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!
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.
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.
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!
- 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
- 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.
- To the bowl of a food processor, add the dates and prunes. Process until well chopped.
- Add the oats, ground flax, and cocoa powder. Process until just incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl a bit.
- Add the remaining ingredients and process until a ball begins to forms. It should be quite sticky.
- 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.
- Remove from freezer. Lift the block out of the dish and cut it into 12 even-sized bars.
- Store leftovers in a container in the freezer with a sheet of wax paper in between each bar.