3 Ingredient Healthy Energy Bars – these delicious energy bars are simple to make, require no cooking and no fuss. Just pulse, refrigerate and enjoy.
Well if you’re already sick and tired of Thanksgiving recipes, look no further. I’m happy to share a super simple and healthy recipe for energy bars, and all it takes are 3 simple ingredients.
While some of my favorite ingredients are bacon, nutella, and butter, and although I always say bacon makes everything better sometimes we just have to try something else. The 3 simple ingredients here are peanuts, dates and dried apricots. These are ingredients I always seem to have in my pantry, being the food blogger that I am, so making these energy bars was a no brainer. But now that I have bacon on my mind, I think some bacon would be amazing in these bars, but that would make these puppies not so healthy.
But I am a huge fan of these kind of fruit bars and the beauty of this recipe is that you can really substitute any dried fruit or nut that you want, and heck if you want bacon, then by all means throw in the bacon. Some great substitutions would be pecans instead of peanuts, or macadamia nuts, raisins instead of apricots, or cranberries, or whatever dried fruit you fancy. In the end you will end up with these amazing bars that are the perfect snack.
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3 Ingredient Healthy Energy Bars
- 1 cup peanuts
- 1 cup dates pitted
- 1 cup dried apricots
- Place the nuts, dates and apricots in a food processors. Pulse a few times just to break them up. Separate the dates if they start to clump together.
- Scrape the edges of the bowl as needed and continue processing for another 1-2 minutes, until the ingredients clump together and gather into a ball.
- Lay a piece of parchment paper on your work surface about the size of a baking sheet. Press the dough with your hands until it forms a thick square, roughly 8" x 8" in size. I found it easy to roll it with a rolling pin to get it nice and smooth. Wrap it with plastic wrap and chill for at least one hour or overnight.
- Unwrap the chilled power bar dough and transfer to a cutting board. Cut into 8 large bars or 16 small squares, as desired. Wrap each bar in plastic wrap or wax paper.
Recipe adapted from The Kitchn