Whether you’re running around on the go all day or just need a pick me up in the afternoon, having an energy bar on hand can be a real sanity saver. Compact and portable, they’re perfect for refueling when life gets hectic and overfull (which it always does), and keep me going til the next meal.
While store-bought bars are great in a pinch, it’s really quite easy to make your own, and you can create fun flavors you’re not likely to see in the store.
These bars are the soft and chewy kind and are incredibly simple to make. You can throw them together in just a few minutes and keep a batch in the fridge or freezer for when you need them since they’ll stay fresh for several weeks.
I’ve used pistachios and pumpkin seeds for the base and Medjool dates as the binder. There’s also a hint of vanilla and cardamom for a distinct and exotic flavor that takes these beyond your typical store bought varieties.
They’re not too sweet, with the spiciness of the cardamom and the subtle caramel-like sweetness of the dates. The pistachios give the bars a nice green hue and rich flavor, while the pumpkin seeds add protein and fiber.
All it takes to make them is a quick spin in the food processor, and then they’re pressed into a parchment lined pan and chilled. When everything is nice and firm, you simply lift, slice and wrap and you’re all set.
Here’s to happy snacking!
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