Need a three o’clock pick-me-up to fight the afternoon slump? Don’t settle for pre-packaged foods or yet another cup of coffee – make an energy bar! At The Kitchn, recipe editor Emma Christensen has developed the perfect 3-Ingredient Energy Bar recipe for your snacking needs.
These bars are low-effort to make and once they’re made, you can take one to work or school to avoid the sleep-walking phase of the day where your brain shuts off but you still have to get things done.
1 cup nuts
1 cup dried fruit of your choosing
1 cup (12-15 whole) dates, pitted
Plastic wrap or wax paper
- Roast the nuts (optional). Nuts can be raw or roasted for this recipe. If desired, roast the nuts at 350°F for 10-12 minutes, until fragrant and golden. Allow to cool before using.
- Combine the nuts, dried fruit, and dates in a food processor. Pulse a few times to break them up and make sure to separate the dates if they clump together.
- Process continuously for 30 seconds. The ingredients should be crumb-sized pieces at this point. Scrape the edges of the bowl and beneath the blade to make sure nothing is sticking.
- Process continuously until a ball is formed, 1-2 minutes.
- Press into a thick square and chill. Roughly 8″ x 8″ in size. Wrap and chill for at least an hour or overnight.
- Unwrap the chilled energy bar “dough” and move to a cutting board. Cut into 8 large bars or 16 small squares. Wrap each bar in plastic wrap or wax paper for storage.
- Store the bars in the fridge for several weeks or in the freezer for up to three months. The bars can be eaten straight from the fridge or freezer and will be firm, but chewy. Room-temperature bars are also fine to eat and can be kept in a lunch bag or backpack all day, but will be more soft and paste-like in texture.
Try out these recipe variations:
- Cherry-almond, apricot-almond, cranberry-pecan, apple-cinnamon-walnut
- Optional add-ins: shredded coconut, chia seeds, chocolate chips, cacao nibs, cocoa powder, lemon zest, maca powder, ground nutmeg, ground cardamom
Source: The Kitchn