Salvere Blog: Homemade Energy/Snack Bar Recipe

Are you one of those people like me who purchase energy/snack bars — Lara, Luna, Clif, Power Bar, Special K, Kind, etc. — and wonder why they cost so much?  Several years ago, I looked into other options and ways to recreate them at home, for less.  Now, you have to use a food processor and buying your nuts and dates at a store such as Costco certainly makes for the most economic option.  Trader Joes falls a close second.

After several failed (what felt like) “science” experiments, here’s my go to recipe.  I will say, they take about 7 minutes and I will do several batches at a time.  Scroll to the bottom for some suggestions for variations!

So, here it goes:

2 cups Dates, pitted (this matters!) — See note at bottom for date details
1 cup Walnuts
1 cup Almonds
1 tsp Almond extract (more if you like almond flavor!)
2 tsp Cinnamon

Place 1 cup of dates in a food processor and blend slightly. Add walnuts and process again. Add 1 cup of dates and process again.  Add almonds and rest of ingredients. Process until forms a slightly sticky ball of “stuff”. You really cannot over process these. Press into the bottom of a 8×8 pan. Chill and cut into 8 bars. Wrap and store in freezer for best results and longest shelf life.

Date Note:  Nour (or Noor) vs. Medjool — So, I initially started with 100% Medjool dates as they tend to feel a little stickier and held together quite well. On a Costco shopping trip a few weeks ago, they had a large bag of Nour dates and thought I’d try them out.  I must admit, the big selling point what the term “pitted” — Not having to pick the pit out sounded quite delightful!  What resulted was a bar not as sticky and required more mixing.  So, back at the kitchen laboratory, I tried mixing the two types. This is now my go to combination!!!!

Variety:  Looking for variety?  Use different types of extracts — coffee, maple, vanilla, lemon, etc. — based on your favorite flavor combinations.  Also, add chocolate chips, flaked coconut, dried apples, ground nutmeg, dried cherries and vary your nuts — I’ve used cashews and peanuts.  Let us know if you come up with a favorite concoction!

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