I’m always looking for quick and healthy snacks. Unfortunately, “quick” and “healthy” don’t often to go together! In this situation, sometimes it’s best to hit up your own kitchen and make ’em yourself. I wanted to come up with a recipe that would be easy to make as well as change up depending on what you find on sale or have in your pantry. What I came up with? No-Bake Homemade Energy Bars!
For added inspiration, I popped by Main & Vine.
One of my very favorite sections of the store is their bulk department. Most of today’s ingredients, such as nuts, dried fruit, unsweetened coconut and rolled oats were purchased in this section.
Again, this recipe is easily adapted to fit whatever flavors or items fit your fancy! I spied these Cinnamon Fuji Apple Wedges during my visit and knew they had to be included!
Here’s what you’ll need to make 5-6 bars:
- 1 cup dried fruit
- 1/2 cup nuts
- 3 dates
- 1/3 cup oats or 1/2 cup dried, unsweetened coconut
- 2-3 tablespoons water or honey (for binding together)
- pinch of sea salt
Now you might be wondering about the various combinations you could make. Don’t worry; I’ve got some delicious ideas from ingredients I picked up at Main & Vine! I made:
- Dried Cinnamon Apple & Hazelnut Bars
- Dried Apricot & Pistachio Bars
- Dried Tart Cherry, Almond & Coconut Bars
Here is the basic procedure I followed for making all three of these recipes.
Start by pulsing your nuts in a food processor.
This is the texture I ended up with… not too powdery, but definitely finer than you could achieve by simply chopping.
Next, I added the rest of the ingredients to the food processor and put it on setting “1.” (Your food processor’s setting may vary.) Now, all those ingredients in there made my processor work rather hard! But it did get the job done in about a minute or so.
You’re looking for a texture that “sticks” together. If it’s too crumbly, add a touch more water or honey. If you’ve got a huge gooey mess, add some more dry ingredients such as oat or coconut.
Place the mixture into a small pan lined with plastic wrap and refrigerate for about an hour.
As I mentioned, I ended up making three varieties for this post. Each batch only took a matter of a couple of minutes, so it would certainly not add too much time to try making a few additional flavors!
For this batch, I used dried Turkish Apricots, chopped pistachios and oats. I thought it made for a really pretty bar!
These dried tart cherries also popped out at me while perusing the Main & Vine bulk foods section.
To balance out the tartness, I combined them with dried coconut instead of the oats and chose almonds for the nuts. All told, I bet I spent a whopping total of 10 minutes (at most!) assembling these energy bars in my food processor.
After they’ve chilled for at least an hour, you can slice them into bars.
So good! I found these were tasty, but not super sweet like many bars you’d find at the store that contain added sweeteners.
I think these would do best kept in your fridge or freezer as they are a bit sticky. You could wrap them individually with plastic wrap or store in small containers to throw in your hiking pack or school lunches.
I’d love to know what additional ideas you come up with for this recipe! Please leave a comment below!
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