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Fruit Seed & Nut Energy Bars (grain-free, vegan}

Make a batch of these grain-free, vegan, fruit seed & nut energy bars in no time, with no added sugar or fillers! They are gluten-free and Paleo, too.

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As promised in an earlier post, I’m sharing the energy bars I made this past Sunday. Apologies for the delay, I’ve been under the weather. Running errands in another surreal day of snow yesterday (it’s not supposed to snow here!) exacerbated the situation. But it is gloriously sunny morning, and I’m feeling extra-energized after eating one of these yummy bars and slurping some hot masala chai.

Ingredients for the Bars

The energy in these energy bars comes from real food: no fillers, no additives, nothing weird or un-pronounceable. Instead, they are limited to seeds, nuts, and fruit.

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Here’s what you will need to make these. You can change out the dried fruits, nuts and seeds according to what you have on hand!

  • 1 cup whole raw almonds with skins
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup dates
  • 1/2 cup prunes
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup pepitas (raw green pumpkin seeds)
  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds

What Do the Bars Taste Like?

Although similar in texture to LARA bars (soft), these bars have more crunch due to the greater proportion of nuts and seeds relative to fruit. You can vary the dried fruits to your heart’s content, but I recommend keeping the dates as they work so well to hold everything together.

A healthy bonus: the sweetness in the bars comes naturally (dried fruit and orange juice), so no post-nibble sugar-rush, only energy and satisfaction. Take that, store-bought energy bars!

I am confident you will love them as much as I do.

I’ll be up and running around the kitchen later, so more deliciousness to come. Stay tuned!

Isn’t real food pretty?

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Yield: 8 bars

Fruit Seed & Nut Energy Bars (grain-free, vegan}

fruit nut and seed bars on a white background

Make a batch of these grain-free, vegan, fruit seed & nut energy bars in no time, with no added sugar or fillers! They are gluten-free and Paleo, too.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole raw almonds with skins
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup dates
  • 1/2 cup prunes
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup pepitas (raw green pumpkin seeds)
  • 1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Line an 8x8-inch square pan with parchment or foil; lightly spray with oil.
  2. Place the almonds, apricots, dates, and prunes in a food processor; pulse a few times until coarsely chopped. Add orange juice and salt; pulse until mixture starts to stick together. Add pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds, pulsing a few times just to incorporate.
  3. Scoop mixture into prepared pan. Using a large square of wax paper or plastic wrap, evenly press mixture into pan, using your palms to flatten.
  4. Bake 15 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely.. Use ends of foil to lift bars from pan. Cut into 8 bars. Wrap each bar in plastic wrap and store in refrigerator.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size

1 bar

Amount Per Serving Calories 198Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 0mgSodium 76mgCarbohydrates 22gFiber 3.5gSugar 0gProtein 7g

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Franny

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I don't have a food processor, will a blender work? These look so good.

Camilla

Friday 19th of July 2013

Hi Franny! Yes, it should since it's pretty rough chopping--go for it! :)

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you are so welcome, Becky!

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