraping down sides of bowl as needed, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Stir date mixture and add remaining 1/4 cup chopped dates into the nut mixture until well combined.

3.     Place mixture into into 9 x 9 inch pan lined with parchment paper, press firmly into even layer. Bake bars until light golden about 20-25 minutes.

4.     Let bars cool for 15 minutes, then remove from pan and transfer to cutting board. Makes 8-12 bars. Space evenly on parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake until golden, another 15 minutes. Let bars cool completely before storing in air-tight container, bars keep for up to one week.

Note: I have been really lazy before and skipped roasting the nuts ahead of time and they still turn out fine.

Get creative and add in your own mixture of dried fruit. Want to make it school safe? skip the almonds and cashews and adding in more pumpkin and sunflower seeds for a school safe snack for the kiddos.

If you make this recipe please share how you liked it in the comments.