October 2, 2012

Natural Energy Bars

Looking for an energy bar that tastes good, is good for you and doesn't cost $2 a pop? Then this recipe is for you. These bars are sweet, but not overly so, and are really easy to make. If you are not a fan of figs you could try using dates instead, though I would skip the honey as they will get too sticky. If you prefer larger pieces of nuts, chop them up first then stir them into the fruit mixture by hand. Also, you can use any fruit or nuts that you prefer...blueberries instead of the raisins...almonds in place of the hazelnuts...this recipe is really flexible. Play with it and, above all enjoy!

3/4 cup dried figs, turkish or black mission
1/4 cup raisins
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup dry roasted hazelnuts
1-2 tablespoons organic honey (optional)

Place the first three ingredients in a food processor and pulse just until the batter comes together. Add in the hazelnuts and honey, and plus until combined. Empty the batter onto a sheet of parchment or wax paper (using a small cookie sheet or loaf pan really helps get the edges tight). Press out the mixture with your hands until it is even in height all the way around, about 1/2 inch high. Wrap tightly in plastic and let harden overnight in a cool place or the refrigerator.

Yield: 4-6 bars

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