Date and Peanut Butter Energy Bars

Description

A nutritious, portable, and delicious snack or breakfast!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dates, room temperature
  • 1 ½ cups peanut butter
  • 1/8 cup cocoa
  • ½ cup sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup sliced almonds
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 1/8 cup sesame seeds

Directions

  1. Remove pits from dates.
  2. In a food processor, combine dates and peanut butter. The mixture will clump in a ball, and never be perfectly smooth which is OK – just try to process out the big date chunks.
  3. Add cocoa and process to distribute evenly.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients and process enough to mix everything together, but do not totally puree the mixture.
  5. Spoon mixture into pan (I use 8×8), and press flat with a spatula so it’s about 1 inch thick. (I don’t line my pan, but you can line yours with wax paper or aluminum foil if you want to lift the bars out for easy cutting).
  6. Chill for at least one hour.

These bars don’t have to be refrigerated, but they do hold together better when they are kept cold. These freeze well.

Enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: One 1 1/2 square inch bar

Calories: 177

Protein: 5g

Fiber: 3g