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I used to review a lot of different energy bars on this blog. But these days, I basically eat two brands: Quest Bars when I’m really hungry and need some protein on the go, and Larabars when I want a quick snack between meals. Abe is a big fan of the latter, and often ends up eating most of the stash. So I decided to try a homemade Larabar, since we go through them so quickly!
I’ve tried a 3-ingredient energy bar recipe which is just 1 cup dates, 1 cup dried fruit, and 1 cup of nuts. I liked the results, but you have to process them forever before they’ll come together.
This version is much stickier (from maple syrup, which also makes it sweeter) so it forms quicker, without overheating the food processor motor. I also added hemp seeds for extra nutrition. You have to keep them in the fridge, though. So we are actually still buying Larabars to throw in our bags for long trips. But this is a good at-home option, where you can basically keep the pan in the fridge and cut as needed. I used this 9-inch Square Pan but it works in an 8×8 dish too.
- 12 Dates
- 1 Cup Raisins
- 3/4 Cups Cashews
- 6 Tablespoons Hemp Seeds
- 2 Teaspoons Maple Syrup
- Soften the dates in hot water for 15 minutes, then drain them, and put in a food processor with the rest of the ingredients.
- Pulse until blended, about 10 times.
- Press into a parchment-lined 9-inch square pan, using another sheet of parchment to press it down evenly. Refrigerate for a few hours before cutting.