Natural Energy Bars!

For those of you who like energy bars, either for training or as a snack on-the-go, this is a homemade, healthy and yummy option!

All you need is 4 ingredients for this ‘no-cook’ quick and easy recipe:
4 cups pitted dates
2 cups raw or roasted almonds ( we use raw )
1 cup dark chocolate chopped
3-4 tablespoons of natural peanut, almond or cashew butter ( we use organic peanut butter)

Step 1: Prepare a 10″x10″ baking pan and line with parchment paper, making sure the paper over-hangs the edges. Set aside.

Step 2: In a Food processor, using a metal blade (or vita-mix) add almonds and pulse until they are uniformly chopped (like a bread crumb texture), then add the chocolate and pulse again until the chocolate pieces are finely chopped. Place the nuts and chocolate into a bowl and set aside.

Step 3: Add half the dates to the food processor or vita-mix and process until a firm paste forms and clumps together, then add half the peanut butter, followed by half the nut/chocolate mix. Pulse a few more times until combined… then scrape into the prepared pan!

Repeat the same steps again with the remaining ingredients, and add to the pan along with the first batch…

Step 4: Use a fork, or your hands, to press the mixture firmly and evenly into the bottom of the pan, fold the excess paper over the bar mixture and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Step 5: Transfer to a cutting board and cut into desired size snack bars. You should get about 15-18 large bars, or 25-30 snack size bars. Store in a tightly covered container and refrigerate until needed.

Bars will keep in the fridge for 2 weeks, and an unrefrigerated bar will keep for 48 hours, covered, at room temperature.

Enjoy!

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