Fruit and Nut Energy Bars

  • Prep Time5 mins
  • Total Time5 mins
  • Makes12 Bars
Fruit and Nut Energy Bars

Photo: Andrew Grinton

Store-bought energy bars are tasty, but can be too expensive to justify as more than an occasional treat. You’ll be amazed at how quick and easy it is to make a sweet, nutty version at home.


  • 2 cups chopped pitted medjool dates, (about 18)

  • 1 cup chopped dried apricots

  • 1/2 cup roasted unsalted cashews

  • 1/2 cup pepitas

  • 3 tbsp flax meal, (ground flax)

  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

  • 1/8 tsp salt


  • Combine 2 cups chopped pitted medjool dates (about 18) and 1 cup chopped dried apricots in the bowl of a food processer and pulse until just combined.

  • Add 1/2 cup roasted unsalted cashews, 1/2 cup pepitas, 3 tbsp flax meal (ground flax), 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/8 tsp salt, and pulse until it forms a sticky, textured mixture.

  • Line an 8-in. pan with parchment paper. Scrape mixture into pan and flatten into an even layer with your fingers. Refrigerate for 1 hr, or until firm, and cut into squares or bars.

Nutrition (per serving)

Protein 8g, Carbohydrates 3g, Fat 15g, Fibre 1g, Sodium 206mg.

This article was originally published on Jan 29, 2014