Achieve store-bought energy bar perfection in your own kitchen with this simple, three-ingredient recipe.
While we all love convenience and grabbing a handful of prepackaged bars from the store to snack on each week, we can all agree that the price is not so nice after a while. These little bites of energy can cost anywhere from $2 to $3 a pop, and if you’re snacking on these daily, that price can really add up. So, instead of stocking your cart with bars that may be overly processed and over priced, ensure a healthy, budget-friendly snack by making your own at home.
Ingredients: (Makes 16 bars)
3 cups pitted dates
2 cups roasted, unsalted peanuts
¼ teaspoon of salt
1. Place 1 1/2 cups of dates, 1 cup peanuts and 1/8 teaspoon of salt in a food processor. Pulse until combined. Remove. Repeat with second half of ingredients.
2. Roll mixture in between two pieces of parchment paper until evenly distributed and flat.
3. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
4. Remove from fridge and cut 12 even bars; wrap each bar in parchment paper and plastic wrap.
5. Store in fridge for up to one month.
Break out the ingredients into two batches, by combining 1 1/2 cups of dates, 1 cup peanuts and 1/8 teaspoon of salt in a food processor.
Pulse for 1-2 minutes on high, stopping about every 30 seconds to scrape down the edges. Pulse until the consistency looks like the image below. If you don’t have a food processor, you can also use a blender.
Remove the first batch and repeat again with the second batch. Place the “dough” between two pieces of parchment paper and roll flat. You can also place the mixture in a casserole dish to shape and mold. Refrigerate for a minimum of two hours, then remove and cut 16 even bars.
Wrap each bar in parchment paper, then plastic wrap. Store in the fridge for up to a month.
Serves 16 (serving size: 1)
CALORIES 196; FAT 9.1g (sat 1.3g, mono 4.5g, poly 2.9g); PROTEIN 5.1g; CARB 28g; FIBER 3.7g; CHOL 0mg; IRON .7mg; SODIUM 40mg; CALC 24.9mg
Recipe inspired by Detoxinista.