After getting an awesome new food processor of my own for Christmas this year (yay!) I was eager to find the perfect recipe for no-bake homemade fruit and nut bars. I love Larabar brand bars for snacks or a quick school morning breakfast with some fruit, but I now think that the homemade version is ten times better. This recipe in particular is high in protein and healthy fats, so it keeps you going for awhile. I love to have one of these bars for an after-school snack also, because it fills me up all the way until dinner (my school’s lunchtimes are really early this year). The cashews, coconut oil, walnuts, and almond/peanut butter add a nutty taste, which is balanced out perfectly by the slight flavor of cocoa, dates and cinnamon.
Be sure to give this recipe a try- it is great for bake sales and the perfect snack to bring for a party too, because it appeals to young kids who are reluctant to trying healthy foods. My brother, Liam, who is pretty picky, even likes these bars. So, give them a try and please share this recipe with friends and family. Enjoy!
My Favorite Power Bars (makes 6-8 bars)
- 10 pitted dates
- 3/4 cup raw or dry roasted, unsalted cashews
- 2 tbs. walnuts
- 1 tbs coconut oil (not melted)
- 2 tbs. almond or peanut butter
- 1/2 tbs. extra dark cocoa powder
- 1/2 tbs. honey
- pinch cinnamon
- 1 tbs. water
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (for topping)
First, soak the pitted dates in a glass of warm water for 5-10minutes to soften them for easier blending. Then, add all ingredients into food processor bowl and mix until a ball forms and ingredients are combined evenly. In a container or pan lined with parchment paper, drop mixture and spread into an even layer, about 1/2 inch thick or your desired thickness. Then, refrigerate for at least 15 minutes. After refrigerating, cut the bars into 6 or 8 squares, or, alternatively, roll into ball shapes. sprinkle a few dark chocolate chips on top, if desired, and package individually for an on-the-go snack. Enjoy!