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Fig, Date, Nut Energy Bars July 17, 2012

Filed under: Clean Eating,Snacks — Luv What You Do @ 9:55 pm
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So I can’t believe how much I liked these Date Bars.  They have the perfect texture, and they are sweet and filling.  I have been talking about them non-stop and have shared the recipe with everyone that I know will listen. 

Have you tried them yet?  What do you think?

 

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Well, I was so inspired by these bars that I went out and got more ingredients to make a double batch.  And this time, I added a few things.

 

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Like dried figs!!! 

 

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I may have processed my dried fruit a little too long, and I have to admit that just the dried fruit tasted fantastic all on it’s own.

 

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But even better with the addition of nuts and coconut!!!

 

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With a a drizzle of agave to pull everything together…

 

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These incredible bars are complete and full of protein, healthy fats, and energy.   They come together quickly, which is perfect as the temperatures are back up in the no bake zone!

 

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The bars need about 2 hours in the fridge.  I suggest finding something to do to keep yourself busy because you will want to be sneaking bites.  One suggestion…checking out some of my favorite recipes!

 

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When they are set, these bars have the same great texture of the plain date bars…

 

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But the added fig flavor, which I LOVE!

 

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Can you say…new favorite energy bars?!

 

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I thought that the date bars were good, but this version turned out even better!

 

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I shared a few bars with my coworkers today who were all super impressed and excited to make their own batch!  No joke…you need to try these!  I will definitely be packing up a batch to bring to class starting Thursday.  I know that I will need the energy to make it through the weekend!

 

 

What is your favorite homemade energy snack?

It would be great to get a collection going, so please share your links!

 

 

 

Fig, Date, Nut Energy Bars

Makes 12 bars

 

1 cup dried figs, roughly chopped

1 cup dates, pitted and roughly chopped

1 cup raw cashews

1 cup raw almonds

1/4 cup coconut

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1 tsp cinnamon

Agave, maple syrup, or honey (optional)

 

Place the figs and dates in your food processor just until combined.

Add in nuts, coconut, salt, and cinnamon.  Pulse until everything is combined and a sticky dough is created.  If the bars remain dry, then stream in 1-2 tsp of agave, maple syrup, or honey if desired to help the bars stick together.

Remove the dough and press into an 8×8 inch square pan lined with parchment paper.

Refrigerate for ~2 hours until set.  Cut into bars and store in the fridge.  They won’t last long!

 

Note: Get creative with this forgiving recipe.  You can add quinoa, dried fruit, chocolate, flax etc.  If the mixture is try, then add in some oil or syrup to help everything stick together.

 

Also, I haven’t tried it yet, but I have a feeling these bars will freeze well.  Enjoy!

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9 Responses to “Fig, Date, Nut Energy Bars”

  1. Looks like a great recipe, and it’s nice to see they’re vegan! I’ll have to make some for the hubby and see what he thinks!

  2. Debi Says:

    thanks for the recipe. The date nut bars are my new favorite 3 point bar (Way better than the WW ones-but I didn’t say that). My Daughter must love them too because I wrapped them individually and they keep disappearing from the frige! Even my son (the unabashedly king of junk food) thought they were good. I’m going to try some variations after I get some more dates-figs are definitely on the list. Where do you get unsweetened coconut?

    • I’m so happy to hear that everyone is enjoying the bars. They will definitely like the modifications! I buy the coconut in the baking section at Whole Foods. I think they may sell it in bulk also on their granola bar if you only want a small amount. Let me know what you think of them!

  3. Wow, those look great. I really need to get a food processesor…

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