Homemade Energy Bars

Homemade energy bars

Homemade energy bars

It’s difficult to find snacks when you’re gluten-free that aren’t loaded with junk. Gluten-free doesn’t equal healthy. They may indeed get rid of the wheat but then they add tons of sugar, preservatives and other ingredients to make up for it! I hate when that happens!

So… thanks to Pinterest here’s my concoction that was born from melding several different ideas/recipes together. I think they’re pretty fricking delicious the way they are, but you can tweek them to your liking by adding/deleting items and making it your own with pantry staples you may have on hand.

Ingredients: 

6 oz. – Medjool dates (my container was 12 ounces and I used half of it.)

1 cup – mixed unsalted nuts

1 Tbsp. – chia seeds

1 Tbsp. – flaxseeds

Approximately 1/4 cup (or less) – raw honey

3 Tbsp. – coconut flakes

2-3 Tbsp. – coconut oil

1 cup- dried cranberries

Directions: 

In a food processor, mix medjool dates and nuts until mixed into small pieces.

Add chia seeds, flax seeds and coconut flakes and pulse to incorporate.

Add your honey (I say approximate because I eyeballed this part) and coconut oil and pulse. (You will see the mixture get a thicker dough-like consistency.)

Push into a pan lined with parchment paper.

Lay another piece of parchment on top and press firmly down in the pan until even.

Refrigerate for 1 hour and cut into slices for bars. (They’ll get even firmer the longer they are in the refrigerator.)

Cut into bars and separate each bar by using cut sheets of parchment paper between the bars to keep them from sticking together.

Enjoy!

P.S. – I ate one of these at bedtime… it kept me awake and energized most of the night. Not a good idea. Best to save these for before and after your workouts. 🙂

 

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