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)

Calories 181, Protein 8g, Carbohydrates 3g, Fat 15g, Fibre 1g, Sodium 206mg.

This article was originally published on Jan 29, 2014

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