No-Bake Energy Bars with Dates & Nuts 2

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These bars taste heavenly! Not only are they a cinch to make, they’re made with wholesome, good-for-you ingredients. A delicious health food? Sign me up. I’m super glad to have a stash of these bars in the freezer because I’m sure going to need a bit of extra oomph over the next few weeks. Oomph…what a fun word!

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Why, you ask? For yoga—lots and lots of yoga!!

So, this past Tuesday I signed-up for a 30-day yoga challenge. And guess what? It’s free and it’s online! Yessss! I was reading a post on Heather Eats Almond Butter and came across a link for Yoga with Adriene, and of course I signed right up. Here’s how it works: you sign up for free, and every day for 30 days you’ll receive an e-mail from Adriene with the yoga video of the day + some encouraging words. This challenge was originally designed as a New Year’s challenge, but don’t let that stop you. It’s never too late to start.

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Today is day 6 for me, and I haven’t missed a day yet. Yay! The videos aren’t very long—maybe 30-45 minutes or so. If I happen to have a little extra time, I’ll do the video from the previous day along with the current day’s video. Even if I happen to be feeling kind of blah, once I get rolling, I don’t want to stop. Always a good sign.

If you’ll recall, practicing yoga more often was actually a New Year’s goal of mine (too bad I didn’t find Yoga with Adriene back then). If I’m being honest, I’ve been slacking on this goal for a while, so this challenge is exactly what I needed. When the student is ready, the teacher will appear—funny how that happens. :)

Doing yoga every day for 30 days is exactly why I need these No-Bake Energy Bars with Dates & Nuts for a little extra oomph. Have to push through! It certainly doesn’t hurt that these bars taste super incredible—the flavor profile is a home run, for sure.

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These bars are made with dates + prunes for energy and sweetness. I also added oats, ground flax, pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, and lots of nuts for fiber, protein, and all that good stuff. And for a little treat, I added cocoa powder, chocolate chips, and coconut. A little extra reward, if you will. Did I mention you can make them in about 10 minutes? Yep, that easy. Oh, and because they’re no-bake, all you have to do is pop them in the freezer.

Say hello to SUCCESS!…for at least the next 30 days! ;) Healthy eating + exercising? An all-around win.

One last thing real quick—Happy Father’s Day to my dad & to all the dads out there!

No-Bake Energy Bars with Dates & Nuts
Recipe type: Vegan
Serves: 12
  • 1 cup dates
  • ¼ cup prunes
  • 1 cup oats
  • ¼ cup ground flax
  • 2 tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¾ cup mixed nuts (I used almonds, pecans, and walnuts)
  • 2 tbsp. shredded coconut
  • 2 tbsp. chocolate chips
  • 2 tbsp. pumpkin seeds
  • 1 tbsp. chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp. almond milk
  • ¼ tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  1. Line an 11 x 7 baking dish with wax or parchment paper (leave an edge, so you can lift the bars out) and lightly spray with the paper with non-stick spray. Set aside.
  2. To the bowl of a food processor, add the dates and prunes. Process until well chopped.
  3. Add the oats, ground flax, and cocoa powder. Process until just incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl a bit.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients and process until a ball begins to forms. It should be quite sticky.
  5. Transfer the mixture to the prepared dish and use your fingers to evenly distribute it. It’ll be about a ½ inch thick. Freeze for 15 minutes.
  6. Remove from freezer. Lift the block out of the dish and cut it into 12 even-sized bars.
  7. Store leftovers in a container in the freezer with a sheet of wax paper in between each bar.
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2 thoughts on “No-Bake Energy Bars with Dates & Nuts

  • Heather Eats Almond Butter

    So happy you’ve been doing the challenge. I remember day 6. I was pretty sore right around then. Hadn’t been sore from yoga in so long, and it felt really good. Love Adriene. I think I mentioned it already, but I’m currently working through her June playlist on YouTube. Good stuff.

    Thanks for posting this recipe. I hope to try it soon as my kids go through about six Larabars a day, and although they’re cheaper than a lot of the “bars” out there, and I love the ingredients, the cost really adds up. Been meaning to experiment with making my own. I guess when the “in desperate need of Larabars mom” is ready, the recipe will appear, right? ;)

    • Francesca Post author

      Hey Heather! Thanks for stopping by. I’m on day 10 now – whew! Going strong, though. So very happy I stumbled upon this challenge on your blog because it’s exactly what I’ve been needing. I can’t wait to check out Adriene’s other yoga videos. Your kids are adorable! I remember reading your blog back when you only had Summer. Crazy how time flies! You gave me yoga, I gave you super fabulous bars to try – sounds like a fair trade to me! :) Hope you and the kiddos enjoy.

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