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Saturday, June 4, 2011

homemade raw energy bars/balls-- gluten free + dairy free

energy foods - all the rave. whole foods practically has an entire aisle dedicated to expensive, sweet energy bars. i for one, have admitted addiction to larabars - i typically have one everyday. in an effort to save some $$$ i've decided to begin making my own and eating only those. by buying the ingredients in the bulk aisle i'm gaining complete control over ingredients and saving myself a decent chunk of change.



homemade raw energy balls (or bars)
  • 1/2 c organic deglet noor or medjool dates (pitted)
  • 3/4 c organic walnuts
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
place dates, walnuts, cocoa powder, vanilla extract and salt into a food processor and pulse until well combined. create bars by smoothing mixture into the bottom of a glass pyrex baking dish or create 'energy balls' by grabbing a hunk of the mixture and rolling around your hand until you have the desired size you want - roll in coconut flakes. if mixture is too dry/crumbly try adding a tad of either agave nectar or honey. 

for more inspiration stop by each of these great blogs -
allergy friendly wednesday's - tessa the domestic diva

31 comments:

  1. What a great and easy recipe. I don't know why I have never made my own energy bars when it is so easy. No I just need to experiment and find the one I like. Thanks for sharing the inspiration.

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  2. yummy, i need to make some of these. I've always added honey to mine in the past, but I"m on a no added sugar diet (or weening into one). This is what I need for my work snack.

    Nice photo by the way. I love the colors and the background. Great idea ;)

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  3. WHAT CAN I USE INSTEAD OF DATES?

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  4. Tiffany - you could use dried figs in place of dates. If you used those as a substitute you would likely need to add in more moisture to help bind them together.

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