These raw no bake Date Energy Bars are quick and easy to make using only real wholesome ingredients. Make these bars ahead of time for the perfect breakfast and or snack. With only 9 ingredients these bars are vegan, gluten-free, and naturally sweetened with medjool dates.
I love making my own energy bars at home because they are so easy and quick to make. Although, I really enjoy buying energy bars at grocery stores I find that they are often packed with a lot of sugar. When making my own energy bars I like to make sure to always use the least amount of ingredients as possible, sugar being one of them.
For this recipe I did not add maple or agave syrup as a sweetener. Instead I decided to use naturally sweet medjool dates instead. However, if you do not have medjool dates any other dates will work. If your dates are slightly dry just soak them in warm to hot water for 10 to 15 minutes before adding them to the food processor or high powered blender. The warm water will slightly rehydrate them making them sticky enough for the nuts and dried fruit to stick together.
I do have to admit it wasn’t until I was in my 20s when I first tried a date. Once I tried it I was automatically obsessed. They literally taste like natures candy! You might ask, just like I did what is a medjool date? Medjool dates are is a sweet fruit that has a soft and chewy inside with a caramel brown color outside. They originated from the Middle East and North Africa and are very popular around the world. Dates are not only deliciously sweet but are said to have a lot of health benefits including being packed with potassium and fiber.
As a binder in these energy bars I used creamy cashew butter. Though, if you do not have cashew butter any other nut butter will work as well. For the nuts in these Date Energy Bars I used pumpkin, sliced almonds, and pecans. I decided to use these nuts because to be honest, that’s what I had on hand in my pantry. You can simply substitute any of these nuts for sunflower seeds, walnuts, cashews, or pistachios. The same goes with the dried fruit. I used cranberries, blueberries, and coconut but any type of dried fruit will work great on top of these bars. Just make sure that they are bite size pieces.
I used an 8 by 8 inch pan to make these Date Energy Bars. However, if you do not have a pan you can simply make these into Date Energy Balls by rolling the stick dough into small balls. Just add the dried fruit and coconut when you add the nuts to the dough. Leftovers will last for up to two weeks in your fridge or in the freezer for a month.
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- Do you notice your dates are a little dry? Soak them in warm water for 10-15 minutes before placing them in your food processor.
- Don’t have a square 8 inch baking pan? Divide your mixture into bite size balls and freeze making date energy balls.
- Substitute cashew for any other nut butter.
Date Energy Bars
These raw no bake Date Energy Bars are quick and easy to make using only real wholesome ingredients. Make these bars ahead of time for the perfect breakfast and or snack.
- 1 ½ medjool dates
- 1 tsp vanilla
- ½ cup cashew butter
- 1 ½ cup of old fashioned oats
- ¼ cup sliced almonds
- ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
- ¼ cup pecans, chopped
- ¼ dried cup coconut flakes
- ¼ cup dried fruit, I used blueberries and cranberries
- Line an 8 inch pan with parchment paper.
- In a food processor or high powered blender combine the oats, dates, cashew butter, and vanilla. Blend until it forms a sticky dough.
- Scoop sticky dough in a medium bowl and mix the almonds, pumpkin seeds, and pecans.
- Press dough into the pan using your hands or a rubber spatula.
- Sprinkle the dried fruit and coconut on top and press down.
- Set bars in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before cutting them.
- Leftovers will last for up to two weeks in your fridge or in the freezer for a month.