Thursday, February 22, 2018

No Bake Almond Butter Pecan Energy Bars


Energy bars - yea or nay?

I know there are many out there that aren't considered very healthy (lots of sugar, etc.), but there are a few I do enjoy. However, relying on those premade versions can get a little expensive. I thought I would finally attempt to make my own and save a little money. Plus, it would be nice to have complete control over the ingredients.

The result is these vegan almond butter pecan energy bars. They are delicious, filling, and a snap to put together on a weekend morning.

Disclosure: I received a free box of Wholesome Pantry snacks from ShopRite. I received no other compensation and the opinions contained herein are my own and reflect my experience with the products. Your own may differ.

As you (hopefully) know, I'm working on a couple of healthy goals this year. And, the idea to make my own energy bars was inspired by a jar of almond butter and package of pecans in a Wholesome Pantry healthy snacks package. You can read more about Wholesome Pantry snacks here.

So, yes, I wanted a snack that had healthy fats, wasn't too sweet, and that would be filling. I also didn't want the process of making them to be too labor intensive, hence I went with a no-bake creation. For sweetness and to help create a stable base I went with a no-bake classic - pitted dates. To further create a stable bar I selected another no-bake classic - rolled oats. Together with the pecans and almond butter, I knew the bars wouldn't crumble as soon as you lifted them out of the container.

From there I played a little, and you could easily mix and match with whatever you have on hand. I added hemp hearts which are another good source of protein, fatty acids, and iron. Things weren't tasting sweet enough (which is strange for me to say) so I poured in just a hint of maple syrup. Then I went to the spice rack. I love cinnamon with nuts, and it reportedly has good anti-inflammatory properties. I think grated ginger would also be a delicious choice.


I am really happy with the end result and have been enjoying them all week. I think I could get into the habit of making all kinds of homemade energy bars and bites.

Do you make your own energy bars? What are your go-to ingredients?

No Bake Almond Butter Pecan Energy Bars

Makes 8 bars

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup organic Wholesome Pantry whole pecans
  • 3/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup hemp hearts
  • 1/4 cup salted Wholesome Pantry Almond Butter
  • 1 tablespoon real maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

  1. Pulse the dates and pecans in a food processor until they form a dough.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and pulse until a thick dough forms.
  3. Line a loaf pan with plastic wrap or parchment paper, leave plenty of overlap on all sides. Press the dough firmly and evenly into the pan.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for three or more hours.
  5. Carefully lift up out of the pan. Slice into 8 bars.
  6. Store in the refrigerator in an air-tight container.
Yum

Photos by Renato Ghio
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10 comments

  1. These would be awesome high protein snacks for breastfeeding! Great recipe - thank you <3

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  2. These sound delicious and seem easy enough to make. Looking forward to trying this recipe!

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    1. I hope you do try them. So easy and the taste is better than store bought.

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  3. these look great and super easy! yummmmm

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    1. Thanks! Just finished a batch yesterday.

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  4. I need to try these! Sounds easy enough for me to do!! LOL

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    1. They really are so easy! They have to sit in the fridge longer than it takes to whip 'em up.

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