Almond Date and Hemp Energy Bars

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Almond Date and Hemp Energy Bars | LemonsandBasil.comIs it ironic that as I write about these energy bars, I’m yawning?

If only I had some left, I might have more energy. They didn’t last long. Not only did I wolf them down at every opportunity…but because I thought they were so good, I shoved them at anyone I could, insisting they had to try them.

Almond Date and Hemp Energy Bars | LemonsandBasil.comThat’s a good way to find yourself without anymore energy bars, thus yawning while writing a post. Lesson learned!

Almond Date and Hemp Energy Bars | LemonsandBasil.comAlmond Date and Hemp Energy Bars | LemonsandBasil.comBut I’ll do my best to muster up some enthusiasm and give these Almond Date and Hemp Energy Bars the attention they deserve!

I’ve seen so many recipes over the past several months using dates as the source of “sugar” in various desserts or energy bars and was dying to give them a try. I picked up a package of these Medjool dates at Trader Joe’s and eagerly sought out to make a healthy snack.

Almond Date and Hemp Energy Bars | LemonsandBasil.comAlmond Date and Hemp Energy Bars | LemonsandBasil.comThese were the perfect choice. The nutty flavor of the dry roasted almonds, the sweetness of the dates, the slightly tart flavor from the dried cranberries, the chewiness of their combined textures coated in honey…it was perfect.

Almond Date and Hemp Energy Bars | LemonsandBasil.comAlmond Date and Hemp Energy Bars | LemonsandBasil.comThen throw in the flax, chia and hemp seeds and you have the amazing benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, and protein, making it easy to see why these make such a delightful energy bar and perfect mid-day bite or pre-workout snack.

Almond Date and Hemp Energy Bars | LemonsandBasil.comAlmond Date and Hemp Energy Bars | LemonsandBasil.comI had these made in under 30 minutes and they don’t contain any of the additives, preservatives or chemicals that are often found in the store-bought energy or granola bars!

Have I convinced you yet? Make these!

Almond Date and Hemp Energy Bars | LemonsandBasil.comIf you do, I’d love to hear what you think of them!

Almond Date and Hemp Energy Bars
 
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These energy bars are loaded with almonds, dates, dried cranberries, hemp hearts, chia seeds and flax seeds! Fuel for the body that tastes good!
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Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Medjool dates (approx 11-12)
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • ¾ cup almonds (I used dry roasted & unsalted)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 2 tbsp flax seeds
  • 2 tbsp hemp hearts
  • 2 tbsp honey
Instructions
  1. If your dates still have their pits, be sure to remove them!
  2. Pulse dates and almonds in food processor until chopped medium fine.
  3. Add cranberries, chia seeds, flax seeds, hemp hearts, and honey. Pulse 6 to 8 times or until ingredients are well blended.
  4. Line an 8×8 dish with plastic wrap or parchment paper.
  5. Place ingredients into dish and spread evenly while pressing down firmly to form a flat even top.
  6. You may need to wet the back of your spatula or use parchment paper to press down as the mixture may be sticky.
  7. Refrigerate 1-2 hours before cutting to get cleaner cuts. Once cut, I wrapped each of mine individually so they were ready to grab and take with me for a great energy snack!
  8. Store in an airtight container up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 171 Fat: 5.4 Saturated fat: .4 Unsaturated fat: 1.3 Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 29.9 Sugar: 24.2 Sodium: 10.1 Fiber: 4 Protein: 2.8 Cholesterol: 0

Recipe adapted from Spoonful of Honey.

Comments

  1. jamie lee says

    This recipe looks wonderful and much easier than most homemade energy bars. I’m still learning (and loving it) so much about all these new seeds and what not. Can you use ground flaxseed meal and not put it through the food processor? Thank you!

    • Kaylee Pauley says

      Hi Jamie – I totally feel ya, so many seeds, and which to grind vs which to use whole, it can be a lot!

      But in answer to your question, yes, if you purchase ground flaxseed, or flaxseed meal, they are ready to go and you do not need to put them through a food processor. If you purchase whole flaxseeds, then you can put them in a NutriBullet or food processor to grind them up.

      I love adding ground flaxseeds to my yogurt and smoothies, great for the extra fiber!

  2. Ala says

    Haha! Looks like I’m not the only one who also posted this recipe ^ @Helen. These are so great, I was oohing over more dates recipes from FG and here we are! Awesome, I’m all ready to grab a bar and start my energy-packed day too :) just thought I’d stop by first and say cheerios. cheerios!

  3. Jackie Rybeck says

    OMG….delish! Just starting on my paleo journey and made these for a snack! I added unsweetened coconut – wow!

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