3 Ingredient Energy Bars

These homemade energy bars are just 3 ingredients and easy to make and customize. They make a great afternoon pick-me-up snack.

photo of a stack of energy bars

I used to buy these energy bars to snack on after yoga class, but found them to be a little expensive. And then I realized how easy they are to make at home. Plus you can customize with your favorite fruits and nuts.
close-up of energy bars

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How to Make Energy Bars

  • The main ingredient is dates. The dried dates are the binding agent that hold these bars together.
  • You need to make sure the dates are soft and moist. I try to start with a new package of dried dates. If you are using old dates that may have lost their moisture, you will need to soften them first by soaking them in warm water for a few minutes.
  • The dates are blended until they form a paste. Then the other dried fruits and nuts are added.
  • For other dried fruits, I usually use dried cranberries, apricots, cherries or blueberries.
  • For nuts, I usually use almonds, cashews and pecans.
  • The fruits and nuts are added to the paste until they are roughly chopped.
  • Press the mixture firmly into a pan to set and chill overnight. Once the bars are set, they are ready to cut and serve or store.

energy bars with dried fruits and nuts bowl

Energy Bars

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American

This energy bar recipe is very easy. You use a food processor to mix together your energy bar ingredients, press it into a pan, chill, and it's ready to go.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups pitted dried dates
  • 1/2 cup dried fruit (I used dried cranberries and apricots)
  • 1/2 cup unsalted nuts (I used almonds, cashews, pecans)

Directions:

  1. In a food processor, blend the dates. At first they will become finely chopped. As you continue to let the food processor run, they will eventually stick together again until a big ball forms. Stop once the ball forms. 

  2. Add in dried fruit and nuts. Pulse for a few seconds until nuts and fruits are chopped into finer pieces and mixed into the date mixture, but stop before the nut and dried fruit pieces completely dissolve into the date mixture. The mixture may loosen up from ball form with the addition of fruits and nuts. That's okay.
  3. Take your energy bar mixture and press onto a small pan lined with parchment paper. Press down firmly so that the energy bar becomes compact and the nuts and fruits are firmly embedded into the date mixture. Energy bar mixture should be about 1/2 inch in thickness.

  4. Chill for a few hours or overnight. Remove from fridge and using a sharp knife, cut to desired bar lengths. Bars can be stored in fridge or freezer.

Notes:

You want to use dried dates that are soft and moist. I try to start with a new package of dried dates. If you are using old dates that may have lost their moisture, you will need to soften them first by soaking them in warm water for a few minutes.

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3 Ingredient Energy Bars. These homemade energy bars are easy to make, customize and make a good snack.

8 comments on “3 Ingredient Energy Bars”

  1. Hi,

    OMG! I just made these and I can not stop snacking on them. They will be perfect for moving across the country in 2 months! There affordable and fairly easy to make. I added pretzels, chocolate almonds, and reduced sugar crasins. I wonder if the base would work with something like part dark chocolate and part dates because SOME people in my house don’t like dates (wonder if their related to me?). Next time I’m going to put in chocolate protein powder!

    • Hmm, I think if try to get rid of the dates or take some out, the energy bar loses the base that keeps it together. I guess maybe dark chocolate might work but I’m not sure and it might get more messy. I was thinking of trying some other sticky fruits, like dried figs, but haven’t gotten a chance to experiment yet.

  2. Don’t the dates get all stuck into the blades of the processer?

  3. HI! I found this recipe via Lauren Conrad’s blog today and i so want to try it!! But i just have one stupid little quesiton: is it okay if i use a blender instead of the food processor?? Because i don’t have one on hand and I still want to do your recipe!!!

    Thanks for the clarification!! 🙂

    • I’m not sure if a blender will properly be able to make this. This doesn’t have any liquids, so this may just sit in the blender and not mix right.


  4. Thanks for recipe. I usually use date paste, instead of actual dates, I get date paste at Middle Eastern halal stores, brand called Ziad Baking Paste, it costs under 3$.

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