Oh My God. These exceeded my expectations for a healthy homemade energy nut bar x 100! This is my first attempt at these and it was amazing. Seriously. I love the fact that these No Bake Chocolate Cherry-Nut Energy Bars came together in literally 5-10 minutes. Only dirtied the food processor and a few measuring cups maybe.
I wasn’t sure if the kids would eat these, seeing as how raw and whole foodish they are. BUT – I handed one to Griff and was like “hey try this and tell me what you think…” He gobbled the entire bar up and wanted another. No joke. Winner!!
I unfortunately didn’t let Cal try one of these No Bake Chocolate Cherry-Nut Energy Bars (even though he was asking) because he had a somewhat of an allergic reaction to I think cashews or some other tree nut a few weeks ago. He has had peanuts, almonds, walnuts, peanut butter and all that many times with no issues. I have to take him for blood work one day this week to get him tested for all nuts. Yikes. Really hoping he doesn’t have a nut allergy. So – I’m sure he would have been fine with these because I made sure to stay away from the tree nuts, but still I didn’t want to risk it.
Basically, you mix up all the ingredients in a food processor…just pulsating for 15-20 seconds or so with the addition of each ingredient. The dried food (dates and cherries) in my case congealed the bar so it sticks together. Press into a dish (i just used my hands) 😳😅. Cool shortly in fridge to firm them up, enjoy! I will probably never buy another store bought type granola/nut bar again.
These are called “energy bars” because they are just loaded with nutrients. The nuts provide protein. Dried fruit packed with fiber, vitamins, and minerals. These pumpkin seeds are loadedddd with so much awesomeness – heart healthy fats, potassium, fiber, iron.
Today is Sunday… so I was actually home from work. I was so excited that I could actually take a day time photo of my food! Wow natural lighting really is where it’s at. I’m usually taking pics at 7 pm and am just trying to figure out how to not get that hideous glare of the fluorescent lights.
We had such a fun and goofy day today. Didn’t really have any “plans”. But, sometimes those are the best days. It was actually rather warm today (55 😬) so Griff and I took many bike rides. Took a trip up to Best Buy to get a new laptop – yay! Arrived an hour earlier than they opened because of the time change (whoops!). Made these yummy No Bake Chocolate Cherry-Nut Energy Bars. Cleaned the house. Cal refused nap, but then passed out on the chair – you know the usual. Hah.
Ok – so here’s the simple recipe for these energy bars. I obviously got the idea from all these other amazing and unique bars out there on Pinterest, but I made them my own. We went with the mini chocolate chips and dried cherries because, well we had those on hand haha. But it was delicious. I was inspired to try the pepitas because I know how nutritious they are. It turned out well. 😉 Thanks for lookin!
No Bake Chocolate Cherry-Nut Energy Bars
Homemade energy bars that even the kids will eat! Slightly sweet, slightly salty. Packed full of nutrients without all of that added junk from store bought bars.
- 8 Ounces Dried dates Pitted
- 1/3 Cup Dried cherries
- 1/2 Cup Walnuts Unsalted
- 1/2 Cup Almonds Unsalted
- 1/4 Cup Mini chocolate chips + extra for on top
- 2 Tbsp Pepitas
- 1 Tbsp Honey
- 1 Pinch Salt
Pulse the walnuts and almonds in food processor until coarsely chopped. About 15-20 seconds.
Add the dates, dried cherries, chocolate chips, and honey. Pulse in food processor until blended well with the nuts to an even consistency. About 20 seconds.
Press into a pan (I used a 1 quart) size. Depending on how thick you want your bars you can use different pan sizes. Use your hands to make sure it is tightly pressed. At first it seems like it won’t congeal together, but it does! Top with the pepitas (pumpkin seeds) and extra chocolate chips if desired. Sprinkle with salt.
Chill in fridge for roughly 1 hour until firm. Cut into bars. Mine made roughly 12 bars. Enjoy!
A lot of these ingredients are versatile. You can basically use whatever kind of nuts and dried fruit you desire! Just try and keep the ratio of dried fruit to nuts about the same as the recipe so it isn’t too crumbly. Figs or dried apricots would be an alternative to the dates if you don’t care for them. Have fun with this and make it your own!