Thursday, September 18, 2014

Homemade Energy Snack Bars

I love making these healthy treats.  It's easy to use what you have and whip up something wonderful and handy to munch on. 

SO simple!  Just toss everything into the food processor and let it do the work for you.  And I love that it only takes minutes to make too!

I've always been wild about 'sticky' treats...the dates 'bind' everything together and these taste so much better...are more frugal...than anything store-purchased!

And not with all those additives that you can't pronounce! 

I just don't think you can beat 'Naturally Sweetened'!!

Another awesome thing about this kind of recipe is you just add what you want, and how much you want to get the texture you want! 

GOTTA LOOOOVE THAT! 

Thanks so much to Paula of Call me PMc for sharing this sensational and versatile recipe. 


HOMEMADE ENERGY SNACK BARS 

1 c. dates
1 c. lightly salted almonds
(I used mixed nuts)
1 c. dried cranberries
1 Tb. chia seeds
1 Tb. flax seeds
1 Tb. wheat bran, optional
1 scoop vanilla protein powder, optional
1/4 c. unsweetened coconut, optional
(I really like the coconut with the cranberries)
2 - 3 Tb. agave nectar or honey

Line 8" X 8" pan with parchment paper.

In food processor, pulse dates and nuts until chopped into medium pieces. Add cranberries, chia and flax seeds, wheat bran, protein powder and coconut and agave. Pulse 5 or 6 more times until ingredients are combined. 

Add ingredients to prepared pan. Press down firmly. (Use a square of parchment or waxed paper on top so it won't stick to you). Refrigerate a couple of hours; then cut into pieces. (They'll cut better when they're chilled). 
Store in an airtight container in the fridge up to 2 weeks.

You can wrap them individually and pop into lunches for a healthy snack. 


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