Some of my favorite fruit and nut-based energy bars include Raw Revolution (Spirulina Dream!) and Larabar. They all contain minimal, natural ingredients, but when combined together, create bites of sweet deliciousness.
The ingredient list is quite simple and so I figured I would try to make some on my own. Many of these energy bars use dates and cashews as a base. On top of that, they mix in other kinds of nuts, seeds, or fruits to come up with different variations and flavor combinations. Keep in mind though, some might have a high sugar content from the dried fruit.
Well, here’s my take on a simple fruit and nut bar that’s bite-sized, raw, and very versatile. Change it up and substitute with other dried fruit, nuts and seeds you like. I think for the next batch, I’ll add some spirulina powder.
- 1/2 cup dates (about 4-6)
- 1/4 cup raw cashews
- 1/4 cup raw almonds
- 2 tsp chia seeds
- 2 tsp unsweetened shredded coconut
- Soak the dates. This hydrates the dates and makes them easier to blend. Also, the remaining liquid serves as a sweetener, so there’s no real need for adding agave syrup or honey. I soaked the dates overnight. Alternatively, soak them in warm water for about 30 minutes or until softened.
- Place the nuts in a food processor and pulse away, until it reaches a fine texture. Add the soaked dates and the remaining ingredients and blend until it starts becoming into a thick paste. The mixture should have a firm and smooth texture, that you can then mold.
- Remove the mixture and place it between two sheets of parchment paper. Roll it out to about 1/2-3/4 inch thickness. Alternatively, you can form them into bite sized circular balls if you like. Then you won’t have to cut them later.
- Chill for at least an hour so that it firms up. Cut them into bite sized squares. Store in the refrigerator.