Monday, June 11, 2012

My New Favorite Homemade Energy Bars!!!

I'm back!!

I took a week off from blogging because I was spending so much time on my computer for school work that I didn't want to be on it even more to blog. Also, I had nothing exciting to post about because my week was so boring and filled with a lot of tiresome things that just needed to get done.

But now I have a really great post.

I am super excited about this recipe. I posted it a couple months ago, but I had made a couple changes from the original recipe, that I got from this blog. This time I stayed true to the recipe, but added one magic ingredient :)


Oh goodness, I wish I hadn't given these bars away as a gift because just looking at this picture is making me wish I had one to eat right now!!


Here is the recipe:


2 Cups Pitted Dates
2 Cups Salted Cashew Nuts
½ Cup Almonds (I used slivered almonds without the skins)
¾ Cup Cocoa Powder
½ Cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
2 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
2.5 Tbsp Espresso!! (Or Coffee)


First I put the dates, cashews, almonds, and cocoa powder in a food processor, then I added the coconut and vanilla extract. Once it reached a coarse consistency, I added the espresso. Make sure to add only a 1/2 tablespoon at a time until it reaches a dough-like consistency. Depending on the moisture of the dates, you will need more or less liquid. Finally, I took the "dough" and pressed it into a pan lined with wax paper.






They can be eaten right away, but I prefer to refrigerate them for about an hour before cutting them into bars. I also like to individually wrap them in plastic wrap and then I just grab one out of the fridge for a quick on-the-go snack.





Okay, I need to go have dinner. I seriously am starving after looking at these pictures. Make these bars. They are delicious!


WOD: Upper Body
Bench Press 4x5
Wide Grip Pullup Machine 3x10
Bicep Hammer Curls 3x8/arm
Arnold Shoulder Press 3x8/arm
Tricep Dips 3x10
Ab Leg Lower Hip Lift 3x10
Decline Russian Twists 3x20/side


2 minute incline walk, 2 minute hard run, 1 minute recovery (x3)


Dinner Time :)







13 comments:

  1. So the coffee is the liquid? Never would have thought of that. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Yes! It makes it so delicious, and is even better if you use a shot or two of espresso!!

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  2. Are you using fresh or dried dates? The bars look unbelievably yummy, such a great snack to get some energy from when in hurry! And all clean ingredients, so nice :)

    Hopefully your school work eases soon!

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    1. I am pretty sure I used dried, although they are really moist. Honestly I am not sure what a fresh date looks like haha! But they were Sunmaid brand and I bought them from just a regular grocery store. Hope that helps!

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    2. Absolutely, thanks :) I'm also pretty dure they were dried :)

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    3. yes i think you're right!! let me know if you make them!!

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  3. They look delicious, Lauren! Maybe I will be brave enough to try one next time I see you!

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    1. They are so yummy! You would like them ;)

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  4. hi :) can i substitute oats for shredded coconut? ;/

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    1. I think that would probably work out okay! i am not sure if the flavor would be quite as good because you wouldn't get that hint of coconut, but its definitely worth a try! Probably a little lower cal too.

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  5. I just made these and they are delicious! Seem a little delicate though and kind of fall apart, must have put a little too much of something :) what would you consider the "binder"?

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