Making your own energy bars is great because they’re customizable and economical. Although dried fruits and nuts can get expensive, especially if you opt for organic, it’s best to buy them in bulk when possible or at Costco or online at nuts.com, bulkfoods.com, or Amazon.com. Remember, you’re making an investment in your health so it’s worth it in the long run.
Cappuccino NRG Bars
Published on August 5, 2014 | By Chef Gina |
- 12 bars
- 1-1/4 cups Medjool dates, pitted
- 1/2 cup Raw almonds
- 1/2 cup Raw cashews
- 1 tbsp Roasted coffee beans, finely ground
- 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp Sea salt (optional)
- Line a 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with plastic wrap and spray with nonstick cooking spray or slick with a touch of oil.
- Place the almonds and cashews in a food processor and process until finely chopped but not paste-like. Add the dates, coffee beans, vanilla extract, and salt (if using). Pulse the ingredients until finely chopped and blended, and the mixture begins to stick and clump together (about 2 minutes or so).
- Transfer to the prepared pan. Place a large piece of parchment paper, wax paper, or plastic wrap coated with nonstick cooking spray or slicked with a touch of oil atop the bar mixture and use it to spread and flatten the mixture evenly in the pan. Leave the paper or plastic wrap in place. (Alternatively, form the mixture into any size or shape you like, such as balls.) Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Using the paper or plastic lining the pan, lift the bar mixture from the pan and transfer it to a cutting board. Uncover and cut into 12 bars. Tightly wrap each bar in plastic wrap. The bars will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks, or in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.