Lemon drop, chocolate peanut, and apple pie energy bars

Recipe: No-Bake Energy Bars

Makes: 6 bars
Time: 15 mins + chilling

I’m the sort of person who gets hungry every couple of hours, so whenever I go anywhere I make sure I’ve got a few snacks tucked in my purse. One of my favourite on-the-go snacks are energy bars like Lärabars, or Nakd bars as they’re known in the UK. They’re filling, naturally sweet, and come in lots of yummy flavours.

But if you eat these at the rate I do, buying them ready-made can get a little expensive. That’s why I started making them myself. With just a few ingredients in them each, and no baking needed – they really couldn’t be easier. I whip up a batch of these pretty much every week, then wrap them up individually for on-the-go goodness.

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Ingredients

Apple pie

  • 1 cup dates
  • ⅓ cup walnuts
  • ⅓ cup of almonds
  • ¾ cup dried apple
  • 1 ½ tsp cinnamon

Lemon drop

  • 1 cup dates
  • 1 cup cashews
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • Zest of 1 lemon

Chocolate peanut butter

  • 1 cup dates
  • ¾ cup peanuts
  • 3 tsp cocoa powder
  • Pinch of sea salt

Directions

  1. Blend the dates in a food processor until smooth.
  2. Add in the remaining ingredients (nuts & flavourings) and blend in short pulses. You will probably need to scrap down the sides a few times. Be careful not to over blend – you want to keep some texture. The mixture will have a similar consistency to cookie dough when it’s ready.
  3. Using a spatula, shape the dough into a rectangular shape, approximately an inch thick. If the mixture is sticking, a wet fork works well too.
  4. Slice into 6 bars.
  5. Refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours and they’re ready to enjoy. I like to wrap them individually so they’re easy to take on the go.

These bars really are so easy to make, and you can get creative with your own flavours too. The basic proportion is 1 cup of dates to 1 cup of nuts, then add your flavourings. If you are adding a lot of dry flavourings (like dried apple), reduce the amount of nuts slightly. If you’re using fruit, it should be dried – fresh fruit would add too much moisture to the mixture.

Watch me make this recipe:

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